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Volunteer in Cambodia

Free the Bears CAMBODIA - located within Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

An amazing & unique opportunity to join our experienced team and look after more than 120 Sun & Moon bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

With stays ranging from 4 days to 8 weeks, your time and financial contribution will help improve and enrich the lives of our rescued bears as well as support our efforts to rescue more bears in need.

Activities include:

·         Food preparation & distribution

·         Providing sensory enrichment

·         Assisting keepers in cleaning of forest enclosures and bear dens

·         Creating/repairing bear hammocks.

·         General maintenance & improvement to the center i.e. painting, sanding, repairs & gardening

Get behind the scenes of our world class sanctuary and help make a difference to the lives of rescued bears.

Things to note:

·         Due to the nature of the work we have a minimum volunteer age of 21 (exceptions considered for students or those with experience in wildlife/conservation)

·         You will undertake physical activities in a tropical climate - a good level of health is required

·         Peak season in Cambodia is from November to March - be sure to book early to avoid missing out

·         You will work closely with the bears however there will be no direct contact - this is for your safety and their welfare

·         Free the Bears is located within the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre which houses many other exotic species - all of which you’ll see during your stay

·         No experience in wild animal care is required - just be willing and enthusiastic with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife

·         A fee is charged to covers costs and contribute to the welfare of the bears

Inclusions;

·         Sunday pick up from Phnom Penh

·         Accommodation and transfers while volunteering

·         Daily breakfast, dinner Sunday to Thursday

·         Comprehensive training, supervision & support by experienced Free the Bears staff

RESEARCH PROGRAM: Free the Bears research program offers internships for university students who wish to undertake a project from our research prospectus (available upon enquiry), with durations from 4 to 12 weeks. Please be sure when enquiring to include your CV and mention any previous experience with animals/wildlife as well as any related study undertaken or previous work experience. 

 

Volunteer in Vietnam

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Free the Bears is proud to bring you VIETNAM EXPEDITIONS, an exciting new concept of volunteer travel at the brand-new Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary in Vietnam!

When?

(15 days) September 29th to October 13th 2018*

*Strictly limited placements – maximum of 10 volunteers.

What is it?

This program allows you to immerse yourself in local cultural experiences whilst volunteering with rescued bears in one of Vietnam’s most famous National Parks. Cat Tien is home to an extensive array of highly endangered native species, some of which you may be lucky enough to spot during your stay!

Why should I join?

By becoming part of Free the Bears team you will be directly contributing to the ongoing development, construction and support of the new Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary, situated within a lush rainforest setting - a brand new home for rescued Sun and Moon Bears and a forever sanctuary for those yet to be rescued from the bile farms in Vietnam.

Onsite support will also be provided from our local FREETHEBEARS Team throughout your experience.

What will I be doing?

Volunteer tasks may include:

·         Assisting in the creation of bear pools.

·         Assisting keepers in cleaning of forest enclosures and bear dens.

·         Clearing areas for enclosure space.

·         Constructing climbing structures for the bears.

·         Food preparation & distribution (scatter feeding)

·         Providing sensory enrichment throughout forest enclosures.

·         Creating new ‘bear proof’ enrichment (bring some ideas with you!)

·         Creating/repairing/installing bear hammocks.

·         Recondition existing enclosures.

·         General maintenance & improvement to the centre i.e. painting, sanding, repairs & gardening.

The Benefits?

Volunteers will be living and working with the call of the wild right on their doorstep quite literally - who doesn’t want to wake up to the sound of wild Gibbons calling?!

In 2018, Free the Bears is offering a brand-new itinerary over two weeks including visits to some of the most beautiful locations Vietnam has to offer; the serene town of Da Lat, cruising down the famous Mekong River and eco tours in Cat Tien National Park highlighting important conservation work taking place locally.

What’s included?

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·         14 nights’ accommodation ranging from quality lodging in Cat Tien National Park to beautiful hotels in Ho Chi Minh and Da Lat City.

·         Return transfers to Cat Tien National Park and Da Lat city.

·         Breakfast daily (excl. 29th Sept), 12x Lunches & 13x Dinners (incl. non-alcoholic bev)

·         All entrance/ferry fees into Cat Tien National Park.

·         All tours mentioned in itinerary with accompanying guide - Professional local guide with Free the Bears staff support throughout the trip.

Things to note:

·         Due to the nature of the work we have a minimum volunteer age of 21 (exceptions considered for students or those with experience in wildlife/conservation)

·         You will undertake highly physical activities in a tropical climate - a moderate level of health is both recommended and required.

·         You will work closely with the bears however there will be no direct contact - this is for your safety and their welfare.

·         Free the Bears ‘Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary’ is located within Cat Tien National Park. It is home to many endangered species in Vietnam, some of which you may be lucky enough to spot during your stay!

·         No experience in wild animal care is required - just be willing and enthusiastic with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife

·         A fee is charged to cover expedition costs and contribute to the ongoing development, support and construction of ‘Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary’.

Expedition Reviews:

“Being a part of the Free the Bears volunteer program in Vietnam has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of!”  - Hannah G

“The project was very hands on, which for me was great! The work would vary every day, from clearing up existing enclosures & building new platforms, to finding ways to keep the bears stimulated!”- Hannah R

 

“To see the real difference our labours made in enhancing the quality of life for bears who have known so much suffering was incredible. We worked hard and played hard (until at least 8pm!). Loved it! Can we play again?!” - Krys

For more information and an application form, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THANK YOU for choosing to help us!