2019 BUILD CAMBODIA TRIP "A Volunteer Adventure for High School Graduates"

Location : Siem Reap

Travel Style : Adventure Tours

Duration : 8Days

Price : US$ 290.00

Your Service project will involve building traditional wooden Khmer-style houses for some of Cambodia's poorest people. Based in Siem Reap, in Cambodia's north-west, the homes built are in rural areas surrounding the popular tourist city. In many cases the housing is rudimentary at best and many homes are fragile structures with palm frond walls and dirt floors.

Your Service project will involve building traditional wooden Khmer-style houses for some of Cambodia’s poorest people. Based in Siem Reap, in Cambodia’s north-west, the homes built are in rural areas surrounding the popular tourist city. In many cases the housing is rudimentary at best and many homes are fragile structures with palm frond walls and dirt floors. 

 

In contrast, the houses you will build are solid and designed to last. The houses are four metres by five metres, with concrete footings, wooden sides and floorboards and a tin roof. They include one enclosed room and one room with open sides. The space underneath the house is often used as a daily living and cooking area. Each house takes approximately four days to build and on the fifth day a Khmer house blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it.

 

The impacts of inadequate housing can take its toll on families. We see children who don’t go to school and many health problems through lack of sanitation or secure housing and sleeping arrangements.

 

We access the poorest families with the help of our social worker, who conducts thorough assessments are conducted on families with the help of a social worker. The social worker works with village and commune chiefs and checks referrals from other NGOs. We require the families we support to own their own land and to be free of debt to ensure there is no chance they can be evicted by the landowner or have the house taken by debt collectors.

 

In addition to building homes, toilets and wells are additional building projects that are undertaken to improve the lives of selected families.

 

About 80 per cent of the Cambodian population lives in rural areas and UNICEF estimates only 16 per cent of them have access to adequate sanitation. A lack of clean drinking water is one of the most pressing issues facing Cambodians living in rural villages. Many source their drinking, cooking and bathing water from pools of standing water, streams or canals. The water is often contaminated with bacteria and pollutants and can lead to ongoing illness or, in extreme cases, death.

DAY 1 | PHNOM PENH

Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel

Check in, before visiting a local restaurant for dinner.

 

AccommodationPhnom Penh

Meals Included: In-flight, meal Breakfast 

Transport: Airport transfer

 

DAY 2 | PHNOM PENH

After breakfast visit The Royal Palace, the royal residence of the Kings of Cambodia, Followed by a visit to the National Museum, the country’s largest museum of cultural history. Housing over 14,000 items of Khmer art.

 

After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit WatPhnomPenh, a buddhist temple built in 1372 and the Central Market.  

 

AccommodationPhnom Penh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Coach Transfers

Activities:

 

DAY 3 | SIEM REAP

After breakfast you will visit the Killing Fields of Choeung  Ek. The site of a mass grave of 17,000 civilians the Museum the Killing Fields Exhibit can be disturbing, but it provides an insight of the atrocities visited on Cambodia and its people.Also visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

 

Transfer to Phnom Penh airport. Fly to Siem Reap.

 

On arrival in Siem Reap you will transfer to your hotel and have a briefing from the Project team about your building project.

 

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Coach Transfers, Flight

Activities: Killing Fields of Choeung, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum 

 

DAY 4 | SIEM REAP

 

After breakfast, your will transfer to the building site to begin construction of your house. 

 

Your construction work will start commence with sawing and chiselling of support beams, as well as cutting additional support beams and wall boards to size. 

 

You will have a team photo before heading back to your hotel to freshen up and then head out to explore Angkor Wat, Angkor Tham and Ta Promh temple. 

 

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Coach Transfers

Activities: Volunteer Building Project, Angkor Wat, Angkor Tham, Ta Promh.

 

DAY 5 | SIEM REAP

 

After an early breakfast, you will depart for the build site where you will begin raising the support beams to provide the houses structure. You will then begin laying the floor boards and start the construction of the stairs. 

 

After lunch, you will get a taste of rural Cambodia. You will cruise around Tonle Sap Lake, gliding through the flooded forest amongst the stilted houses of Kompong Phluk village and the floating markets, fish farms and rice paddies. 

 

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Coach Transfers

Activities: Volunteer Building Project, Floating Village and Flooded Forest

 

DAY 6 | SIEM REAP

 

After breakfast return to the build site where you will begin construction of the walls, door and window.

 

After lunch you will stretch your legs and take a bike ride around the temple complex. 

 

Accommodation: Siem Reap

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Coach Transfers

Activities: Volunteer Building Project, Temple Bike Ride

 

DAY 7 SIEM REAP

After breakfast, you will head to the build site, where you will finish the build. You will make shutters for the windows and a door as well as adding the stairs with a cement base.

 

After lunch, you will take part in a cooking class to cook and sample some Cambodia dishes. In the evening, you will take in a Cambodian Cultural Show performed by artists from the Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Cultural Center.

 

Accommodation: Siem Reap 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transport: Private Coach Transfers

Activities: Volunteer Building Project, 

 

DAY 8 DEPART SIEM REAP

After breakfast, you will return to the building site to present the family with the keys to their new home. You will participate in a blessing ceremony of the home followed by a home cooked meal provided by the family. 

 

Transfer to Siem Reap airport. 

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