My name is Grace Ward, I am currently studying Illustration at Birmingham City University.
I have always wanted to travel, but I have always wanted to contribute to something that means alot to me. This is why I am raising money to go to South East Asia to work with the Elephant Conservation Centre. Alonside working with elephants, I will be teaching english at the local schools. This is a great oppurtunity for me to give something back to the community, as well as educating myself about other cultures.
My first week I will be staying at the ECC which is set on the picturesque Nam Tien Lake. Where I'll be split into groups, working with the elephants, planting food, maintaining and building infrastructure such as the veterinary clinic and accompanying them to and from the breeding area. I will also work with the children in a local school teaching English and basic sanitation, renovating and revitalising the facilities with fresh coats of paint, installing new play equipment and the construction of bathrooms.
This trip would be a life changing experience for me as I care deeply for the elepant conservation centre.