Month: May 2014

HEY June 1 Program! I’m YOUR Team Leader!

HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII EVERYONE! I am Cori, one of the team leaders for the Elephant Sanctuary and Village Development program this summer! I just arrived here in Phnom Penh from Siem Reap eager to pick up all of the volunteers at the airport tomorrow. Be on the lookout for me in my Reach Out Volunteer shirt &…



Fun in the Sun and at the School

Today we got to have a little bit of a sleep in. Some volunteers were very eager to take advantage of that! At 9 am, we headed to the local school for teaching, playing, and donating. When we arrived at the school all the kids lined up in their grades, and said hello to us….



Bananas and Buddhists

We had a few unexpected changes to our schedule today. The founder of this elephant refuge came all the way from Thailand to visit our volunteers. Since the age of 16 Lek has been working with elephants and has founded 5 projects in Thailand along with refuges in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, and our refuge…



How About Some More Ellies…?!

Another day in paradise! Who can complain when you get to play outside in tropical weather with elephants?! We sure cant… Today, some volunteers got to take the ellies for a hike in the jungle. We watched them pick fruit off the trees, walked in their paths, and even jumped in the river with them!…



A Bucket and A Watermelon

Today we started early with a 7Am breakfast. Because the kitchen staff did not understand the concept of toast we were greeted in the cafeteria with fried bread stuffed with jam (unsurprisingly this ended up being delicious) along with fried rice and vegetables. Our group’s size makes it necessary divide into 2 sections for the…



Elephants! Elephants! Elephants!

Today is the day that every volunteer has been waiting for. At 8:30 AM we board our bus for the 2 hour drive to the Elephant Refuge. Unlike yesterdays bus we have this one all to ourselves. One of our volunteers (who shall remain unnamed) thought it would be a good idea to chug 1.5…



Its Officially Day ONE!

Today was a fun filled day of education and travelling! The volunteers got to get into the groove of things by waking up for our typical 7am breakfast. Which seems to be a great cure for any jet lagged individuals. They then got to explore the Killing Fields and learn a whole lot. Tuk tuks…



The Adventure Begins

Today is the day! 23 intrepid volunteers from Canada, America, and Australia have arrived in Phnom Pehn to begin the Elephant Refuge and Village Immersion Program! Today has been an introduction to Cambodia. Volunteers have been arriving throughout the day and those who came early had the opportunity to explore the central markets of Phnom…



Meet YOUR Team Leaders!

Welcome to the Cambodia Elephant & Village Immersion Program!We are super duper excited to be team leading you this summer! Let us tell you a little about ourselves… John, being a chivalrous guy… is letting ladies go first. My name is Briana! I have been working with Reach Out Volunteers for 2 years now. I…



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