Cambodia Adventurer

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1. In Brief

Explore the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, stunning beaches, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and friendly people. Make a positive and rewarding contribution to the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged children, discover Khmer culture and traditions and relax on white sandy beaches and contribute to coral reef conservation.

Cambodia, the sacred kingdom, is a country truly in touch with its ancient roots. This is the home of the once mighty Angkor empire, which ruled over a vast area of land from its centre in Angkor Wat. One glance at the region's spectacular environment and you'll see why they chose Cambodia for their base. Terraced rice paddies ring gently rolling hills, lush tropical forests are alive with the calls of hornbills and gibbons, and mile upon mile of fabulous untouched beaches skirt the coast. Cambodia is a welcoming land and immediately you'll feel at home in this fabulous, exciting country.

The beauty of this project is that you can chose what you will experience a community project and a conservation project, the vibrant town of Siem Reap and the serene beaches of Koh Rong Samloem, ultimately leaving you with many unforgettable memories. You will spend the first part of your project in Siem Reap, before transferring down via Phnom Penh to the island beach camp. 

Cambodia, the sacred kingdom, is a country truly in touch with its ancient roots. This is the home of the once mighty Angkor empire, which ruled over a vast area of land from its centre in Angkor Wat. One glance at the region's spectacular environment and you'll see why they chose Cambodia for their base. Terraced rice paddies ring gently rolling hills, lush tropical forests are alive with the calls of hornbills and gibbons, and mile upon mile of fabulous untouched beaches skirt the coast. Cambodia is a serene, welcoming land and immediately you'll feel at home in this fabulous, exciting country.

      

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Teach, inspire and improve the opportunities of fun-loving, hard-working, disadvantaged children
  • Contribute to the community in Siem Reap, and then chill on a perfect beach and assisting with terrestrial and reef conservation efforts
  • Explore this wondrous and welcoming corner of the world
  • Fully submerge yourself into a culture very different from many others around the world. Working in remote areas off the beaten track you get to explore scenes and meet people you will never forget

FAST FACTS

Location Cambodia - Siem Reap and the Khmer village of M’Pai Bai on the island of Rong Samloem
Activities

Teach English to children
Help take care of disadvantaged children
Explore the local culture
Relax on the beach

Assist with coastal conservation project, beach clean-up and recycling project
Recreational activities
Sightseeing

Transport Pick-up from the airport (if arriving on Monday in Siem Reap)
Transport to the Siem Reap project site (if arriving Monday in Siem Reap)
Accommodation Frontier house in Siem Reap and Frontier bungalows in M’Pai Bai

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Provision of breakfast and lunch daily in Siem Reap. You will also receive dinner on Koh Rong Samloem.
Accommodation volunteer house in Siem Reap and beach camp on island of Koh Rong Samloem
Project orientation and training
Airport pick-up (if you are arriving on Monday in Siem Reap)
Transport from Siem Reap airport to Siem Reap Frontier house
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This project allows you to decide how you would like to help the people of this poor yet beautiful country. Poverty, and the lack of education that results from it, traps the children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many problems in their lives including becoming vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work hazardous jobs, or even be sold into prostitution.

Poverty also results in malnourishment, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation. With nearly one in three of Cambodia's 7-14 year olds unable to attend school, the prospect of escaping this 'poverty cycle' is bleak indeed. The situation is all the worse for those children who have been dispossessed and who lack even the love and care of a family.

You can bring hope to these impoverished children by giving them the education, attention and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for these children, so you will be helping them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options, and your presence will give them the gift of English, the language of commerce and tourism, allowing them access to more stable and secure jobs, and potentially even high-school and college scholarships.

Cambodia's coastal and marine wildlife and ecosystems are under threat. The rate of habitat destruction here is the third highest in the world and the animals and birds that depend on these habitats are being decimated. We are working in the marine ecosystem on the island of Koh Rong Samloem to research and protect some of the country's most endangered coastal habitat. This project gives you the chance to spend part of your time helping with that vital work.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will spend the first part of your project in Siem Reap contributing to teaching projects, before transferring down to Koh Rong Samloem for the second part. We are flexible on how much time you spend on this project, and what you do with your time on each placement:

Teaching in a school in Siem Reap (minimum 1 week) (CBT)

You will be a teaching assistant helping to support teaching in a local school at the heart of Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a captivating location that is known as the 'gateway' to the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer empire. It encompasses the awe inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat, an ancient and world famous monument that is yet untarnished by development. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre popular with travellers. 

We recommend that volunteers stay for three to four weeks to maximise the benefit of your presence within the classroom and have a chance to build a strong relationship with the teachers. Those volunteers staying for less that four weeks may not have the opportunity to teach English to their own class but will play a key part with the younger children as well as arts and crafts exercises. 

