Work with a local team to assist in the renovation and preservation of Temples. The secret and hidden area of Banteay Meanchey contains some of Cambodia’s best kept secrets, the ancient Buddhist temples of Banteay Chhmar. These massive temples are widely regarded as some of the most important archaeological complexities of the Angkor period.
Your programme will start with an exciting introduction cultural 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.
You’ll help to restore and conserve the Buddhist Temples of Banteay Chmar in their natural state. You’ll work with, and receive training from, a local team to assist the preservation with the objective of encouraging tourism in order to boost the local economy and bring much-needed funding into the villages.
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.
You work responsibilities could include:
- Clearing the temples by cutting back overgrown bushes, trees and grass in the surrounding area within the grounds.
- Cleaning up the temples, picking up trash, removal of some stones.
- Planting trees in the temple compound, making environmental signs.
- Going to a school – to educate students on the importance of protecting the temples.
TYPICAL SCHEDULE EXAMPLE
Your programme 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 satelite temples. 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.
Tuesday to Friday:
You’ll begin to work on the temple’s main renovation and preservation. Saturday – Sunday:
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 exploring.
You’ll live with a local home-stay family in a typical wooden Khmer-style house. Rooms are shared, same sex equipped with a fan and mosquito net – maximum 2 volunteers per room. Electricity is available 24hrs a day with shower and western toilet (but no flush) and no hot water.
Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is not available once you get to your Restoration Project, but it is available during the Introduction Week that starts off your Programme.
FOOD: All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes. There are three meals served during the week and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner)
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT
- An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience Asia and the Cambodian culture first-hand.
- New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping a local disadvantaged community restore a precious and irreplaceable link to their cultural heritage, and knowing that you made a difference to them.
- An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
- An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
- Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
- And best of all … an unforgettable experience!