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aimee-brown

         

AIMEE BROWN
American

The Elephant Experience Voluntary Project at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka
         

It’s been over a year now from the trip, and I can still tell you that this program was the best experience of my life.

I was going through a lot after my senior year of high school and my freshman year of college, and the Pinnawala Program changed my life. I honestly would not be who I am right now without having gone away by myself.

The elephants were so therapeutic for me. After going, I knew I had the courage for what it takes to move to New Orleans by myself. After the program, I knew I could go anywhere by myself and be not just okay, but thrive.

I know there were certain aspects of the trip that you really wanted to know about. It has been a year so I am going to try my best to remember everything.

I was in Sri Lanka with the program for a month, but as a group we decided that during the last week of my stay (I spent 3 weeks at Pinnawala) we would go to another elephant orphanage.

The second orphanage was a new Travellers project in Udawalawe that we were pretty much trying out… I love elephants so being around wild ones were amazing.

…Pinnawala was such an amazing and enriching experience, and the workers there really loved the elephants. At the new orphanage, it was very cold, and it was obvious that this was just a job to many of the workers there…

Working at Pinnawala on the other hand was truly life changing. I experienced a baby elephant dying because of a broken heart. I experienced the birth of a new baby. I experienced so much there.

Although it was amazing to see the contrast between elephants being born into an orphanage, and elephants being saved in the wild and leaving an orphanage at 5, I would suggest that people that sign up for this program just stay at Pinnawala…

The staff, besides Roshan [Travellers’ Organiser] on the trip were amazing. Narajula [Travellers’ Assistant Organiser] and Chaminda (I am definitely spelling their names wrong), were beyond amazing. There was also another man that stayed at the house and helped that was incredible too. The food made everyday in Pinnawala was amazing, the Travellers chef was truly incredible.

I loved that in Pinnawala there were options on the weekends to go and venture out into Sri Lanka. Going into Kandy was unreal, and climbing Adams Peak was a milestone in my life.

I want to thank Travellers Worldwide for the best experience of my life. One that I will truly never forget. Thank you!

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