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Elephant Conservation in Cambodia

Pays d’action: Cambodge, Asie
Type d’activité: Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires
Assist at a sanctuary which provides a home for rescued Asian elephants Observe elephants in their natural surroundings Support the day to day running of the sanctuary Explore the waterfalls, tropical forests and learn about the local community during your free time

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Volunteer role at the project:

Volunteers work alongside local and international staff to assist in the rehabilitation of 10 rescued Asian elephants.

Each day differs but generally volunteers will spend half of each day with the elephants, observing them or helping to carry out their health checks. The other half of each day is spent volunteering on a variety of tasks that are required by the sanctuary:

  • Harvesting banana and pineapple trees for the elephants
  • Farming
  • Road and trail maintenance
  • Supporting the nursery and reforestation project

How the project is making a difference:

The sanctuary we work with provides a home to 10 Asian elephants that have been rescued from a variety of working backgrounds. They are now retired from work and live in the forest being rehabilitated in order to experience a more natural life. Here they are provided with a great natural environment to roam and each elephant has regular health checks and veterinary treatment when required.

The sanctuary works closely with the local community and the previous owners of the elephants (mahouts) as they recognise that without joint support, future positive change will not be possible. Therefore the project also provides employment opportunities for the mahouts to look after the elephants in their new home, but without having to work the elephants to earn an income.

Through the education of the local community and visitors to the area, they discourage the further domestication of wild elephants and instead demonstrate the value of elephants living more freely in the forest.

Why volunteers are needed:

Each elephant has their own mahout but volunteers provide an extra pair of eyes; whilst observing the elephants wandering freely in the forest you will learn how to complete full health checks which will allow you to identify and report any concerns regarding the elephants.
Volunteers also carry out a number of tasks to benefit the elephants in terms of additional food harvest for those who require it and contribute to the upkeep of the camp. A number of jobs volunteers assist with support the running of the sanctuary such as farming and construction.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

We are an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world since 2001. Volunteers are needed from 2 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Asia, Africa and Central & South America.

In this time of uncertainty during the current Coronavirus outbreak, we are monitoring the global situation closely in conjunction with the UK FCO and our local teams on the ground. The health and safety of our volunteers is our primary concern and we will only restart placements when it’s safe to do so. It’s not yet clear when this will be but we aren’t accepting new bookings for placements before 1 August 2020.

We want to reassure volunteers that you can feel confident booking an overseas volunteering placement with us and we have introduced extra flexibility to help with this.

Flexible payment terms
We are giving added flexibility on payments. Normally we ask for final payment by 8 weeks before start date, but we are reducing this to 1 month before start date for placements with start dates in 2020. This takes some pressure off volunteers and allows us to see how the situation evolves over the coming months.

Flexible date changes
If any of our volunteers want or need to reschedule (regardless of whether it is related to Coronavirus or not!), we are happy to reschedule for up to 18 months. You just need to let us know 1 month or more before your placement date and it can be open ended if you aren’t sure when you want to reschedule to. We are keeping this free of charge for maximum flexibility!

Booking flights – wait for now
We normally recommend that volunteers book flights as soon as possible after their placement is confirmed to secure the best deals, but with the current uncertainty, it’s best to wait until travel restrictions are lifted and the airlines can confirm their schedules before booking flights and making other arrangements.

We’d love to help organise your next volunteer adventure, ready for when the world has returned to some kind of normality!
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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Cambodge, Asie
Type d'activité :
Missions avec animaux et vétérinaires
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 1340 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 2040 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3445 €
3 mois : 4850 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
A tout moment
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
Volunteers must be confident communicating in English
Qualifications particulières :
Pas nécessaire
Hébergement & repas :
The dorm rooms are simple shared rooms shared rooms, bathrooms are shared with cold water showers and western bucket-flush toilets.There are four bungalows which are basic but with comfortable furnishings including a double bed, tables and a chair, and ensuite including cold water shower and western toilet.

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