I have recently returned from being involved in two fantastic GVI programs – teaching Novice Monks in Laos and the elephant reintroduction program in Chiang Mai. My experiences were incredible! Teaching a ‘sea’ of orange-robed boys and adolescents is a complete change to what I’m used to! It was such a rewarding and amazing experience! The group of volunteers I taught with were a group of wonderful people. We had so much fun together teaching and exploring the beautiful town and surrounding areas of Luang Prabang. The thing that hit me the most with my time in the Elephant Program was the passionate nature of the interns and staff. It was so easy to become enthusiastic to learn about the ‘gentle giants of the forest’. They really take your breath away! My home-stay family were wonderful! It was such a privilege to be a part of the village culture. My trip was jam-packed with life-long memories! Thank you, thank you GVI!