Month: June 2015

Water sports and Elephants

A few of the volunteers got up this morning to view the sunrise. It was an early start at 5:20 am, only to wait another half an hour to actually spot the sun. The rest of them waited inside their princess mosquito nets, having a sleep in until the golden sun shine broke through their…



The Nursery and the Geese pen.

Our first full day at the sanctuary. We had breakfast in the communal hall and then were straight into the work. We split into two groups. The first group went to go and repair the dam. They filled sand bags to build up the dam so that the Elephants have a place that they can…



Elephants and their Sanctuary

Today the twenty two of us made our way out to the elephant refuge. It was here we were introduced to our amazing accommodation and the even more brilliant food they put on offer as soon as we got here. Today was mostly about finding our feet. We were given an orientation about the sanctuary…



Farewell :(

Hi everyone! Today is our last night all together! I can’t believe it. I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to any of the amazing volunteers I’ve gotten so close to in the past two weeks. This morning we all woke up bright and early to feed the elephants breakfast and say goodbye to everyone…



Last full day at the sanctuary

Hi everyone! Today was our last full day at the elephant sanctuary and almost our last day of program! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by. This morning we split into two groups again. Half of us finished weeding the sugar cane fields. The other half of us cut down sugar cane for…



Teaching and tree planting :)

Hi all 🙂 Today all the volunteers became teachers! This morning we went out to a local school called Andougbey and split into six groups to teach. The volunteers got the opportunity to gauge where the kids were at and create their own lessons. Walking down the hall, I heard everything from acting out animals, counting, spelling,…



Work hard, play hard

Hey y’all 🙂 It’s been another full day at the elephant sanctuary. We switched groups today so everyone who got a lot of elephant time yesterday, spent their morning weeding out the sugar cane fields and the farmer group from yesterday spent the morning completing the dam project started yesterday. The volunteers braved fire ants,…



HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIANNE!!!

Hi everybody!! First and foremost, I wish a very happy 19th birthday to one of our volunteers, Marianne!! Not many people can say they spent their birthday kissing elephants haha! It’s been a very exciting day at the elephant sanctuary. This morning we split into two groups and these groups will flip flop throughout the…



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