Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
1 - 4 people
This project is available for up to 6 weeks
We are looking for volunteers to join our team in Cambodia in the next few months and help provide a safe haven for the bears! Flexible and free date changes.
Description of Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
Departures every Sunday throughout the year
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
1 Reviews of Volunteering with bears in Cambodia
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Jan 2014 by Louise Bednarz
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Everything! I loved every second of my trip - the people, the country, the bears I worked with...........
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be open-minded, embrace the experience, ask questions and enjoy!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Absolutely! Since I worked as a volunteer my time and money will benefit the project. I purchased a bunch of items at the volunteer project, at local markets and in the city that will benefit the locals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I couldn't have asked for more. Everything was perfect! I've learned so much. My time in Cambodia was a few of the best weeks in my life. I felt more at home there than I feel in my everyday life.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetBy volunteering at the centre you will make a major contribution to the welfare of bears in Asia. Your time and efforts will help to care for the bears, and the majority of the programme cost will go direct to the centre providing a critical source of funding for their future work. On a personal level you will have a unique opportunity to work alongside some incredible animals and gain the satisfaction of helping to make a difference to the lives of these animals.
In addition to this direct benefit, we try to ensure:
Social responsibility - before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.
Economic responsibility – for over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.
The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the Centre. The Centre provides employment for many local staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.
Environmental responsibility – while our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.
PeopleEducational tours are organised for young school children at the centre, the team believe that the education of the next generation is critical to the survival of the endangered species, and conservation of wildlife as a whole. They also educate the local community on poaching which is a commonplace in rural areas.
The project actively campaigns for better animal treatment in Cambodia including issues with illegal pet trading, hunting and poaching and the use of animals within the tourist industry. They distribute educational materials to travel agents in Thailand to ask them to stop endorsing places where animals are used for entertainment. The centre often works in collaboration with local authorities including the government departments and a rapid response rescue team to confiscate animals from markets or illegal traders.
The exploitation of animals in the tourist industry is common in Cambodia however by offering full time employment to locals in the Bear Rescue project, teaching about conservation issues and showing that tourists will visit Cambodia to simply see the animals and to help prevent wildlife from suffering, then gradually a change in mentality could possibly be achieved.