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Save Elephant Foundation - Surin Project
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It is worth going. to be with elephants. touch one. It is an experience. There is plenty of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Leelee C
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Two faces of Surin

I stayed for a week with Save the Elephants Surin Project. We fed the elephants, bathed them... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

This experience was amazing. The work that Lek and her projects are doing to save the elephants is admirable. The elephants are loved by their mahouts and treated very well. The management truly cares about the volunteers and did a wonderful job making our days enjoyable and prepared amazing food! This is a life changing experience that I really recommend. It was hard to leave and I miss the Surin Project every day! Be prepared to see elephants in the village that are not treated as well. It is very difficult to watch but will encourage you to keep supporting projects like this and make a difference.

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank emilymb87
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

We come late at about 4 pm on the day of the elefant round-up in Surin about 90 km away. But here we have seen only few elefant: very short chained. Can not imagine that this is project which support elefants.
Only the small museum has been quite nice

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank otrel
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Do you want to spend time with elephants and make a difference in their lives? Here you will find that plus much more. The elephants in this project are privately owned. The volunteers feed, walk ,bathe, care for and love the elephants in the Surin project. These elephants have previously lived a life of hardship in logging, treking, circus and forced breeding programs. No hooks, or riding in the project although you will see some confronting times for the elephants in the village who are not in the project. . Daily chores include cutting sugar cane, removing elephant poo, and cleaning out the shelters. The work was not fast or hard, and achievable for myself at 62years old.
The accommodation is very basic a mattress with mosquito net in a basic hut. The bathroom is in a separate building with toilet and cold water bucket shower. But who needs a hot shower in Thailand's heat?
Meals are lovely freshly prepared and my dietary needs were catered for.
Ocha and Joe were the most fabulous hosts and guides and made my time here an unforgettable, life changing experience. The mahouts show a genuine love and care for the elephants and are only too willing to share their knowledge and fun times with the volunteers.
The support of volunteers is needed to show other elephant owners alternate life choices/options which do not include cruelty to elephants.
I have only been gone 2 weeks and I am already planning when I can return next year.

Date of experience: November 2016
4  Thank Mungas
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I joined the project for one week and immediately regretted not planning to spend more time here. First off, the program leaders were phenomenal. They went above and beyond to accommodate all the volunteers. From pick up to drop off they were there to ensure everything went smoothly.

As for the project itself, this is not a week spent playing with elephants. The point of the project is to educate local mahouts about alternative revenue sources. While you do spend a decent amount of time interacting with the elephants this should not be your primary purpose for coming.

This is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture. You'll interact with the locals on a daily basis, form bonds despite language barriers, and witness both extremes when it comes to the living conditions of captive elephants. Be prepared to feel a wide array of emotions.

Date of experience: October 2016
4  Thank Nathan W
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The Surin Project was an amazing experience!! They treat all the elephants with such love and kindness, they rescue the elephants and they don't go through any awful treatment the way animals in other captivity do. The accommodation was good, we didn't stay in the basic accommodation so we had a double and single bed with an ensuite bathroom in our own private bungalow. The bathroom was lovely and after a long day out with the elephants provided you with such relaxation. An amazing experience and I would love to come back and volunteer for longer.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank rachaelcoiley
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