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. This village needs people like you to volunteer in Cambodia.
About The Trip:
As a volunteer in Cambodia, 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 March, Cambodia is in its dry season, so there will be little if any rain until April. Temperatures are definitely warm, and humidity is low – it’s dry, dry, dry. This is a great time to be seeing and volunteering in the country, but it can be hot and dusty.
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:
- Saturday, March 16 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to Kep. Check in to hotel
- Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, March 30: Return to Phnom Penh or continue to travel in Cambodia
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:
Marty is a retired US Air Force officer and university engineering professor with extensive international experience, having served in Europe and traveled to more than 60 countries, including many in East and West Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He’s a former Fulbright Scholar who taught at Singapore’s top science and engineering university. Marty coordinated his first service trip with DWC in 2014 when he led a team of students working with Equitable Cambodia to build sanitary latrines in villages. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife of 37 years, two sons, and three grandsons and enjoys hiking, cycling, and photography.
Are You Ready To Go?
Want more information about this trip? Apply now using our online application.
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.
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