ELEPHANTS! enough said.
If you truly love elephants and you want to view these amazing creatures in their natural habitat, respectfully, there is no better place in the world. You will spend your days relaxing in the forest watching the elephants interact with each other, explore their environment and exhibit natural behavior again. When you learn about their pasts and see their lives now, it touches the heart. It is truly beautiful and a life changing experience.
Support the Bigger Picture
Our goal is to support the elephants, forest and the indigenous people of Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province and you can be a part of this. With only 70 elephants left in captivity in Cambodia, and 400-600 in the wild, it is critical to support this last remaining population of elephants in Cambodia!
By choosing to book a placement with us, the money we receive is vital to keeping the operations of the sanctuary and our NGO (ELIE) going, helping provide support to the elephants and people! We rehabilitate and care for sick and abused elephants, run a mobile vet unit for the community elephants outside of the EVP, protect the forests and provide vital jobs, healthcare, community assistance for the local indigenous population surrounding our sanctuary, as well supporting elephant owners across Cambodia.
You will also do many volunteering sessions as part of your placement at the EVP. You will have a direct impact by contributing to massive projects like: maintaining elephant food farms, replanting endangered trees into the local forest, restoring trails, assisting in research, checking and monitoring the elephant’s health, and so much more!
A practical metaphor; say you come out and lend a hand in our nursery planting endangered tree seeds, week after week other volunteers come through and nurture those seeds into saplings, in a few months more volunteers come through and re-pot and move the growing trees, and then within a year your little seed has now found a new home in the forest growing strong to keep the forests of Cambodia alive! You are a part of the big picture!
Meet new people & become part of a team
The volunteer program is capped at 12 people and you get the chance to meet people from all over the world. In your two week program you will become a close knit team and work together on the volunteer tasks, as well as visiting the elephants.
As the sanctuary project has progressed we have seen a growth in visitor numbers. We now run a number of programs on site including the elephant placement programs, a groups & education program and day tours for short-term visitors. As the running of the project, sanctuary and all outreach relies on the donations of volunteers and visitors, this growth is necessary. However we still have maximum numbers on each visit to the elephants for the elephants welfare (max 12-14 people) and so you can enjoy a personal experience. But with all the programs combined there could be up to 20-30 people staying onsite at the basecamp sometimes in high season â€“ so make sure you book in advance! However this is also one of the great benefits – you get to meet many people from all walks of life and make life long connections and friends.
Advocate for elephants
Our overall goal for your time with us, is for you to have an amazing experience and to leave as highly knowledgeable elephant advocates which will help continue our work all over the world!