Get your hands dirty doing construction work with our partner Bridge of Life School. You will serve near Kompong Khlean and get a chance to see and explore authentic village life in Cambodia. Kompong Khleang has about 15,000 people scattered in 11 villages. These communities need people like you to volunteer for initiatives that promote community empowerment, improve access to education and basic health.
About The Trip:
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 »
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 is 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 improve school facilities for small villages. This may include building classrooms, latrines, assisting with water security projects or installing solar panels.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, March 7 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to hotel
- Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 – PROJECT WORK
- Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 15 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20 – PROJECT WORK
- Saturday, March 21: 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 local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
The program cost is about $2,600 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:
Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.
We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.
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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