Jade, an 18 year old from from Gig Harbor, Washington, volunteered at an elephant camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand for four weeks. She wrote to us with her feedback:
Did we do enough to prepare you for your experience?
I believe so. I recommend any future volunteers do a little bit of research before they leave, because I wish that I did.
How were your accommodations?
I loved the volunteer group house! Everyone was very nice there and Todd [our Thailand Coordinator] was incredibly fun.
How was your volunteer work?
The elephant camp was AMAZING. Once I settled in I didn’t want to leave! The people were very welcoming and went out of their way to make me comfortable and happy.
How was your local Coordinator?
Todd was beyond my expectations. Scott from Cosmic Volunteers was also so incredibly helpful.
Did you have any illnesses or injuries?
None at all.
What was the best part of the experience?
Having the chance to work with the elephants. I did some first-aid, taught lots of English, and rode elephants everyday. The rides through the jungle were the best.
What was the worst part of the experience?
I think having my money taken was the most negative experience, and it actually wasn’t that bad. I was a little bummed at first, but I figured something to that effect would happen. Scott and Todd handled the situation beyond my expectations.
Would you be willing to email or talk to future volunteers about your experiences?
Absolutely, I would love to.
Any other comments?
I love Thailand and I want to thank you for the chance to go on this trip! I am definitely going to return.