• trekking
  • Volunteer and Adventure
  • Wildlife Conservation

Eat your greens, do your squats and don’t wear stupid trainers

Posted: August 18, 2017

The GVI Elephant Reintroduction programme is brilliant. Not just because of the elephants (duh) and the community experience but also because it KEEPS YOU FIT.

The health benefits: bucket showers (cold water provides increased circulation), walking, protein (eggs eggs eggs) and twice weekly 100 m sprints (arachnaphobes only).

Both the elephant and the bio hikes will take you along some really beautiful routes. You will never tread the same path exactly twice and the flaura and fauna everywhere is a sight to behold. Both the mahouts and the staff will guide you through the trails at a pace that suits everyone.

If it ever so happens that you are covered in sweat and feel like the end is nigh then take a deep breath and remember firstly why you are here and secondly, that Boh Loh’s shop sells very good iced tea.

Choose waking up at 6.30am. Choose bucket showers. Choose rice. Choose teaching. Choose learning from others. Choose Leo. Choose Chang. Choose chasing Bullowan in circles. Choose falling in mud, getting up and then falling over again. Choose ethical tourism and understanding the difference between right and wrong. Choose GVI Chiang Mai (seriously). x

what’s up next?
Six volunteer abroad programs for high school students

As a teen volunteer you can make a real impact, not only on the projects, but on your own personal growth and development.

You might also like these articles

How to have an awesome weekend in the Seychelles
Read the article
trekking
Four reasons you should consider volunteering and trekking in Nepal
Read the article
Volunteer and Adventure
Top gap year ideas to inspire you
Read the article
Women's Empowerment
Alumni interview
Read the article
Wildlife Conservation
Taking a gap year during college? Consider these seven volunteer programs
Read the article
Women's Empowerment
Not always what you expect
Read the article
Volunteer and Adventure
Volunteer Feedback and reflections
Read the article
Women's Empowerment
The Wonderful Creatures of Curieuse
Read the article
Wildlife Conservation
Once in a Lifetime Opportunities on Curieuse Island
Read the article
Wildlife Conservation
How to have an awesome weekend in the Seychelles
Read the article
trekking
Four reasons you should consider volunteering and trekking in Nepal
Read the article
Volunteer and Adventure
Top gap year ideas to inspire you
Read the article
Women's Empowerment
Alumni interview
Read the article
Wildlife Conservation