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Bear Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

1-8 Weeks from

minimum age

  • Work closely with bears in an ethical manner
  • First-hand experience of a wildlife rescue centre
  • Get immersed in Cambodian culture with locals
  • Enhance your knowledge of wildlife caretaking

Project Costs 

The cost for 1 week is £605, 2 weeks £965, 3 weeks £1285, 4 weeks £1615, 5 weeks £1930, 6 weeks £2221. This covers food (daily breakfast and dinner from Sunday-Thursday), accommodation in the shared volunteer house, pick up from set location in Phnom Penh centre, daily return transfers to/from the rescue centre, training, in-country and WorkingAbroad Project support.

The costs don’t include flights to/from Phnom Penh, health and travel insurance, visa fee, lunch during the week, airport drop-off and personal expenses. It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

Please email charlotte@workingabroad.com for further details or any questions about dates and costs for 6+ weeks.

Payment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However for those who are accepted, you will be required to pay the remaining balance 2 months before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on the project, Cambodia, suggested items to bring etc.

How are funds used?

The volunteer fee covers the accommodation, transport, food and other expenses that are involved with having volunteers at the project. A part is also financially contributing to the running of the sanctuary. At the bear sanctuary in Cambodia, they are caring for 120+ rescued bears, all of which require a huge amount of resources in the form of time, money and care. The rescued bears need rehabilitation, a healthy diet, medical provisions, enrichment activities, hammocks, climbing platforms, cooling pools, dens and forest enclosures.

Volunteer with Bears | Volunteer Cambodia | Working AbroadIt costs over £3 per day to feed a single bear a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and fruit supplemented with dog biscuits for protein and additional pulses and grains. Many of the bears are rescued at an early age, sometimes as young as 1 month old. This means a lot of vegetables! Bears are also extremely intelligent creatures. To keep their complex minds stimulated and provide them as close an environment as possible to their natural habitat, they receive different enrichment activities daily. But nothing lasts long around a bear and they regularly need replacement.

The sanctuary tries to provide them the best life possible, as close as they can to a natural life with large forest enclosures with cooling pools to escape the summer heat. This often requires constant repairs and upkeep to maintain. Many of the rescued bears also require extensive medical care. Whether it’s a small cub, a bile farm bear with injuries/disease or bears in the sanctuaries requiring health checks and general health care, the vet department is constantly busy providing the very best treatment and care possible.

Each year, the sanctuary also take on more rescues as the government partners are able to increasingly enforce wildlife laws and confiscate animals. The volunteer programme is making it possible to also help pay for the Education and Awareness programmes.

Project Dates

The dates below are a guide, however, volunteers have to arrive before Sunday 1pm to make the transport from Phnom Penh to the sanctuary. Volunteers thus need to arrive on a Sunday before this time or the day(s) before. Volunteers can then either leave after they have finished work on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Start End Availability
October 20th 2019 October 26th 2019 Fully Booked
October 27th 2019 November 2nd 2019 5 places available
November 3rd 2019 November 9th 2019 Fully Booked
November 17th 2019 November 23rd 2019
December 15th 2019 December 21st 2019
December 22nd 2019 December 28th 2019 4 places available
January 12th 2020 January 25th 2020 4 places available
January 19th 2020 February 1st 2020
February 2nd 2020 February 15th 2020
February 16th 2020 February 29th 2020
March 1st 2020 March 14th 2020
March 15th 2020 March 28th 2020
May 17th 2020 May 30th 2020
May 31st 2020 June 6th 2020
Bear Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

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