Working with wild animals has been an amazing privilege. I have volunteered with wildlife in Thailand and Guatemala, where I worked hands-on with animals in rehabilitation and retired Asian elephants. If you go to the right places, you contribute to animal rehabilitation, rescue, education and conservation.
Below you can read my honest volunteer experiences in Guatemala & Thailand. In Thailand, I got to make many new friendships, not only with wonderful humanbeings from all over the world, but also heartfelt bonds with some lovely old ladies of the species Elephas maximus. In Guatemala I wish I had learned some Spanish, and I struggled through a week of hard labor with exquisite, vulnerable wildlife.
Furthermore, you can find out about what it’s like to spend six weeks in a research station in tropical Belize, where I did a bird banding internship to expand my knowledge on bird banding techniques and getting hands-on experience with beautiful birds.
Please look carefully into any other organization you are considering. Some may be harmful towards the animals! For example: In Thailand you can visit ‘An elephant camp’. Here you can ‘swim with the elephants, scrub them with brushes etc.’. Look online for testimonies. Are the elephants treated right? Are they chained before and after your stay?
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