A Break to Remember: Alternative Service Experience Goes to the Elephant Sanctuary
Sophomore literature major Sarah Chao has always had a soft spot in her heart for elephants. "I've loved elephants since I was young, and how big they were, and how majestic," Chao said. "I've been to a circus once in my life, and it never settled with me, bringing animals in and making them do tricks for our entertainment. So, I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to change that."
Chao got her chance during the 2017 fall break at UNC Asheville when she went on the Alternative Service Experience trip to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which provides care to elephants formerly held in zoos or circuses. It was actually Chao's second year spending her fall break helping at the sanctuary; this time, she returned as a student leader.