Nov. 28-Dec. 8, 2019: Immerse yourself in Cambodia’s rich culture while building alongside the local community.
Trip cost: US$1,770
Join this trip to Cambodia and help provide safe housing for vulnerable populations while learning about a new culture!
Access to land ownership and secure tenure remains difficult in Cambodia, especially for vulnerable and marginalized communities. It’s estimated that of Cambodia’s population, 5 percent are disabled, 8 percent are over the age of 60, and 670,000 are orphans. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia works closely with many partners, including the future homeowners, to assist low-income and vulnerable families in gaining access to safe, affordable housing.
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 carrying materials, making compressed earth blocks or laying foundations, flooring and compressed earth blocks. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to ride the bamboo train, explore Phnom Sampov Mountain, tour local temples and interact with the local community.
- Thursday-Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head to Cambodia!
- Saturday: Welcome. Land in Siem Reap where Habitat staff will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team. You’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow volunteers.
- Sunday: Learn. You'll learn more about Habitat's innovative work in the region and details about the week's project before traveling to Battambang where you’ll have free time to explore the city before 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 enjoy a farewell ceremony celebrating the week's accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Continue to deepen your knowledge of the history and culture of Cambodia with visits to local sights. End the day with a farewell dinner with your team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Cambodia independently or head home.
Leading this team
Karen loves the experience of growing with team members in many unexpected ways as they share in all the many diverse gifts each member brings to the team. This is why she leads open teams, always looking forward to exposing yet another new person to the wonders of Habitat’s mission in a new location. Having been fortunate enough to lead 15 Global Village teams and participate in a number of Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Projects in Central America, Africa, Central Asia, Canada, Eastern Europe and Mexico, Karen understands volunteerism is at the heart of the Habitat experience. The housing solutions in each country are as different as each and every team. No two trips are the same; no two teams are alike! She’s currently the senior organizational development consultant for Habitat Hammers Back, working with hurricane-impacted affiliates and their long-term recovery efforts.