Vacations are great. They are a chance to visit a new place, explore new foods, and see historical artifacts and culture that you normally aren’t exposed to or if you are, it’s not as amazing as indulging completely in another country’s mores and norms. If you are looking for a place to go that’s different from your normal 9 to 5 and city living, you may want to consider buying a ticket to Thailand.
Find a friend, boarding facility, or dog walker to take care of your pets. Pay your bills, and have the post office hold your mail. Buy your ticket and start learning about the complex language, customs, and amazing temples that are in Thailand.
Also, visit or volunteer at the elephant sanctuary that is located in the northern province of Chiang Mai. It’s a home for 34 elephants and strives to care for them, educated the public as to the welfare of them, and fight for their conservation.
Volunteering at the sanctuary means you’d get to be hands on with the elephants. You’d bathe them, prepare meals for them, clean, help repair fencings, and get food from the local town for them. You’d also be completely submerged in a beautiful forested mountain area near a river. The sanctuary has received high honors and awards from various organizations including the Smithsonian and the founder was named Hero of the Year by Time Magazine in 2005.
In order to volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old, be able to commit for about 14 days, be able to get the necessary vaccines prior to your trip, and be in good shape to handle walking in rough terrain and being physically active. Bringing some waterproof clothing, good hiking sneakers, and flip flops are highly recommended.
If you’re not sure if you would be ready to volunteer but still want to visit the park and donate, they have tours and overnight stays. For information about volunteering, visiting, or other ways you can help the park, visit their website.
Photo courtesy of Elephant Nature Park