CAMBODIA

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: CONSTRUCTION, DIY AND MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY IN SAMROANG IN CAMBODIA

Get your hands dirty and help the poorer communities in Cambodia with their construction projects. The main construction site is at a local school allocated to the poor (much of which has been built with the help of volunteers), but also can take place on other sites where development construction assistance is needed. Work could include painting, vegetable gardening, making furniture, constructing pathways, building new classrooms and general repairs.

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to know the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Cambodia, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
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Price: £645 (approx. US$820) for 1 week
£250 (US$318) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 8 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every Sunday throughout the year - you choose your start and finish dates, subject to school holidays (see Work Description tab.
Requirements: Minimum age 18 if travelling alone, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Accommodation
Food
Transfer to the placement site
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who is this Programme suitable for? SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
FAMILIES with children from 4 years old upwards
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in community enrichment, construction.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping a local disadvantaged community and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Doing building work for a school room in Cambodia
Volunteers doing some woodwork for the school.
Painting the outside of a classroom in Cambodia
Volunteers painting the outside of a classroom in order to improve the school and do some much-needed renovations.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

You'll volunteer on a community construction project that greatly improves the environment of poverty-stricken people. In particular, much of the local school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen and you'll be able to continue to assist in the construction of a new pathway, toilets as well as building walls and renovation of the nearby area.

We're also implementing some "educational art", so if you also have some artistic talent, your skills would be gratefully received! The objective is to have several walls on which to display images and sketches of volunteers' home countries.

Example Schedule:

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few days or opt out of the introduction week and go straight to your project. Please let your Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking.

Monday-Friday:
On your arrival, you'll have a meeting with the Coordinator to discussing what will be required during your stay at the project. There is a focus on light construction work and you will be expected to help with some or all of the following activities:

  • paint the school buildings,
  • work in the vegetable garden, and the flower garden,
  • make tables and chairs,
  • build various elements in the playground,
  • help to construct pathways,
  • build toilets,
  • repair the school wall, and
  • help build the new classrooms

Construction and renovation work is available where required. Tools and equipment, as well as instructions will be provided.

Weekends:
Weekends are always free after each project. You can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province. You could also take a taxi into Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the amazing Angkor Wat Temple. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

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Painting a mural for the school
Volunteers brightening up some wooden buildings with cheerful murals.
Volunteer bricklaying some paths in the co9mmunity
Hard work doing bricklaying in hot weather - but it's a good cause for the community! :-)
Laying paths for the community in Cambodia
Volunteers leave their mark: The community will appreciate these pathways long after the volunteer leaves!
Doing groundword for the locals to help the community
A photo opportunity is an excellent excuse to take a break!
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ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed at a basic yet comfortable volunteer house. Rooms are single-sex with locked doors, bunk-beds, mosquito nets and a fan– maximum 4 volunteers per room.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is available in the house but not necessarily in your rooms.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand, but there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too. You will be encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

Transportation:
In Samraong you can easily get a motorcycle to go anywhere, or you can borrow a bike at the centre. The roads in and to Samraong are very good now. It takes much less time to go somewhere compared to few years ago.

Money issues:
In Samraong you can exchange money and traveler’s checks at the bank. The nearest ATM is in Siem Reap, so please make sure you have enough money with you before leaving to go the town. However, you will probably not need much money there!

Weekends:
Weekends are always free after each project. Relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

FOOD:
All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and western food. There are three meals served during the week inside the accommodation and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner).

A little about Cambodian food:
Cambodian food has generally been influenced by Chinese and French cuisine, and also shares many common dishes with Thai food, although not as spicy. The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Almost every meal includes a bowl of rice, although noodles are also popular. A wide range of curries, soups and stir fried are served with rice.
Typically, Cambodians eat their meals with at least three or four separate dishes. A meal will usually include a soup, or samlor, served alongside the main courses. Each individual dish will be either sweet, sour, salty or bitter. Chilli is usually left up to the individual to add themselves.

Khmer cuisine also uses many vegetables, some of which are very unusual, such as different and unusual local varieties of melon, beans and squash. Fish is the most common form of meat in Khmer cuisine, including dried salted fish known as trei ngeat. Getting to taste and know local cooking is one of the many delights of living in a foreign country.

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Delightful outdoors gathering area under the palms.
Outside verandah in the accommodation on the Community Voluntary Projects
Outside shaded verandah in the accommodation.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

ANGKOR WAT: Surrounded by beautiful rice fields, lakes and jungles Truly one of mankind’s most incredible achievements, this ancient city of temples will take your breath away and leave you traipsing through a mystical magnificent past. Built between 800 - 1200 AD by the Khmer Empire, more than 200 temples have been restored, to some extent enabling you an insight into life from this time. There are more than 1,000 ancient sites of Angkor although several are now almost entirely gone. Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia and is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

SIEM REAP: is a lively stop off destination on the South Asia tourist trail! With the flat plane jungle ruins catapulted to fame via Lara Croft just over the outskirts, the town is geared up for travellers and this is no more evident than in ‘Pub Street’ a place to drink beer and make new friends. Siem Reap was a fashionable destination for the 1960’s elite pack wanderers and, according to the Lonely Planet, is once again one of the most popular spots on the planet today having reinvented itself as the heart of Cambodia, scattered with guesthouses, superb food and a steady flow of tourists from near and far.

