Community Development and Construction / DIY

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High­lights

An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand. Plus lots of adventure activities to do in your free time.
You'll learn a lot from top experts. You'll gain new skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
You're making a difference! The enormous satisfaction of knowing that your work is a community that needs help. This is an extremely rewarding project
You'll make friends for life, plus you'll expand your global network of contacts. And you'll have a huge boost for your CV or Résumé !
You're in Cambodia! One of the most popular destinations because it has an amazing culture and vibrant sights - a colorful country packed with exciting experiences waiting for you!
Help the poorer communities in Cambodia with their construction projects. The main site is at a local school allocated to the poor where improvement have a big impact! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

On this project, you'll get your hands dirty with construction assignments. The main focus of construction is working at a School that was established in 2013 by the Project staff and allocated to the local community. This school was built with the help of previous participants and local tradesman. Today, over 300 children attend every day.

The work here is far from done. We continue to construct pathways, toilets, walls, etc. Moreover, those with artistic talents can help decorate the walls by creating images and sketches of their home countries and cultures. This will be a nice way of reflecting the hard and good work that has been done by our participants over the past few years.

Other construction efforts might be carried out in the local village, such as renovating and building houses and sanitation facilities, or working on construction projects at the local hospital. This very much depends on the needs of any particular time, and so our volunteers will be using their construction skills where they're most needed!

Example Schedule:

Work normally happens Monday to Friday. There is a focus on light construction work

Monday - Orientation Day: 
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our Orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Khmer Do's and Don'ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
  • A Tour around the compound and local area to familiarise yourself with where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • An Introduction to the Project and the Project site

Tuesday-Friday:
On your arrival, you'll have a meeting with the Coordinator to discuss what will be required during your stay at the project. There is a focus on light construction work and you'll be asked 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 on hand to make your choice easier with advice.

Travelling To & From Your Project: The primary mode of transport to and from the accommodation/school will be on bicycles. On occasion you may travel to the school by truck.

Typical day

There is not really a "typical" day - as the  work will vary according to what's needed when you're there, you could be working on the school building, or planting a garden, or working in the village on a community facility ...


Generally, you'll work about 4 to 5 hours a day, Monday to Friday.

Free-time activities

Cultural Immersion Tour: Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together an optional 1-week Cultural Immersion Program. 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.

Sightseeing in the region:

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.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Travellers Worldwide
The fees include:

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

The fees do not include, flights, insurance and return transfer to the airport.
Airport Pickup at Siem Reap International Airport

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARRIVE?

When you arrive at the Airport in Siem Rep, you'll be welcomed by the Project's Transport Coordinator, who'll be holding up a sign so as to be easily identifiable. You'll then be taken to your accommodation where you'll be settled in and introduced to everyone.

Induction & Orientation:

The following day (Monday), you'll receive an Induction & Orientation at your project. Your induction will give you a chance to meet the people at the project, familiarise yourself with the journey to-and-from the project, get a feel for the project and see the type of work you may undertake.

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

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Siem Reap International Airport (REP) in Siem Reap. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cambodia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cambodia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARRIVE?

When you arrive at the Airport in Siem Rep, you'll be welcomed by the Project's Transport Coordinator, who'll be holding up a sign so as to be easily identifiable. You'll then be taken to your accommodation where you'll be settled in and introduced to everyone.

Induction & Orientation:

The following day (Monday), you'll receive an Induction & Orientation at your project. Your induction will give you a chance to meet the people at the project, familiarise yourself with the journey to-and-from the project, get a feel for the project and see the type of work you may undertake.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
£645 ($864)
2 weeks
£895 ($1,199)
3 weeks
£1,145 ($1,534)
4 weeks
£1,395 ($1,869)
5 weeks
£1,645 ($2,204)
6 weeks
£1,895 ($2,539)
8 weeks (max. stay)
£2,395 ($3,209)
Average fees
£472 ($633) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Travellers Worldwide will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Travellers Worldwide during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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  Asia South-Eastern Asia Cambodia  Samraong, Park # 68

Community Development and Construction / DIY

Help the poorer communities in Cambodia with their construction projects. The main site is at a local school allocated to the poor where improvement have a big impact!

$472/week

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