First of all, the Surin Project is not to be confused with the Surin sanctuary. The project is run within a larger community, working towards bettering the lives of elephants, but only 12 elephants are involved directly with the project.
Our week at the project started with an welcome ceremony and explanation of the situation at Surin. The staff were extremely welcoming and we felt at home right away. During the week you have ample opportuny to meet the elephants and their mahouts (caretakers) and are able to help with their daily jobs. The stay involves working with the mahouts, but the work load is extremely manageable and your comfort is a high priority.
The week was extremely rewarding- not only a great experience for us, but knowing that you're helping to make a difference for the elephants gives an amazing feeling.
I definitely plan to return, and encourage anybody to give this a go.
The food provided is delicious and the people you will meet will have you wishing you didn't have to leave.
What an experience. I can't recommend it enough.
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