Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to their unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. Volunteer to help the young generation in Cambodia broaden their horizons despite the history of their country.
Project fee from EUR 690
Your Role as a Volunteer
In cooperation with the provincial education department, our partner is working with local schools in Samraong and its’ the surrounding villages. Considering the state of the buildings, volunteers are not only engaged in basic teaching activities, but also in the basic renovation of the schools and orphanage.
The orphanage involved with this program is a small one named Foursquare Children of Promise. Besides our program it is mainly supported by a Christian organisation. The orphanage accepts children from 0-15 years old, and their primary goal for the children is to receive a good education so that they can attend the university in Phnom Pheh when they turn 18 years old.
In cooperation with the local full-time coordinator each week will be scheduled for you and others involved in the initiative. Activities can include a combination of:
- Teaching English on a non-formal basis
- Working with the children in their vegetable garden (to be used by the orphanage)
- Creating activities for the students including workshops for cultural exchange
- Art & Handicraft activities
- Sports after classes
- Environmental awareness activities
- Basic construction to improve the children’s living environment.
A typical work day starts at 8am at the school/orphanage, where you will have lunch and return home around 4pm.
Public Holidays 2018
April 13th-22 -Khmer New Year
October 8th-12th – Ancestors Day
Our project is run in cooperation with our local partner, who has had many years of experience in receiving volunteers. Thanks to our partnership with them, we can offer you a well-organized and safe volunteer experience.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
You will get a short introduction upon arrival in Kathmandu from our partner about the project. Your orientation is there to provide you with the best tools and tips for making your volunteer period as constructive and helpful as possible, so make sure you pay attention.
Accommodation and Food
You will be housed with local home-stays or in a guest house when a home-stay is not feasible (for example in the case of larger groups). The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There is 4 persons per room. Wifi in public areas. There is no safety box but the rooms is lockable. You get a private bathroom with cold water (no hot shower). There is no Air condition in the rooms but a you will find a fan there. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can laundry in the town too, at a small cost.
All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time!
There are ATMs in Samraong as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you get the basics.
All food is included during your stay, 3 meals daily on weekdays and 2 meals daily on weekends. The meals will be typical Cambodian cuisine, which includes lots of rice dishes. Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Snacks are available between meals too!
No scheduled activities outside the program.
There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.
Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!
From this location they provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Siem Reap
- Koh Sen
- Banteay Chhmar
This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast are the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife and is the gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto itself, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions. Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.
Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.
Flight tickets are not included in the price. You should book your ticket so that you arrive in Siam Rep on Sunday, the day before the start of the project. Your last working day will be a Friday, after the amount of weeks that you choose to volunteer. If you are planning to go home right after the end of the project, you should book your return ticket on the next day that is Saturday or alternatively Sunday. Make a point of checking that the arrival and the departure dates are correct according to your time at the project.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations you need to travel to Cambodia. Volunteer Travels always recommends vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B, when travelling abroad.