Walking with Elephants
Ok. We didn’t really intent to go and volunteer. In all honesty, the BF even hoped to ride an elephant when we decided to visit the Elephants Livelihood Initiative Environment E.L.I.E., located 20 minutes outside of Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri, Northeast Cambodia).
Spending time with the elephants was superb. You get to wash them, walk with them, and just hang around with them. It is truly a unique experience to see elephants cared for in their natural environment. The BF didn’t even mind that it’s really not-done to even think about riding them. The organisations primary goal is to improve the health and welfare of domestic elephants.
Sure, you are volunteering, so work has to be done as well. Although that’s not the reminiscence that will remain. The best memory for me, is the outstanding view of the jungle – including all the jungle sounds – we had from our “bedroom”. Sleeping in a mosquito-proof-hammock in open air: Yes, please!
By now they should also have a new dorm style backpacker bungalow or you can go for a more luxurious stay in a self-contained bungalow. They only have 4 of those though and these are first reserved for their long-term volunteers.