Need a short vacation that lifts your spirits and lowers your stress? This is the one for you! Land in Siem Reap (we meet you at the airport) and next morning travel to the jungle sanctuary with us. Spend the next few days working with the elephants.
You walk and bathe them, harvest their food, prepare it and feed them. You will also have the chance to do volunteer work with the local anti-logging patrol and the temple monks. The monks will bless orange cloth for you to tie around the trees. The cloth is sacred and the loggers are reluctant to cut trees that have been blessed by the monks.
Your international volunteer experience does not have to end there. There are other animals such as monkeys, gibbons, and homeless dogs that you will also be caring for. In the afternoon you can relax in the hammocks or play volleyball with the locals living on the sanctuary.
On your final day at the sanctuary we take you back to your hotel in Siem Reap, next morning we collect you again for your trip to the airport. If you want you can extend for an extra day and we will arrange a personally guided tour of Angkor Wat. This is an add-on at an extra cost.
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Your ROV Project Leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals area of Siem Reap airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them! If you get in before noon, enjoy a guided walking tour around Siem Reap. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time.
After breakfast you will be transported to the elephant sanctuary - approximately a 2.5 hour trip.
Once we arrive, enjoy a tour of the elephant sanctuary and get settled in your bungalow.
Before dinner, you will prepare food for and feed the elephants.
In the evening you have free time.
You will participate in several projects including planting trees and food for the animals and people living on the sanctuary, weeding the fields, cutting sugar cane, building a firebreak, constructing houses for the rangers, building dams to create baths for the elephants, and joining them for a cool down in these baths!
Your team leader will arrange for your group to visit a local school on one of these days to work alongside the local teachers and play with the children.
Every evening, the volunteers will prepare and feed the elephants dinner. After the volunteers eat dinner, there will be a short documentary shown either about the sanctuary or the plight of these elephants rescued from the illegal logging industry.
Volunteers have free time after the documentary.
After a final feeding and time to say goodbye to the elephants, you will be transported back to Siem Reap.
The remainder of the day is a free day to enjoy exploring Siem Reap.
Saturday is departure day. We will take you back to the airport in time for your flight. You will have travelled a long way to Cambodia and it would be a real shame to depart without seeing the extraordinary temples known as “Angkor Wat”. It is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site since 1992 and is the largest religious monument on the planet. If you want to see it, (and you really should!) make sure your purchase the Angkor Wat Add On. It includes all main meals, an extra night’s accommodation, guided tour of Angkor Wat as well as a private trip to the airport after the tour has concluded.
In Siem Reap: You will be staying at a hotel in the center of Siem Reap city, which is close to restaurants, markets and shops. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks. Hotel comes with unlimited drinking water and snacks. Venue also has 24 hour security and wifi availability.
Sanctuary: Bungalow accommodation on site at the Elephant Sanctuary. Cabins may be shared and are separated by gender. Bungalows include bedding and mosquito nets.
In addition to marine conservation, our volunteers help with teaching and building projects in the community.
Arrival Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP), Cambodia
Departure Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP), Cambodia
Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.
Airport Collection Times: 8am -12am (Midnight) on arrival & departure day.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation. The World Nomads policy available below is one of the few policies that covers volunteering activities.
We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;
The information below was correct at the time of writing, however visa requirements can change overnight. You must ensure that the details below are still relevant to your situation as it is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program.
A Cambodian Tourist Visa is required for everyone when entering Cambodia. The Visa is approximately $40USD and can be purchased by US, Canadian, UK, Australian and NZ citizens when you land. There are some restrictions on other nationalities, so please confirm information with the embassy / consulate of the country you will be visiting prior to departure.
If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organising your Tourist Visa into Cambodia is a really simple process, and you will need the following:
You then take the above to the visa counter for processing which generally takes ten minutes. They will then give you back your passport with the tourist visa in it, and you then collect your bags, clear customs, and make your way to meet your Team Leader.
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* Cheaper flights with alternative airlines may be available. However, sometimes you may end up paying much more with hidden costs and extras :( we avoid this and help to make the travel element of your ROV experience hassle free :)
This project is Tax Deductible for US citizens.
For US tax-paying citizens:
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. On this program there is a contribution to our Charity of US $1,249.00.
You may also be eligible to claim the cost of your return flight to the project. However, if your trip includes travel before or after your project you may not be able to claim your flights.
You should seek your own tax advice on these matters.
Your taxable receipt will be sent upon completing your final contribution payment for your project.
For Australian tax-paying citizens:
On all of our projects we work with local community leaders to help those that need it most. Our volunteers make a significant contribution to bettering the lives of children, families and wildlife.
Whilst many of our projects are tax deductible, as a non-profit there are strict regulations that we must follow.
Due to the nature of this project and the benefit components involved, it does not qualify for tax deductibility in Australia.
What is a benefit component?
A benefit component is a benefit that you receive as a consequence of your contribution to a charity.
Due to the nature of this project, there may be periods where you are not directly volunteering or you are receiving a benefit above the acceptable limits.
I enjoyed being fully immersed within the villages and locals. Spending the time working with the locals on their English was very rewarding. I met people from all over the world and made life long friends.Kirsten, Canada.