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Have You Volunteered at the Lao Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury?

Posted by 1411 on 20/11/2011 at 22:50


Just read about the Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury and am considering devoting 6 of my 16 to 18 days in Northern Laos volunteering there as the hype on the website makes it sound like a spectacular (to me, anyway) lifetime experience.

If you've been there yourself or know someone who has, I'd appreciate knowing what your impressions are. Would you say the 2 day trip might be enough all things considered, including the limited time I have in the country? Depending on your input I'll be planning the rest of my itinerary around the amount of time I think I should spend at the Conservation Centre.

I'm also wondering whether it might be cheaper to book the whole thing from LP instead of online.

Many thanks!

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Posted by Tira on 12/2/2012 at 09:40

Hi 1411,
I've spent a week in Jan. 2012 at the Center and it was a wonderful experience. There were other "day travelers" but I was the only volunteer. I can definitely recommend it and would sign up through their website. Carolie is the manager, or one of them, and she is usually pretty quick in answering. She has, however, had problems at times to access email.
The location is so beautiful, right by the lake, the staff is wonderful and as a volunteer you get to have dinner with them rather than at the restaurant, which is great as you will get to know them. At least for me it was great as it is important to me that I also get to know the local people.
Hope that helps, and if you go, enjoy

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Posted by nikw83 on 13/10/2012 at 03:11

Hi there 1411,
Just wondering if you had a chance to visit the centre? Am thinking of going as part of our 23 day trip to Laos in Jan 2013.
Would love to hear about your experience.

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