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This trip takes you on an incredible journey across Cambodia, giving you a chance to experience the magic of South East Asia while taking part in an exciting sports volunteering program to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children.
You will be supporting our local partners to achieve their goal of providing much needed after school activities to local children who are at risk. You will help these kids develop valuable life skills through your role as a mentor and/or sports coach. Bring fun to the daily lives of these vulnerable children and get involved in sports coaching, games and activities, and health education initiatives. You could also have the opportunity to get hands on and help to refurbish the learning centres or sports fields. This 3 week experience promises to be life changing, you might think you are going there to teach, but you’ll find you will learn just as much!
|Contact Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|All Students||25th November – 16th December 2017 (Ext. 22nd December)||Book Now|
|All Students||30th June – 21st July 2018 (Ext. 27th July)||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
Arrive into Siem Reap airport where you will be met by one of our in country team and transferred to Battambang for a welcome dinner. The following day you will be given an orientation and induction into your volunteer project.
You will volunteer Monday to Friday either within a local school, with Children’s Action for Development (CAD), or a combination of both. CAD is an organisation located on the outskirts of Battambang, which provides education and extra-curricular activities for underprivileged and at-risk children. You will be involved with running a daily sports club with the children, and will also have the chance to teach them about a variety of related subjects. This could include healthy lifestyles, fitness, a balanced diet and the dangers of drug use.
By volunteering on this program you will play a mentor role, supporting the children to develop their self-confidence, improve their English and most of all have fun!
During the weekends you are free to explore Battambang and the surrounding area, or to travel further afield to visit Siem Reap and Angkor Wat!
For those flying home or continuing their journey elsewhere, you will be transferred to Siem Reap for one last amazing night before you fly out.
Your journey starts in Phnom Penh where you will explore Toul Sleng, the Killing Fields and the Royal Palace. You will have a chance to see Irawaddy dolphins and trek across stunning Cambodian scenery 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