On the Cambodia Wildlife & Environment Challenge, you'll get the best of both worlds as you spend one week at a wildlife sanctuary and one week in a rural community volunteering on environmental education initiatives. You will be immersed in some of the most awe-inspiring and tranquil locations in Cambodia as you volunteer to help address issues of animal endangerment and social inequality.

Our Wildlife and Environment Challenge is perfect for anyone who wants to volunteer to help elephants and animal welfare, improve environmental sustainability, learn about grass-roots community development or someone who just wants to use their skills to make a difference


The wildlife sanctuary where you'll spend a week spans one million acres and is home to several endangered species including tigers, elephants, banteng, deer, sarus crane, crocodiles and several turtle species. Once densely forested and rich in biodiversity, this area has been terribly affected by illegal logging and poaching. You will volunteer to help efforts to reforest the area by keeping records of identified species, collecting seeds and planting samplings. You'll also have the opportunity to help care for injured and orphaned animals who have been rescued so that they can be rehabilitated and returned to their jungle home.

When you're in Battambang, you'll volunteer on projects aimed at improving education quality in the area, with a specific focus on environment and sustainability. You will deliver a range of workshops that will help provide the community the knowledge they need to better care for their environment. You’ll also volunteer on a renovation project at the local school to help create a safer and more inspiring learning environment for the children.

You can find out more about the Cambodia Wildlife & Environment Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website. 


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences students may be eligible for Level 2 credit through PHSS2000: Practical Employability Experience. Students must have space within their program for a 2 unit general elective. For more information, visit the course webpage.

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact Challenges Abroad for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $2,250 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have closed.

Program Dates

Start: 23 November 2019
End: 07 December 2019

Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Credit: Not-for-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​