Food, Lodging & Travel
Volunteers will be staying at the Elephant Sanctuary site for 5 days in shared dorm style accommodation. The accommodation is placed on the slopes of the valley providing some great views over the surrounding forest and wildlife that inhabits it like certain types of birds, such as eagles and hornbills.
All meals are prepared by the chefs and are delicious and plentiful. Meals depend on seasonal products available at the market, but include a wide variety of beef, pork, fish and vegetable dishes. Every meal ends with a platter of fresh fruit. It is possible to accommodate Vegetarians, Vegans, and other dietary preferences. Free and safe drinking water is readily available from the kitchen.
The base camp’s electricity supply is powered by a generator from approximately 6 PM until 9 PM, when you will have lights and be able to recharge your electrical equipment. It is essential that you bring a torch for all other times, and for walking between the bungalows and the kitchen/lounge/dinning area. There is no internet once at the Sanctuary in the forest. You will be able to access Internet during the weekends in Sen Monorom. Housekeeping will make up the rooms each day, and there is a free laundry service available for volunteers.
On the first night (Saturday to Sunday) upon arrival in Phnom Penh, volunteers will be staying at a guest house in the city. Dinner, breakfast and lunch for the road the next day is provided for the volunteers. On the last night (Friday-Saturday), volunteers will stay in shared accommodation in the town Sen Monorom, before being transferred back to Phnom Penh early Saturday morning. Dinner on Friday night is not provided, but volunteers usually go out to eat together.
The project is closed during weekends for the elephants to have some peace. Thus all volunteers will go back to Sen Monorom on Friday afternoon together and stay in the shared accommodation. Volunteers have the weekend free until Sunday afternoon, where they will go back to the Elephant Sanctuary.
Volunteers should be aged 18 years or over*, be moderate to very physically fit (capable of walking several kilometres per day in varied/hard terrain), and speak English. Volunteers should have a strong motivation to help and contribute to the community and animal welfare, and be able to cope with living and working in hot (and sometimes wet) conditions.
*We can also accept families with children under 18 years for this project.
Visa to Cambodia
You can stay in Cambodia on a Tourist visa for 30 days. You can apply for this online before departure, and the 30 days starts when you enter the country. Your passport needs to be valid for minimum 6 months upon entry. It is only possible to extend your visa once for another 30 days and you would need to pay an extra fee. It is not recommended to overstay the allowed time of your visa, as this could involve a penalty fee and/or not being able to enter the country again.
How to get there
Volunteers should fly to Phnom Penh airport (PNH). From here you will be picked up by partner hotel staff and taken to the Guest House in Phnom Penh, where you will spend your first night. The next day, you will be transferred by shared taxi to the city Sen Monorom, which is about 12 km from the Elephant Sanctuary. You will meet the project team and then be transferred by local staff from Sen Monorom to the sanctuary on Sunday afternoon.
You should arrive in Phnom Penh on a Saturday. If you arrive in Phnom Penh earlier than this, you would need to arrange your own airport transfer and accommodation until Saturday. If arriving 1-2 days before Saturday, we are able to assist you with arranging accommodation at the same guest house for extra night(s) at the same rate.
No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, unless arriving directly from Africa or a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Generally advised are vaccinations against Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A + B, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. Consider anti-malaria tablets as the project is located in the mountain forest, which in particular is prone to mosquitoes during and just before the end of the rainy season.