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:
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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Volunteers will improve facilities for small villages. This may include building a modest family home, classrooms, latrines, assisting with water security projects or installing solar panels.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, November 7 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to hotel
- Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 – PROJECT WORK
- Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 – PROJECT WORK
- Saturday, November 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:
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’.
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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