STUDENT TRAVEL AND VOLUNTEERISM CAMBODIA

Cambodia is a must visit destination in South East Asia and a brilliant place for all students of life, they will be amazed by its awesome temples of Angkor Wat the vibrant cities, beautiful scenery of mountains, forest and beaches. The world famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must see for all visitors - climbing over huge tree roots to the entrance of partly hidden doorways is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in anyone.

They will learn the history of the country beginning from the richest cultural heritage of the golden age of Angkor Empire to the turbulence of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot who turned Cambodia to year zero and current history of the country.

Meeting and interacting with local people, teaching English at the charity schools and orphanages in a respectful and meaningful way 

Highlights:

Evening tour at the monument at sunset 

Get up early for sunrise at the world famous monument Angkor Wat

Watch or participate in a dawn alms ceremony with the saffron robed novices and monks

Meet and interact with local people in a respectful and meaningful way.

Teach English for, orphans, poor and street kids at charity schools

Visit the orphanage and meet an expert about life of children in Cambodia 

Service learning tours in the region 

Have some art work and paintings 

Share the experiences and learning with the locals in a village

Take cooking class and having food with the host in Khmer style 

Construct the village house or any services at garden and farms

Educational Tours, Exploring famous ruins of Angkor Wat, wandering through a deserted Tomb Raider, a Prohm. 

Visit infamous S21 Toul Sleng, the Khmer Rouge detention center 

Excurse to Choeung Ek, the Killing of the Khmer Rouge

National Museum, Royal Palace and Silva Pagoda 

Suggested activities. 

Up on arrival at the airport, the group will be met by your Adventurous Asia tour guide and driver, and transported to your hotel for check in. After check in our teens will be met at the meeting room for a private lecture about the Khmer history, Culture and Arts and current some initial information on Cambodia by our travel expert. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. If time allows the teens will depart their first visit to the War Museum of Cambodia where many explosive ordnances that have been used in the war are stored in and then head to the Killing Field of the Khmer Rouge. Her you will about the turbulent past of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Community Connections and Teaching English (2days): Students will be transported to Sambour village, each morning and afternoon spend their time helping the community school on an agreed project.  At this stage we would propose that the project included both a teaching English and hands on activity. This village is located about 7km from the center of Siem Reap and is home to poorest farming families in the country illiteracy living in a level illiteracy, cannot afford their kids’ education.

Our kids spend time to teach English and labor service based on school’s project requirement. While at school our teens can wander around the village to talk with local and have some photos

House Building Activity  ( 1- 2days)

Impact. Most of families in Cambodia are quite poor, they do not have any regular income, can’t even buy some food for their kids; however, the biggest trouble that the families facing is having no proper residence, this happens a lot to the family for example, widows, single mothers, landmine victims, children orphaned as a result of AIDS, etc.

This activity is to provide an in depth and meaningful experience for foreigners visiting Cambodia and make teens aware of poverty and the issues involved - the causes of poverty, the results of poverty and solutions to poverty.

Meditation and Arms Giving (1day). Rising early at 5:30am we journey to a local rural village monastery, the teens will form in group and sitting in front of saffron robbed monks in a private hall of Buddha, spending 20mn sitting quietly and meditating. Then the monks will chant and give speech about Buddha and his principle concept and also tell kids about how important of mediation. And finally witness the giving of alms as saffron monks wander through the monastery before heading to hotel for breakfast.   An alms gift of food and water is part of ancient belief system of making merit and honoring the deceased.  Should the students wish to take part in the ceremony your guide will prepare an appropriate offering for you. The day is about Buddhist ritual dates back thousands of years and is incredibly important in Khmer culture. 

Please note it is incredibly important that you do not touch the monks.  Please also ensure when taking photographs you do so from a respectful distance without interrupting this personal ceremony.

Water Ablution or Blessing. Water Blessing is to share some of Cambodia’s rich vibrant culture and take some wonderful memories and bring you safety back home. It is a sacred ritual performance or traditional celebration celebrates in Buddhist Monastery brings cleansing luck. This activity performed by a Buddhist monk.  

Village Cooking Class. The village tour is a great to see and learn about real life of locals, every village household has own garden and vegetable farm and herbs, they raised chicken, duck and pig for food as those serve as daily meat in the country side.

Cooking class and having food with local are amazing way to learn about the Khmer culture. First you learn about food preparation in a Khmer home. Then learn about the typical ingredients in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to see Cambodian cooking first hand. This time you will be wandering around the village home and pick up some vegetables and herbs for cooking while the household prepares some meat for. you.

Farm and village activity experiences ( by season) . Visiting the village is an opportunity not to be missed, “visit the village see the real life, taste the food experience real culture” Spend some time with the family and escorted cultural guide on your foot help the family with rice planting, harvesting, rice nursery plowing, backyard gardening, crop plant preparing, fishing in the village pond ‘’seasonal activities”, chicken and pic cage buildings, thatch roof making, house repairing and building, basket and floor mate makings, watching kids performance, English teaching, taking oxen and buffalo cart rides through the village etc….  

