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I’ve been at MEF for nearly 9 weeks now. The time continues to fly by and I’m still having a fabulous time. The maize I planted in the eco-farm in my first week is now taller than me and will soon be ready to harvest.

A few days ago some coconut trees were cut down so the leaves could be harvested for food for the elephants. Chandana, Rani’s mahout cut open some coconuts and we had coconut water and ‘meat’ for breakfast, a very healthy breakfast – one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana – it tasted slightly sweet and not at all like the coconut we get back in England. After we’d finished the husks were used for washing the elephants. That must be the definition of recycling!

After a brief interlude the rain has set in again, perhaps for one final push before the dry season really begins. Nevertheless it’s done little to dampen my experience at MEF and I continue to enjoy my time here

Marie, volunteer

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