March 17th 2017- Halfway mark

Last night, some of us put our sleeping bags away as it is much warmer here at the Elephant Nature Park than at Journey to Freedom. We had a delicious buffet breakfast at 7am and went straight to work soon after. The group was split into two, some getting their hands dirty scooping elephant dung while others transported watermelons from a truck into baskets for the elephants. Despite the different experiences, it was great for both groups nonetheless as we got to interact with other tourists that are volunteering at the park. The watermelon group also got to hand-feed the elephants after we were finished unloading the truck. Personally, I found it to be one of the coolest experiences of the trip by far. After we finished, the group got to visit a local school were students aged between 6 and 18. They welcomed us by performing a traditional Thai dance, which was very beautiful. We spent an hour interacting with the students and helping them practice their English, which was actually quite advanced. A few members of our group even bought some of the delicious drinks and snacks that the students preparing on the spot. We then made our way back to the camp for lunch and had an hour of free time after that. After free time, the group went to go visit all of the dogs that the camp has taken into care. A few of the dogs were either injured or sick, and the camp is doing their best to nurse them back to health. We then had free time until dinner, and a handful of students used this opportunity to shower or simply relax by playing cards or reading a book. We then ate a delicious meal for dinner and spent the rest of our final evening at the nature park relaxing and unwinding. Tomorrow we leave the park and spend our final evening at a hotel before the long awaited trek.

Shivani

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