Boat trip and floating village tours. After breakfast, kids are transferred by private bus the floating village of Kampong Pluk, on Tole Sap lake. This is an opportunity for students to have a glimpse into life on the great lake. An introductory questions and answer session to help everyone settle in, then takes place. 

Sunset in Angkor complex. This evening meet at 4.30pm and transferred to the Angkor complex to watch the sunset at one of the selected temples in the area. Experiencing an evening trip to the temples is a wonderful way to start your Cambodian adventure. The students will see the actual sunset they will see the light change on the temple and importantly the view of landscape surrounding.    

The group will then return to the hotel for dinner, followed by an introductory questions and answer session to help everyone settle in.

Angkor temple Tour (1day). Early start for sunrise at Angkor Wat, the teens walk slowly from the back of the ruin, through a quiet path and reach the park when no one else there,  Angkor Wat  today is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Built in the early 12th century, during the reign of King Suryavarman II; it is constructed as the model of the temple mountain symbolizing the Mount Meru, home of the gods. Angkor Wat was the most impressive architectural design of the Khmer empire and the best quality of stone material, craftwork that the Khmer had never reached before. It is said to have been taken almost forty to build of intensive labor. Have pack breakfast or back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast resume the visit to Ta Prohm, the Tomb Raider movie, there will be an unforgettable experience as the monument has been left largely as it was found, most of the part crumbling down and the shrines are still entwined and wrapped  by vine and jungle. And visit Angkor Thom city in the following. Built by the famous Cambodia ruler Jayavaraman the VII for the fortress for the Khmer. Then visit Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur. The exterior gallery walls have extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. 

Fly to Phnom Penh and activities. Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm.  Now, Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. The capital contains the wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way. 

Royal Palace, Silva Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom ( 1day). Moring visit to the Royal Palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Also stop to visit the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. End of the day head to Wat Phnom temple, the founding place of the city.  

 Killing Field and S21 Tuol Sleng Prison (1day). Today you have an early start for your discovery to the Killing Field Memorial Museum accompanied by our guide or representative to Siem Reap. 

The Killing Field Cheung Ek Memorial Museum, the infamous spot of Cambodia about 17 km south of Phnom Penh, the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge in between 1975 and 1979, it is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed. Many of the dead were former political prisoners who were kept by the Khmer Rouge in their Tuol Sleng detention center.

Afternoon, you tour will be at Toul Sleng Museum, The Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’

.More cultural activities should not miss. 

At Adventurous Asia, we want to connect travelers to an infinite number of local experiences Cambodia has to offer through the arts, culture, and adventure. And through all these facets of a city, are the local hosts at Adventurous Asia who can truly enrich the ‘local experience’.

We want to see new friendships forged, new experiences gained, new skills learnt and new memories created.  Stories are special and everlasting. The often inaccessible backstreets are a rare glimpse for a traveler, but we are changing that, one story at a time.

Apsara Dance: A Khmer classical dance!!!  At the ancient time this dance was a blessing that performed during specific ceremonies in the Royal Palace and temples of Angkor. Today the dances performed at any requested areas to highlight the daily lives of the people and in various ceremonies in order for social reflection and narrate classical myths or religious stories.

The dances are mostly played by young women who have trained since they were little girls, sewn into tight-fitting traditional dress, with graceful, sinuous gestures. Initiations do not require any specific physical ability as they can be adapted to your own fitness level. Costumes/uniforms are also provided. The lessons are private and will help you gain a deeper

Carvings: Carving course an interesting activity for travelers. In Cambodia there are three main curses of carving, wood, stone and animal skin carvings.  There most of  carving schools are in Siem Reap region, nearby Angkor temples, some of them are located in pagoda where craftsman trained by local monks where they reflect the mazing arts of the Khmer during the Angkor period and  famous characters of the people. 

Paintings: our host enjoyed sharing his craftsmanship with our guests. we do have varieties of painting, stretching on with iron pencil, using oil for any water color or you decide to have all courses.  Beautiful handmade souvenirs were made as a token of memory of their time in Cambodia. We hope to welcome you guys to make your experience one in unforgettable life time.

Weavings: Silk weaving is a tradition that traces its origins back to the 13th century, as a result of the influence of the Silk Road in South Asia. It became an exclusive vocation for the women of rural villages who produced among others, one of the most famous Cambodian fabrics called “Hol Lboeuk” they still use traditional technique, we revive this ancient technique in Cambodia in its very traditional way. 

Our weaving course helps travelers earn a fantastic experience with our weaving host. The travelers can   choose their preferred colors, learnt how to use the looms and weaved through the patterns before going home with scarves or any equipment created by their own hands!

