Cultural Week Cambodia

Enjoy a week of sightseeing and local culture to ease your way into Cambodia and get to know your fellow volunteers. Explore the backpackers hot spot of Siem Reap. Then dive into the untouched Cambodian countryside. This action-packed week will get you sightseeing, learning about local Buddhism, interacting with the culture and people of Cambodia and more....

Cultural Introduction Week Cambodia

Project Type

Orientation Week | Volunteer Center shared rooms

Duration

1 Week+

Start Dates

Every Monday year round (Arrival Saturday or Sunday)

Location

Siem Reap & Samroang

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Whats Included

  • Arrival  Airport Transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Training & Supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Airfares & Visa fees
  • Additional Tours, Souvenirs, Spending Money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Application Procedure

  • Click ‘apply now’ to complete your online application.
  • Click ‘pay deposit’ to pay the US$275 fee to secure your placement.
  • A confirmation and invoice will be sent via email within 48 hours.
  • Final payment will be due 30 days prior to departure, after which a full program pack will be sent including all necessary information

Background Information

Enjoy a week to check out the backpackers hotspot of Siem Reap with vibrant night life and world famous temples.   You will have maximum interaction possible with Cambodian people, who will be keen to show you around and welcome you to their home.

This culture week is designed to ease participants into the Cambodian culture and pace of life. You will get to know your new town and your fellow volunteers to help build your confidence in dealing with the locals to get the best out of your experience.

Schedule

Sunday – Arrive Siem Reap, transfer to hostel included (located 10 min from downtown Siem Reap)
Monday – Siem Reap

  • Breakfast
  • An excursion to Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
  • A visit to the Museum of War, dedicated to the Civil War and guided by ex-soldiers
  • Exploring Artisant D’Angkor, a craft shop that brings ancient Khmer arts and crafts back to life
  • Lunch
  • A visit to the central market, the old market, and the Lucky Mall (super market)
  • Dinner
  • An evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap

Tuesday – Siem Reap

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion to a silk farm and West Baray, a popular place for swimming
  • Lunch
  • A visit to the souvenir shop and a Khmer massage salon
  • Relax at the swimming pool
  • Dinner

Wednesday – Samraong

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Samraong
  • Lunch
  • Introduction to the projects
  • Walk around and discover the local rural Cambodian village
  • Dinner

Thursday – Samraong

  • Breakfast
  • A visit a rural school built from scratch over the years by previous participants
  • A tour around Samraong and visits to the surrounding local villages
  • Lunch
  • Cambodian language lessons
  • Cambodian culture lessons
  • Cambodian cooking lessons
  • Dinner

Friday – Samraong

  • Breakfast
  • An excursion to the local temple: assist the monks with the temple chores, discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk
  • Lunch
  • Free afternoon to relax
  • Dinner

Saturday/Sunday – Free time

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

Accommodation

Accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. They have a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and/or communal areas.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint especially: water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Siem Reap accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day included
  • 2-4 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Safety deposit box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Samraong accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day included
  • 2-4 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas
  • No Laundry facilities
  • No Safety deposit box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Meals

All food is included during your volunteer stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.

Weekends & Extra Tours

Weekend participants are always free to relax at the 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. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with their advice. During the weekends only two meals are served inside the accommodation; breakfast and dinner.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.