Cambodia, the hub of ancient ruins and the land of majestic temples, attracts thousands of tourists each year. The country has so much to offer the visitors, that you might feel like putting a pause to time. Apart from the historical and archeological exhibits, Cambodia has a beautiful coastal stretch by the Gulf Of Thailand.
With the fragrance of the ancient world and the bustling urban structures that have cropped up in the post-independence era – Cambodia has a perfect blend of the heritage with modernity. The Summer Volunteer Program stretching over 3 weeks, will help you to explore Cambodia closely, take a walk through the lanes of the Khmer Dynasty, and spend some quality time with the natives.
For travelers visiting the country for the first time, this would be a joyride of experiences. And those who are revisiting the land can get to add some more memories to their Cambodia diaries. This would definitely be a great way to experience Cambodia during your Gap Year or Summer Break, and it has been specially crafted for the millennials who have the urge to explore, discover and make a difference.
This affordable program will provide you with an array of volunteer and travel options – from the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh, including the very sobering Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields, to the ancient splendour and scenery of Angkor Wat, followed by five days working experience to help develop English Language ability in a rural part of the country (Kampong Speu) and finally, a well deserved relaxing retreat at the beachside.
Day 1 – Arrival in Phnom Penh
You’ll arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport where our local team will be waiting for you and will take you to our centrally located hotel.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh City Tour
Gear up as we set out to explore the city, visiting Wat Phnom Temple, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Russian Market and Choeng Ek Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh.
Day 3 – Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Mekong Cruise
We will depart Phnom Penh boarding a comfortable 2-deck wooden boat. We will cruise along Phnom Penh’s Riverside on the Tonle Sap River and then along the Mekong River. We will cruise up the Mekong, stopping for excursions at a local silk weaving village and an island pagoda before arriving at a sandy beach where we will stop for lunch and you can go for swimming if you want. Later, we will continue towards Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Explore The Angkor temple Complex
Today we’ll be going to explore the wonders of Angkor. We shall meet up in the morning and take a bicycle ride towards the temple complex and visit the Angkor Thom, Bayon, the Terraces of the Elephants and Leper King and Angkor Wat, of course.
Day 5 – Waterfall Trekking in Siem Reap
Today, you’ll see some of the areas surrounding Siem Reap with a little bit of trekking, cooling off in a waterfall and also seeing the unique pink sandstone Citadel of Women, Bantaey Srei. In the evening we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner and Apsara Dance Show.
Day 6 & day 7 – Exploring Siem Reap
We have 2 more days in this ancient city and we’ll explore some other noteworthy temples including Ta Prohm, the jungle temple and Neak Poan, the serpent lake temple among others. In the afternoon, we will climb Bakheng Mountain where we can watch the sunset over the Angkor temple complex and the vast Western Baray, an ancient reservoir. There will be ample free time for you to explore the Night Market & Pub Street as well.
Day 8 – Travel to Kampong Speu
Say goodbye to Siem Reap and the wonders of Angkor Wat as we head back to Phnom Penh and then travel to Kompong Speu, the site for the volunteer teaching project.
Days 9 to Day 13 – Volunteering With Children
For the next 5 days, you will be based in Kompong Speu, a rural part of Cambodia, where you will work to help improve the English language levels of local youngsters. Not only will you be able to make a positive impact on the community but you’ll also gain a fascinating insight about the rural life and learn hugely about the region from the local team in Kompong Speu.
Day 14 – Travel to Sihanoukville
We’ll head from Kompong Speu to the lively beach town of Sihanoukville, for a well-earned rest, and sunshine (hopefully!) and a lovely warm sea to relax and swim!
Day 15 to Day 19 – Beachside Retreat
Sihanoukville is one of the most charming parts of the country, and there won’t be a moment for you to get bored! We’ll take short day trips to visit the nearby islands, go for snorkeling, and mostly, chill on the beaches!
Day 20 – Back to Phnom Penh
Say goodbye to the beach as we leave Sihanoukville today and head back for one final night in Phnom Penh.
Day 21 – Departure Time!
It’s time to head back home or towards new adventures and experiences.