Silva Making: Silver was made into a variety of items, including weaponry, coins, ceremonial objects used in funerary and religious rituals, and betel boxes. During Cambodia's colonial period, artisans at the School of Fine Art produced celebrated silverwork. Today, silverwork is popular for boxes, jewelry, and souvenir items; these are often adorned with fruit, fire, and Angkor-inspired motifs. Men produce most of the forms for such work, but women often complete the intricate filigree.

Traditional Khmer Music:  Just indulge yourself in the traditional Khmer Musical instruments with local musicians in a local music theater. Simply put, both host and guests had a delightful time sharing and experiencing the connection between different cultures.

Cooking Class: Adventurous Asia provides a wide range of fantastic community and village experiences ideal for both male and female, single traveler and group.  Any activity you prefer can offer a range of unique experiences within the Cambodian countryside.   This activity works with the local community to ensure you have a meaningful experience and learn more about real life of locals.

This activity is to an in depth and meaningful experience for foreigners visiting Cambodia.  First you do village market tour and then learn about food preparation in a Khmer home. Finally learn about the typical ingredients in Cambodian cooking and have the opportunity to see Cambodian cooking first hand.

Khmer Boxing  (Pradal Serey): Pradal Serey  "free fighting" Kick boxing. The sport consists of standing up striking and clinches fighting where the objective is to knock an opponent out, force a technical knockout, or win a match by points. Pradal Serey is most well-known for its kicking technique, which generates power from your hip rotation rather than snapping the leg.  Pradal Serey consists of four types of strikes: punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. You can use all the four skills or any effective skill based on the weakness point of your defender. Cambodian fighters tend to utilize more elbow strikes than that of other martial arts in the region. In Pradal Serey, more victories come by way of an elbow technique than any other strikes. The way you used elbow is the way you save more energy as the flight last four rounds and spend your whole entire energy.

Ceramics: Cambodian pottery traditions date to 5000 BCE. Ceramics were mostly used for domestic purposes such as holding food and water. At the Ancient time the ceramics had been used at different ceremonies. Khmer people used them for daily life.  As evidence, Khmer ceramics were locally made here and ever exported to other countries as well.

Whatever shape you like to make,  your favorite you can make any ceramics in the shape of birds, elephants, rabbits, and other animals were popular between the 11th and 13th centuries and today also still used  everywhere, in the village and communities, the Royal Palace, monastery, luxury hotels and restaurants and noble residences.  

You make it either on a pottery wheel or use shaping tools such as paddles and anvils. Firing was done in clay kilns, which could reach high enough temperatures. Our host will guide you and show you how to make them.

Knife Making: Traditional knife making is becoming a rare art these days as products from blacksmiths are being replaced by manufactured goods. There are however still traces of age old methods of smiting still seen in the Adventurous Asia backstreets. Knife making is an essential skill for Cambodian people as they are farmers and need to know how to make and repair their own tools. We want you do all process, to learn how to cut the metal, create the shape, solder the parts, creating the knife handle with bamboo and understand the whole process of crafting tools before going home with your own hand-crafted knives, which we are absolutely proud of!

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More interesting activities that Adventurous Asia offers 

Village home stay and camping experiences

Service Build Projects - Eg house rebuilds, pig sty, vegetable garden

Circus workshop. Relaxed short hikes

Challenging day treks and hikes 

Overnight hiking adventures, Scavenger Hunts 

Photography Workshops, Amazing Race, Team building

Please email us for sample itineraries or to have an itinerary customized for your trip.

Undertaking the Amazing Race through the temples of Angkor

 Tipping 

The options are endless in this amazing country.

For Cambodian students, the English language and also basic computer skills are very important prerequisites for entry into many jobs but the opportunity to learn these is not available to everybody, principally due to cost. By volunteering to teach in Cambodia, you give a leg-up to youngsters towards attaining better future employment.

Volunteers, who must be above 14 or older assist local teachers, or take classes themselves and are encouraged to bring with them games, songs or teaching materials bring those along - fresh ideas are always welcome! Depending on the volunteers' skill areas, activities tend to include: delivering lessons in English, basic computer skills, mathematics, economics, music, arts, basketball, drama, geography, health etc.; producing lesson plans; preparing and evaluating tests and helping with clerical and translation duties. Specific qualifications are not required but some experience is an advantage.

Qualifications

Volunteers should be able to speak advanced or fluent English and be of at least the age of secondary school at homeland.

 Mission Statement

We are a not-for-profit organization helps Cambodians away from illiteracy and provides fun, rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing country.

Core Requirements 

Cultural sensitivity and respect.

Fluent spoken English (all nationalities welcome.

Trying to adopt the local culture and customs of Cambodia

Not attempting to harm anybody with the argument with any kind of interruption.

Not touching the people's head especially the old ages people

 

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