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CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN CAMBODIA

Start your volunteering adventure with a week of cultural activities that will immerse you in Cambodian culture and give you an in-depth insight into this fascinating country. Then follow this with some much-needed Teaching to disadvantaged local children in schools.

The Cambodia Culture Immersion week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. At the same time, the week is packed with sightseeing, cultural training and fun activities. You'll learn some language, some Cambodian cooking and about local Buddhism and the culture and people of Cambodia.

During your second week you'll teach the children of the local community English in an informal way and also help in other activities, (like helping them in their own vegetable patches!). You'll have lots of flexibility and your creativity is encouraged, e.g. helping the children with drawing, singing etc. You'll work with 230 eager-to-learn children from 6 villages at a school in Samraong which provides free education to children who otherwise couldn't afford to get an education.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price:
    £980 (approx. US$1,220) for 2 weeks
    £1,215 (approx. US$1,510) for 3 weeks
    £1,450 (approx. US$1,800) for 4 weeks
    £185 (US$300) for each additional week.
    Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
  • Duration: 2 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Start Dates: All year round, subject to school holidays (see dates below under Work Content) – you choose your start and finish dates
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    Daily transport to and from your project
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
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CULTURAL IMMERSION ACTIVITIES WEEK:

This fun-filled culture week is designed to ease your group into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. It gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of Cambodia. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Cambodian customs.

You'll get to know your town and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You will also be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with the chance to sample your work. Cambodia is most famous for its temples and you'll be taken to the finest temples of the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travellers and you'll have maximum interaction with the people!

TEACHING DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN PROGRAMME:

During your second and subsequent weeks, you'll focus on teaching children in the local school. There are two main objectives to this project - firstly, education, and secondly, trying to offer a better future for under-developed children from poor and remote areas. As well as simply offering this education, we are also trying to promote and encourage this among children who are not currently receiving any schooling.

The children themselves come from the Pul village, as well as five other surrounding villages. Their ages are from 6-15 years old. They currently have only a basic level of English. Classroom sizes are typically between 25-30 students. The school consists of six separate classrooms. The classroom is equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards for participants to use. The students also have pencils and paper.

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts. The first beginning in the morning from 8am – 11am. The afternoon shift is from 2pm to 5pm. We advise you to do one teaching shift, combined with some construction or gardening each day, although we also believe that you should work mostly where you believe your skill set is best utilized.

The School also has an adjourning vegetable garden. Here each student has been designated with a small plot of land to farm their own vegetables. Maintaining this is a challenging job, but has the benefits of both physical and mental well-being. Helping the children out with the farming work is available to you, if you would like to engage in this. This is an extremely valuable task!

Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesman, However, the work here is far from done. Volunteers are able to continue to assist in the construction of a new pathway, toilets, as well as building walls and renovation of the nearby area.

We are also set to work on some "educational art", so if you have any artistic talent, your input would be very gratefully received! We would like several walls to display images and sketches of participants' home countries. Examples would be flags and various other cultural symbols. We feel this will be a nice way of reflecting the work done by volunteers of the past six years.

You don't need any qualifications for this project and you’ll experience the best of the region, history and spirituality that Cambodia has to offer… and that's saying something!

2016 Holidays:
The project is not available during these dates:
11th – 15th April 2016 Khmer New Year
26th September – 07th October 2016 Ancestors Day Holiday

If your programme falls within any of the holiday dates above, you may join the Community Construction Programme.

FREE TEACHING GUIDE :
We provide you with a Teaching Guide and suggestions on inexpensive resources to take with you. Children are always fascinated with volunteers and want to learn as much as possible about you. They love to hear stories about you, your family and where you are from so it is ideal to take pictures, maps, magazine articles and photos of your family and friends with you. You can also use these as excellent resources for a lesson to promote discussion and interest.

CULTURAL IMMERSION WEEK ITINERARY

  • The following schedule is a guide and the day order may change, however the full program will still be experienced.

    Monday (Siem Reap)
     Breakfast
     Excursion to Wat Thmey, Museum of War and Artisant D’Angkor
     Lunch, followed by a visit to the central market, the old market, and the Lucky Mall (super market)
     Dinner, followed by a visit to the Pub Street and night market
    Tuesday (Siem Reap)
     Excursion to the Silk farm and West Baray (Great water reservoir)
     A visit to the souvenir shop and a Khmer massage salon
     Relax at the swimming pool
    Wednesday (Samraong)
     Depart for Samraong
     Lunch at the Greenway volunteer house
     Introduction to the projects
     Walk around and discover the local rural Cambodian village  Dinner at the Greenway volunteer house
    Thursday (Samraong)
     A Visit to the Greenway School
     Tour around Samraong and visits to the surrounding local villages
     Cambodian language classes/lessons
     Cambodian culture classes/lessons
     Cambodian cooking classes/lessons
    Friday (Samraong)
     An excursion to the local temple; assist the monks with the temple chores, discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk.
     Give gift/present to the monk and say good bye, and back to the volunteer house
     Lunch and then the afternoon free
     Dinner at the Greenway volunteer house
    Weekend
    You are free during the weekends – you can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat.

