Beacon Academy: Cambodia 2019

Beacon Academy: Cambodia 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Complete a Service Learning Project building 1-3 houses for families in need
  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Visit the Angkor Silk Farm, Wat Thmey and the War Museum
  • Enjoy a Khmer cooking class
  • Complete a high ropes course and fly through the jungle Zip Lining
  • Shop at the famous Night Markets and take a TukTuk Tour of Siem Reap

Trip Summary

A comprehensive itinerary that features Cambodia's best known attraction, Angkor Wat combined with the opportunity to assist some of the most marginalised families in a community on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Under guidance from expert tradespeople, Beacon Academy students will build 1-3 new homes (depending on the group size), working on tasks such as sanding, load carrying, sweeping, or basic carpentry. The immediate and long term benefit that the families will derive from your work will be immediately evident. We also explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. Team work is called on as you support your friends as the entire group embarks on an exhilarating zip lining in the jungle. 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 dinner. In addition to these activities you will enjoy visits to the night markets and Angkor Silk Farm, the War Museum, a TukTuk tour of Siem Reap, Wat Thmey Killing Fields and more.

The safety and well being of the Beacon Academy students is our primary focus. 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 will be sure to satisfy.


Our service learning adventures can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of health and fitness. For the community project part of your trip you will not require a certain level of strength or physical ability, just an enthusiastic and positive attitude. A project manager will direct and distribute the workloads among participants on a daily basis. There is no pressure to exert yourself physically beyond your limits during the project but you should be prepared to give up to 6 hours of physical labour each day.

Sample Itinerary

Arriving into Siem Reap in the late afternoon, where you will be met at the airport by your English speaking guide and transferred to our centrally located hotel aboard a modern coach equipped with seat belts. Upon arrival at the hotel we check in and then join our guide for a trip briefing before enjoying a welcome dinner at Marum Restaurant, a delightful wooden house with a spacious garden, and featuring a winning mix of creative local cuisine. Your visit is not only a great dining experience, but it also helps to build a new life for the students in training here. Part of the Tree Alliance group of training restaurants, they provide opportunities in the hospitality industry for local street kids and disadvantaged youths. Overnight at City Hotel in Siem Reap (or similar)

Meals:  D

Following breakfast at the hotel, the real purpose of this trip begins when we drive to the community where we’ll be building 1-3 houses (depending on our group size, since due to strict safety precautions 25 people is the maximum number of students on each site). On arrival we have a safety briefing and meet the team before we get straight to work. The support beams need to be sawed and chiseled and additional supports/floorboards and walls boards cut to size. The supports beams shall be placed together and raised to give structure of the new house. Floor boards shall be laid and we’ll start working on the stairs until finish work. The typical volunteering day will run from 7am until 2:30pm with a break for lunch. A packed lunch will be supplied by a local restaurant and enjoyed at the project site. It is important that you remain hydrated and regular breaks will be taken to keep energy levels high. After we finish at the project site we return to th hotel to relax and refresh before taking a ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk) on an orientation tour of the town. We will explore Siem Reap’s colourful markets and War Museum, the only War Museum in Cambodia and offers visitors an insightful view of the perils that Cambodia faced during the last 3 decades of the 20th century. Next is a short stop at Wat Thmey (Killing Field) which contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge, and we view the War Memorial Monument dedicated to all those who sacrificed their lives in the civil war. Some of the displays and information can be confronting and there will be time to reflect and discuss one of recent history’s darkest chapters. We then continue to the edge of town to Siem Reap’s famous “60 Road” where many Cambodians come for dinner, Cambodian style. It is a long road lined with street food sellers and a small fun fair, locals spend the evening here, enjoying the vast range of Khmer food on offer. They bring rugs or hire picnic mats and sit in groups, enjoying the occasion. Dinner will be served at Art Shadow (Tribal Show) or Por Cuisine (Apsara Dance Show). After dinner, those who are interested can enjoy some shopping at a night market where you could purchase some gifts or souvenirs. Overnight at City Hotel in Siem Reap (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early at 6am breakfast at the hotel we depart for the village to continue building. Today we work from 7am until 2:30pm with a break for lunch. We return to the hotel to freshen up and take a short relaxing break, before departing for Angkor Silk Farm where we take a guided tour to learn about the entire process from the cultivation of mulberry bushes to the production of silk fabrics and accessories. We admire the Khmer artisans’ dexterity with silk threads in producing high quality silk products. After that, we head to Komphein Village Cooking Class for a private cooking class. This evening class will be hands on session and you will eat what you prepare. The cooking class runs for 3 hours from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Overnight at City Hotel in Siem Reap (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early at 6am breakfast at the hotel we depart for the village to continue building. Today we work from 7am until 12:00pm and depart for lunch at Sala Russey Restaurant (in front of Srash Srang Pool). This afternoon we participate in the Angkor Zipline Eco-Canopy Experience that is located inside the UNESCO World Heritage designated Angkor Archeological Park. The full course (15 different ziplines) takes about 2 hours to complete and offers Cambodia’s only world-class zipline experience. It includes a safety briefing and all equipment. The program is not suitable for children below 100cm in height. Maximum weight is 125kg. If time permits, we’ll take a trip to Pre Rup Temple for a spectacular sunset over the Angkor Archaeological Park and its surroundings. The farewell dinner is served at The Pizza Company. Overnight at City Hotel in Siem Reap (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we return to the village to complete the final touches to the house/s. Today we will be providing service from 7am until 12:00pm. Once we have finished building the house, the family will provide a blessing ceremony on the last day build where they invite the local monks, friends and family to come and have their house blessed before they move in. At the house we will present the family with the keys and process to walk around the house three times holding the gifts. This symbolizes Birth, Life and Death which is important in Buddhism. A team photo is taken to remember our time at the village and then we depart for lunch at STEUNG TROR CHEAK Restaurant. This afternoon, we explore Angkor Wat, easily the most famous and best-preserved of all temples within the Angkor complex. It is a massive three-tiered structure crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. The centrepiece of any visit to the temples around Siem Reap. Angkor offers many iconic sights for amazing pictures. On the way back to town, we stop to visit Artisans d’Angkor where you will hear a great story of Artisans Angkor, from its origins as an educational project to today’s thriving social business. Then walking from one workshop to another, you will have the opportunity to admire the knowledge and techniques of our artisans in stone and wood carving, lacquering, silver plating and silk painting. Also, you will have a look at the diversity of pieces made by hand by our artisans in the main showroom. We take sometime to relax at the hotel and perhaps cool down in the swimming pool. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Note: Your room will be available until departure time).

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per day (snacks/fruit during the community project days)
  • 4 nights comfortable hotel accommodation in Cambodia on a twin-share basis. A day use (late check-out) on 15 March 2019
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of passengers)
  • Expert English speaking guide/s (1 to 3 depending on group size), a support staff during project day plus fruits & snacks arrangement
  • Souvenir t-shirt for group photo at Angkor Wat (with school name and trip name)
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Canopy Adventure Zipline Tour 15 Trees + Nature Trail Education Trek
  • A half day cooking class in Kompheim Village plus dinner, one soft drink, bottled water and cold towels per person

What's Not Included

  • Flights from Indonesia to Cambodia return
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance ( compulsory )
  • Tips - USD$45.00 approx (not compulsory)

Upcoming Travel Dates



Duration:7 Days
Starting Point:Siem Reap International Airport. From 60 Students
Activities:4 days service learning
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5971