Friday 18th July
Hello to everyone out there at home.
Sorry for the lack of blog posts this week. This week we have been living out in the jungle about two hours from the nearest city, Siem Reap. We have spent the week working hard, hanging out with the elephants and feeding the monkeys and enjoying being out in nature, complete with bucket showers and occasional spider-in-bedroom incidents.
The work we have been doing is varied. We have spent our time harvesting food for the elephants (it’s amazing how much they eat!), planting trees for fruit for them in the future, repairing a damaged dam wall and planting vegetables for the humans of the sanctuary to eat. We work not just in the sanctuary but also at the local school and with people who live nearby. One day we went to the field of a nearby villager to cut corn for the elephants. As well as growing food for the elephants on site the sanctuary also buys crops from the locals. This means the sanctuary has a larger functional area and the villagers get an extra source of income, one of the many ways the sanctuary has a positive social impact in the area.
In the evenings we have been having lots of fun chilling out, eating very well thanks to the excellent cooks at the sanctuary and creating whole-group Uno, Pictionary and charades competitions.
Tomorrow we will go to the local school to teach English to the kids, then work in the jungle to protect trees from logging. It’s our last full day of work here. Where did the week go?!