Sri KDU International School: Cambodia Service Learning Adventure

Sri KDU International School: Cambodia Service Learning Adventure

Trip Highlights

  • Participate in a service learning project to improve the Treak village school
  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Tuk Tuk tour of Siem Reap
  • Explore the Night Markets in Siem Reap
  • Cambodian cuisine cooking class

Trip Summary

A comprehensive itinerary that features Cambodia's best known attraction, Angkor Wat combined with the opportunity to assist the community of Treak to build sections of their school. Apart from the service work we explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia, including Banteay Srei, The Bayon, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, which was made famous when scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider were filmed there. A hands on cooking demonstration starts with a walk through the market purchasing fresh ingredients before preparing a traditional Cambodian meal which you will enjoy for lunch. We take a Tuk Tuk tour through Siem Reap and explore the Night Markets

The safety and well being of the SRI KDU International students is our priority. The complete service includes modern air conditioned vehicles, expert local English speaking guides and support crew, and nights spent in comfortable hotels where the tasty local food.

Itinerary

After months of planning and talking about this great adventure the opportunity has now arrived to get out and explore the mystical land of Cambodia. Please make your way to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. On arrival in Siem Reap you will be met by a World Youth Adventures representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. After getting settled into the hotel, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby where a trip briefing will be held before heading out to get a special welcome dinner at Por Cuisine. It is one of Siem Reap’s top fine dining establishments serving a delicious array of dishes on a truly unique atmosphere. It stands apart from the rest with its daily traditional Apsara dance performances from 19:30-20:30. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  D

Following breakfast, you’ll have a chance to learn some of the secrets of Cambodian Cuisine at Kompheim Village Cooking. There will be a demonstration to introduce you to some local ingredients and techniques and you’ll also have the chance to prepare your own dishes. There’s plenty of incentive to pay attention - afterwards, you get to dine on the results! After your lunch, visit Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. After that, take an orientation tour of Angkor Wat, giving us our first extensive look at this amazing site. First, we will reach Angkor Wat – one of the great wonders of the world where you will soon realize it is not one temple, but an expanse covering several square miles, containing the remains of an early civilization as well as many other temples. Angkor was an early Cambodian civilization that flourished and prospered from about 800 to 1400 AD. The majority of the temples were built between the 6th and 13th Centuries. Many of the temples are in excellent condition, however a large amount, are in poor repair and in need of extensive restoration. The surrounding forest has grown into and destroyed several of these magnificent works of art. Finish your day to visit a sunset time, Angkor Wat is less visited, and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Dinner will be provided at The Nest Restaurant & Bar tonight. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The next three days are dedicated to working along-side volunteers from Treak village to improve their school environment. This is a real opportunity for us to give something back to a remote community in need and bring long term benefits. Our work here will be a mixture of labor and construction duties around the new school building along with helping in the classrooms with the current school program. Each lunch time we will return to Siem Reap for lunch at local restaurant and to relax at the hotel before returning to the Treak Community Centre for the afternoon’s activities. At the project site the students will be divided into sub groups to work on different components of the project. We will take the time to take a walk through the surrounding community whilst here gaining a better understanding of the people and their way of life. You should wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or paint on. The people from the local village and school will be very receptive to your visit and the improvements that you are making that will bring long term benefits to the entire village. The difference which this work will make can not be underestimated. In addition the friendships which will have formed, it will foster closer relationships between your two countries and schools. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow concept offering unique experiences to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, teamwork, fitness and key life skills. We will return to our hotel late in the afternoon to refresh before heading out to dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Start the Siem Reap countryside day tour with an early morning wake up for trip to Banteay Srei before the crowds arrive. This pink sandstone temple is often overlooked by visitors, but is probably the best preserved monument of the entire Angkor complex. With few (if any) tourists around, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the intricate bas reliefs up close and in the soft early morning light. Continue on to the Landmine Museum. This remarkable project was established by Mr Aki Ra, man who served as a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime. Having seen the tragic effects of landmines first hand, he has since dedicated his life to de-mining the country and helping those affected by them. The museum has incredible, thought-provoking displays about Cambodia’s tragic wartime history and the damage caused by landmines. It also has a positive side, with many stories of landmine victims who have gone on to have successful jobs and normal lives. Following lunch at a Bong Thome Homestay. This afternoon, find your way through the forest towards the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Take some time in the shade of a sugar palm tree as you take in the expanse of the moat of Angkor Thom before you enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake. Continue to Bayon Temple through meandering sandy trails that lead you through the dense jungle canopy. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. We then visit a local pagoda and participate in a course on Buddhism to understand more about the life of Buddha, history of Buddhism and the different styles of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Later this afternoon, head out on a city tour of Siem Reap by ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai ‘tuk tuk’) to learn out about daily life, visit the small shops and learn more about the town and the people who live there. Continue to have dinner at Marum, a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth. Featuring a winning mix of creative local cuisine, Marum offers a dining experience that truly makes a difference for everyone involved! After dinner, we have the opportunity to head to the Night Markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Depending on departure time, the morning may be spent browsing the colourful markets of Siem Reap. Visit Artisans d’Angkor, established to support Cambodian arts and crafts, and to help young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Discover how wood and stone carvings, lacquering, gilding, and silk paintings are created. Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport after any excursions for departing flight. End of service.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 6 nights comfortable hotels
  • airport transfers
  • private air conditioned vehicle transfers
  • daily drinking water, cold towels and snacks
  • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • expert bilingual guide
  • medical kit

What's Not Included

  • any meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • visa fees
  • personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • any optional tours, sightseeing and entry fees not listed in the itinerary
  • tips and gratuities
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • cost of project approximately USD$2,500 to be fundraised before travel
  • international airfares to Cambodia return

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Starting Point:Siem Reap
Activities:Service Learning Project
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4904
Prices From:USD$1080