The focus of this project is to assist a local team charged with the task of preserving and conserving the temples around Banteay Chhmar, some of which have been hidden and covered by the forest, causing them to remain mostly undiscovered.
For the local people, this temple holds a special place within the community, not only as a place of common ground, but also as a sanctuary, and of course, somewhere to practice their worship. The commune of Banteay Chhmar (in Banteay Chhmar Province) contains 14 villages and there are 4 villages around the temple with 6,312 people.
All volunteers will meet up in Siem Reap and travel to Banteay Chmar by taxi or bus. It takes 1.30 hours from Siem Reap to Banteay Meanchey (Sisophon) and another 1.30 hour from Sisophon to Banteay Chmar. You'll arrive in time for dinner.
In the morning, the coordinator will meet all the volunteers to introduce you to Banteay Chmar and to explain about the projects. You'll then explore the village and visit some satelite temples. You'll return to the home stay to have lunch, then continue onto Banteay Chmar temple (the biggest temple in the area ). You'll visit the local Handicraft Centre (scarf weaving) on the way back.
Tuesday to Friday:
You'll begin to work on the temple's main renovation and preservation. You work responsibilities could include:
- Clearing the temples by cutting back overgrown bushes, trees and grass in the surrounding area within the grounds.
- Cleaning up the temples, picking up trash, removal of some stones.
- Planting trees in the temple compound, making environmental signs.
Saturday - Sunday:
You can stay at home, visit temples and other tourist spots in the region, or go to some of the cities near to Banteay Chmar to do some exploring.
Please note: Due to small budgets, the restoration and sometimes renovation side of the project might not always be available. You can still help conserve the temples by assisting the community group clean up the temple, plant more trees in the temple area, cutting some small bushes etc.
The project is not available during holidays, which are usual a week in April and a week in September. If your programme falls within any of the holidays, you may join the Community Construction Programme for that time.
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