Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nov. 15-23, 2019: Join hundreds of other volunteers on this Cambodia Big Build.
Trip cost: US$2,579
Join hundreds of other volunteers on this Big Build to construct 28 to 45 homes in a week!
It’s estimated that about two million homes are in need of critical improvements throughout Cambodia. With research projecting an additional 1.1 million homes needing to be built by 2030, the demand for safe, affordable housing in Cambodia is increasing. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia partners with future homeowners to improve their quality of life and health by providing them with better housing, water and sanitation options.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing mortar, carrying materials or laying foundations, bricks and flooring. You’ll be working alongside partner families, Habitat Cambodia and 300 to 500 other volunteers as you build 28-45 wooden or brick houses that will be the new safe, affordable home for partner families.
- Friday-Saturday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Cambodia!
- Sunday: Welcome. Arrive at Siem Reap Airport where Habitat staff will greet you and you’ll meet your team. You’ll learn more about Habitat’s work in the area over dinner.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Cambodia independently or depart for home.
Leading this team
Shane has been a Global Village volunteer since 2012 and a team leader since 2014. He has led numerous trips all over the world, has extensive travel experience and particularly enjoys visiting off-the-beaten-path places, which fits perfectly with building with Global Village. Shane takes his role seriously as a team leader and feels that it is his responsibility to be a good steward of the time and money invested in each project. Therefore, he ensures that every build is well-organized in order to make the experience as rewarding as possible for each volunteer. The biggest response from volunteers on his team leader evaluations is that he excels in organization and pre-trip communication.
For Shane, these trips are about so much more than "going to build a house." Other than making the experience seamless for the volunteers, he incorporates much more into the team, from cultural immersion and community interaction, to reflection meetings each night, to learning about poverty housing issues and how they are solved. Volunteers come away from Shane's trips feeling like they have taken away much more than they gave, and there is a reason that a part of each new trip is made up of volunteers who have been on one or more of Shane's previous builds.