Cambodia | Building Blocks

14 Night Volunteer Adventure | From $1495 USD

Overview

Embark on a Volunteer Adventure like no other. This fully chaperoned trip offers volunteers the chance to experience two different Volunteer programs that make genuine positive changes to severely poor families in rural Cambodia.

 

The first requires participants to put their energy & enthusiasm into providing a helping hand at one of Cambodia’s most important centers for children. Volunteers are tasked with daily activities, which may include; teaching English, playing with the children, painting, building, gardening, attending to minor injuries and providing lots of love & care. Many of these children have not received the love or affection that comes with having a mother or father and your kind words, helping hand and fun personality will go a long way towards brightening the lives of each & every child.

 

The second experience gives you the opportunity to provide a new home to an extremely poor family in rural Cambodia. You will assist with all aspects of the housing construction including; digging holes, setting foundations, mixing cement, constructing the frames, other general carpentry work & finally adding a much needed roof to the building. The family of the house and the whole village will also be involved in the build in an effort to learn valuable skills which can be used to find future employment. Overseeing the construction from start to finish you will have a real sense of achievement as you hand over the ownership of the house to an eternally grateful family.

 

In your spare time you will be able to see all that Cambodia has to offer & immerse yourself in some truly culturally rich activities. This includes tours to the magnificent Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, Kampong Phluk Floating Village, PHARE Cambodian Circus (no animals) & a Traditional Royal Apsara Dance Show, among other activities.

 

We arrange all accommodation, transport & general trip logistics so you can concentrate on enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.

Itinerary


You will be met on arrival in Siem Reap by your MGY chaperones & taken to your accommodation. Followed by a group welcome dinner.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation Type: Hotel
  • Airport Meet & Greet Included

Explore the wonder that is Angkor Wat & other equally stunning UNESCO World Heritage Temples. After dinner spend time exploring the bustling souvenir markets.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Guided exploration of Angkor Archeological Complex
  • Meals Included: B

Program orientation and first day at the Children’s Center.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: First day at Children’s Centre
  • Meals Included: B, L

Day two at the Children’s Centre followed by a visit to see how the locals shop. After dinner the PHARE Cambodian Circus treats us to an extraordinary show.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: PHARE Cambodian Circus (No Animals)

Top off another day with the children by tasting some of the best Cupcakes on the planet, at Blossom Cafe (another charitable organisation). Followed by more Night Markets.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Blossom Café & Night Markets
  • Meals Included: B, L

Another day spent with the children with a chance to unwind at the pool in the afternoon before a special buffet dinner & traditional royal Apsara dance performance.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Royal Apsara Buffet Dinner & Show
  • Meals Included: B, L, D

 

Last day at the Children’s Center. For the last day we have a party with the children including; music, balloons, dancing & face painting. Followed by a group night out in Siem Reap’s infamous nightlife with possible karaoke & dancing in the street.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Night out in town
  • Meals Included: B, L

Head to Kampong Phluk Floating Village where we board a private boat, explore the submerged forest & see how the locals live and work on the waters of Tonle Sap.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Floating Village River Cruise
  • Meals Included: B

Today you are free to explore Siem Reap, shop at one of the many markets or relax by the pool.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: B

Initial meet & greet with sponsored house build family, followed by tear down of preexisting structure. After dinner we visit a ‘local only’ carnival & shopping district.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlight: House Build & 60 Road Experience
  • Meals Included: B, L

Finish a hard day out at the house build project with some much needed souvenir shopping & a traditional Khmer massage for less that $10!

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Traditional Khmer Massage
  • Meals Included: B, L

Full days of work at the house build followed by a campfire & dinner with a local host family.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Campfire dinner with local family
  • Meals Included: B, L, D

Final day of the House Build & presentation to sponsored family. Followed by a celebratory dinner & final trip to the night markets.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: B, L

The full day trip to Kulen Mountain is the highlight of the entire Adventure. As a group we will travel to the mountain on our own private bus to the sacred site once made famous for a scene depicted in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. Volunteers have the chance to swim underneath the stunning waterfall & get blessed by a monk on top of one of Cambodia’s most sacred sites. We finish our last full day together with a group farewell dinner and group celebrations in town.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Kulen Mountain Full Day Tour
  • Meals Included: B

Final farewells and last minute shopping before your flight departs

 

Notes:

  • Transfer to airport included


Need to Know

Age & Required Experience

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Keen interest in community projects & a desire to make a difference

 

Accommodation

All accommodation is Twin-Share & has a MyGapYear Comfort Rating of 4 stars or more. Hotel facilities include: Pool, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, Fridge, Safety Box, Private Bathroom & Restaurant. Single rooms are available upon request & payment of additional fees.

