CAMBODIA

1-WEEK CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN CAMBODIA

Cambodia is famous for its glorious and magnificent temples. You'll visit the finest temples in Siem Reap and Samraong! You'll integrate into the rich cultural life of Cambodia, in a way no tourist can. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Cambodian customs.

You'll meet local monks to discuss Buddhism, be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques.

During the culture week you'll stay for part of the time in the famous city of Siem Reap and part of your time in the rural town of Samraong.

Cambodia’s relaxing, slow paced way of life will allow the maximum interaction between you and the local people, who are keen to learn about your culture too! This is a fun introduction to life in Cambodia!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Thailand, 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
worldwide.com
Price: £545 (approx. US$700).
If you're doing this in addition to another project with us, the Optional Add-On price is £445 (approx. US$573).
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: 1 week
Start Dates: Projects start every Sunday, all year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 17.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport,
Transfer to your project location,
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 the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in travel, culture, adventure, broadening horizons.
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 development.
  • 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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A colourful market in Cambodia
Cambodian markets are very colourful!
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EXPERIENCE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Our Culture week is a must for you to truly submerge into your new surroundings. Through visits to the most famous sights in the region, meeting and soc ialising with local people, cooking and language lessons, you will surely be introduced to the country’s culture, traditions, history and lifestyle.

An Example Schedule:

Sunday:
Arrival and settling into your new surroundings in Siem Reap.

Monday:
Excursion to Wat Thmey, a small pagoda. Wat Thmey is a Buddhist pagoda located in Siem Reap. The Wat Thmey Temple is a live monastery where a large Stupa memorial can be found. The stupa has glass sides filled with the skulls and bones of those who died during the Khmer Rouge. The Wat Thmei Temple is one of the terrible killing sites where hundreds of Cambodian civilians were tortured, killed and buried.

Visit to the Museum of War dedicated to the Civil War, guided by ex-soldiers, each of whom has his own unique background: war veterans, eye witnesses of the war and landmine victims. They'll tell you about the last 3 decades of 20th century history in Cambodia, and also their own personal experiences.

The War Museum gives you a unique and insightful view of the perils that Cambodia faced during the last 3 decades of the 20th century. It has a unique collection: the tank T-54, the jet fighter aircraft MiG-19, the helicopter Mil Mi-8 and the field artillery gun 85-mm divisional gun D-44. Also many sorts of landmines and rare photographs of this period in Cambodia.

Explore Artisant D’Angkor, a craft shop that brings ancient Khmer arts and crafts back to life. Artisans Angkor has become a real showcase of Khmer workmanship for its silk fabrics and garments, stone and wood carving, lacquer ware, polychrome products, silver plating and silk painting.

Artisans Angkor is a Cambodian social business which was originally created to revive Khmer cultural heritage while helping young rural people finding work near their home village.

Since its creation at the end of 1990s, Artisans Angkor has strived to provide professional skills to communities with limited educational opportunities and has offered good working conditions and social advantages to its employees. It has now opened 48 workshops in Siem Reap province and it provides employment to over 1100 people, including more than 800 artisans.

Lunch

You'll visit some markets and the Lucky Mall (supermarket). One of the markets is called "Old Market" and one is called "Lucky Mall". At Old Market you can buy some souvenirs and visit stalls where local people selling food.

Dinner

Evening at Pub Street and the night market. This is the liveliest area of Siem Reap! It is where all tourists gather at night time when visiting Siem Reap. You can have drinks and food, or buy some clothes or souvenirs from the night market.

Tuesday:
• Breakfast

Excursion to a silk farm and West Baray, a popular place for swimming. Silk farm is very similar to Artisant DÁngkor but specifically focuses on making scarves and cloth from silk. You'll observe how they make it and get some information on the process.

West Baray is an old water reservoir built in the ancient time to reserve water for people to use for their agriculture work especially in the dry season. It's a very attractive place where locals and tourists love to swim and relax.

Lunch

Khmer massage salon: You'll get to experience a Khmer traditional massage after the program in Siem Reap. Lucky you!

Dinner

Wednesday:
• Breakfast, then depart for Samraong. On arrival, you'll have lunch.

An Introduction to some of the Projects

For those planning to continue with a Volunteer Project after the Culture Week, this time will be used to discuss their projects. The coordinator will explain more about what is going on at the project site.

A walk-around exploration of the local rural Cambodian village

Our Coordinator will walk with you through the village and to the market area to show you where to buy a local sim card, bank, ATM machine, minimart and laundry.

You'll be taken to the main school we work with in Samraong where you'll meet the students and play with them during break time.

After that you'll visit some villages around Samraong. This will give you insight into the local culture: you'll learn about the lifestyle of the people in the countryside and take part in some the daily work that the villagers to. You'll also have a meal with a local family.

Dinner

Thursday:
• Breakfast

Visit the rural School which built from scratch over the years by previous volunteers on the Program.

Tour around Samraong and a visit to some surrounding villages

Lunch

Khmer language lesson: You'll learn some basic words in Khmer, numbers, and the Khmer alphabet. You can then practice this Khmer lesson with the local people in the area, especially in the local market because the sellers don’t speak any English! The lesson will take about 1 hour.

Cambodian Culture lesson:

Cambodian Cooking lesson: This is a lot of fun! You'll learn to cook dishes such as Amok, soup with coconut milk, family soup (soup with mixed vegetables), and how to peel pineapple. You'll help from the beginning of cooking to the end and the food you cook will be served to other participants for dinner!

Dinner

Friday:
• Breakfast

Excursion to the local temple where you'll assist the monks with their chores. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk.

The temple is the biggest one in the area and there are about 60 monks living there. You can prepare any questions about Buddhism which you can ask them after you've beene shown around the temple. The monks don't speak English but our Coordinator will help translate.

Lunch

Free time all afternoon to relax.

Dinner

Saturday:
• Departure and goodbyes. A sad time!!

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A photo to share with friends and family, a place you visited on your travels!
Glass figurines in Cambodia
Beautiful glass figurines.
Well-known statues in Cambodia
These statues are well-known. Very impressive, too.
Volunteers on a sightseeing trip in Cambodia
Volunteers on a sightseeing trip
Volunters teaching local children
Volunteers working with the local children
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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.

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.

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.

On Your Arrival: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

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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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 tuk-tuk in Cambodia
A tuk-tuk. These are found all over the country and are great fun to ride in!
One of the many very colourful temples.
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