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Itinerary

Samraong - Construction Effort

About Your Location

Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province, which is Cambodia’s newest province. The province is located north of Siem Reap province and borders Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 2 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During the rainy season the trip may take considerably longer.

Aims & Objectives

This project aims to improve the quality of life for under-privileged citizens in and around Samraong. The construction projects greatly improve the environment of the poverty-stricken people within this area. The main project site is the Greenway School. However, we assist the local people with all development construction projects as well.

Your Role

You don't need special qualifications or even experience in construction, but do consider that this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions. In addition, your work will depend upon the needs of the school, community or recipients at that particular point in time or you can look forward to working out in the local community, if construction and renovation jobs arise. However, your main roles will be, but are not limited to:

- Assist in the construction and renovations of communal infrastructures such as schools, Buddhist Temples, local houses and so on
- Digging and assembling construction materials
- Help & Assist in the construction and renovations of school playgrounds
- Make school pathways and fence around the school
- Repair and renovate school walls
- Help and assist in building new classrooms or any other school facilities, such as computer rooms, school libraries, school toilets, etc.
- Help in painting school buildings
- Gardening and andscaping
- Repairing and making tables & chairs
- Building a registration and information office for parents to meet and get some information about the school
- Building a place for compost/trash
- Planting trees

In addition, during the construction activities, please be careful and mindful when using construction equipment and material, ask assistance from your local coordinators for heavy tasks and of course to enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Optional Culture Week

This action-packed week will get you sightseeing, learning about Buddhism, interacting with the local people, enjoying Cambodian culture and more!

Explore the lively Siem Reap, a backpacker’s hotspot in the North of Cambodia with lots to do, a world famous temple close by and a vibrant nightlife. This is your chance to experience Cambodia from a local perspective, while you see and feel how most of the population live.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Week One First Monday - Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.

Monday to Friday
The actual volunteer work begins with a meeting with the coordinator, discussing what is required during your stay at the project. The focus is on light construction work and you will be expected to help paint the school buildings, make tables and chairs, construct and renovate the playground, make pathways, build toilets, repair the school wall and help build the new classrooms. Construction and renovation work is available in more places when required in the local area.You can expect to engage in construction and renovation work at the project location for 4-5 hours per day with a lunch break in between.

You don't need special qualifications or even to have experience in construction efforts to participate, but this role still requires some physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions, however, activities focus only on light constructions.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Evenings & Weekends
During the evening the volunteers are generally free, no program activities are scheduled. Weekends are always free. Relax at your homestay accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many sites in the Oddar Meanchey province, or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival

COVID-19

You don’t need any proof of a COVID test to join the project. However, it is recommended to take a self-test kit with you in case you get COVID-like symptoms, whilst at the volunteer project.
However, please still check please with your airlines and the country's health guidelines on this matter.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Accommodation

Project Accommodation
The volunteer accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. The rooms are equipped with a fan, cold shower and WiFi. There are no laundry facilities so please expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places where you can do laundry in the town at a small cost. There is a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to participate in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The volunteer accommodation is very relaxing, nice place to be after a day of volunteering, with hammocks where you can chat or read a book.

Local transport

Arrival Information
Arrival transfer is included if your flights arrives on Sunday at Siem Reap airport between 06:00-19:00. The last transfer is at 20.00, so you need to be there no later than 19.00. Your coordinator or pick-up person will be waiting in the arrivals hall with a sign that reads "TGL Cambodia". You will then get a ticket for the airport bus to Siem Reap town.

Arrival Sunday at Siem Reap Airport
Transfers are included from Siem Reap airport to the town at 8.30.10.30, 12.30, 15.00, 16.00 and 20.00
If you arrive on Sunday in time to take one of the first transfers three airport transfer times, you will then continue with a second transfer at 14.00 from Siem Reap town to the project in Samraong, along with the other volunteers.
If you can not arrive on Sunday morning in time to take one of the first three transfers (8.30, 10.30 or 12.30) you will be transfered to Siem Reap town, where you will spend the night in Green Lion's accommodation and you will then transfer to the project in Samraong on Monday morning. There is no additional cost.

Arrival by land in Siem Reap
If you arrive by land you should meet at The Green Lion Siem Reap Centre in Siem Reap. The pick-up time is on Sundays at 14:00 sharp. Please let us know at the time of booking if you need to be picked up at The Green Lion Siem Reap Centre for your transfer.

Arrival Saturday
If you arrive by flight on Saturday between 06.00 and 19.00 you can book a private airport transfer and one night at The Green Lion accommodation at an extra cost.
You will then join the transfer from Siem Reap to Samraong with the other volunteers at 14.00 on Sunday. If you prefer to organize your own airport transfer and a accommodation on Saturday night, you must be at The Green Lion meeting point in time for the 14.00 transfer on Sunday.

Arrival other times
If you arrive outside these times, you can either make your own way to the project or arrange a transfer by taxi which takes about 2 hours and costs approximately USD30. Please confirm the price upfront with the driver and contact the Green Lion team if there are any problems.

Getting to the Project once you are in Siem Reap
There are bicycles provided for you to cycle between your volunteer accommodation and the project.

Meals

Three meals are served during the week and two during the weekend. The meals are typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are also available. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.

Additional info

What to Bring
Mosquito repellent, sturdy shoes and work gloves

Bikes
There are bikes available at no extra cost that you can use to explore the area during your free time.

Internet Access
There is WiFi at the volunteer accommodation.

Money & Shopping
There are ATMs as well as a bank in Samraong. There are numerous local shops where you can get the basics.

Specific Health Information
Malaria still exists in certain areas of Cambodia. Please check with the medical services in your home country.

An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites.
Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.

Visa
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.

Important
While de-mining efforts have cleared away mines in the cities and villages, there are still some less-inhabited areas that have not been reached. ‘Danger Mines’ signs should be taken extremely seriously. Walking through fields or other places where you don’t see any locals is not recommended.

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