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CAMBODIA: CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEERING IN SAMRAONG

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Help the poorer communities in Cambodia with their construction projects. The main site of this construction project is at a local school allocated to the poor, but you could also assist on other sites where development construction assistance is needed.

This project aims to improve the quality of live for under-privileged people in Samrong, and this construction project, with volunteer help, greatly improves the environment of poverty-stricken people.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 1 week to 8 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects start every Monday – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 16, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian. No qualifications necessary.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the Airport
  • Transfer to your project site
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in community development, construction, building conservation.

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PROJECT CONTENT

On this project, you'll get your hands dirty with construction assignments. Our main construction focus is working at our own school, which has been allocated as an education resource for the children of poor villagers.

This school was built with the support and sweat equity of helpers like yourself, along with skilled local tradesmen and today, more than three hundred children attend classes here daily.

In keeping with the aim of community development, much of the local school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen. Elements of what is required change as some projects finish and new ones start, but you'll be able to continue to assist in the construction of a new pathway, toilets as well as building walls and renovation of the nearby area.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

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

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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 hands at the volunteer house or at the home stay, 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 now. It takes much less time to go somewhere compared to few years ago.

Money issues: In Samraong you can exchange money and traveler’s checks at the bank. The nearest ATM is in Siem Reap, so please make sure you have enough money with you before leaving to go the town. However, you will probably not need much money there!

Weekends: Weekends are always free after each project. relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

FOOD:

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).

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A LITTLE ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE PROJECT AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS MADE BY THE PROJECT AND VOLUNTEERS COMBINED:

There is a big need for the construction work in this region, especially for schools as there are more and more students wanting to attend school and not enough schools to cater for all of them. At time of writing, there are about 200 children on the waiting list as there are not enough classrooms for them.

Our Goals: To build some new classrooms that will hopefully be able to take in all those children who can't be educated at the moment due to lack of space. Also, to provide other facilities in the school area for the children and the locals that will be of benefit to them.

Some of the Achievements: So far 12 classrooms have been built since the school was established in 2013. This would not have been possible without the help of volunteers!

Also, Volunteers and partner organisations have been able to make donations like stationery and furniture which has helped to equip the new classrooms.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and the people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

CLIMATE

Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C - 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May - October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside.

Whilst temperatures don't vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

CULTURE

Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.

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