Cambodia is one of the most fascinating countries in Southeast Asia. Following years of war and genocide, Cambodia is now a very safe place to visit, and most importantly, extremely needy. The Angkor Wat temple complex is an enormous tourist draw and the city of Siem Reap is seeing more visitors than ever.
Unfortunately, most Cambodians are not reaping the benefits of the blossoming tourism industry, and a large percentage of people still live in abject poverty. Cambodia's children are in need of attention, there is a burgeoning street-child problem, and schools are inadequately equipped to deal with the increasing number of students. Over 50% of the population is under 25. In addition, thousands of Cambodians are maimed and killed every year when they step on the unexploded landmines that remain in the countryside from the years of horrible war.
As so many have been injured by landmines, or are victims of polio and other debilitating illnesses, volunteers assemble and distribute wheelchairs to needy recipients in rural villages. The wheelchair project will be possible based on availability of parts and in accordance with shipping and customs regulations. Volunteers may help teach children in the village school. A set itinerary is created, though there is ample room to pick and choose projects that appeal to you the most.
What to Expect?
Globe Aware’s Cambodia program is based in the bustling city of Siem Reap. With a population of over 800,000 and its close proximity to the Ankor Wat ruins and the Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap has become a major tourist destination. The center of town is just a short stroll over the river from your accommodations and has a bustling nightlife, with plentiful cafes and bars for you to enjoy in your free time. Siem Reap is also scattered with impressive temples and pagodas that you may enjoy visiting.
Many volunteer projects will be centered in rural villages, so you should have ample opportunity to experience all aspects of Cambodian life. Volunteers will participate in a variety of projects, including teaching English at the Buddhism Association School, which is part of the Wat Bo temple complex. It provides English instruction to young people as well as monks. Volunteers are able to provide the invaluable experience of practicing pronunciation with a native English speaker.
Volunteers will also be able to work with children at a local Street Children's Center. The staff of the center brings children in off the street and provides them with alternatives to drugs and prostitution. The Angkor Wat temples are more unique than the Taj Mahal in India, taller than any European Medieval Church, and more varied and numerous than the pyramids in Egypt. Volunteers will have time to visit many of the famed temples of Angkor Wat, the stunning floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, and explore the town of Siem Reap.
- Program ID: # 1744
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Siem Reap Siem ReapCambodia13° 21' 17.5752" N, 103° 51' 28.368" EKH
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately Fit
- Closest Airport: Siem Reap (REP)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsTeach Overseas
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