Involvement Volunteers IVI

Community Development and Construction

Samraong, Cambodia show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 1989
Lauren
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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
Assist with improving the quality of life in poverty-stricken areas through light construction and development work in Cambodia. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups

Highlights

  • Create strong lasting relationships with friendly locals and volunteers alike
  • Experience the historically complex and incredible Cambodian culture.
  • Meet likeminded individuals and lifelong friends in fun and challenging scenarios
  • Explore incredible landscapes and tourist locations such as Angkor Wat and Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in your free time
  • Contribute to building and a stronger future for Cambodian communities

According to figures of the UNDP, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. Over 75% of the Cambodian population lives on less than 2 USD per day, with the figures for the countryside dramatically higher. Basic infrastructure is lacking and education levels are generally low. However, despite these problems young Cambodians are very dynamic and eager to engage themselves

This program is designed for highly motivated volunteers with a passion for assisting those less fortunate than themselves.

Responsibilities on volunteers in Cambodia, will essentially be in the form of construction work. This is a vital and important role, very much needed to ensure the health of the local people. By contributing to the construction and development of community centres such as medical rooms, libraries and schools, you are aiding in the empowerment of local communities.

Typical day

On an average, you will be working for about 6 hours in a day on the project.  On Monday, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you, after having breakfast. Once you plan the project and receive the relevant information, you can have lunch and then leave to work at the community location on your volunteer construction project. Once your work for the day is complete, you can then return to the centre and attend a meeting where you can provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

From Tuesday to Friday, your day will begin a bit early. You will be taken to the project site and assigned with particular tasks for the day. A support coordinator  will be around for you during the project. Then, in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the community location where you will continue to participate in construction and renovation activities.

Details on Arrival

This program runs weekly starting on the Monday, volunteers are advised to arrive the weekend before.

Free-time activities

Weekend participants are always free to relax at the accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many 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. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with their advice.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Program 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)
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

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Involvement Volunteers IVI (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Siem Reap International Airport
Our friendly driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive welcome experience to the program. Please ensure to keep your volunteer manager up to date with your travel information.
Accommodation

Accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. They have a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and/or communal areas.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do 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.
Accommodation includes;

  • 2-4 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas
  • No Laundry facilities
  • No Safety deposit box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included. During the weekends only two meals are served inside the accommodation; breakfast and dinner.
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.
Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 515
2 weeks
$ 709
3 weeks
$ 902
4 weeks
$ 1,096
6 weeks
$ 1,483
8 weeks
$ 1,870
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,645
Average fees
$ 368 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Samraong/Cambodia between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.
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 Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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