Hi Friends, Families and Loved Ones,
Just a quick update to let you know that the elephant group volunteers are currently having a fantastic time out at the Elephant Sanctuary. Unfortunately internet can be a little temperamental at the sanctuary, but that’s what you get when living in the jungle 🙂
We’ll be touching base with the John the Team Leader each day to check in on what our amazing volunteers have been up to.
Sunday 20th July:
Our volunteers arrived from all across the world, ready to embark on their journey. While the group waited for everyone to arrive, some volunteers chose to go out and explore the sights of Phnom Penh, taking advantage of the wonderful market shopping there.
A group dinner was then enjoyed in Phnom Penh to celebrate the start of program. What better way to finish the day.
Monday 21st July:
The group was up bright and early so that they could make their way out to the Killing Fields which are approximately 45 minutes from the main city of Phnom Penh by Tuk Tuk.
Although visiting the Killing Fields can be confronting, it allows for volunteers to get a close insight into the sad and chilling Cambodian history.
After spending the morning at the Killing Fields, the group then departed for Siem Reap by bus. This is quite a long trip, but it makes for a great place to really get to know the rest of the group through various games such as two truths and a lie….This game can get very interesting! 🙂
Tuesday 22nd July:
Bright and early the group was then collected from their hotel and transported out to the Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 2 hours from Siem Reap.
On arrival the group was given an orientation tour of the Sanctuary which included meeting the resident monkeys and most importantly Elephants! 🙂
There was then time to settle in to the bungalows that are on site at the Sanctuary. Don’t worry there are mosquito nets above each bed to keep the spiders at bay 🙂
Wednesday 23rd July:
This morning after enjoying a vegetarian breakfast (all meals at the sanctuary are vegetarian) the volunteers were eager to get started with their day!
Today the volunteers will be busy out at the sanctuary taking part in a variety of tasks that will be alternated.
The volunteers will be visiting the local community school where previous groups have been involved in constructing a water catchment. This group will be painting the water catchment to protect it from the elements so that the children and staff have access to water.
There will then be time to feed the very cheeky resident monkeys who always enjoy spending time with our volunteers 🙂
The best part of the day will of course be the time spent with the elephants. Today our amazing volunteers will have the opportunity to bathe the elephants which is always a great way to cool down from the Cambodian heat.
We’ll be in touch with John again tomorrow to give you some more updates. Stay tuned….