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PROJECT NAME: MANGROVE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
LOCATION: KAMPOT, CAMBODIA
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: RIVERSIDE BUNGALOW (SINGLE/ TWIN ROOM)
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Kampot is often viewed as a place which truly reflects rural Cambodia. With its slow paced, relaxed and vibrant environment intertwined with its beautiful landscape, it offers a truly unforgettable experience. Of the town’s 2,500 inhabitants, over 80% are directly dependent on the region’s long-standing fishing industry. A vital necessity for this is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from the river banks. Instead, many locals favour salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province.
The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations. The objective is to reverse the trend of removing mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years as local salt farms have taken precedence. This can realistically only be achieved through the education of younger generations, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.
Kampot, situated in south western region of Cambodia is becoming very popular due to it’s abundance of natural beauty and french cultural heritage. This area is often viewed as the place which reflects the true Cambodia. Slow paced, relaxed yet vibrant with a beautiful environment and landscape. The French architectural legacy still remains in many parts of this town.
- Help local workers to conserve and plant new mangrove seedlings
- Teach English and educate the local kids on taking care of the local ecosystem
- Get stuck in and work as a team
Food & Accommodation
Volunteers stay in traditional riverside community bungalow. Bedrooms will be shared between 1 to 2 people per room on a single-gender basis. The bathrooms are shared, with cold showers and authentic toilets (bucket style!). For the more adventurous participants, we can offer an open-plan riverside accommodation. Whilst this is the best way to see the nature of the two options, bringing a mosquito net is a must for this. Numerous ATMs and internet cafes can be found in the town (ANZ Royal Bank and Canadia Bank) which is 8km by tuk-tuk. There is almost no 3G reception or WiFi on site.
All food is included during your volunteer stay. You will be provided with three delicious and nutritious meals per day, with traditional local flavorings. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.
- Airport Pickup
- Local Transportation
- 1 Day Orientation
- 24/7 In-Country Support
- Project Materials & Equipment
- Pre-departure Expert Advice
- Preperation Tools & Checklists
- Certificate of Completion
If you love working outdoors and have a passion for the environment, then this could be the project for you. For those looking for a unique experience, away from the crowds, and to really experience local life, this would be a project great option.
- 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to take up the 1 week introduction to Cambodia to ease volunteers into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. You will get to know your town and it’s facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. Most volunteers benefit greatly from having a deeper understanding of the local culture, language and customs before commencing your chosen project.
The introduction week is not mandatory however so for those who want to get straight into it, no problem, a brief orientation will be provided, showing you the local area and explaining the general norms/ do’s and don’ts, etc.
An arrival airport pick-up from Siem Reap is included in the cost of your placement. The ground coordinator in Cambodia picks up participants at the airport if you arrive during the weekend. The participants will be arranged to stay in Siem Reap overnight if your flight arrives after 14.00 hours as there is no available taxi from Siem Reap to the homestay centre. A Tuk Tuk will be used for transporting from the airport to the Cambodia guest house and/or bus station. Arrivals after the weekend need to make their way to Samraong, Cambodia on their own accord. Projects commence every Monday.
Once in Samraong Cambodia, you can easily get a motorcycle or scooter to go anywhere, or you can borrow a bike at the centre. Many roads in Cambodia are not very good, so you should be especially careful when driving at night.
The schedule will vary on the needs at the time of your project. This could be planting new mangroves at the site, or restoring older mangroves out in open. You can also get involved with the community, by teaching English, sports, and environmental topics to the local village children.
Here are a few things to do in Cambodia…
You can’t make a trip to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat. This is a stunning temple. Head there for sunrise to get the reflection over the water. Angkor Wat can easily be reached from the friendly backpacker town of Siem Reap.
Koh Tonsay or ‘rabbit island’ is situated a 33 boat ride from the town of Kep. This small paradise island has no wifi, only a handful of cafes and that’s about it! All the accommodation are simple wooden beach bungalows, which just adds to the simple way of living. This is a great chance to get away from the crowds, enjoy the sunset over the ocean and to really and truly relax.
S21 Prison & Killing Fields
The Khmer Rouge era was a tragic and horrific few years in Cambodia’s past, where millions of people were killed or sent away to work at various camps. Visit the S21 prison, where people were held as prisoners. This is quite a saddening visit but one that allows a better insight and understanding into exactly what happened during this time. The killing fields are situated just out from the capital. Again, a sad but very humbling visit.
This beachside town is popular with backpackers, for its lovely beaches and great nightlife. The best beaches are found off from the mainland, where there are plenty of island-hopping tours.
The main town closest to Angkor Wat, this is very backpacker friendly, with plenty of cheap places to stay of you want to visit on a weekend. There are many bars, clubs and entertainment in the evenings. During the day you can visit the nearby temples, floating markets, get a fish pedicure in town or a relaxing massage.
There are plenty of hiking and trekking trails available in Cambodia. There’s lush jungle, gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. You can head into the Cardamon mountains, Mondulkiri province or head to natural waterfalls on the outskirts of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.
This countryside town is known for it’s colonial buildings and artsy vibes. While still quite rural, the town has lots of cafes and western places to eat, as well as markets of all kinds. Head out into the country and check out the bamboo train. This used to be a very basic wooden panel which you sat on to ride through the countryside. It has now been updated with proper seats but still a fun and unique thing to do!
*No special requirements needed for this program
Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The average salary in Cambodia is less than US$1.50 a day, and around a third of people live below the national poverty line. Poor living conditions are particularly prevalent in rural parts, where access to safe drinking water is barely above half. Human traffickers exploit the vulnerable with heart-breaking cruelty.
Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Two thirds of the Cambodia’s 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 33 per cent of household expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid..
Involvement Volunteers programs in Cambodia enable you to experience Cambodia as a local, participating in their daily activities while offering yourself in the benefit of those less fortunate. All the projects are grass rooted; working with local people for local people. Within all the projects we value the education factor and the intercultural exchange very highly delivering an educational experience for volunteers.
Cambodia is warm and tropical throughout the year, with a wet and dry season and temperatures ranging from 21 to 35 °C.
December to Febuary are considered the best months to visit, due to the cooler climate (although still warm).
March to June is very hot, sometimes over 40 degrees but it’s usually dry.
June to September is hot, humid and monsoon season. The positive of travelling in this season is that everything is so grean, prices are cheaper and there are less tourists.
October and November also have showers but the weather is slightly cooler. Showers are usually predictable and happen for short bursts in the afternoons.
Cambodia has a rich culture, with around 97% of the population following the Buddhist religion. They have many great temples, including the most famous one, Angkor Wat, which is a must visit. Cambodian people have a great respect for their elders and put an importance on having a strong family unit. They are very kind, a little shy but very friendly and will be eager to learn about your culture back home. Cambodia also has a dark past and you will see many reminders of the Khmer Rouge era where millions of innocent people were captured and killed. Despite this, Cambodia nowadays has a relaxed, friendly and welcoming vibe, with lots of arts and culture.
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