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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 2, 2012 to November 11, 2012

Whether new to international travel or a seasoned globetrotter, we all change our demeanor when we hear the word “Cambodia.” It is because over the course of decades, we have consistently become aware of the poverty level and substandard economic conditions for most of those living in this country. More than 300,000 people in the capital alone live in slum housing. Join us and travel as part of this team to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where you’ll become a part of international effort to eliminate slum housing, visit one of the most fascinating countries on earth and experience the rewarding feeling of sharing your life with those who need it most.




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About Cambodia
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. 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.

We will be working in Phnom Penh, the capital of the kingdom of Cambodia. Phnom Penh is an ancient city situated at the confluence of three great rivers – the “four arms” of the Mekong River. The city is also the commercial, political and cultural hub of Cambodia.

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.

In Phnom Penh, more than 300,000 people live in slum housing – one quarter of the city’s population. Only 10 years ago, 30,000 people lived in slum areas. 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.

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.

Standard itinerary
(10 day itinerary)
November 2, Friday: Depart for Cambodia.
November 3, Saturday: Travel day.
November 4, Sunday: Arrival in Phnom Penh; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
November 4-9 (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.
November 10, Saturday: Free days for activities in local community and local sightseeing.
November 11, Sunday: Depart for home or continue in Cambodia on your own for R&R or cultural activities.

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.

Program cost
For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
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!

Team leader
Maria Petrenko has previously lead several GV teams to Mahalapye, Botswana; New Delhi, India and Kuching, Malaysia. She also has been a part of disaster relief efforts in Dominican Republic. Born to an Armenian family in USSR, Maria currently lives in Detroit, Michigan. She is a self-starter/entrepreneur who participates in and/or co-owns several different businesses. She is a charismatic, fun and easy to get along with individual who has vast world travel experience and passions in culture, music and diving. Please contact Maria at or 734-476-9199.

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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