Month: December 2014

See you next year!!!

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Today started out a bit different than the past few days. Each morning while we are snoozing away the local Cambodian conservation rangers go on a sunrise run. But THIS morning we had the honor of being invited! They started off with chants and then went into a thirty minute jog down the…



Mighty Morphing Conservation Rangers

Denizens of the Interwebs, The Sun has set upon another day at the Elephant Sanctuary. These days have been flying by! We started off our morning early as usual with a 7AM breakfast of rice, fruit, and fried french toast (YuM). In the morning we divided up into two groups again. The group who was…



Scrubba dub dub

Hello again from the ele sanctuary! Last night the volunteers got their first taste of freezing jungle nights! It was a well welcomed temperature after so many hot, hot days in Siem Reap. After a buffet style veggie breakfast we split into two groups for the days work. In the morning one group headed into the jungle…



Welcome to the JUNGGGGGLE!

Hello Loyal Blog Readers, This is John and Katelyn, the team leaders at the elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. After an awesome and productive week in the Kro Bei Riel community building a house (in one week!), we made the 2 hour trek north to the Elephant Sanctuary. The bus journey flew by as the volunteers…



Final Friday :(

Today was our last day at the elephant sanctuary! We were all very sad to leave, not to mention it was also our last day all together. While we’re all excited to see our families and our homes, we will be devastated to leave his beautiful place and all these beautiful people!This morning at breakfast,…



Frosty Thursday!

Last night was one of the coldest so far here at the sanctuary! We were all very thankful for our extra blankets. Breakfast featured yoghurt with fruit as well as deep fried bread which was very different!! First up for the day was building another toilet! There are four all together being built by the…



Water fights and duck ponds!

Another very exciting day at the elephant sanctuary! This morning we ate pancakes which was a tantalising taste from back home! Everyone was fit and ready to go by 8 when we went to the local school to help teach the kids english. This was definitely a highlight for us because we absolutely loved being at…



Hard labour day!

Today we woke up early again ready for a day of hard labour! We were very excited to see that we had toast and peanut butter for breakfast, a taste of home. Our first job for the day was raking hay and grasses from the side of the road to make a fire break. It…



Terrific Tuesday!

We were back to work today again which meant up early! Our first night out here proved to be very different to Siem Reap – no power after 10, and much colder conditions. Some of us were even wearing jumpers! Our first job for the day was collecting sugar cane for the elephants. It was…



Elephant Day 1!

Hi all, welcome to the first day of our elephant rescue work! Today we had a 2 hour bus ride to the elephant sanctuary, and moved straight into our bungalows once we had arrived. We settled in and had lunch and an orientation. The lunch was absolutely delicious! The elephant refuge is a vegetarian  zone…



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