We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Spend your summer protecting wildlife through programs offered by Volunteers for Peace. One of their amazing and unique programs is located in Begkulu, Indonesia. The program is located at the Salbet Elephant Conservation Camp, where there are 13 trained elephants and 20 elephant riders.
These elephants and their riders are trained to be “the guards of the forest”. They work together to detect illegal human activities which could cause threats to the environment and living right of the wild animals in the district. They also protect local people while angry animals (such as tigers and wild pigs) are attacking the villages, and giving education to local villagers and hunters about how to live peacefully with the wild life.
Volunteer get to assist in all of these duties, as well as taking care of the elephants on a daily basis, such as: taking elephants for bath, feeding the elephants, and giving them medical checks
The experience of interacting with wildlife and the villagers is exhilarating. The beauty of the animals and the forest they protect will remain a life-long memory. And the friends you make, you will take with you in your heart.