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Ahh, I'll be there the week prior! First off, it is amazing, and you will love it. It does get cold in the mornings and at night, so make sure to have some long sleeves/pants (a hoodie is good, I slept in mine with my hood... More
Ahh, I'll be there the week prior! First off, it is amazing, and you will love it. It does get cold in the mornings and at night, so make sure to have some long sleeves/pants (a hoodie is good, I slept in mine with my hood up a night or two!). Bug spray with Deet. SPF for sure (I use a pretty high level because I've got the luck of the Irish and burn!). For temple visits throughout Thailand, knees and shoulders should be covered. I've heard that some even require ankles. I always wear a long skirt, t-shirt and carry a scarf to use as a shawl. A hat is a good idea, you're outside quite a bit in the sun. There was a collection of rain boots when I was there in February from volunteers who left them behind. Bring some socks, flip flops for bumming around the project and a pair of sneakers that you won't mind getting elephant poop and river water on (though, this is where the boots are handy!). Gardening gloves are good to bring and leave behind, shovelling and sweeping the elephant enclosures can be hard on your hands if you don't have calluses built up already. Cash gifts go a long way, but if you stay for weeks visit, you'll most likely visit one of the local schools. Some volunteers I was with brought stickers for the kids (if you do bring something, make sure you bring enough for everyone in the class). Make sure you bring a travel towel, a little flashlight for night time bathroom visits (I've never seen darkness or stars like it out there, so make sure you look up often because it is amazing!) There are a lot of dogs and cats, some people bought some flea shampoo when we stopped at the grocery store on the way to the sanctuary. When I left the sanctuary, I left a bunch of stuff behind (boots, gloves, hats, towel, grubby clothes, etc) they will clean them up and if in good shape donate them to the locals, or use them in the animal enclosures. Have a great time! It's an amazing place with amazing people and animals!