Beach conservation and relaxation (minimum 1 week) (CMM)

Cambodia’s coastal paradise is home to some of the most spectacular marine life and gorgeous beaches in the world. The coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and seahorses and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles and a wealth of other marine creatures. The deep blue offshore waters support reef sharks and majestic whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics. You will stay in the Frontier beach camp on the exclusive private island of Koh Smach alongside local, coastal communities and spend time soaking up the sun or swimming in the dazzling blue waters whilst helping to support our marine and coastal conservation project.

Transport between Siem Reap and the island of Koh Rong Samloem can cost up to $200USD / $190GBP and is not included. We will arrange the transfer for you and you will make a direct local payment for transport and accommodation on the journey. 

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will start your trip with the teaching component and you will be met in Siem Reap airport on Monday by your project representative and escorted to the Frontier volunteer house. You are welcome to arrive at other times and make your own way to the house, and this should be arranged with field staff prior to arrival. We will give you advice on how to do this along with contact details of your local staff. At the end of your teaching component you will transfer unaccompanied to Koh Rong, (additional cost applies of $200USD / $190GBP), we will book the journey for you put you on the bus and meet you at the other end and you can pay the transfer fee direct).  At  Koh Rong a staff member will meet you and transfer you over to the island camp.  

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

For the teaching project you will stay in a guest house in Siem Reap, a 10 minute cycle from the town and the school. It has Western style bathrooms and dorm style bedrooms. In contract, on the beach camp project you will be given the chance to completely immerse yourself in the Cambodian way of life. Beach camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun. You'll be staying in communal accommodation, your washing facilities will be a local well, or maybe a bucket shower. You will be cooking over an open campfire: so get ready to embrace a basic, unencumbered lifestyle!  As well as completing the research and conservation activities you will help with daily camp duties, taking turns to cook, maintain the equipment, collect firewood and purify water.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Food in Cambodia is delicious, varied and inexpensive. You can enjoy sampling traditional Cambodian cuisine; dishes such as delicately spiced curries, fresh local market produce, and delicious meat, fish and vegetables. Specialities to try are: Amok curry, based on coconut milk or a herb and spice paste known as kroeung, oriental squash, unusual vegetables such as winter melon, luffa and yardlong bean, or ngam nguv, a chicken soup flavoured with whole preserved lemons. If you are slightly more daring, you could try a variety of local delicacies such as locusts and crickets.

On Koh Rong Samloem you will be provided with three meals per day consisting of a basic diet of mainly of rice, beans, vegetables and noodles. When you are teaching or travelling breakfast and lunch is provided plus you will be able to cater for yourself from a wide range of dishes available from street stalls and local restaurants. A budget of about $25 per week should cover your evening meals.

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?

Transfers between each of your placements will be arranged for you (local payment applies to transfer between placements) and will be by local bus and boat to Koh Rong Samloem. Transport from your accommodation in Siem Reap to your school each day will be by bicycle, or for those who don't cycle you can either walk or pay for a tuk tuk yourself.

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Get lost in the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoilt monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. A one day visitor pass to the world famous temple complex at Angkor Wat (near Siem Reap) is $20.

Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance, or visit one of the silk factories, where silk worms produce reams of delicate and rare fabric.

On a weekend break you could take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, catching a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, to visit the famous floating village of Chong Kneas, or the flooded forest of Kompong Phhlul, both on the extraordinary Tonle Sap Lake.

Between projects you could even spend a weekend in Phnom Penh and take in the chilling sights of the Killing Fields and S21 Museum, and explore the bustling capital.

Modern conveniences

Siem Reap

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ Royal Bank, Canadia Bank, Union Commerical Bank
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hotels and hostels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Tours and excursions
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

Sihanoukville - 2 hour boat journey from CMM at own cost

  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ Royal Bank, Canadia Bank, Union Commerical Bank
  • Bars / cafes
  • Clothing and souvenir shops
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Post office
  • Tours and excursions
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Water park
  • Western style restaurants

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $1,245

3 weeks $1,645

4 weeks $1,995

Extra week $395

Discounts available in October / November for 2 weeks ($1,081)

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly every Monday

School Holiday Dates 2016:

  • 15 June - 21 June
  • 27 August - 6 September
  • 26 October - 1 November

Please note there will be a number of public holidays throughout the year when the school will be closed. During school holidays a modified program will run with adult education classes and one to one coaching. 

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country 

  • Breakfast and one other meal
  • Accommodation beach camp and volunteer house
  • Project orientation
  • Airport pick-up (if arriving on Monday in Siem Reap)
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Siem Reap (REP)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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