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Temple Preservation

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Help to restore the Banteay Chhmar temples to boost the local economy.

About the project

The ancient temples of Banteay Chhmar are among of the most significant, yet least understood, archeological complexes. The temples date back to the Angkor period, which ended in the late 14th century. Sadly, the Banteay Chhmar complex was severely looted throughout the 1990's because of its remote location and proximity to the Thai border. Now considered one of the most endangered sites in the world, the complex is in desperate need of renovation. 

The restoration of Banteay Chhmar temples is crucial as it has the potential to draw more tourists to the region, giving a much-needed boost to the local economy. In addition, the temples serve as symbol of the precious history of the area, which would otherwise be lost if not for the preservation efforts by volunteers and local organizations. 

About the location

Banteay Chhmar is a commune located in the Banteay Meanchey province in Northwest Cambodia. The commune includes 14 villages, four of which surround the large temple of Banteay Chhmar. Cambodia is arguably best known for its astounding temples, especially that of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest religious monument in the world. Cambodia's impressive temple complexes, fertile rice fields and rich history are what make it an attractive tourist destination today.

Volunteer tasks

As a volunteer, you will work in the temple’s ongoing renovation and preservation sites. Your tasks may include:

  • Cutting back overgrown bushes, trees and grass in the surrounding area. 
  • Cleaning up the temples
  • Picking up trash
  • Removing stones
  • Planting trees in the temple compound
  • Writing and posting informational signs 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

After breakfast at 8:00 am, you’ll begin your morning project, which may include any of the above activities. Your 2-hour lunch break will be at 11:00 am, after which you will continue volunteering until 5:00 pm. After dinner, you can spend your evenings however you like. Saturday and Sunday are also free to spend as you wish. 

Details on Arrival

In some cases it is possible to stay longer than the usual 5-week schedule, please contact us by clicking the blue "Message us" button to request a longer stay.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Physically fit
Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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

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Free-time activities

Culture Week (highly recommended)

For an additional fee you can extend your stay for a week with a program designed to introduce you to a great stay in a new country. As part of your orientation week, you will receive basic language classes to help you get around the country without a hassle. You will also have the opportunity to take some traditional cooking classes as well as travel to some of the finest temples in the area, engaging in Q&A sessions with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism and its customs. Throughout the week, there will many opportunities to interact with the local residents, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the community.

Concert/Music
Museum/Opera
Contact & Reservation
$500
/week
$500
/week
1 - 5
weeks
1 - 5
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Included in the fees are:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport Pickup on arrival
  • Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport Pickup at Siem Reap

Airport Pickup on arrival

Accommodation

During your placement, you will stay with a home stay in the village in an original wooden Khmer-style house with up to 2 volunteers per room. Each room has a fan and electricity is available 24 hours a day. Please note that toilets are flush ‘bucket style’ and no hot water is available. Laundry facilities and services are not available. Internet facilities and WiFi are not available.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

 Three meals are provided during the week. Meals typically consist of typical Cambodian fare. Breakfast and dinner are provided on the weekends.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$620.00
2 weeks
$940.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,580.00
5 weeks (max. stay)
$1,900.00
Average fees
$500.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Banteay Chhmar/Cambodia between 1 week and 5 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Cambodia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Cambodia. Please check the visa regulations for Cambodia.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Cambodia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Cambodia.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Siem Reap (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Cambodia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Banteay Chhmar, Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia zoom="6"

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