After 10 weeks of helping out at SLWCS, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my experience. It was intimidating to leave my family and the only culture I’ve ever known for such a long time, but my fears were melted away as soon as I arrived. I was engulfed by the kindness and joy from all of the volunteers and workers, and I got lost in the work they are doing here.
I think the most amazing thing about SLWCS is that it both actively tries to make a difference in the world, while at the same time it inspires others to do so as well. The means at which they work to minimize human-elephant conflicts are creative and effective, and the way that they educate the public about the importance of what they are doing is influential and essential in actually being able to help resolve the conflicts.
It was fulfilling to be here because I got to experience a completely different way of living which made me have individual growth, and also because I was also taking part of doing something beneficial on a larger scale. Being here made me feel that change is possible, even if it is little by little, and all that you need is a small group of dedicated people who want to improve the world.