Monika Weis of the Saarland Charitable Organization states the following in regard to the continuing support of dolphin therapies, especially as they relate to Curacao.
Before I explain the reasons for this decision I want to make it clear that, basically, I am not opposed to dolphin therapies since I’ve been able to convince myself of the successes of such therapies. The children are, indeed, making significant and visible progress.
However, I find a dolphin therapy in Curacao (Dolphin Aid) to be too expensive, and the long flight time with seriously ill children is, in my view, not appropriate. The costs for a 14-day stay vary between 12,000 and 15,000 Euro (depending on the season) for 2 adults and 1 child. This cost does not include any meals.
Since I have flown twice with some of “my” children to their dolphin therapy in Antalya (Turkey), I can say that I consider their therapy equal to that of Curacao. Their costs run between 7,000 and 9,000 Euro (also depending on the season). The flight time is barely 4 hours, and the price includes a hotel with all meals. I’ve also been able to convince myself of the services of their well-trained therapists, who work with the children, as well as the excellent support of their physician.
I was warmly welcomed by their therapy leaders, H. Axel Linke and Elena, was allowed to watch everything, swim with the dolphins, and all of my questions were readily answered.
Whoever wishes to take advantage of a dolphin therapy in Antalya (after the coronavirus) can count on my support in the future. (Important note: We only support children living in the Saarland region).
I would ask that you appreciate my decision.