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TERRY BRITTINGHAM
Australian

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

Hi, my name is Terry, from Australia. My Daughter and I recently undertook a 1-week Volunteer placement at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. It was an amazing experience.

To work amongst and enjoy these wonderful creatures up close, is something we'll never forget. The 2 to 3 hours of hard, dirty work, was made enjoyable by the friendly workers at the Orphanage. It is a wonderful refuge for the Elephants and the work done there, protecting them, is a credit to the Sri Lankan Government and it's warm and friendly people.

The late morning and early afternoon interaction we had with the elephants as they bathed in the beautiful river was truly a heart warming experience.

Our accommodation at Kegalle was basic but warm and friendly. The staff there were fantastic, we felt safe and they went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. I would totally recommend this project to anyone who is young at heart, doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, for a great cause and loves animals. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life, at 53, it was wonderful to share it with my daughter.

Charminda, our Travellers Driver, was excellent, very helpful and a great sense of humour, always made sure we were happy.

Chandana, our Chef, was fantastic, all meals were superb, he was extremely polite and there was plenty of food. He always made sure we were enjoying our meals.

Niranjala [Travellers Assistant Organiser] was very good on our Orientation, and the 1st work day she explained things well and made sure we settled in to our Project.

My Daughter and I were really happy with the Communication with Travellers and all questions and emails were answered very promptly. Information provided to us was very good.

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