Solidarity trip elephants Cambodia

Volunteer travel to the jungle with rescued elephants

Learn about the elephant situation in Southeast Asia and live with rescued elephants in the Cambodian jungle

Volunteer travel to the jungle with rescued elephants

from 630€ por persona
Open all year round.

The sanctuary in Cambodia offers a quality life for ten rescued elephants. They live in a completely natural environment since they have 1,500 hectares to eat, move around, etc. The objective of the project in particular is to improve the lives of elephants, sensitize the people who visit it to learn about the problems with Asian elephants and work with the community.


The environment is incredible since it is located in the middle of the Cambodian jungle. Attention! We do not recommend it if you are afraid of bugs or have a panic about insects. Being an extremely humid and green environment, there are a large number of them.


On this solidarity trip you will learn how these large mammals live, and, most importantly, you will become aware of their situation. It is a learning experience suitable for off-road people who want to live a jungle experience. 

Volunteering in Mondulkiri

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 15 Life of terrestrial ecosystems
SDG 13 Climate action
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    Mondulkiri, Cambodia
  • Volunteer hours
    4 - 5 hours a day between 8:00 and 17:00
  • Volunteer activities
    Reforest the area, observe the elephants in freedom, maintenance tasks, etc.
  • Minimal collaboration
    1 week (5 days)
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Hot water
    Airport pick-up
    Travel insurance

Volunteer Program

Voluntary activities
  • Learn about the condition of the elephant in Cambodia and learn more about the history of each of the elephants at the sanctuary.
  • Collaborate in the nursery and other reforestation tasks in the area.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of trails.
  • Creating enrichment for elephants.
  • Collecting fruits for the elephants.
  • Collaborate with the construction of the site.
Profiles required
To participate in this solidarity trip it is not necessary to have a specific profile. The only requirements are:
  • Level of English (intermediate level equivalent to B1, no diploma required).
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum recommended age to participate is 15 years old. 
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people. 
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • Off-road people who want to live an experience in the jungle.
  • Groups, single travellers, couples. 
  • Families who want to educate children in values of solidarity and love of nature. 
  • Students of veterinary medicine, biology and similar subjects.
A day in the project
My trip to Mondulkiri was an amazing experience! On Sunday we met Emma at a small cafe and then headed into the jungle with the rest of the volunteers. Living in the jungle is amazing but it is not an experience for everyone, I would not recommend it if you are afraid of bugs as there can be very large spiders and even scorpions. After the introduction of each day where the activities are handed out you will go into the jungle. It was wonderful to see the elephants in their natural habitat and doing their activities. A few hours a day you will also do construction work, helping to move logs for future infrastructure, etc. Then back to base camp, a good shower and spending time relaxing with other volunteers."


Project Location


The project is located in in the middle of the jungle in eastern Cambodiain the province of moldulkiri, near Sen Monorom (and about 6 hours drive from Phnom Penh). This is an opportunity to see what it is like to live in a Bunong community. Sen Monorom, although it is the capital of Mondulkiri province, seems more like a small village.Living in the jungle is a wonderful experience but we do not recommend it if you are afraid of bugs because there are some. You will have to do without conveniences such as electricity (there are only a few hours a day), wifi, etc. In exchange, you will wake up to the sounds of the jungle, and at night you will be able to enjoy thousands of stars since there is no light pollution, a true wonder!


Mondulkiri has a cooler climate than the rest of Cambodia with an average annual temperature of about 23°CTemperatures are usually highest in April and May (rarely reaching more than 35°C) and the coldest months are from December to February, in the dry season (about 20°C approx.). Tropical rains can occur at any time of the year, but monsoon usually comes from May to October, when everything turns spectacularly green. The heaviest rains usually coincide in July and August. The rains usually follow a regular pattern of 1 to 3 hours of rain in the afternoon, so it does not usually affect project collaboration. 

The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
There are two options for lodging:
  • Dormitory: Shared rooms for 1 to 4 volunteers with single beds and shared bathrooms (western wc).
  • bungalows: There are four detached and independent bungalows available, built in traditional Bunong style. The bungalows are basic but comfortable and have a double bed, table and chairs and a private bathroom.
1 week2 weeks3 weeks
Dormitory630 €935 €1.200 €
Bungalow670 €1.010 €1.315 €

What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Cambodian-Spanish dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in the chosen option.
  • Full board; complete and delicious meals throughout your stay :).
  • Internal road transportation from Sen Moronom to the project (pick-up option available in Phnom Penh for an extra fee).
  • Drinking water
  • Local Coordinator.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.
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