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Volunteer registration for Srok Por village, CambodiaJimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Volunteer registration for Srok Por village, Cambodia
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build 2009


About the 2009 Carter Work Project: The Mekong Build

Habitat homeowner Thach Pheurk, 52, says, "We are happy now that we have this house. We feel more secure with our lives."

The Carter Work Project will take place November 15–20, 2009, in five countries along the Mekong River:

  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • China

Though the main event will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Habitat for Humanity International is seeking volunteers to help build homes in each of the Mekong countries. These satellite build sites will help launch Habitat’s subsequent Mekong Build campaign, a five-year campaign that will serve 50,000 families throughout the region.

Join us in Cambodia and be part of this current of change!

Why Habitat is needed in Cambodia

Cambodia is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. According to the United Nations, about 34 percent of Cambodians lives on less than US$1 a day. Twenty percent of the country’s population lives in informal settlements. They settle in every conceivable empty space, from courtyards and rooftops, to the sides of railway tracks, river banks and swamps.

How Habitat has helped

Habitat for Humanity Cambodia aims to reduce poverty by improving communities’ access to affordable and basic services and better living conditions. Habitat has helped the poor through microfinance loans and working with the government to improve land rights. Recently, a program of rehabilitating homes was launched.

Learn more about Habitat’s work in Cambodia; visit Cambodia's profile page or Habitat Cambodia’s Web site.

About the 2009 Carter Work Project: Cambodia

Volunteers in Cambodia will help build 21 houses for families who are relocating from a dump site in Damnak Thom village, on the eastern outskirts of Phnom Penh. The families pay US$40 a month to live in the dump site, sharing toilets and relying on unsafe water. The new homes will be built in the northwestern border of the capital in Srok Por village, Punhea Leu district, Kandal province. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia is providing microfinance loans and other help to build the homes and a clinic and community center.

Volunteer activities

Volunteers will work on a variety of building tasks and, if desired, on community outreach and logistics throughout the week. As part of the five-country Carter Work Project build, volunteers will enjoy modest and culturally-appropriate opening and closing ceremonies and Carter Work Project gifts and t-shirts. It should be noted, however, that the activities in the satellite locations will focus more on construction and community interaction than on ceremonies and other events that are typical of recent Carter Work Project events. This will not be a blitz build.


Accepted volunteers will stay in double-occupancy lodging. The participation fee includes lodging from Saturday, November 14, through Friday, November 20 (Checkout is scheduled for Saturday, November 21.). For an additional fee, single-occupancy lodging will be an option as long as rooms are available. Please note that because there are no suitable lodging options near the build site, volunteers may have to travel up to one hour to and from the site each day. Air-conditioned buses will be provided.

Standard itinerary
: Since lodging will be provided beginning Saturday, November 14, team members may arrive then and have free time before official activities begin Sunday, November 15.

Sunday, November 15
: Welcome, opening ceremony and team dinner.
Monday, November 16–Friday, November 20
: Work days. Breakfast will be served either at the hotel or on site. Work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Clean up, dinner and free time for cultural activities. A closing ceremony will also be held on the final work day.
Saturday, November 21
: Depart for flights home. (If volunteers decide to extend their stay, all accommodations and travel arrangements are their responsibility.)

Before applying, please keep the following participation requirements in mind:

  • Applicants must commit to participate for the entire build week of November 15–20, 2009.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Participation fees

Participation fee with double-occupancy lodging: $1,300
Accepted applicants wishing to share a room will be given the opportunity to name a roommate. If you do not have a roommate, a same-sex roommate will be assigned.

Participation fee with single-occupancy lodging: $1,450

  • If your application is accepted, a non-refundable, non-transferable $500 deposit is required within three weeks of receipt of your acceptance e-mail.
  • Fundraising tools will be provided to accepted applicants, including a Habitat fundraising Web page that you can personalize with trip details and information. You can provide this Web page address to family, friends and other potential contributors to raise funds to support your participation in this project.

Participation fees include:

  • Volunteer building opportunity in Cambodia during the Carter Work Project 2009.
  • Seven nights lodging in Phnom Penh (November 14–20), airport pick-up and transportation to and from the build site each day.
  • Dinner on Sunday, November 15, three meals a day November 16–20, snacks and drinks throughout the week.
  • Event t-shirt, hat and welcome bag.
  • A donation to support future Habitat for Humanity homes.
  • The volunteer fee does not include trip participant air fare, individual R&R activities, or visa and exit fees.

Transportation and travel

  • Please do not make flight arrangements until you receive official notification of your application acceptance.
  • Arrange your flights to arrive no later than Sunday, November 15.
  • Transportation will be provided from Phnom Penh International Airport to Habitat-provided lodging on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Return transportation will be provided from Habitat-provided lodging to Phnom Penh International Airport Saturday, November 21. More details and exact times will be provided to accepted volunteers in their official notification of acceptance.
  • Local transportation will be provided daily from Habitat-provided lodging to and from the build sites.
  • Volunteers to Cambodia are required to have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least May 21, 2010.
  • Volunteers to Cambodia are required to obtain visas. Please do not apply for a visa until you have been officially notified of your application acceptance. More information will be provided at that time.
  • Please check the Center for Disease Control Web site for travel recommendations for Thailand.
  • Please see the U.S. State Department travel link for any travel warnings concerning international travel.

Apply to volunteer at the Carter Work Project in Srok Por village, Cambodia!

  • All applications to volunteer for the 2009 Carter Work Project: Srok Por village, Cambodia build must be submitted online. You will need to log in to the site with a user name and password.
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  • If you are applying as part of a group, please make sure each member of your group uses the same group name on his or her application.
  • After completing the application, you will be asked to read and accept the “Release and Waiver of Liability.” Please read it thoroughly.
  • All applicants will be notified of their application status beginning Friday, May 8.

For questions, e-mail