Duration: 14 DAYS

Type: VOLUNTEER – Tax deductible donation included in cost.

Minimum Age: 18 (or with a parent or guardian).

Service Level: STANDARD – Comfortable accommodation with character and a mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: Volunteer Physical Rating 2 – Nothing too strenuous, you don’t need to be especially physically fit.

Program cost excludes flights.

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For your program you will need to arrive and depart from the following airport/s. Please note you have different arrival and departure airports.

Arrival: Siem Reap International (REP) – you can arrive at any time between 8am and midnight on the first day of program and we’ll pick you up from the airport. We recommend arriving on the Saturday (extra day needs purchasing) to maximise your time at the elephant sanctuary. For those arriving prior to 12pm Sunday (day 1), you will be transported to the elephants Sunday afternoon. All later flights will be transferred Monday morning (day 2).

Departure: Bangkok International (BKK) – you can depart at any time between 8am and midnight on the final day of program and we will drop you off at the airport with time for your flight home.

If you haven’t travelled much, or booked flights before we also offer a flight assistance service in which we help you in booking your flights for program. We’ve booked hundreds of flights for our volunteers, and will make sure you get to where you need to be on the right date. After ten years of international travel we’ve gotten pretty good at it. For more information please take a look on your volunteer profile in the add ons section.


For the first week you will be staying in bungalows at the Cambodian Eco Sanctuary that is home to elephants, monkeys, dogs, ducks and more! These animals have been rescued, and are living at the sanctuary to be rehabilitated with your help. The sanctuary is situated in a jungle north of Siem Reap and attempts to get self-sufficient. There is a vegepatch where much of the food served for your meals is cultivated.

At the start of week two we will journey across the Thai/Cambodian border across the flat plains that have been the ancient home of the Gwi people, elephant keepers for thousands of years. Technology has brought change to their lives. Elephants are no longer used for working purposes. You will be part of a new program that is helping these people transition from the old ways of elephant training and working to a new and more humane approach of establishing an elephant sanctuary. The transition is underway but not without its hiccups. Be part of the change that improves the lives of the Gwi people and the elephants.

What's Included

  • All on ground transport incl. airport transfers
  • All main meals & drinking water
  • All accommodation
  • ROV Project Leader
  • Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  • All building materials for ROV project
  • Khmer Culture: Language & History
  • Traditional Cuisine: Khmer BBQ, bug tasting and eat in local restaurants
  • Siem Reap Experience: Markets, Carnival and Apsara show
  • Relaxing and fun water activities in Thailand

For more details see your Program Booklet.

Why ROV?

  • Your safety is our first priority
  • Our Charity is not for profit
  • Tax deductible donation included in price
  • Projects with integrity driven by village needs
  • 24/7 access to your Team Leader & ROV Head office
  • No "surprise costs" on program
  • Year round funding for the ROV schools & crèches

International volunteering in Cambodia, it's an experience like no other!

Working alongside parents, teachers, kids, grandparents (and grateful elephants), welcomed with open arms in the local community you will find more happiness than you ever imagined.

Back to Siem Reap

Basic Itinerary

Subject to change

NB: due to the early departure on Day One to the Sanctuary participants are urged to arrive on the day prior to commencement (Saturday). There is an Add On with meals and accommodation included if you require.

Please note Itineraries are subject to change. For this program it is advisable to arrive on the Saturday before as this ensures you can travel to the eco sanctuary first thing Sunday morning. For those arriving before 12pm Sunday (day 1) you will be transported to the sanctuary in the afternoon. All arrivals on Sunday after this time will be transported Monday morning (day 2)


Breakfast at accommodation before departing for the Cambodia Eco Sanctuary

On arrival you will settle in to your bungalow and have some time to relax before lunch.

You’ll enjoy a vegetarian lunch which is cooked on site. All meals at the sanctuary are vegetarian, and are absolutely delicious!

After lunch you will have orientation and meet the animal residents. The sanctuary is home to an assortment of rescued animals including elephants, dogs, geese and monkeys. You’ll have the opportunity to meet them all during your stay.

There will be free time before dinner followed by evening activities such as trivia, card games, watching documentaries etc.

Please note over the coming days you will be involved in a variety of tasks at the sanctuary. These will change from time to time and are reflective of the current needs of the eco sanctuary and the animals there. Groups will rotate throughout the various tasks.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be on site at the sanctuary each day.

Each day you will be involved in the following: preparing food for the elephants, feeding the elephants, taking the elephants for walks in the jungle, forest regenerations projects, visiting a local school, harvesting and planting food, assisting to care for the animals at the sanctuary, and the occasional building project when needed.

Breakfast at the eco sanctuary.

Your morning will be spent engaging in the normal morning activities such as feeding the elephants, preparing food, cleaning enclosures etc.

There will be lunch and final goodbyes at the sanctuary before travelling back to Siem Reap.

You’ll into the accommodation and have some free time – relax by the hotel pool, read a good book, play games with the other volunteers or catch up on some Netflix.

Enjoy your final night in Siem Reap with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a night out in Siem Reap. We’ll even treat you to a cocktail / mocktail.

Breakfast is at the accommodation.

This morning is optional activity day, and anyone who has purchased the Kulen Mountain & Circus package will spend the day exploring the waterfalls and then seeing a local acrobatic circus.

For those who have not purchased add ons, you will have the day to yourself to explore Siem Reap, grab a massage, relax by the pool or shop till you drop at the markets.

Dinner will be eaten as a group at a local restaurant.

Those who purchased the add on package will then go to the acrobatic circus. Others can enjoy some free time.

Tomorrow will be an early start as you depart for the Elephant Sanctuary! You might want to purchase some snacks for your journey tomorrow.

After an early breakfast at the accommodation venue, you will depart for the elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

You will stop for lunch at our Eco Sanctuary and then make your way to the border where you will cross into Thailand. From here you will continue your travels to Surin.

On arrival you will be shown to your accommodation for the next week. This will be a homestay where you are stay with volunteers in your group and a local family that has been selected. There will then be orientation and you’ll meet the elephants. Did we mention there are baby elephants?!

Dinner will then be served, followed by a welcome ceremony and blessing.

Please note over the coming days you will be involved in a variety of tasks at the sanctuary. These will change from time to time and are reflective of the current needs of the elephants and community. Groups will rotate throughout the various tasks.

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner each day are served in the local community where you will enjoy wonderfully cooked Thai food.

Each day you will be involved in the following work to assist the elephants and community: planting rice, harvesting sugar cane, preparing food for the elephants, feeding the elephants, cleaning elephant enclosures, bathing the elephants, walking the elephants to nearby lake etc.

During your stay in the sanctuary community, there will also be language & history classes, monk blessings and a day on the lake.

Today you will depart the elephant sanctuary after breakfast and make your way to Bangkok for your final night of the trip.

On arrival to Bangkok you will settle in at the accommodation and then have lunch out at a local restaurant.

There will be time in the afternoon to explore the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and do some shopping.

Dinner will be out at a local restaurant, followed by a night out in Bangkok where you will be treated to a cocktail / mocktail.

Breakfast will be at the accommodation venue, and lunch at a local restaurant.

Volunteers will be departing at various times of the day and will be dropped at Bangkok Airport (BKK).

For more details see your Program Booklet.


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