Full Price List
From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer,
subject to visa requirements
||All year round, you choose your start and
||No qualifications or experience
required, just lots of enthusiasm.
pre-departure support and assistance,
►Meeting you at the nearest
►Transfer to your accommodation
►Transport to and from your
►Local in-country team support
►24-hr emergency support.
►Certificate of Completion
What's not included
Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a
visa is required), Return transfer to
Who can do this Project?
This project is open to all
nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a
year out, grown-up gappers, career
breakers, anyone interested in Cambodian
culture, religious temples and
architecture while doing voluntary work,
projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement or
a short break in Cambodia or South East
YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:
never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia
and the Cambodian culture
satisfaction of helping to restore a
precious and irreplaceable link to the
cultural heritage of the Khmer people.
New skills, more confidence, a greater
understanding of a different culture,
invaluable personal and professional
An entry on your CV or résumé that will
put you head and shoulders above most others
in the job market.
- And best of all
... an unforgettable experience!
This project aims not just to restore but to
conserve the temple of Banteay Chmar
in its natural state. For the local people, this
temple holds a special place within the
community, not only as a place of common ground,
but also as a sanctuary, and of course,
somewhere to practice their worship.
The commune of
Banteay Chhmar contains 14 villages and there
are 4 villages around the temple with 6,312
pleople. The name was taken from the large
temple, called Banteay Chmar, which translates
to Small Base.
The massive temple
of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite
shrines and reservoir (baray), comprises one of
the most important and least understood
archaeological complexes from Cambodia's
Angkor period. There are some other 9
smaller temples around the Banteay Chmar temple.
They all are mostly hidden in the forest and
covered with small bushes and trees because of
the lack of conservation from the local people.
Banteay Chmar is
one of the main tourist destinations in Banteay
Meanchey Province, but not many people have
explored those small satellite temples around
this temple, despite them being really beautiful
and having a rather secret history.
This project is
important to the local people in this area. By
these projects we hope to get more and more
tourists, both Khmer and foreigners, to visit
this area so that the local economy is boosted.
Please note: Due to small budgets, the
restoration and sometimes renovation side of the
project might not always be available. You can
still help conserve the temples by assisting the
community group clean up the temple, plant more
trees in the temple area, cutting some small
instruction while on the project.
TYPICAL SCHEDULE EXAMPLE:
will start with an introduction week where
you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and
learn about language and rich culture of
Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town
and everything required to make your stay more
comfortable. After Siem Reap you will move on to
the location of your programme where the
introduction week continues. If your programme
is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few
days or opt out of the introduction week and go
straight to your project. Please let your
Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking
All volunteers will meet up in Siem Reap and
travel to Banteay Chmar by taxi or bus. It takes
1.30 hours from Siem Reap to Banteay Meanchey
(Sisophon) and another 1.30 hour from Sisophon
to Banteay Chmar. You'll travel to your home
stay in the town and arrive in time for dinner.
In the morning, the coordinator will
meet all the volunteers to introduce you to
Banteay Chmar and to explain about the projects.
You'll then explore the village and visit some
You'll return to
the home stay to have lunch, then continue onto
Banteay Chmar temple (the biggest temple in the
area ). You'll visit the local Handicraft Centre
(scarf weaving) on the way back.
You'll begin to work on the temple's
main renovation and preservation. You work
responsibilities could include:
temples by cutting back overgrown bushes,
trees and grass in the surrounding area
within the grounds.
the temples, picking up trash, removal of
in the temple compound, making environmental
Weekends will be free time. You can
stay at the home stay, visit temples and other
tourist spots in the region, or go to some of
the cities near to Banteay Chmar to do some
You will be housed with a local home-stay family
in a typical wooden Khmer-style house. You'll
share a room with other volunteers. Electricity
at the accommodation is available from 5.00 p.m.
to 10.00 p.m. and life in the family home-stay
is typically Khmer (e.g. fan in the room, shower
and western toilet (but no flush) and no hot
All food is included during your stay. The meals
will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty
of rice dishes.
little about Cambodian food:
Cambodian food has generally been influenced by
Chinese and French cuisine, and also shares many
common dishes with Thai food, although not as
spicy. The staple food for Cambodians is rice.
