The Elephant Refuge and Education Centre, part of the Wildlife Rescue Centre near Petchaburi, provides a refuge for domesticated elephants that have been forced to work on the streets where they have been used as begging tools and tourist attractions on the streets of Bangkok and other cities. At the Centre volunteers are taught allthey need to know about the care of elephants. Volunteers work hands-on with the elephants: washing them, feeding them during the day, going out to collect food for them, walking with them into a lake for a swim, and cleaning their enclosure.
Education is a big part of the Centre. Here the Centre educates local communities and raises awareness among tourists about the exploitation of the animals, about habitat loss, and about the use of the animals as attractions in the tourism industry. A school program offers volunteers opportunities to visit schools and teach about wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
Volunteers are accommodated in simple bungalows and each has its own toilet and shower and are mainly either two or three bedded. There is a large kitchen in the main volunteer house for making breakfast and hot drinks. Lunch and dinner is cooked for volunteers. The volunteer house has a large seating area and TV and DVD player for the evenings. Volunteers are expected to help with housework duties and keeping the does levitra make it bigger
volunteer house clean and tidy.
Quotes by volunteers (courtesy Elephant Rescue and Education Centre):
· "I have had the most incredible time here at the Centre, now the day has come to leave and I’m absolutely gutted. The past four weeks have been hard work and sometimes exhausting, but it has all been worth it. I hope to come back to the centre in the near future (if you’ll have me) as I can’t imagine this being my last goodbye to the animals and the people. To the staff, thank you for everything – I think you are all such wonderful people for doing what you do and I wish you the best of luck with everything." (Clara Thomas (UK) – 1 Month Elephant Volunteer, May 2010)
· "Thank you to everyone who made this such a wonderful experience! I will miss all of the people here and the elephants dearly. I am so impressed by WFFTs mission and I hope to come back in the future! It was also absolutely amazing to go on the elephant rescue – yay for our new addition June! I will keep all of the lovely memories close by." (Courtney Walsh (USA) – 3 Weeks Elephant Volunteer, July 2010)
Check out the Elephant Refuge FAQ for details on fees, durations, and more.
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