elephants for days, well for 7 days

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So one of the reasons I wanted to visit Southeast Asia was to volunteer with animals. Way back then, I wanted to be a marine biologist or what some of you remember "A dolphin trainer". But then I met college science classes and said ✌🏻️ out. 

Moving away from the flashback, I still hold a spot in my heart for animals - mostly dolphins, dogs, elephants and sea turtles. What better place to be hands on with one of my favorite animals than being in a place where they hold so much meaning.

So here I am, at Elephant Nature Park for a week volunteering.

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I arrived to this jungle Monday morning with a day full of documentaries, orientation, and a personal welcome by this lady above. I forgot to mention we stuffed our faces over 2 courses. The food is 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻. Being a vegetarian and vegan place, it's making me want to become a vegetarian again. Shhh, Chickfila you did not hear that.

Back to the main attraction - the elephants and the park.

I did quite a bit of research on places here that allowed volunteers. Sadly, a good bit of them continue to treat the animals poorly so be sure to truly research before going to any. Also, I will not be taking photos of me riding an elephant. It is still considered abuse so I'll be sticking to selfies with these guys.

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With it being Tuesday, I've only experienced a little bit. My morning was filled with shit, literally. I, Meghan Irwin shoveled elephant poop.

No, I didn't fall face first so don't bother asking me.

The afternoon, we explored around visiting the different elephant families. The work here is honestly easy. I feel like I'm not doing enough but I can always ask for more to do. The good thing is that this place is extremely peaceful. The people in my group are so laid back. Almost, I feel like I'm back at Girl Scout camp with Lorna and Haley but sadly no Girl Scout cookies here folks.

Stay tuned for more shit filled elephant adventures.

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