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. We need you to join our group of volunteers in Cambodia.
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.
As a part of our group of volunteers in Cambodia, 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:
You’ll be in country during Cambodia’s dry season 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 in Cambodia 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, November 23 to Sunday, November 24 – Team arrives Phnom Penh airport; transport to Kep. Check in to hotel
- Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, November 30 to Sunday, December 1 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6 – PROJECT WORK in Odong
- Saturday, December 7 – Return to Phnom Penh, then home or continue travels in Asia
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:
Ray was born hundreds of years ago in the UK and lived in Yorkshire. He spent most of his early life chasing the material dream. By the age of 37, he had achieved it, or so he thought. Then after a couple of life-changing events, he realized that life was not all it’s cracked up to be. Materialism was left behind and in its place came time to enjoy life.
Ray has worked on 22 projects around the world between 2005 and 2016. He has trav-elled extensively throughout Europe, Canada and America. In May of 2016, he led a DWC team to the hot and dry Rajasthan area in India, where they built a water-retention structure in 45C-plus heat, danced with the locals and saw the country as few foreigners can in a couple of weeks.
“I take my position as a team leader very seriously and strive to give my team members the best experience both in the build up to, and the time they spend in country. I aim to build a team that will work hard and play hard together, and one that is fun loving and adven-turous. I must get something right as I seem to have a lot of repeat players joining my projects.
I look for awesome ‘can do’ and ‘what I can do to help’ attitudes, and openness to, and respect for, cultural and religious diversity within the team as well as the community we will be working.”
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.