Cambodia - Sustainable Community Development
Improve the educational experience for underprivileged children both in and outside the classroom by teaching English and health and working on construction projects. Begin your volunteer experience with a week of culture and sightseeing before heading to Samraong to do some good!
|Location of Project||Samraong, Northern Cambodia|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching, health education, and renovation work|
|Number of Participants||5 - 10 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 70|
|Accommodation||Volunteer house in Samraong|
|Food||Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival day|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Orientation||Includes one week of cultural enrichment activities and sightseeing|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
What's Not Included
Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia's newest province, which is on the border with Thailand. To this day, the town is still recovering from a long civil war, which resulted in decades of isolation. Most people visit Samraong to do much-needed development work. Samraong is about 120 km away from Siem Reap (about four hours by car).
About the Project
In 2008, this organization joined forces with Oddar Meanchey’s provincial government and began partnering with NGOs to initiate several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside. In cooperation with the provincial education department, this organization has brought volunteers to work in local schools in Samraong and surrounding villages.
This orientation is the first step towards 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, so that you can make delicious Cambodian meals at home. Best of all, you will be taken to the finest temples in the area with the opportunity to engage in Q&A sessions with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism and its customs. Throughout the week, there will be a lot of opportunities to interact with the locals so you can learn more about them and vice versa.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Volunteers will be placed at different projects based on the demands and needs of the community at any given time, as well as your personal preference.
- Teaching English on a informal basis
- Providing workshops for the students about cultural exchange
- Helping with arts-and-crafts activities
- Organizing games and sport activities after classes
- Creating environmental awareness activities
- Hosting hygiene and health sessions
- Working with the children in their vegetable garden (the food is then used in their meals)
- Building tables and chairs
- Constructing and renovating the playground
- Making pathways
- Building toilets
- Repairing the school walls
- Building new classrooms
Health Education: This project is highly recommended for volunteers with previous medical experience. As a volunteer, you will assist with education on the following topics:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Health and care for the elderly
Holidays: During some holidays, volunteers will be primarily involved in repairs and renovations and other outreach programs since school will not be in session. The holidays are as follows:
A typical day: After breakfast, you'll get a head start on your morning activities, which might be teaching English, assisting with renovation tasks, or promoting health education. Your afternoon activities will resume after lunch and will typically end around 5:00 pm. After dinner, you can relax, explore, or hang out with fellow volunteers. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish.
Accommodations: During your volunteer placement, you will stay in the main volunteer house in Samraong. The house can accommodate up to 28 people with 4 people in each room. All rooms come with a fan, shower (no hot water), mosquito net, and a Western toilet. It is about a 10-minute bike ride from the volunteer house to the hospital.
Food: From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided. On the weekends, only brunch and dinner are provided. The food will be Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes.
Laundry: There are limited laundry facilities so expect to hand wash your clothes.
- Minimum age 17
- Good level of English
- Motivation to work with children
- Positive and flexible attitude
- Police clearance form
- Medical background preferred if doing Health Education Project
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