The Elephant Mahout Project
Bang Sare, Sattahip District, Chon Buri, Thailand
See the World Sitting Atop an ElephantGo Differently is an England-based company that offers travel and volunteer experiences. When searching for a program in which to work with elephants, I stumbled across theirs. For nearly three weeks, I cared for and rode elephants, taught English lessons, and was absorbed into Thai culture. It was a vacation like none other that I have ever had. I felt lucky to interact with such beautiful animals, and my volunteer fee helped to keep this valuable program running. So many volunteer travel companies are working to rescue wildlife and create jobs for natives, and I highly recommend supporting one of them.