Last week Maggie Carroll and Julie Laurie from Australia joined the Journey to Freedom program where they travelled to the Mae Wang area to volunteer with elephants and the local community. With teaching experience and a lot of enthusiasm, these ladies took on the challenge with open minds and it sounds like they enjoyed every minute of it.
“The inspiring vision of Lek Chailert to rescue and return elephants to the life they are meant to lead drew us to Elephant Nature Park. We two Aussie grannies spent a week on Journey to Freedom with a Karen hill tribe south of Chiang Mai. To observe close-up the joy of a young elephant wallowing in mud, her mother crunching contentedly on banana palm, her nanny looking out for her safety was wondrous indeed! And to see the antics of young bull Arawan, and be adopted as a ‘sister’ by his attentive mahout – what a privilege.