Jamie’s Story

My name is Jamie Hood, I’m English, I am 18 years old and am travelling around Southeast Asia for my gap year. I raised the money to come travelling myself working as a waiter so I can deal with long hours of work without rest and I have also worked on a building site before that as a labourer. I have been travelling since the beginning of March through Vietnam and now in Cambodia.
I haven’t done any volunteering work on my travels because I haven’t yet had the opportunity, but after the two day tour I did with LEAF I am really eager to help out with your organisation to help with environment & the community, and most of all the lifestyle of elephants at the sanctuary.
I have always been interested in conservation work and have previously taken part in it in South Africa where I was most fascinated by the African elephants and their way of living.
I’m happy to volunteer until the evening of the 24th April I would be excited to do whatever work is required of me.

Florian’s Story

Please let me explain in a few sentences why I chose to become a short-term conservation volunteer.

I am an Environmental Engineer and I was working for a small hydropower consultancy in the UK for the last 4 years. I want to go back to my home country, Austria, but before settling down there I decided to travel around Southeast Asia for a few months.

I started off in Ho Chi Minh City, where I volunteered for 2 weeks helping in a food outreach programme for the poor. After that I went to Cambodia and did a diving course on Koh Rong Samloem. Based on this course I was able to do 2 weeks of volunteering with a marine conservation NGO there. My activities included lookinf after the coral nursery and cleaning beaches and reefs from rubbish. Since then I have been travelling around Cambodia and I really like this country.

Today I have visited the Mondulkiri Elephant Sanctuary: I was amazed by the elephants and by what LEAF does for the environment and the local community: I was speaking to the volunteers there and decided to join as a short-term volunteer for several days.

I enjoy gardening, care for the environment (I often pick up litter) and as a hydropower engineer I am obviously interested in the micro-hydro schemes at the sanctuary.

I’m looking forward to working with you. Please find a few photos of me attached.

Best regards,

Florian