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Siem Reap, Cambodia

February 15, 2013 to February 24, 2013

Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Angkor Wat Temple complex, visit the floating village nearby or have a “fish” massage! All the while, we will be partnering with Habitat Cambodia to help build a home for a deserving, hardworking Cambodian family. You will also have the opportunity to make new friends and explore the fastest growing city in Cambodia. If this interests you, then join this dynamic team to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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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)
Day 1(Friday, February 15): Depart for Cambodia.
Day 2 (Saturday, February 16): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, February 17): Travel to host project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
Days 5–8 (Monday –Friday, February 18 - 22): 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.
Day 9 (Saturday, February 23): Free day for activities in local community and sightseeing
Day 10 (Sunday, February 24): 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 – Steve Acton
Steve is the team leader for this Global Village destination. He led a team to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2011 and had such an awesome experience with the friendly people of Cambodia that this was a no-brainer to return. This will be his 13th Global Village build. He is seeking enthusiastic hardworking individuals to join him on this GV adventure. For more information about this trip, contact Steve at

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

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