Month: June 2014

ELEPHANTS

Our Journey to the Elephant Refuge started early with an 8:30 bus pickup. All was well until I received an unintelligible call from China Southern Airline about one of volunteers’ lost luggage. 16 volunteers board the bus while Isabella, Silvi, and I hunt for Isabella’s luggage. It was to no avail. Luckily though Cambodia is…



Road Trip

Today is officially Day 1 of program. We started off early with 730AM Breakfast before heading off to the Killing Fields. The Killing fields are a collection of mass gravesites where the Khmer Rouge took prisoners for executions during their reign from 1975-1979. It is now an open-air museum where the volunteers had the chance…



Greetings From Your Team Leader

Welcome to the Cambodia Elephant & Village Immersion Program! I’m super duper excited to be team leading you this summer! I’m John and I have been working with Reach Out Volunteers for 6 months years now. I graduated from American University in Washington D.C. 2 years ago with a degree in International Relations and Arabic…



“…We’re Family.” (UPDATED!)

And family is exactly what we feel like. Yesterday, a few people were in our common area hanging out before lunch and someone asked if they could quickly borrow someone’s flip flops because her flip flops broke. Without hesitation the consesnsus was, “Just take a pair out there. We’re family.” Team Leader note: I think…



Anyone Know the Day?

As a matter of fact, today is Thursday June 5th but here at the elephant sanctuary it is so easy to lose track of time. For our generation it’s pretty cool, to come to a place where we don’t have to rush from class to work. We aren’t worried about Facebook posts or Instagram likes….



“Let me take a selfie so my mum knows I’m doing hard work.”

Hiiiiiiii internet world! We survived our first day of hard work and sweat (more than we knew the human body was capable of). But we aren’t even bothered by it because it has been such a rewarding experience so far. After breakfast, we traded our electronics for some good ol’ fashion planting vegetables in our…



7 Hour Bus Ride, Monkeys & Elephants OH MY!

Hey everyone! Sorry that we didn’t post yesterday. There was a little bit of difficulty with the internet connection when we got into Siem Reap because of the rain. Nonetheless, yesterday we were occupied with a 7 hour bus ride from Phenom Penh to Siem Reap. Before this morning there was a wide range of knowledge…



71 Connecting Flights & 2 Days of Travel Later…

… WE MADE IT! Here are some of the amazing volunteers who will be on this program! (Don’t worry mom and dad if you don’t see your volunteer, they made is safely, they just wanted to shower first!) Airport pick ups began at 8AM and our last volunteer was finally in bed by 1AM. Whew,…



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