program Volunteer Cambodia: Village Immersion Program
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Volunteer 7 Day Elephants Program

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  • Itinerary
  • Extensions

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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Arrival and Departure Airport

The program commencement date is the arrival day and the last day of the program is the departure day. You will land and depart at Siem Reap International Airport (REP), Cambodia.

On arrival day you can land any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and there will be a Team Leader meeting you at the airport.

On departure day you can fly out any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight.

Participants are responsible for their own transfer and accommodation arrangements if arrival is prior to the program commencement day. Alternate times can be arranged but may incur an additional cost.

If you are landing outside this pick time contact us at admin@rovolunteers.com

For ANY Reach Out Volunteer program extensions either before or after your program, please check ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE and AIRPORT details on that project page and confirm with admin@rovolunteers.com prior to making any bookings.

Insurance

Did you know you can book Travel Insurance by just clicking on the Flights and Insurance button below?

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.

We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits (these amounts are listed as a guide only);

  • Overseas medical costs between $1,000,000.00 (For US citizens this level of cover may not be available.)
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation $500,000.00
  • Cancellation costs $3,500.00
  • Trip interruption costs $2,500.00

Flights and Insurance

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival Day

Your team 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.

Optional activities in Siem Reap:

  • Explore the several markets around the city.
  • Relax by the pool.
  • See the pagodas and temples.
  • Enjoy a foot or back massage for as cheap as $5!
  • Experience the excitement of Pub Street.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 2: Sunday - Transport to Elephant Sanctuary

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.

Optional activities include:

  • Play cards.
  • Play games.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Read a book.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Bungalow.

Days 3-6: Monday to Thursday - Project Work at the Sanctuary

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.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Bungalow.

Day 7: Friday - Final Day at the Sanctuary

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.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 8: Saturday - Departure

Saturday is departure day. We will take you back to the airport in time for your flight.

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.

Accommodation:

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.

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