This morning we got straight into it. The group was split up into two groups so we could cover more work without getting underfoot.
The first group got the smelly and dirty job of cleaning out the geese pen and to their credit all the volunteers dove straight into it and finished it with enough time to go to the vegetable patch. There we planted egg plants, several types of tomatoes and chilli’s.
Volunteers Alison and Kelly
In the afternoon they worked in the nursery which is the building up of trees to be planted in the forest to help restore it to its former glory.
The second group got to work on a second dam (We finished the first one last week). It’s a place where the elephants can have a bath even in the dry season, it’s another step towards expanding the sanctuary so that more elephants can come and slip straight into this place and call it home.
We got another glimpse into the monkey enclosure before lunch. Volunteer Dylan communicating with the young monkey called Joy.
Then in the afternoon they were able to jump in the water and-
HI MOM AND DAD, CATCH YA ON THE FLIP SIDE!!!! – RILEY
(Sometimes the volunteers help me out with the blog, sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t)
– wash Arun Ria. As always it quickly descended into a water fight in which we all left the water laughing as we watched the Elephant leave the water to go and throw dirt on itself just after it had been cleaned (it protects themselves from the sun).
Then tonight we had another amazing dinner before sitting down to watch two videos on the extremely positive effects the volunteers have on the sanctuaries.