  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions.

TEACHING: A TYPICAL WEEKLY SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Monday-Friday:
    The core focus of the teaching project will depend upon the needs of the school at that time. The main role played by participants will be:

    • Teaching English on a non-formal basis
    • Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)
    • Creating activities for the students, including workshops for cultural exchange
    • Arts & Handicrafts activities
    • Sports after classes
    • Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)
    • Construction and renovation of school and local community
  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions.

ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed at a basic yet comfortable volunteer house. Rooms are single-sex with locked doors, bunk-beds, mosquito nets and a fan– maximum 4 volunteers per room. Wifi is available in the house but not necessarily in your rooms.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hands at the volunteer house or at the home stay, but there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too. You will be encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

Transportation:
In Samraong you can easily get a motorcycle to go anywhere, or you can borrow a bike at the centre. The roads in and to Samraong are very good now. It takes much less time to go somewhere compared to few years ago.

Money issues:
In Samraong you can exchange money and traveler’s checks at the bank. The nearest ATM is in Siem Reap, so please make sure you have enough money with you before leaving to go the town. However, you will probably not need much money there!

Weekends:
Weekends are always free after each project. relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

FOOD:
All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and western food. There are three meals served during the week inside the accommodation and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner).

A little about Cambodian food:
Cambodian food has generally been influenced by Chinese and French cuisine, and also shares many common dishes with Thai food, although not as spicy. The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Almost every meal includes a bowl of rice, although noodles are also popular. A wide range of curries, soups and stir fried are served with rice.
Typically, Cambodians eat their meals with at least three or four separate dishes. A meal will usually include a soup, or samlor, served alongside the main courses. Each individual dish will be either sweet, sour, salty or bitter. Chilli is usually left up to the individual to add themselves.

Khmer cuisine also uses many vegetables, some of which are very unusual, such as different and unusual local varieties of melon, beans and squash. Fish is the most common form of meat in Khmer cuisine, including dried salted fish known as trei ngeat. Getting to taste and know local cooking is one of the many delights of living in a foreign country.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Asia and the wonderful Cambodian culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children to get an education and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
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Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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Teaching English has been a very nice opportunity. The principal of the school is very communicative when it comes to where he wants the school to go, it's aim and what he would like from the volunteers. He asked the volunteers for their help, for their input on how to better their methods of teaching. I've really felt that my volunteering is appreciated at the school by the other volunteers, the principal and by the students. Daniela Pozo

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

DANIELA POZO
Canadian
Temple Conservation and Renovation in Cambodia
Plus Teaching Children in the Community

(1) I feel that I am gaining an understanding on the approach people have regarding certain subjects, ex. Veneration on temples and towards education. I've experienced Cambodian lifestyle; how they work, what they eat, and their social customs. I've also gained the experience of volunteering, this being my first experience. Knowing what it means to volunteer and the effect it has on the people or the place you are volunteering in.

(2) The best thing about my placement so far has been talking with the locals. It has been asking about their customs, discussing the difference between our respective cultures, understanding of how similar we are and how different. But the best experience has been having the opportunity to see how hard the children are working to recieve an education.

(3) I would recommend the temple project during the right season. Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to reconstruct any of it, which would have been much better, but it was nice getting to experience the countryside and see rural Cambodian life. I would definitely recommend teaching English. The kids are so accepting, loving and eager to learn. It's much easier to see the difference you are making, and the difference the project is making on the children.

(4) I think the temple project would be well suited to individuals who really want to experience "traditional" living or experience Cambodian lifestyle.

Can you describe a typical day?
For the temple project, a typical day would start at 8am where we would then bike for 5-10min to the temple. From there you work with your guide until 11am. You head back to the homestay for lunch break until 1:30pm. The second half of the say continues until 4 pm. The majority of the time we cut grass and pulled weeds, sometimes collecting garbage.

For the teaching project, the day begins at 8am, you go to your respective class and begin teaching whatever lesson corresponds to the day. They have about two breaks to play. Other wise the morning group has class from 8am-11am. The evening class runs from 2pm-5pm. There are 6 classes that run everyday that vary by level, kindergarten to level 5.

(5)Teaching English has been a very nice opportunity. The principal of the school is very communicative when it comes to where he wants the school to go, it's aim and what he would like from the volunteers. He asked the volunteers for their help, for their input on how to better their methods of teaching. I've really felt that my volunteering is appreciated at the school by the other volunteers, the principal and by the students.

On your return, would you be willing to talk to prospective volunteers about your placement?
I would. I think volunteering is beneficial both for the volunteers and the community. I wouldn't mind sharing my experience.