2 independent reviews for Volunteering with bears in Cambodia

Reviews for Volunteering with bears in Cambodia

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review 16 Jan 2014

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.

review 23 Sep 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Meeting the bears and being able to really make a difference to their day-to-day lives with enrichment, feeding and cleaning; some of the things we were doing (such as enrichment to keep the bears active and happy) wouldn't get done unless we were there to help out!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You only need to take US Dollars to Cambodia - no need to get any local currency beforehand! I went in the wet season (July) and packed lots of waterproofs and warm clothes just in case - I didn't use either of them! No need for any more than t-shirts or a very thin jumper and when it rains you can generally stay under cover until it is passed! I also recommend a guide book (Rough Guide is good) and if you've done a bit of research on any guesthouses that look good to stay in, then that saves a lot of time and hassle when you get there - most of the volunteers went into Phnom Penh over the weekends, where you'll have to find a place to stay. This isn't compulsory though, it's fine to stay in the guesthouse! There's wifi at the volunteer house so bring a laptop if you want!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, because it opens jobs for some of the locals, who are paid good wages (e.g. the house cook, security guard etc). Westerners (or non-locals) get charged more for food and travel than the locals (still very reasonable prices) so our use of tuk-tuks, taxis and buying food and souveniers brings in a lot of money! The centre where the bears are has no electricity supply, so uses solar power and biogas, and from this and the volunteer house there is very little electricity consumption.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic, it was possibly my best experience abroad; I added 2 weeks onto the end of my volunteering to travel around Cambodia, which was also a brilliant experience. I have always wanted to work with bears, and this is one of the only opportunities in the world to not only get close to (and if you're lucky - touch) bears, as well as contributing towards the organisation that takes care of bears across the whole of SE Asia and beyond!

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