New accommodation for Cambodia bears volunteers

New accommodation at Globalteer’s Cambodia Bear Rescue Project gives volunteers a real taste of traditional Cambodian life, without having to compromise too much on home comforts. There are even a few little luxuries thrown in for good measure to make sure that everyone is on top form for their volunteering experience with the amazing bears of Cambodia.

Volunteers at the project stay in a traditional Khmer style wooden house about half an hour from the project itself, complete with shady tropical gardens, a sun terrace and a lovely refreshing swimming pool. There is even a shower for rinsing off your sun screen before taking a dip!

Overlooking the pool are the house’s welcoming communal areas – an upstairs living area and an outside chill-out area with potted plants, easy chairs and a pool table.

Take a stroll to the local temple

Located in a typical Cambodian village, there is an impressive Buddhist temple near the house which is perfect for a gentle stroll and a chat with the monks after a day at the project. There are a few small shops in the village selling soft drinks and snacks, a couple of local style restaurants and the odd street food cart passes nearby if you are feeling brave and want to try out the local fare – always at your own risk!

Evening meals are provided family-style at the project from Sunday to Thursday and prepared by our friendly cook who discusses options with volunteers each morning. Whilst we can’t cater for every culinary taste we try our best! For volunteers who wish to cook up snacks or weekend meals, the kitchen is well equipped and there is a refrigerator to keep your provisions fresh and your drinks chilled – ideal for your weekend lounging by the pool. The project also provides drinks and snacks and supplies for breakfast.

Inside the house

Rooms are shared – but there are no creaking bunks, in fact no bunks at all – and the bathrooms, although quite simple, do have western style toilets and cold water showers - ideal for the hot and humid climate. There are electric fans to keep you cool and as with traditional Khmer houses the tall ceilings help to keep the house cool and well ventilated.

The house accommodates up to ten people at a time and even if you happen to be the only volunteer there, the project’s volunter coordinator, security guard, cook and groundsman will make sure you never feel lonely!

In all it’s a lovely place to return to after a day volunteering at the bear sanctuary – safe, comfortable and homely with a friendly guest house vibe meaning volunteers can be happy both day and night and never have to face the world like a bear with a sore head. In fact it’s hard to tell who has the best digs – bears or volunteers!

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with the bears, please visit the Cambodia Bear Sanctuary pages of the website.