Cost: $989 (valid to October 2015)
Duration: 11 days
Dates: Arrive Siem Reap (REP) on the 7th of the month, end the voluntour on the 17th of the same month.
Accommodations: In Siem Reap, we stay in more affordable guesthouses. Comfort level 5 on our scale. Accommodations are nice, clean and standard for Cambodia. We do not book higher-end hotels, it is not how we operate. High end hotels are available (up to $500 per day) but volunteers who need this may find the rest of our program a bit too rough for comfort.
Comfort / Endurance Level: 5/4
Siem Reap 2
Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap
You are met at the airport. Check in to your accommodations. Complimentary dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2 Tourist Day
Complimentary breakfast. Group meeting, orientation, cultural guidelines. Tour the city, its pagodas and tourist sights. Learn to shop. Delight in the cuisine. In the evening, visit the night markets and party in Pub Street.
Day 3 Reality Day
Shop at a local market!! Visit one of the villages where we are involved in charitable work. Meet your adopted family, install a water well or latrine (toilet). Lunch in a rural village home and appreciate the challenges and heroism of everyday folk who eke out a living any which way possible. Free evening to enjoy good food and cold beer.
Day 4 Temple Monument day
Early morning start at the Bayon Temple. Orientation and training session over breakfast picnic, watch the sun rise over the temple. Experience Ta Prom and several other amazing sites. Lunch rural. Afternoon, visit Angkor Wat and watch the sunset. Free evening to enjoy Pub Street. Try a foot massage with or without nibbling fish.
Day 5 Family day
Visit families in our charitable program in villages around Tonle Sap. Lunch rural. Ancient temple, off the beaten track, visited in the afternoon.
Day 6 Hinterland Day
Into the hinterland to visit outlying villages and the very special temple Bantea Srei (Ladies Temple) and other Temples. Evening free.
Day 7 A day in the village
Spend the morning helping out with charitable work in a village. Your English language skill, ideas and enthusiasm is much in demand. Visit Silk Farm if time allows.
Day 8 Skills Transfer day
Continue volunteer work. Silk scarf painting. Free evening about town.
Day 9 Skills Transfer day
A day in the village or in the center conducting classes and skills sessions. Cambodian cooking class.
Last day in the villages and with the children. Adieu to Siem Reap party in the evening.
Day 11 Depart Siem Reap
Enjoy free time about town. You are dropped off at the airport two hours before your flight, last goodbyes.
Siem Reap 2
Several optional excursions and experience opportunities are available but not listed in the itinerary. Read, meditation classes, yoga class, silk scarf painting, Cambodian musical instruments, etc.
Flight: Example flight from Toronto (YYZ) to Siem Reap (REP) is ~ $1,200 to $1,600 depending on season, layovers, and class.
Meals: Most volunteers budget $7 per day if you eat like a local (a western diet may cost double).
Excursions: Many important excursions are included in the itinerary and in the cost of the tour. However, budget between $150 to $300 for first time visitors for additional excursions (elephant ride, floating village boat ride, etc. etc.)