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....

we need You in Cambodia

  • 90% of Cambodia's poor live in rural areas, which lack quality healthcare and skilled teachers.
  • The majority of the popualtion depends agriculture for basic survival, with a lack of sanitation facilities in rural areas.
  • Many poor familes simply cannot afford to send their children to school. There are also limited resources in many schools.
  • Malnutrition is evident in Cambodia, with around 5% of children under 5 experiencing stunted growth.

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does Cultural Week Involve?

  • Become comfortable with your new surroundings and settle in before your project starts
  • Explore the local areas- walking tours, cultural excursions, temple visits, cooking classes, language lessons & traditional dance shows
  • An evening at Pub Street in Siem Reap and a visit to the night market
  • Become immersed in local life by practicing your new language skills with the locals!
volunteers at the temple in cambodia on orientation week

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  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
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the amazing cambodian children!

  PROJECT NAME: CULTURAL ORIENTATION WEEK

LOCATION: SIEM REAP & SAMRAONG

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$275 + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

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. Please check schedule in the dropdown section. 

Location

Siem Reap is a backpacker friendly town, situated very close to the famous temple Angkor Wat. Theres plenty of nightlife and things to do such as temples, floating markets and exploring the pretty town. 

Samraong is a rural village, located North of Siem Reap and right on the border with Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer. The rural location allows greater cultural immersion and to really live like a local and gain a deeper travel experience.

Project Tasks

  • To become familiarised with the local surroundings and your new home for the next few weeks
  • To explore some of the local sights and cultural heritage
  • To learn more about the ‘do’s and dont’s’ and to learn the local language

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a dedicated volunteer guest house, with up to 20 other volunteers in single gender rooms with max 4 p/room. Every room has its own Western style toilet and shower. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. There are communal indoor and outdoor areas for socializing and eating. The accommodation is basic, but clean & comfortable with local staff sure to go out of their way to ensure you’re happy! Wifi is included in public areas (speeds can vary). There are no safety deposit boxes however the rooms are lockable. There is a private bathroom per room. Bed linen is provided, however volunteers should bring their own towel.  Mosquito nets and fans included but no air con!

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FAQ...

If you want to gain a head start on your projects and feel comfortable in your new surroundings, before you begin, this week is a fantastic way to do just that! It gives you time to adjust before your project begins, to explore the local area and to learn more about the culture and customs. This can greatly help you to communicate with the locals on your projects. 

  • Accommodation
  • 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
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

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.

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.***

Here are a few things to do in Cambodia…

Angkor Wat

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. 

Rabbit Island

Koh Tonsay or ‘rabbit island’ is situated a 30 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. 

Sihanoukville

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. 

Siem Reap

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. 

Jungle Trekking

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.

Battambang

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 30 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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