Almost every meal includes a bowl of rice,
although noodles are also popular. A wide range
of curries, soups and stir fried are served with
rice. Typically, Cambodians eat their meals with
at least three or four separate dishes. A meal
will usually include a soup, or samlor, served
alongside the main courses. Each individual dish
will be either sweet, sour, salty or bitter.
Chilli is usually left up to the individual to
Khmer cuisine also
uses many vegetables, some of which are very
unusual, such as different and unusual local
varieties of melon, beans and squash. Fish is
the most common form of meat in Khmer cuisine,
including dried salted fish known as trei ngeat.
Getting to taste and know local cooking is one
of the many delights of living in a foreign
Got any questions? Please email us:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a
placement, we'll contact you and send you our
Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details
and password for our Volunteer Extranet where
you'll have access to all the documentation and
information which we've put together to
facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your
Project Co-ordinator for your country will
liaise with you throughout the arrangements
process, as well as while you're on your
placement and on your return home.
you'll have access to also include a Country
Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may
assist you on your particular programme (e.g.
Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment
Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we
can to make your stay one that you'll never
forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and
As with all our
destinations, the culture and heritage is
different to what you're used to ... which,
although one of the most exciting aspects of
travelling, should be borne in mind.
Self-reliance and independence are highly
appreciated in all our destinations and will
help you to make the most of this wonderful
On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:
When you arrive you
will be welcomed by a member of our
representative staff who will take you to your
accommodation and introduce you to everyone.
During your first few days you'll be given an
induction so that you can learn about the
country and its culture, as well as other useful
information, like how to use the transport
system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots
While on your
placements, you can also book some Optional
Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel
This project can also be combined
with any of our other projects, or you could
even do a second project in a different country
in the region, thus doubling your
adventure and enjoyment!
LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:
Surrounded by beautiful rice fields, lakes
and jungles Truly one of mankind’s most
incredible achievements, this ancient city of
temples will take your breath away and leave you
traipsing through a mystical magnificent past.
Built between 800 - 1200 AD by the Khmer Empire,
more than 200 temples have been restored, to
some extent enabling you an insight into life
from this time. There are more than 1,000
ancient sites of Angkor although several are now
almost entirely gone. Angkor Wat is a symbol of
Cambodia and is the country's prime attraction
is a lively stop off destination on the
South Asia tourist trail! With the flat plane
jungle ruins catapulted to fame via Lara
Croft just over the outskirts, the town is
geared up for travellers and this is no more
evident than in ‘Pub Street’ a place to drink
beer and make new friends. Siem Reap was a
fashionable destination for the 1960’s elite
pack wanderers and, according to the Lonely
Planet, is once again one of the most popular
spots on the planet today having reinvented
itself as the heart of Cambodia, scattered with
guesthouses, superb food and a steady flow of
tourists from near and far.
developing fast, Siem Reap retains its charm
with colonial, Chinese and old-style French
architecture, shady boulevards and a river
amidst the upsurge of hotels and new resorts. In
the city, you’ll find traditional dance, craft
shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside,
fishing villages and markets of all kinds! Other
local attractions include Angkor National Museum
and the Cambodian Cultural Village.
This is a great
time to be here. Siem Reap is a place you can
get stuck, in the best possible way. The temples
of Angkor are to be savoured leisurely and the
city to be discovered and enjoyed at any pace
second main city of Cambodia, the city itself is
fairly small and feels more like a town than a
city. Most people in this area are farmers.
Despite the tourism industry, the people are
generally extremely poor, even by South East
Asian standards. Silk farming is particularly
popular. The local population is 171,800 with
Buddhism the major religion and Khmer the local
language, although most people speak English and
also some French.
There is an
International Airport in Siem Reap and a very
good bus service connecting to Phnom Penh.
To read about Travel
arrangements and what happens when you arrive in
your new country,
please click here.
Support & Backup:
read about the excellent
& Backup we provide
before you leave and during your programme,