Although developing fast, Siem Reap retains its charm with colonial, Chinese and old-style French architecture, shady boulevards and a river amidst the upsurge of hotels and new resorts. In the city, you’ll find traditional dance, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and markets of all kinds! Other local attractions include Angkor National Museum and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

This is a great time to be here. Siem Reap is a place you can get stuck, in the best possible way. The temples of Angkor are to be savoured leisurely and the city to be discovered and enjoyed at any pace you desire! Although the second main city of Cambodia, the city itself is fairly small and feels more like a town than a city. Most people in this area are farmers. Despite the tourism industry, the people are generally extremely poor, even by South East Asian standards. Silk farming is particularly popular. The local population is 171,800 with Buddhism the major religion and Khmer the local language, although most people speak English and also some French.

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A volunteer standing next to a well-known statue of an elephant and baby
A volunteer standing next to the well-known statue of an elephant and baby which is on everyone's tourist list.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Cultural Week in Cambodia

1-WEEK CAMBODIA CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME IN SAMRAONG:
PRICE:
£450, including food and accommodation.

This fun-filled culture week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. It gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of Cambodia. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Cambodian customs.

You'll get to know your town and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You will also be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with the chance to sample your work. Cambodia is most famous for its temples and you'll be taken to the finest temples of the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travellers and upi'll have maximum interaction with the people!

SCHEDULE:
The following schedule is a guide and the day order may change, however the full program will still be experienced.

Monday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
 A visit to the Museum of War, dedicated to the Civil War and guided by ex-soldiers
 Exploring Artisant D’Angkor, a craft shop that brings ancient Khmer arts and crafts back to life
 Lunch
 A visit to markets, and the Lucky Mall (supermarket
 Dinner
 An evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap
Tuesday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 Excursion to a silk farm and West Baray, a popular place for swimming
 Lunch
 Khmer massage salon
 Relax at the swimming pool
 Dinner
Wednesday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 Depart for Samraong
 Lunch
 Introduction to the projects
 Walk around and discover the local rural Cambodian village
 Dinner
Thursday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 A visit to Greenway School, a rural school built from scratch over the years by previous participants
 A tour around Samraong and visits to the surrounding local villages
 Lunch
 Cambodian culture lessons
 Cambodian cooking lessons
Friday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to the local temple: assist the monks with the chores, discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk.
 Lunch
 Free afternoon to relax
 Dinner

Weekend
You are free during the weekends – you can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat.

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a lesson on the local culture
A lesson on the local culture before heading out and sightseeing or exploring.
lesson on the local cuisine
A practical lesson on how to cook local Cambodian food.
Volunteers together with a monk at the temple. Here you'll give a little help in the temple.

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AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
There is a big need for the construction work in this region, especially for schools as there are more and more students wanting to attend school and not enough schools to cater for all of them. At time of writing, there are about 200 children on the waiting list as there is not enough classrooms for them.

Our Goals
To build some new classrooms that will hopefully be able to take in all those children who can't be educated at the moment due to lack of space. Also, to provide other facilities in the school area for the children and the locals that will be of benefit to them.

Our Achievements:
So far 12 classrooms have been built since the school was established in 2013. This would not have been possible without the help of volunteers.

Also, Volunteers and partner organisations have been able to make donations like stationery and furniture which has helped to equip the new classrooms.

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Volunteers and the children they teach all waving for the camera.
Temples often have rows of statues rather than single ones. These are one of the more beautiful rows, although there are many in Cambodia.
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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off. Your help here is of enormous benefit to the local community. This is a sustainable, on-going project and your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

Project Background:
This project was initiated solely for the purpose of helping the local children and the local community. Our main construction focus is working at our own school, which has been allocated as an education resource for the children of poor villagers.

This school was built with the support and sweat equity of helpers like yourself, along with skilled local tradesmen. Today, more than three hundred children attend classes here daily.

Despite previous efforts, the work here is far from done and we continue to construct new buildings, pathways, toilets, walls, drainage systems for rain run-off, etc. to meet the needs of all those using the facility. We work closely with the local community to achieve these benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment. To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

You'll stay in our volunteer centre and all volunteers help in keeping the home neat and tidy. All materials are sourced locally. Food is included and it's all locally sourced. When you're out and about or sightseeing, you'll be encouraged to use local eateries and locally sourced food. In this way you're contributing to the income of the local community.

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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A tuk=tuk. These are found all over the count and are great fun to ride in!
One of the many very colourful temples.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Construction Volunteering in the Community in Samraong

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