Siem Reap, Cambodia
With the ancient city and temples of Angkor Wat at our doorstep, experience and learn about the Khmer culture during this ten-day adventure. Join our Global Village team and help to make a long-lasting difference in the lives of Cambodian families. You will have the opportunity to make new friends, visit the local floating village, and take in the vibrant sights, sounds, and flavors of Cambodia during this unforgettable adventure. And after a hard day of building, treat yourself to a “fish” foot massage!
Cambodia is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The mighty Mekong River dominates the country’s fertile landscape, and the Angkor Wat temple complex is one of the most treasured and visited sites in the entire region.
Ninety percent of Cambodia’s population is ethnically Cambodian and Theravada Buddhism is the religion of about 95 percent of the people. Khmer is the official language, though French is still spoken in urban areas and English is increasingly popular as a second language. The climate in Cambodia is tropical.
This Global Village team will be volunteering in Siem Reap, in northwest Cambodia. The city’s historic core features both French and Chinese architecture, and is the fastest-growing city in Cambodia. Siem Reap is also the gateway to the ruins of Angkor – the ancient Khmer dynasty’s capital that includes the Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
About Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
Habitat Cambodia aims to reduce poverty by empowering communities to improve their access to affordable and basic services and better living conditions. Habitat has already started a program of building new homes and rehabilitating existing homes in Cambodia.
Still, housing problems are widespread. In Cambodia, rural households account for nearly 90 percent of the country’s poor, with 85 percent of the population living in rural areas. In Siem Reap, thousands of rural families who have moved to the city for job opportunities live in substandard housing.
Types of construction for volunteers
Cambodian Habitat houses are usually 31.5 sq. m. in size. The walls are made from fired brick with a reinforced concrete post. The layout consists of a living room, bedroom and kitchen with a toilet.
Work on a Global Village trip may involve laying bricks and mixing mortar, digging foundations, pouring cement or plastering the walls. It is a fun and extremely rewarding way to contribute to Cambodian society.
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart for Cambodia.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday): Travel to host project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
Days 5-8 (typical workdays, Monday –Friday): Breakfast at accommodations or local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at local restaurant; time for team activities.
Days 9 (Saturday): Free days for activities in local community and sightseeing.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.
NOTE: Cultural experiences during the trip may include market tours, museum visits and historical sites, as well as other outdoor opportunities. The final building day will also feature a farewell ceremony with partner family members.
Global Village teams to Cambodia can expect to stay in a local hotel with team members sharing rooms and bathrooms. Breakfast and dinner are usually eaten at the hotel or at a local restaurant, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site.
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Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Patty O’Connell is a clinical social worker and massage therapy student with plans to open a massage studio and wellness center. Originally from New York City, she moved to the beautiful coast of Maine in 2011 with her sheltie, Decster. Her first Global Village experience took her to the Guatemalan highlands in 2003. Since then, she has led seven trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Romania, and Zambia.
If you are interested in joining her Siem Reap team, please email her at email@example.com.