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Testimonial from Emily LaFontaine

The Thailand elephant project was one of the best travel experiences of my life.

The Thailand elephant project was one of the best travel experiences of my life. The scenery was stunning in this tiny village so secluded in the mountains. Most of the trip I felt like I was in a dream. As a zoology major working with elephants up close and also observing from afar was a dream come true. No other project I know of lets you get as close to the elephants as GVI. Not only were the elephants amazing, the people were so spectacularly nice. They made me feel a part of their village and welcomed me with open arms. From cooking classes, to weaving classes and trying to make bamboo cups I really did feel like I was learning their life. I regret only one thing, which was I wished I had stayed longer. I still find myself pining for the mountains and the long hike through the rainforest.

- Emily LaFontaine