To Alan

“Those who teach us the most about humanity, aren’t always human. ― Donald L. Hicks” To the dog that captured my heart, Although there were over 400 dogs here, I always kept my eyes on you. Maybe it’s because you were the first dog to greet me when I first arrived. Or, maybe it’s because […]

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A Reflection On Volunteering

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” -Anthony Douglas Williams How to See Animals In an excerpt from Animals in Film, Jonathon Burt talks about the appropriateness of seeing animals. That in a way, animal imagery […]

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The Impact of Volunteer Tourism

Volunteer Tourism involves tourists who volunteer through holidays that might involve aiding or alleviating material poverty of some groups in society, the restoration of certain environments or research into aspects of society and environment -Stephen Wearing Creating Awareness As mentioned, volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park was the most eye-opening, humbling and empowering experience of my life. […]

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The Phajaan as a Cultural Artifact

Reconnecting with elephants When I had ventured to Chiang Mai I originally wanted to study the Karen villagers who formed small communities in the hills of Thailand. Communities that lived in remote areas and who were often farmers despite the fact that resources were scarce. Although this meant that they adopted more sustainable forms of living especially when […]

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Conservation Efforts: Asian Elephant

The Plight of the Asian Elephant “More than 100,000 Asian elephants may have existed at the start of the 20th century, but numbers have fallen by at least 50% over the last three generations, and they are still in decline today” –World Wide Fund for Nature  My relationship with the Asian Elephant As I was never […]

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The Eco-Friendly Elephant Nature Park

“It is sad enough to witness the conditions that wild animals are compelled to live in, but so much sadder to see us point to others to decry their error and ways. My grandfather would say that when we point our finger to another to always remember that 3 fingers point back to ourselves. To […]

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