Hi There Parents, Friends & Loved ones,
The group has made it to the Elephant Sanctuary- Yippee!! – and are really enjoying their time there so far. Unfortunately there are still some internet problems out at the sanctuary which is why the blog has been a little delayed.
We’ve spoken with Jane the Team Leader, and have some updates on what the group has been doing so far…
On Sunday our Volunteers arrived from all across the globe, excited to begin their adventure. Sunday was spent welcoming and making new friends and enjoying the sights of Phnom Penh.
After an early breakfast, the group headed off for the Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) to learn about Cambodia’s sad history. This is always a very humbling and sombre experience but such an important part of Cambodia’s history.
The group then hopped on a bus bound for Siem Reap. After such a busy day, the group was ready for bed.
On Tuesday morning the group was collected and transported to the Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately a 2 hour drive from Siem Reap. The trip out to the Elephant Sanctuary is always enjoyable, and offers glimpses of the famous Angkor Wat Temples.
After some lunch on arrival, Tuesday afternoon was spent getting acquainted with the project, meeting the resident monkey’s & elephants, and relaxing.
It’s now time for the volunteers to get immersed in projects at the Elephant Sanctuary. This morning the volunteers split into two groups, which will swap over later in the day to give everyone an opportunity to take part.
One group went out to the local school where the volunteers have been working on building an important water catchment for the students. While at the school there has also been time to engage with the students; playing games and teaching English.
Back at the Sanctuary, the other group spent the morning cutting down corn which is grown on site for the elephants to eat. It is amazing to see just how much an elephant can eat in one day! 🙂
We’ll be in touch with Jane again shortly to find out what the group has been involved in, so stay tuned 🙂