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Help Heidi Save the Elephants
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This summer I will be traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand to volunteer for a week at an elephant sanctuary. But I need your help! Unfortunately volunteering is very expensive and I don't have the means to afford the trip all on my own.  For those ...

This summer I will be traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand to volunteer for a week at an elephant sanctuary. But I need your help! Unfortunately volunteering is very expensive and I don't have the means to afford the trip all on my own. 

For those who know me, you know of my LOVE and PASSION for elephants! So, when the opportunity arose to help advocate for their safety while getting to interact with them, it was something I simply could not pass up! The program that I will be working through is called WLS international (http://www.gapyearinasia.com/chiangmai-elephant.html). Up until 1989 the elephants of Nothern Thailand were utilized by the logging industry for heavy manual labor. After the virtual end of logging in the late 1980's the elephant mahouts (caretakers) found it very difficult to care for the elephants being that they are such expensive animals. As a result, many elephants were forced into the tourist industry where they are maltreated and forced to work long hours 

But there is good news! "In response to save the elephants and to try to keep the elephants in their natural environments, WLS International has in partnership with the local villagers and a group of elephants owners, set up this elephant camp in Chiang Mai." 

This will be an opportunity of a lifetime that will allow me to interact with these amazing creatures and to make an impact in another community. I am able to cover the cost of my flight to Thailand, however I would appreciate any contribution that you are able to make to help my dream come true! 

Thank you Thank you Thank you so much in advance!

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