Trip Details

This Construction Project in Samraong, Cambodia allows volunteers to get their hands dirty to help out a poor community. The main aim of this project is to help in the construction of a school for the poorer communities in the area, but volunteers may also help out on other constructions sites where more development is required.

This project offers volunteers an incredible opportunity to make a real impact on the future of the local population, whilst also allowing them to immerse themselves in a unique culture that is unlike anything they will be used to. The Cambodian people live in a way that is sure to have a lasting impression. Experience it on this project and feel yourself grow through exposure to a new way of life.

The other construction projects in the area that you may work on include house building and renovation, and even work on the local hospital. Whether you work on these tasks or exclusively at the school site depends on the needs of the local community at the time. Volunteers can always feel safe that their skills will be put to their best possible use at all times.

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the quality of life for underprivileged citizens in and around Samraong
  • Assist the locals with construction and renovation efforts in an organized team
  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals
  • Gain practical experience in light renovation work

Trip Itinerary

Monday-Friday
At the beginning of the working week you will have a meeting with our coordinator where you will find out what kind of work will be required during your time on the project.

There is a focus on light construction work and you will spend time helping to paint school buildings, making tables and chairs, constructing and renovating the playground, making pathways, building toilets and repairing school walls. You will also help to build new classrooms.

As mentioned, construction and renovation work sometimes takes place in other areas, depending on the need for it. Tools, equipment and instruction will be provided by experienced staff to all volunteers.

Weekends
Volunteers are free after the construction week project. You can relax at your accommodation, enjoy a bicycle ride into town, expand your sightseeing, or visit the many sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province.

It is also possible for volunteers to take a taxi into Siem Reap for the weekend, where they can visit the world-famous Angkor Wat. Friendly staff are always on hand to make your choice easier, and the locals will be as much help as they can be too.

(Schedule: Volunteers are also usually free during the evenings and no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise)

**Please note; This schedule can be changed or amended, depending on weather, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.**

Trip Accommodation

Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.

The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town for a small cost. All locations have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. Requests for specific locations or room configurations cannot be guaranteed.There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time!

Available Room Types

  • Persons per room 4
  • Wifi in public areas
  • lockable rooms
  • Private bathroom
  • Bed linen
  • Mosquito protection

Three meals on weekdays, Two on weekends

Food Arrangements
Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are available.

Facilities
There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 – 15 minute bike ride or walk.

Sights & Surroundings
There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.

Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!

 

 

Trip Country Info

Cambodia

Capital: Phnom Penh
Language: Khmer
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

Gap year travel to Cambodia is on the rise as more and more people discover its culture, traditions and historic treasures. A relatively unexplored country compared to its neighbours, Cambodia opened up for tourism very recently.Troubled by extreme poverty, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with over 75% of the population living on less than 2 USD a day. Things such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education are lacking in quality and are often not available to their fullest extent.

With a wide range of volunteering opportunities, Tru Experience wants to help you find the volunteer experience that’s perfect for you whether you are looking to work & travel in Cambodia or go on a road trip across the country. By visiting Cambodia, you can find yourself in a world where you can help those less fortunate than yourself while exploring the many cultural treasures of the nation and getting to know the people in a way that can’t be compared. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Cambodia, a road trip, conservation work, teaching, community work  or other work & travel in Cambodia have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Sturdy Shoes

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa