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The goal of this project is to expand education of community health issues to the children in rural Cambodian schools. Topics include hygiene and overall body health. This project is designed for those with a medical background or previous knowledge of these topics, but all are welcome.

Program Highlights:
  • Help expand education of community health issues to children in rural schools
  • Gain practical experience in the field of public health
  • Help local school children be the healthiest they can be
  • Topics vary and can be flexible absed on volunteer suggestions
  • You can enhance your Cambodian experience by adding our "Cambodia Culture Week" to it, for an additional cost. If you book together with this program, you will receive a 50% discount off the culture week's full price! *Discount will be applied to your final balance.

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum One-Week Commitment):

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport (REP). You will be picked up from the airport and taken to settle in to your accommodations in Samraong and meet fellow volunteers.

Day 2, Monday: Volunteers will receive an orientation, complete with a culture lesson, Khmer language lesson, tour of the area and introduction to placement of choice.

Days 3-6, Tuesday- Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the school.

Days 7-8, Saturday and Sunday: The weekend is free for volunteers to spend how they wish.

Remaining Weeks: Remaining weeks will follow the pattern of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free.
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Location of the Project:  Samraong, Cambodia
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 8 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
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Volunteer Work:  Lesson preparation, leading class discussions
Age:  Minimum age of 18
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 international volunteers
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Important Note:  A medical background is preferred; however, anyone with the passion to expand community health education efforts may apply. Specific roles of volunteers will be based on level of experience and/or previous knowledge of community health issues.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared, volunteer house
Food:  3 meals per day on weekdays, 2 meals per day on weekends
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup upon arrival
Orientation:  All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, lunch on the weekends, personal expenses
Samraong, or the “Impenetrable Jungle,” 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 community and volunteer work. Samraong is about 2 hours away from the popular tourist destination city of Siem Reap.
Volunteers will be assisting local staff in improving community health education in the rural schools of Cambodia. You will develop teamwork and creativity skills, while providing children with much-needed information. Topics of discussion often include proper hygiene and overall body health.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Assisting local staff
  • Preparing lessons
  • Leading discussions and/or full lessons
  • Demonstrating basic hygiene procedures such as teeth brushing, hand washing, etc

A typical day: Volunteer work is Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm, breaking for lunch at around 11am. The tasks you are assigned each day will vary depending on your level of experience. Weekends are free. 

Please note that the schedule may be subject to change at any time. 
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available in public areas.
Laundry
Laundry:  There are no laundry facilities; clothes can be washed by hand. There are Laundromats in town that can be used for a small fee.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in a shared volunteer house in Samraong with up to 4 same-gender volunteers per room. Private bathroom facilities are available with western style toilets and cold showers. The accommodations are simple and rustic, so prepare to experience a more traditional village lifestyle.
Food:  3 meals per day on weekdays and 2 meals per day on weekends. Traditional Cambodian food is available, which includes rice dishes, meat, but also Western food is also occasionally provided. Snacks are also available.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Medical background or knowledge of community health and hygiene preferred
  • Police clearance
  • Age requirement of 18
Located close to the volunteer house is a park where volunteers can relax, play sports, and spend their free time. 

Samraong is about a 2-hour drive away from the city and popular tourist destination of Siem Reap. Many volunteers use their free weekends to visit this city. There are many shops and pubs as well as museums to be explored. Siem Reap is also within close proximity to the famous Angkor Wat Temple. 

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 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 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.
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