The Elephant sanctuary in Cambodia was established to save working elephants from the tourist and logging industry, so they can live their lives as free elephants. The project also works hard to create awareness and change attitudes in Cambodia around the elephant’s role as a work animal.
“It is something and somewhere I will remember for the rest of my life. I honestly can’t express how special of a place it is and I am so glad it is where I got the opportunity to see and learn so much more about elephants.”
Grainne Finnegan, Ireland
In this blog piece, WorkingAbroad blogger Brenna Saunders examines the issues surrounding responsible tourism in Cambodia, which includes the cruel practice of riding elephants, but provides ethical alternatives and advice on what to look out for as a traveller.
Volunteers get to actively contribute to the daily work of the elephant sanctuary that includes important reforestation efforts, while also spending days learning about and observing these lovely animals in their natural habitat. All while getting to know people from around the world.
The Elephant sanctuary is located in the Mondulkiri region that is in the remote Eastern part of Cambodia. A scarcely populated part of the country close to the border of Vietnam, which offers volunteers a look into the countryside of Cambodia.
Volunteers can spend their free time on the weekends relaxing, socialising or exploring. Whether visiting the local Mondulkiri waterfalls or visiting other local indigenous villages and conservation projects, volunteers have the chance to explore and get fully immersed in Cambodian culture and sights.