On this volunteer challenge you'll get the best of both worlds as you spend one week at our wildlife sanctuary and one week in a rural community volunteering on environmental education initiatives. You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and think creatively as you volunteer to help address issues of animal endangerment and social inequality.
Our Wildlife and Environment Challenge is perfect for anyone who wants to volunteer to help elephants and animal welfare, improve environmental sustainability, learn about grass-roots community development or someone who just wants to use their skills to make a difference!
The wildlife sanctuary where you'll spend a week spans one million acres and is home to several endangered species including tigers, elephants, banteng, deer, sarus crane, crocodiles and several turtle species. Once densely forested and rich in biodiversity, this area has been terribly affected by illegal logging and poaching. You will volunteer to help efforts to reforest the area by keeping records of identified species, collecting seeds and planting samplings. You'll also have the opportunity to help care for injured and orphaned animals who have been rescued so that they can be rehabilitated and returned to their jungle home.
When you're in Battambang, you'll volunteer on projects aimed at improving education quality in the area, with a specific focus on environment and sustainability. You will deliver a range of workshops that will help provide the community the knowledge they need to better care for their environment. You’ll also volunteer on a renovation project at the local school to help create a safer and more inspiring learning environment for the children.
During your volunteer program you will have one or two free days that you can spend exploring Siem Ream. We recommend visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat temples - something that should be on everyone's bucket list!
After your volunteer program you can join our optional extension trip for $800, where you'll spend a week touring some of Cambodia's most beautiful natural landscapes and important cultural sites! Your journey starts in Phnom Penh where you'll explore Toul Sleng, the Killing Fields and the Royal Palace. Next you'll head to Sen Monorom where you'll be trekking across stunning Cambodian scenery with hill tribe home stays and discovering elephants, waterfalls and much more along the way. Finally you'll head to Kratie for a Mekong river boat trip and a chance to see Irrawaddy dolphins!
To say my trip was an amazing experience would be a serious understatement. I learnt so much about the world and about myself through my time in Cambodia and I will never forget the generosity and spirit of the people I met along the way.Celine Chong - University of Queensland
It is quite daunting going on a trip with people you haven’t met to a foreign country. But at the same time, it’s just amazing that you get to connect with them and make new friends. You’ll learn so much, both from teaching the kids and working with your mates. It’s also wonderful how you could use your own knowledge and capabilities to help a community in need.Long Nguyen - University of Melbourne
Definitely the hardest and most rewarding 3 weeks of my life. I've learnt to be grateful for everything that we have in Australia, because there are kids that don't have the educational opportunities we all take for granted. Massive thank you to all the people of Cambodia for being so kind, the friends I've made along this trip and to Challenges Abroad for making this experience possible.Andrew Mudgway - Victoria University
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!