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I am very excited that I have been selected to take part in a 2 week volunteer programme run by VESAbroad next summer (17th June-2nd July 2017)! I will be travelling to Laos in Southeast Asia, spending my first week volunteering within a local elephant sanctuary and schools. I will be involved with day-to-day care and socialisation of the elephants, and teaching English to children within the schools. A lot of the local schools are not in the best condition, so I will also be helping to restore these and brighten them up!I will then spend my second week exploring and travelling the country, seeing what Laos has to offer!I am beyond excited to have the chance to help make a difference in a country less fortunate than our own, helping within their local community, and then having the chance to explore!The Elephant Conservation Center has been working towards the protection of elephants in Laos for over 12 years, running welfare, vet care, breeding and mahouts.With only two elephants born for every ten that die, the Asian elephant is under serious threat of extinction. If immediate action is not taken, the Lane Xang or 'Land of a Million Elephants’ stands to lose not only its elephant populations but a major component of Lao cultural heritage. To combat this, the centre has created an elephant nursery, enhanced access to veterinary care, implemented a re-herding program for elephants and helped to inform the public about the status of Lao elephants.The education programme helps younger children to learn English as well as improve their knowledge of nutrition, health and hygiene through games and activities. It also helps to raise the confidence of the older children in spoken English through detailed lesson plans.I am hoping to raise some of the funds required for me to take part in the programme. These will help to cover my travel costs as well as the building materials required for the renovation works of the schools, costs required for the hiring of skilled local tradespeople to help with the programme, donations to local host organisations, etc.
Lucinda's Laos Trip started this fundraiser on 18/12/16 Via gofundme
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