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Siem Reap, Cambodia

December 28, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Spend your holiday break by giving back in the beautiful country of Cambodia. I am seeking enthusiastic and dynamic people to immerse themselves in the Cambodian way of life by helping to reduce poverty through provide better living conditions. No building construction skills or experience is required, just a grand sense of adventure, an open mind and heart and the flexibility and patience to work in a different environment. Join us as we do our part to eliminate substandard housing by lending hardworking hands while gaining friendships, unique experiences and a sense of belonging to the global community.



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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 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.

Standard itinerary
(10 day itinerary)
December 28, Friday: Depart for Siem Reap, Cambodia.
December 29, Saturday: Travel day.
December30, Sunday: Arrive Siem Reap and travel to host project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
December 31 - January 4 (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.
January 5, Saturday: Free days for activities in local community and sightseeing.
January 6, 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.

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
Joanne Brunner is a college professor and an avid traveler. This is Joanne’s second Global Village experience. She began her experience with Habitat’s Global Village program last summer in Romania. Her life has been enriched by her experience with Habitat’s Global Village program and has increased her desire to make a difference in someone’s life by giving back to the local communities she visits. She is excited to meet new people with a similar sense of adventure and help others share in this life changing opportunity. Joanne can be contacted for more information about this trip by email at

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

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