Need to Know
Age & Required Experience
- At least 16 years of age
- Keen interest in animal conservations & a desire to learn
- Good for students studying or interested in studying animal conservation
Accommodation is included for the duration of the project, including your first nights accommodation on arrival in Phnom Penh. Volunteers stay on-site in beautiful lodges constructed in the traditional Bunong style with western style furniture, including toilet and shower. MyGapYear volunteers have the option to choose between backpacker dorms or private bungalows at additional cost.
Volunteers staying for more than one week will spend weekends in a guesthouse located in Sen Monorom, a short drive from the project base in Mondulkiri. All trasnfers to and from the project are included, as is your transfer to Sen Monorom and back to Phnom Penh at the completion of the project.
Three meals a day is provided at the Elephant Project with the chef extraordinaire providing a great mix of local & international meals. Volunteers dine together in the main complex overlooking the elephant valley, and wake up to the sounds of the jungle with a fresh coffee or tea & a hearty omelet or pancake. As the project only runs from Sunday to Thursday weekends are spent in a local town where the cost of meals is NOT included in the price. All meals consumed during the weekend are at the expense of the volunteer. Average meal price is $3-$5.
Orientation & Support
MyGapYear offers unlimited support prior to departure. Upon receipt of your deposit you will receive your MGY Handbook, which includes comprehensive information on Cambodian customs, culture, what to wear, traditional Khmer meals and important Khmer language words. We can also help you find the right travel insurance & book the correct flights.
The Elephant Project staff will be with you at all times during your placement at Base Camp. All volunteers have 24/7 in-country support should any problems arise when not at the Project Base Camp.
Level of fitness & special skills
Although all levels of fitness are certainly welcome, we recommend that MyGapYear Adventurers be moderately fit for this project as your days are often filled with physical labour & considerable time spent walking through dense jungle & over uneven surfaces. Another request we make is for you to notify MyGapYear of any special skills or trades that you may have in advance, including plumbers, carpenters, irrigation specialists, electricians, etc. This will allow us organise your skill set to be put to good use directly where it is needed.
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