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Cambodia is a developing country that faces many social issues, with marginalised groups, particularly children, often not receiving the healthcare or health education that they need. Working collaboratively with local schools, NGOs and health workers, we adopt a holistic and long-term approach to creating change in the communities where we work. We aim to utilise the skills and interests of our volunteers to better equip the community to live healthy and fulfilled lives through a range of preventative healthcare initiatives, from education and workshops, to needs-assessment research, development of local healthcare facilities and provision of resources.
This program is perfect for any student interested in improving the health of disadvantaged communities through health promotion and development initiatives. The program can be tailored to utilise a range of skills from students studying disciplines such as nutrition, nursing, public or environmental health, pharmacy and more!
Trek and travel in an exhilarating optional final week in Cambodia where you will gain a unique understanding of Cambodia’s tragic past whilst exploring Phnom Penh and come face to face with Irawaddy dolphins and elephants. Volunteering in Cambodia will definitely have an impact on your life…forever!
|Contact Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availabiliy|
|Federation University||18th November – 02nd December 2017 (Ext. 08th December)||Book Now|
|All Students||25th November – 09th December (Ext. 15th December)||Book Now|
|UQ Students (Ripley Beck)||02nd December – 16th December 2017(Ext. 22nd December)||Book Now|
|All Students (Holly Pickthall)||06th January – 20th January 2018 (Ext. 26th January)||Book Now|
|All Students||30th June – 14th July 2018 (Ext. 20th July)||Book Now|
|Uni of Melbourne Students
|24th November – 08th December 2018 (Ext. 14th December)||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
The challenge starts at Siem Reap airport where you will be met by one of our team and transferred to Battambang. Once you are all settled in you will be invited out for your welcome meal and to meet our Cambodia team.
On the second day you will have your orientation and some free time to settle into your new surroundings. Here you’ll be briefed on your schedule for the week and any other information to get you prepared for the two weeks ahead.
As a healthcare volunteer in Cambodia you could be working on a range of initiatives such as providing health-based education and training sessions at local schools or in the community, researching health problems and completing needs-assessments, assisting with the renovation and development of healthcare facilities, developing health education curricula and empowering teachers to deliver it effectively, all within our focus community.
You’ll receive a more detailed outline of your schedule nearer to your departure.
Today you can either begin your onward journey home or you can take part in our incredible week-long tour of Cambodia.
Extend your trip and take part 7 day overland tour of Cambodia for just $800.
Your journey starts in Phnom Penh where you will explore Toul Sleng, the Killing Fields and the Royal Palace. Next you travel to Kratie to experience the incredible Mekong River boat trip and get a chance to see Irawaddy dolphins. Finally you are off to Sen Monorom where you will be trekking across stunning Cambodian scenery with hill tribe homestays, discovering elephants, waterfalls and much more along the way. Your trip finishes in Siem Reap where you can fly home or continue your travels.
An early morning start will begin your journey towards the capital Phnom Penh where therewill be a stop off in the village of Kampong Chhnang. Here you will be able to witness howthe locals make traditional Khmer pottery and jars. After arriving in the capital and havinglunch, there will then be a cyclo tour of the city. As one of the most popular andcomfortable ways to explore the city, we will pass noted sights such as Wat Phnom, theIndependence Monument and the Royal Palace. You will also have some free time toexplore the city at your own leisure. (Lunch)
Today will take you to two of the most infamous sights in the area; TuolSleng museum (S-21) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). Learn about theturbulent history of Cambodia as you are guided around these sombresites. (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)
The day begins with a jungle trek through spectacular views and mountainous areas. As younear the centre of the jungle, you will reach a waterfall and cave which you are can thenexplore. After a short walk further, you will come across another waterfall called Leng Oung.Here you can take a swim whilst a traditional bamboo soup and BBQ is prepared for you.
Today you will travel to Pu Long village which is home to alocal Bunong community. You will have the opportunity tolearn about their traditional ways of life before beingguided towards the elephants in the jungle. Trekking onthe elephants is not allowed in order to provide acomfortable environment for them, however, you will beable to walk alongside them.Eventually, you will reach a river where the elephants can have a dip to cool down. You canhelp to wash the elephants and have a refreshing swim yourself before lunch.After continuing your trek, you will return to the village to play games with the childrenbefore a traditional evening meal, once the village elders have returned. (Breakfast and Lunch)
After an early morning breakfast and a journey to Kratie, you will be taking the ferry to KohTrong where you will have the morning to immerse yourself into traditional Cambodian life.Discover the island by bicycle or via the hotels tuk-tuk (the only one on the island). KohTrong allows visitors to enjoy an unspoiled part of old Cambodia and is home to one of theworld’s largest freshwater turtles.On the south-west corner of the island lays a Vietnamese floating village which movesaccording to the seasons. The Vietnamese have their own pagoda on terra firma just abovethe village at the south point of the island, and, true to tradition, they make the best coffeein the province. After you have finished exploring the island, you will be directed to a resortwhere you can enjoy relaxing in the pool before you cross back to the mainland of Kratie. (Breakfast and Lunch
On day six you will be taken on a cruise to the dolphin pool of Kampi; the largest dolphinpool on the Mekong River and the best place to spot the critically endangered Irrawaddydolphin.After returning to the mainland, it is time to explore Sambok Mountain. As you climb the stairs to the top,you can enjoy and admire the beautiful panoramicviews of the countryside and surrounding ricepaddies. You will also be able to explore the quaintpagoda and temple which contains carefully painteddepictions of Buddhist beliefs.After your exploring is over, you will be transferred to Siem Reap ready to catch your flighthome the next day. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Today you will be transferred back to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home