 

Meals

Breakfast included daily. Lunch at the centre and meals whilst at the Community Build Project are included. All other meals are at your own expense. All members of the group eat together for every meal. Those with special dietary requirements can be catered for.

 

Transport

The most popular & exciting way to travel in Cambodia is via TukTuk. TukTuk’s in Cambodia are very safe, reliable & add to the sense of Adventure during the trip. MyGapYear uses only personally selected TukTuk drivers who have a proven history of safe driving on the road.

 

Donation

We require the group (not individually) to raise a minimum of $3000 USD on top of the trip costs before arriving in Cambodia. This will be used to cover the costs of the House Build & help fund the immediate requirements of the Children’s Centre. MyGapYear does not take any part in the handling of the donation money.

The group will personally spend the money as required during the trip & will receive receipts for all monies spent whilst in Cambodia. Please enquire for more information on how the donation works.

 

Child Protection

MyGapYear follows the principles and guidelines of ‘ChildSafe International’ in protecting children from all forms of abuse and preventing child exploitation and trafficking.  As part of our mission to empower and protect youth; we require all volunteers who are 18 years of age or over and who plan to work with children; provide a Criminal History printout.  This printout is available from your local Police Station and may take up to 4 weeks.

Start Dates

Student Adventures begin on select dates during school holidays. Current available dates are:

  • 2nd July – 16th July 2016 (Spaces available)
  • 7th December – 22nd December 2016  (Spaces available)
  • 19th January – 2nd February 2017  (Spaces available)
  • 2nd July – 16th July 2017 (Spaces available) 

About Siem Reap

Nestled between rice paddies, & stretched along the Siem Reap River, the provincial capital of Siem Reap is the gateway to some of the largest & most mesmerising ancient temples in the world.  Every year over two million travellers from across the globe descend on this tourist hub & find themselves lost in the many alleyways & French-colonoal architecture that give this town its charm.

 

Siem Reap is like nowhere else in Cambodia, packed with wall-to-wall hotels, restaurants, bars and massage parlours; its streets crammed day and night with tourists, touts and tuk-tuk drivers in an organised chaos of relentless activity, with endless quantities of hot food and cheap beer, and a nonstop party atmosphere.

Highlights

EXPLORE the magnificent structures of Angkor Wat, a magnificent architectural relic of the ancient Khmer Empire.

BUILD a house for a family living in extreme poverty in rural Cambodia.

DISCOVER the delights, attractions & intricacies that bring millions of people every year to visit the city of Siem Reap.

VOLUNTEER at a local children’s centre to enrich the lives of marginalized children and improve their access to education.

Adventure Details

LENGTH: 15 Days

START DATES: All year round

PRICE: $1495 USD

MEALS: Some included as indicated in Itinerary

FLIGHTS: Not included

Included

Fully chaperoned 14 night/15 day Adventure

2 Fully Qualified English Adventure Leaders

Airport meet and greet

1 Cambodian Adventure Leader & Translator

All accommodation

24/7 in-country support

Unlimited pre-departure support

All transport

Breakfast daily

Airport meet & greet plus transfers

Lunch provided at the Children’s Centre

Lunch at Community House Build Project

Angkor Wat Archaeological Park Ticket & Tour

Kampong Phluk Floating Village Boat Tour

Apsara Buffet Dinner & Dance

PHARE Cambodian Circus Experience

Kulen Mountain

‘60 Road’ Experience

MyGapYear Program Orientation

MyGapYear Placement T-Shirt (Additional Shirts Available)

Personally selected & MyGapYear trained Tuk Tuk Drivers.

Legitimate, Sustainable & Safe Volunteer Program personally founded and managed by the Founder of MyGapYear.

Not Included

Airfares

Visa requirements

Vaccinations

Travel insurance

Spending money

Meals unless otherwise indicated

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