small village of Baan Tha Klang in Surin province, Surin, Thailand
surinproject.org - +66 (0) 53-272-855
Surin Project Reviews
Ultimate Elephant Ecotourism Project/Sanctuary Dec 16, 2010
What can I say - words can never describe the experience I had here - if you love animals & love elephants then this is the chance to make a huge difference & belong. I went for 1 week & stayed 3 & also loved it that much I volunteered also at their office for a week. It was one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life also but the good that this project is doing overrides the bad.
Where the project is, is The Elephant Study Center which subsidises over 160 mahouts and their elephants to live in the center and thus stay off the streets of Bangkok. The living conditions of the elephants in the center are far from perfect, with most elephants shackled all day long with little or nothing more to do than to stand in the sun. The Surin Project is not part of the Elephant Study Centre. The Surin Project is trying to get all these poor amazing elephants off chains,off the streets, out of trekking camps & out of shows. To develop sustainable elephant tourism in the area-Provide economic revenue for the mahouts and their families.Improve the living conditions of the elephants by providing food, shelter, water & General Health & Welfare for the elephants.
Once thing I can promise is you will have an amazing time. Everyone that was at the project loved it & wanted to stay much longer. It is an experience I will never forget (like an ellie) & I will be returning in the new year for hopefully a longer period of time. It is such an amazing cause & these animals are just spectacular & the mahouts (trainers)are the easiest people to get on with. The mahouts & elephants take a piece of your heart that you will only get back when you return.
You get to spend so much time with the elephants on the project doing various things from walking them, bathing & feeding but work is also done to build shelters, plant trees, plant seeds for future food, cut down long grass for the elephants to eat that previous volunteers would have planted, clean the showering area. Your day is filled with lots to do. All meals are provided for (& allergies) & you also get some personal space too. Accomodation is with on of the family in the Centre & it's basic but that just adds to the overall experience.
All I can say if you have a week in Thailand & you really want to experience the ultimate Thai way of life then this is it, you have found your destination & it is the Surin Project.
Alex who runs the project is great & easy to get along with. You can also find the project on facebook.
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