Cambodia - Sustainable Community Development
Improve the educational experience of underprivileged children, both in and outside the classroom, by teaching English and Health as well as working on construction projects. A truly worthwhile experience in the north-western Samraong district of Cambodia.
|Location of Project||Samraong, Northern Cambodia|
|Project Length||Min 1 week - 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|
|Age Exceptions||This project accepts volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.|
|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|
|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 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 4 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 its surrounding villages.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Volunteers will be placed at different project sites, based on the demands and needs of the community at the time of volunteering as well as their personal preference.
- Teaching English on an 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 available at an additional cost of $250 a week. Volunteers wishing to join this project must have a medical background and will assist with education on the following topics:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)
- 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 main holidays are as follows:
April 6th - April 20th 2016 and September 26th - October 7th 2016
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.
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 this 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.
- 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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