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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 home, a latrine, 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 in nearby Siem Reap.
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 with 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.
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.
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.
Saturday, September 24 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to the hotel
Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30 – PROJECT WORK
Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 2 – Free days for some R and R
Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7 – PROJECT WORK
Saturday, October 8: Return to Phnom Penh or continue to travel in Cambodia
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.
Marty is a retired US Air Force officer and university engineering professor with extensive international experience, having served in Europe and travelled to 67 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 and then did the same in Nepal in 2019. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife of 40 years, two sons, and three grandsons and enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, and helping at his son’s craft brewery.
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