|Location||1 hour south of Phnom Penh|
|Start dates||Every week on a Sunday|
|Duration||1 - 8 weeks|
|Age Requirements||21 +|
|Cost||From £595 / €705 / $940 - see fees table below|
Volunteers work alongside local keepers to care for some of the 150 bears currently at the rescue centre. Every day can vary but work could include:
Other tasks do not directly involve the bears but benefit them greatly, such as constructing new play areas, enrichments or weaving hammocks – bears love to climb!
There are usually 1-4 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 6. You will be working with a larger full time team of staff.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Cambodia Bear Rescue reviews.
Despite the fact that poaching and owning a bear as a pet are both illegal in Cambodia, bears are still targeting by pet traders, traditional medicine traders (bear bile being a highly priced commodity) and kept within the tourist industry.
The centre is home to around 150 bears in total, both Sun and Moon Bears. Many have been confiscated from homes following years of mistreatment as pets, seized from the black market trades or freed from snare traps.
Due to mass deforestation in Cambodia, re-release is difficult and many bears have long term health problems. The project aims to give them a comfortable life at the centre; enclosures are large with lush local vegetation, climbing frames and pools and volunteers and staff work hard to provide a variety of enrichments on a daily basis.
The Bear rescue project also works with the local community to educate them on Malayan Sun Bears and Asiatic Black Bears (Moon Bears), teaching children from local schools about the importance of conservation and preservation of bears.
The centre employs full time Khmer staff to support the bears however many of the roles are labour intensive and there is always more to be done; whether it is fixing or expanding an enclosure, creating a new enrichment idea or simply helping with the daily duties.
By having support from international volunteers the centre are able to get their message out to other tourists and travellers in Cambodia and increase the knowledge in the wider world on this little known species and the threats they are facing.
You will live together with staff and other volunteers in a Volunteer House around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre in a beautiful rural area surrounded by paddy fields and opposite a temple.
The volunteer house is a basic Cambodian style house with open-air ground floor and bedrooms upstairs. Bedrooms are shared 1-4 volunteers per room. Bathrooms are shared between volunteers and are cold water. The house has a kitchen and comfortable living area.
There is no wireless internet connection on site but volunteers can occasionally get phone signal and so 3G connections are sometimes possible.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), food (lunch). Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.|
Pod is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity - for more details click here.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
Becky in the Pod UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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Population: approx 15 million
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Life expectancy: 62.2 years
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 22.8%
Number of threatened animal species: 204
Health & Safety: FCO travel advice
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