Get your hands dirty doing construction work with our partner Equitable Cambodia and get a chance to see and explore life in the village of Odong in Kep province. Equitable Cambodia is a grassroots organization aimed at promoting community empowerment, education and human rights. EC grew out of another group, Bridges Across Borders Cambodia, that fought poverty and promoted education, leadership and health programs along with land and housing rights.
About The Trip:
You’ll build a family home or water structure or latrine, or even a combination of two of those, while you are on site. You’ll work in the village of Odong, but stay in a hotel in nearby Kep, where a blue crab statue salutes you from the azure coastal waters.
Our in-country partner, Equitable Cambodia, strives to raise awareness, facilitates exchanges of many kinds and supports creative endeavors that affirm our common humanity. The organization is founded on the belief that sustainable development and human rights are interdependent and interrelated, and its work encompasses that.
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 »
It’s Not All Work:
In October, Cambodia’s dry season has just begun, so there will be little if any rain until April. Temperatures are warm, about 27C, and humidity is low. This is a great time to be seeing and volunteering in the country, while everything is still lush from the just-finished rainy season. Even though it is technically the dry season, there could still be some rain. But it shouldn’t be long or intense.
Kep was actually a seaside resort for the French elite in the early 1900s and later a gathering place for big-time Cambodian gamblers. It’s still a draw for tourists, with such attractions as Kep National Park with walking trails, the Buddhist temple Wat Kiri Sela, a butterfly farm and, of course, some magnificent beaches for swimming and snorkeling.
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Volunteers will build a dream home as envisioned by the family who was chosen by their community to receive a new house. The team will also be building latrines and assisting with food and water security projects in the community of Odong.
When / Itinerary:
- Sunday, Oct. 15 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to Kep. Check in to hotel
- Monday, Oct. 16 to Friday, Oct. 20 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 22 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 27 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, Oct. 28 – Return to Phnom Penh, then home
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.
The team will stay at a hotel in Kep that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
The program cost is about $2,200 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Equitable Cambodia. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
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.
DWC Team Leader:
Jen Baillie wants to live in a world where people have face-to-face conversations, make mistakes and grow from them, play outside, celebrate each others gifts, live inspired, find something to be grateful about everyday and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.
As a child and youth care practitioner, local and global volunteer, she’s been actively involved in her community since the age of 12. She has travelled to more than 20 countries and has led Developing World Connections teams to Rwanda, Peru, Guatemala and India.
When she’s not on one of her adventures around the world, you can find Jen lost in a stack of travel books and maps planning her next trip, volunteering in the community, devising her next random acts of kindness mission, sifting through inspirational quotes and unapologetically soliciting people to join her in getting involved, following their passions or hers.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
To learn more about other DWC teams’ experiences in Cambodia, go to: dwcvolunteersincambodia.blogspot.ca.
Are You Ready To Go?
You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.