Another very exciting day at the elephant sanctuary! This morning we ate pancakes which was a tantalising taste from back home! Everyone was fit and ready to go by 8 when we went to the local school to help teach the kids english. This was definitely a highlight for us because we absolutely loved being at the school in the village last week. The kids at the school spoke a lot less english though so it was very different. We broke into groups and split into the 5 classrooms that the school had, and taught them things like numbers, the alphabet, some animals, and some songs like ‘heads shoulders knees and toes.’ It’s so much fun but can be very difficult to teach kids who speak next to no English when we speak next to no Khmer! We moved the classes outside to play some games like duck-duck-goose, and as expected we all turned into human jungle gyms as the kids climbed all over us!
The rest of the afternoon was an afternoon of cleaning poo…literally…we spent the afternoon cleaning lots of poo! We started off cleaning the goose pond – we had to empty it first then scrub the whole thing out! Our role here is largely to do with he elephants but we also help out with maintaining the sanctuary and caring for the other animals that live here too. We also cleaned out the puppy pool, and the task turned into a huge water fight thanks to Monique!! Still in our soaking wet clothes we headed out in the truck to pick up some cow poo. We loaded it up in bags and put it into the truck, then sat as far away from it as we could within the limited space to drive back to the sanctuary.
Showers were definitely in order after our afternoon! Everyone is feeling very relaxed here and loving our daily activities and spending time with each other. We had another beautiful dinner tonight, and don’t have a documentary to watch so plan to play some card games and hang out together for the evening!!
Miss you all!
Lauren O xx
Volunteers and school kids mingling for a photo!
Lauren, Rach and Amy teach basic English! And do a fantastic job!
Anthony and Lauren make some friends!
Lauren starts a dance train!
Samatha, Chris and Chon Lee work together!
Chris, Chon Lee, Sam, Monique, Samantha and Azim post water fight!
Amy, Anthony, Rachel, Sam, Richard, and Azim pose for another photo!
Amy, Chon Lee, Monique, Azim, Chris and a few others help out cleaning the duck pond!
Monique, Chris, Sam, Amy, Azim and Richard cut the paw paws for food!
Richard post first shower in ten days 😉Richard, Monique and Azim hang with an elephant at feeding time!