Millions of families in developing countries face a severe housing problem. A lack of shelter is a manifestation of widespread poverty. People live in homes that are built of flimsy materials, lack adequate sanitation, have an irregular or no electricity supply.
To help mitigate housing issues, DWC’s RAISE THE ROOF program provides adequate shelter and improves the conditions in which families live through sustainable construction projects. Essential services are addressed, such as safe drinking water, improved sanitation, space for food gardens and other means by which people can increase their capacity to generate income.
A liveable home can have a tremendous impact on a family’s well-being and their ability to break the cycle of poverty. For example, research suggests that replacing a dirt floor with cement can result in reductions in cases of diarrhea and anemia due to the presence of fewer parasites. In addition to health improvements, ownership of decent housing increases a family’s personal safety, security, and performance in school and at work. Secure housing improves a whole community.
As a volunteer in Cambodia, you’ll help build a school, a water structure, latrines, or even a combination of these, while you are on site. You’ll work in a village near Kompong Khleang, and your team will stay in a hotel nearby.
Our in-country partner, Bridge of Life School, is a grass-roots, not-for-profit organization providing free educational and community-based programming at rural sites in the Cambodian countryside. The organization started in July 2009. Most staff come from local villages and have a direct relationship to the communities where they work. There is a solid presence in the areas to ensure the long-term viability and passion about trying to make people’s lives better.
You’ll do construction that builds a future for people who have little. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Cambodia Blog »
November is classed as Cambodia’s high season and is one of the best months to visit the country. Temperatures rarely dip below 68°F (20°C), wherever you go. It’s definitely warm, and humidity is low – it’s dry, dry, dry. This is a great time to be volunteering in the country, but it can be hot and dusty.
The team will be stationed in Siem Reap, the cultural mecca of Cambodia. This is a tourist city with a population of just over 140,000 people. The list of cultural activities is endless, including such standards as Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Bayon and the Phare Circus. The outlying countryside is loaded with several options for full-day or two-day excursions.
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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
I discovered DWC in 2017 when it was suggested I take my at-risk step grandson to Guatemala on a volunteer trip. Not only was the trip life changing for myself but I know it changed my grandson’s life forever. So see others in much needier conditions and for him to be able to effect change was powerful! Another trip to Nepal and I am hooked! I am thrilled to be able to now be a team leader. To me shaking hands with our human brothers and sisters is how we change the world.
In my past life I purchased and operated a 13-room rooming house for 10 years. The 88 at risk of homelessness souls I came to love over those years gave me a perspective and empathy for all those that have been handed challenges in life and struggle with physical and mental illness, generational trauma and just plain bad luck.
Feeling empathy for others seems to be in my makeup and in one way or the other I have been lending a hand whenever possible. I also volunteered for mentally challenged adults for 25 years as a member of a network for the Planned Lifetime Advocacy. My “charge” went from sitting watching tv in his room all day to living in his own apartment, being surrounded by a loving network of friends and family and although he passed away in 2011, I know his life was make more by our involvement.
I have travelled extensively in the last few years. I always try to see the lesser known areas affected by poverty. Meeting the impoverished in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, northern Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu created a real desire to see what I can do to help. DWC is an incredible vehicle to continue this interest.
My life has been made ‘more’ by all these opportunities to reach out to others in the world. I cannot wait to lead each DWC trip and help others go to their ‘more’.