Month: June 2015

Sugarcane and seeding day!

It is the second working day at the Elephant Sanctuary. It was the same time for breakfast in the morning. After the breakfast we took a track to a village which take above 15 minutes by a track. Everyone has a machete on their hands for cutting sugarcane at that place. They did a very…



A cool day with the elephant

Hello all my blog readers, It was a very happy day our projects at the work side. And we also had a very fun with projects. After we had a good breakfast we took rocks put on a small track and bring them through jungle to make a dam to keep water for elephants take…



Arrival at the Elephant Sanctuary

Sue Sdey (Hello), Welcome to the elephant blog. My name is Damdin. I am a team leader at the elephant sanctuary this week. I graduated at university with community developing and project manager. I’ve been working with ROV as a team leading almost one year now. But i used to work with ROV almost three…



A bittersweet farewell

The last few weeks have been such an adventure, but it wasn’t until today that everyone realised how close we had all become. While we have been working on these communities, whether it was teaching english, building water catchments, building up schools and helping animal sanctuaries the bond we developed crept up and caught us…



Back at Siem Reap

We left the sanctuary today just after midday but not before saying a final farewell to the Elephants Arun Ria and Kumlin with an early morning feeding. We did one final tour of some of the highlights of the sanctuary like the Monkey Enclosure and the rescued dogs. The bags were packed, our accommodation locked…



The end is near….

Hello! Today’s post is done by Elaine, Tara, and Clara! Today was the last official work day at the Elephant Sanctuary. The work load was small and the volunteers were relaxed. We started with a short drive down the road to a locals house to chop down some sugar cane. After we unloaded the sugar…



Back to School.

Today is always one of my favourite days of the week. The Volunteers got up and headed to the local school, there they teach the students English (one of the teachers speaks broken English but otherwise this is the children’s only exposure english in a learning environment). Understandably they were all apprehensive heading into these…



Rollin’ weeds and pullin’ hoes

Today’s post is by incredible volunteers… Today got dirty. Coming up on the nursery, which was vastly overgrown with weeds, we grabbed our hoes and started rolling up the entanglement of weeds. The hoes were useful for uprooting the weeds which were deeply rooted in the soil. Everyone got their hands dirty digging deep into…



Arun Rai is healing!

Today was an amazing day! Arun Rai, one of the elephants at the sanctuary, one who had been so traumatised by her brutal past experiences with humans, has been at the sanctuary long enough that she has finally started to heal. We were able to hand feed her for the first time today. Before that,…



Welcome to the sanctuary!

Today I got to meet eleven new people and bring them to the Elephant Sanctuary. They’ve come from two close knit groups as one group of five came from the island program and six came from the village program. On the bus ride there we did a few ice breaking games where all the volunteers…



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