Elephant Conservation & Community
Your time will be split between Cambodia’s hippest town, Siem Reap, the idyllic beaches at Sihanoukville on the Gulf of Thailand and the rural paddy fields.
Soak up spell binding ancient culture, vibrant colours and the many flavours of Asia whilst contributing to life changing community and conservation projects, helping this beautiful country recover from a turbulent past.
A 10 week itinerary will include all of the following but it's possible to join the program for as little as 2 weeks, taking in the projects and places that interest you.
Weeks 1- 6 Siem Reap
Siem Reap, is a town rich in history where East fuses with West in spectacular style. Located at the foot of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple complex and close to spectacular forests, waterfalls and South East Asia’s largest inland lake.
This old French colonial capital has many European influenced buildings, a buzzing night life, great street food and an edgy art scene, so it’s hardly surprising that the city has experienced a massive resurgence in popularity.
You'll spend your time here working with Cambodia’s orphans, helping to teach English and refurbishing their homes and contratingly implementing fresh water wells in rural communites just outside the city, helping reduce water bourne diseases.
Weeks 7 & 8 Sihanoukville
Next up you'll venture south to sunny Sihanoukville. Surrounded by white-sandy beaches and tropical islands, Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. You’ll work with street kids at a drop-in arts project, helping them to create fantastic art as well as supporting their education and helping to deliver basic medical care. Their art is then sold in an art gallery and the income goes straight back to them. The aim of this project is to provide an alternative to begging.
Weeks 9 & 10 Mondulkuri Elephant Sanctuary
From the coast you’ll journey East towards Vietnam; through fields of swaying sugar palms, past dazzling rice paddies and up into densely forested hill country transacted by thundering waterfalls. Welcome to Mondulkuri, one of Cambodia’s last great wildernesses, a vital wildlife corridor, home to the indigenous Pnong people, a tribe of hunter-gatherers for whom their bond with elephants are at the very heart of their culture.
Here you will spend 2 weeks helping the Mahouts protect these amazing creatures. Feeding, cleaning and maintaining their environment.
At weekends you’re free to travel and explore, the choice is endless: visit the famous temples of Angkor Wat, trek through ancient jungles or just kick back and relax with a bottle of locally brewed ‘Angkor Beer’ on those fabulous palm-fringed beaches!
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