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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.

Most of the volunteer work is carried out at a local school designed, built and run by a native Cambodian, who works tirelessly to address the lack of resources and services available for underprivileged communities in the area. Founded in 2008, much of the school was built by volunteers and local builders and now has over 230 students from six surrounding villages. The students range from 6-15 years old, with class sizes from 25-30 students and offers free education to those who cannot afford it.

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Location of the Project:  Samraong, Northern Cambodia
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 8 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport (REP)
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Volunteer Work:  Teaching, health education, and renovation work
Age:  18 - 70 (This project may accept volunteers who are younger than 18 years old with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.)
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Number of Volunteers:  5 - 10 international volunteers

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Volunteer house in Samraong
Food:  Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
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Airport Transfers:  Included on arrival day
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, personal expenses, lunch on the weekends, visa (if required)

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). 

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:

  • 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
Construction: 
  • Painting 
  • Working with the children in their vegetable garden 
  • 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 should have a medical background and will assist with education on the following topics:
  • Sanitation
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)
  • Health and care for the elderly
  • Hygiene
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. 

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 10th - April 16th 2017 (Khmer New Year)
  • September 18th - September 24th 2017 (Ancestor's Day holiday)

Internet
Internet:  Free WiFi at the volunteer house.
Laundry
Laundry:  There are limited laundry facilities so expect to hand wash your clothes.
Accommodations
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.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age 17
  • Good level of English
  • Motivation to work with children 
  • Police clearance form
  • Positive and flexible attitude
  • Medical background preferred if joining Health Education Project

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.

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