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Temple Conservation

Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia

Agency | Global Nomadic

Conervation placement in Khmer temples working alongside local support staff. Your Opportunity to experience the Cambodian Conservation Sector and increase your skills!

The country 

Cambodia is a country of incredible beauty and interesting history best known for its monumental temples and captivating nature. It was once known as the Khmer empire and later was a French protectorate for almost 100 years until 1953 when it gained its independence. The following years of political unrest, war and corruption have not broken the spirit of the Cambodian people who remain open, welcoming and positive.

The project 

This specifically designed project takes place in Banteay Chhmar which is a commune in the Thma Puok District of the Banteay Meanchey province in the northwestern part of Cambodia. The project aims to preserve Cambodia's history by taking care of the massive temple of Banteay Chhmar which is one of the least understood archeological complexes of the Angkor period. This massive temple and its shrines and reservoir attract many tourists and your efforts will contribute to preserve the temples so they can attract more tourists.

You will be working with a local team to assist in the conservation and preservation of the Banteay Chhmar temple and the surrounding nine smaller temples which are hidden in the forest and covered in small bushes and trees due to the lack of conservation from the local people and authorities.

With this authentic taste of Cambodian rural culture, you will gain a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience, through your accommodation, the food and the daily interaction with the locals.

Typical day

Your week will start with an introduction to the Banteay Chhmar and the project. Afterwards you will explore the village and the neighboring temples. After lunch you can explore around the Banteay Chhmar and also visit a local scarf weaving center.

For the rest of the week your tasks will include:

  • working on the temple’s main conservation and preservation sites
  • clearing the temples by cutting down the overgrown bushes, trees and grass in the area around them
  • cleaning up the temples
  • collecting trash
  • clearing stones
  • planting trees in the temple compound
  • making environment
  • educating students at a local school about the importance of protecting the temples.

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Free-time activities

Those looking to get off the beaten track should read our Top 5 Things to do in Cambodia. Sandwiched between the more touristy Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a traveler’s hidden treasure. Explore ancient Buddhist temples and bustling outdoor markets, or simply relax with an all inclusive yoga retreat. Cambodia is waiting for you.

Visit Temples

Some people only go to Cambodia to see the amazing temples scattered around the country. Step into these holy places and experience where the ancient monks once lived. Or explore modern ones where they still live today! The most famous one is Angkor Wat, which is close to Siem Reap. Angkor Wat ruins are approximately 900 years old, and are part of an entire park that you could get lost in for hours. Two more beautiful temples that we recommend in Siem Reap are Angkor Thom and Ba Yon Temple. There you will see colossal carvings of Bodhisattva’s, elephants and intricate demons and gods. Just make sure that you don’t walk into the wrong room with shoes on!

Visit The Killing Fields

You might not want to bring the kids here, but if you want to dive into Cambodia’s past you must see the Killing Fields. This memorial in Phnom Penh commemorates a very dark part of Cambodia’s history. These unfortunate mass graves were a product of the Cambodian Genocide in the 70’s. This happened during the reign of Khmer Rouge, who murdered close to two million people. The grave is a sight that you will never forget. This is a terribly tragic, yet intriguing, window to the Cambodian culture that tourists should pay homage to.

Go to a Cambodian Market

Asian outdoor markets are often quite the eye-opener to Western visitors. Fresh vegetables, living fish and souvenirs all in one bustling place. Shop like a local but still get souvenirs, and finish the experience with some homemade noodles. We recommend The Central Market and the Night Market in Phnom Penh. Any of the markets near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap are great. You can even sometimes find tours to take you to all of them if you can’t decide on only one!

Phnom Penh Royal Palace

This entire compound is a feast for the eyes. The stunning architecture replicates the Buddhist temples you'll see all around Asia. With glimmering golden towers contrasting white walls and expansive courtyards and walkways, you are sure to be in awe. Here you will get a full understanding of the grandeur of the royal Cambodian Ancestors

Do a Yoga Retreat

When your feet are tired from temple-hopping, finish your stay in with a relaxing yoga retreat. Cambodia has hundreds of affordable, secluded and spiritually gratifying yoga experiences. Wake up to the sound of gongs, chant your heart out and truly relax and experience real yoga. You can stay anywhere from a few days to a few months, and all yogi levels can find the right retreat for their needs.

Hiking
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passion and enthusiasm for working in conservation, lots of energy and creativity - and not scared to get your hands dirty!
Minimum 1 week commitment - 30+ hours a week
Necessary vaccinations.
Necessary flight & visas.
Full travel & medical insurance.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Global Nomadic straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Global Nomadic are happy to help you.

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  • Accommodation
  • Food & Drinks
  • Airport Pickup
Airport Pickup at Siem Reap International Airport
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a project representative and taken to the project HQ.
Accommodation

You will stay in traditional riverside bungalows. Bedrooms are for one or two people on a single-gender basis. There are shared toilets and cold-water shower which is refreshing in the heat! There are open-plan riverside accommodations for more adventurous participants but bringing a mosquito net is a must for them.

Laundry facilities are limited, so you should expect to wash your clothes by hand during parts of your trip. All our visitors are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint; especially water, paper and electricity. You’ll be expected to clean up after yourself, and play your part in keeping the accommodation neat and organised.

Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Bungalow
Food & Beverages
All your meals are included during your stay; they’ll be traditional Cambodian food, including plenty of rice dishes. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know before you arrive, and we’ll ensure there is plenty for you to eat.
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,000.00
3 weeks
$1,500.00
4 weeks
$2,000.00
8 weeks
$4,000.00
16 weeks
$8,000.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$12,000.00
Average fees
$500.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Banteay Chhmar/Cambodia between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic 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 Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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