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Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

2-8 Weeks from

18+ for individual - families 8+
minimum age

  • Observe elephants in their natural habitat
  • Assist with the daily work of an Ethical Elephant sanctuary
  • Live and work in a vast tropical forest in Cambodia
  • Meet people from around the world

Useful Information about Cambodia

View of the jungle

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the northwest, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. While the Angkor Wat commemorates Cambodia’s glorious history, the country also has a destructive history of colonialism, the Indochina Wars, and the Khmer Rouge regime, and is today one of Asia’s poorest countries. However, the magnificent old world wonders and stunning natural scenery, as well as the charm and hospitality of the locals draw travellers to Cambodia every year.

Mondulkiri, or also know as “Mountain of Mandala”, is a province of Eastern Cambodia with Sen Monorom as the capital. Bordering the provinces of Kratié to the west, Stung Treng to the northwest, Ratanakiri to the north and the country of Vietnam to the east and south, it is the most sparsely populated province in the country despite being the largest in land area. Visitors will experience vast areas of natural beauty with forested green mountain areas, the famous Mondulkiri waterfalls and is the place of one of the largest remaining woodlands.


The weather is hottest (40+ degrees) in March and April, whereas the high-season from November to February offers cooler and more windy days, with almost Mediterranean temperatures. The low season is from May to September, as this is also the rainy season, yet still frequently visited by Westerners on their Summer holidays. The peak season for the Bear Sanctuary project is January-April.

How about also joining the Bear Sanctuary project?

Bear resting in enclosure

We have two great sanctuary projects in Cambodia that are both working hard for the further protection and conservation of wildlife. The Bear Sanctuary, located in a Wildlife Rescue centre near Phnom Penh, is rescuing endimic bears to Asia from horrible conditions, the illegal wildlife trade etc., so they can live a life free of pain. Joining them before/after your stay at the Elephant Sanctuary will provide you a full sense of what wildlife conservation and protection is all about in Cambodia learning from local staff and conservationists at both sanctuaries! Read more about the Bear Sanctuary project here and please don’t hesitate to reach out to Vicky for further questions on victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com

You can learn more about Cambodia and its history, culture and sights on our country page here.

Elephant Sanctuary Volunteer Project, Cambodia

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