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Elephant Conservation International Workcamp 2016

By. Administrator » 29 Jan 2016 13:07:57   
Elephant Conservation International Workcamp 2016
Thirteen volunteers were involved in Elephant Conservation International Workcamp that takes place in Lampung, Indonesia on January 16 – 25, 2016. They are from six different countries; 2 from Indonesia, 2 from Hong Kong, 2 from China, 2 from Sweden, 1 from Austria, and 3 from French. During the workcamp, they did activities with the elephants in Way Kambas National Park and with local students of SDN Labuhanratu 09.
Volunteers stayed in Way Kambas National Park, which is a park that specifically conserves and protects Sumatran elephants, from the 16th until the 22nd of January. In there, they spent the days by learning to live a life like a mahout. Each of them is given an elephant with one mahout who taught everything about elephants. In the morning, volunteers went to bath their elephants, then grass them to the jungle while enjoying the beauty of Indonesian tropical nature.
After grassing, the elephants were left to feed themselves, and volunteers and their mahout went back to the camp. In the afternoon at around 2 or 3, volunteers went to pick up their elephants, bath them in the pool, and take them to the elephants’ pen. Volunteers did social activities such as playing games, having conservation, and taking a walk with the mahouts and local people in the evening. On January the 20th and the 21st, volunteers went to the Tree House that was about 45 minutes by motorbike from the camp. On January the 21st in the evening, volunteers had a barbeque party with the mahouts.
After doing activities in Way Kambas National Park, volunteers moved to Andatu Homestay in Labuhanratu 09, which is located not far from the park’s front gate. They stayed there from the 22nd until the 25th of January. On the 23rd, volunteers went to SDN Labuhanratu 09, a local elementary school, to socialize the needs of conserving the nature especially elephants to the students, and introduce them to English. Once we went back to the homestay from school, volunteers had a cooking exchange special only for the members of the group. There were delightful cuisines from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, French, and Sweustria (Volunteers from Sweden and Austria chose to do a cooking collaboration). On the 24th, volunteers decided to spend the free time by having a pancake party. They were having so much fun to cook together. Plus, pancakes that they made were delicious, so that summed up the joy.
It was such a nice project. Volunteers got the chance to meet new people, to learn about Indonesian culture, to have a safari to one of Indonesian tropical jungles, to know more about elephants, and to work together in a voluntary group. It must be exciting to see everyone again next time! 

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