The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 17 is truly global. It aims to build support networks between so-called developed and developing countries. Working together is the only way sustainable development initiatives will thrive. In 2015, world...
I’m now in my second year of being in Huay Pakoot… It’s been such a crazy and special year settling into life here, getting to know the people and culture, and playing a part in developing this awesome project. It’s gone so fast, but when I look back we seem to have...
Mornings here start with noise. The noise of a small village slowly stirring and getting ready to face the day. Roosters start crowing before the dawn – sometimes I hear a crackle of fire as the mahouts gather round to make their breakfast. Motorbike engines start –...
An internship with GVI is something that you should do at least once in your lifetime. I have enjoyed my first week as an intern. What I like most about the lifestyle in the village is that it is very similar to the way of living in the rural areas in my home country....
Original photo: Joost Rooijmans You’ve just had the most incredible wildlife encounter of your life: A lion roaring right next to your vehicle. Other than amazing experiences with wildlife, here are four other reasons why it’s great to volunteer in wildlife...
I remember when I decided to come to Thailand it was one of the most nerve-racking decisions of my life and it didn’t sink in at first. The first thing that comes to mind is that you’re going to be alone in this completely new country, but from the moment you get to...
Although I have seen elephants in their natural environment, from a jeep in Kruger National Park, I couldn't compare that to my first hike in Huay Pakoot where I truly got to admire these amazing animals. After trekking down the long, winding road to the hike...
There are only around 415,000 remaining wild African Elephants. In Asia, the situation is worse: there are only around 50,000 elephants remaining. Elephant numbers are in decline due to threats such as poaching for ivory, conflict with humans and habitat loss and...
For my first week in the village I was able to go on a cave hike. What we were told was that the cave would be a 40 minute hike away and it turned out to be an almost three hour hike. In the beginning we got lost in a corn field, which was actually fun. Once we...
Original photo: Shinsuke Ikegame The town of Pai is nuzzled against green mountains. The place has a distinctly bohemian feel, with live acoustic music and independent artisan stores lining the river. On a moped, take roads flanked by shining paddy fields. Slide down...
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