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 Highlights


  • World Youth Adventures absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.
  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Internationally acclaimed Phare circus
  • Assist the Treak Community Centre and classroom in a worthwhile community project which will improve the lives of the residents greatly
  • Join the "Keeper for a Day" program at the Free The Bears sanctuary Phnom Tamao
  • Visit the National Angkor Museum
  • Spend time in leafy Phnom Penh
  • Visit The Killing Fields and Tuoel Sleng genocide museum

A complete itinerary highlighting Cambodia's best known attractions of Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh along with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community project at a school. Under the guidance of our support team you will work alongside the students and local community to improve their local community centre. This will provide lasting and long term benefits to the residents. You will also spend time learning and appreciating the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. Here we explore the highlights of the region including Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, The Bayon, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat itself. We also pay a visit to Internationally acclaimed PHARE circus which is transforming the lives of Cambodian youth. We complete our 3 day community project at the Treak Community Centre and then travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capitol, and visit the sobering sites made famous during Pol Pots regime. We then travel to the best wildlife sanctuary in South East Asia, the Free The Bears Phnom Tamao Sanctuary, currently housing 131 Sun and Moon Bears where we join the famed "keeper for a day" program. This is a learning experience to get excited over!

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After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Cambodian adventure to begin the day has finally arrived! Please make your way to Melbourne Airport to check in for your overnight flight to Siem Reap via Bangkok.

Meals:  Nil

Welcome to Cambodia! On arrival in Siem Reap 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. For the duration of the visit in Siem Reap the group will be allocated an English speaking guide and a private vehicle which will provide all your transportation. This will make it easier and more convenient to manage the various activities, programs and site visits you will be experiencing across the adventure. Today we will head straight to the Angkor Museum, a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap. This world class interactive museum will give the students an ideal background on the golden era of the Khmer Kingdom before visiting the temples. Tonight we have a welcome dinner at Marum Restaurant, offering not only great food, but also building a new life for the disadvantaged youth in training there. Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals:  D

Today we will get up early for breakfast before heading to our project site at the Treak Community Centre. We will continue the great work done here by Braemar College students in 2014. You 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 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 which will bring long term benefits to the entire village. The difference this work will make for the community can not be underestimated. In addition to the friendships formed, it will foster closer relationships between the two countries and schools. At the end of our second day, we say farewell to the centre and our new found friends. 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, team work, 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. On the first night we will visit the famous PHARE circus. The circus is an International quality program designed to take in street kids and train them to be performers. The circus travels around the world and appears on some of the biggest stages. It is a fantastic experience we know you will love! On the second night we have the opportunity to head to the night markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a special day as we make our way out to the magnificent temples of Angkor, full of magical highlights! We will start by exploring the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII, surrounded by an 8 meter high wall. We then continue to Bayon Temple, a 12th century masterpiece in the exact centre of the city. Possibly one of the most enjoyable is Ta Prohm temple, where the Tomb Raider movies were set and filmed. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most memorable of the Angkor temples. Photo opportunities await around every corner. We will then experience the largest and most impressive of all the temples in Angkor: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat was built between 1112 and 1152 by King Suryavarman II and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. It is the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking: the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters in length and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world, is 200 meters wide. We have the opportunity to visit a local pagoda within the temple where we will be welcomed by Buddhist Monks and hear about their life and understand more about Buddhism in the region. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant whilst watching a special cultural performance of the "Aspara Dance Show". Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we will visit Banteay Srey temple, which is considered by many to be the most magnificent of all the temples in the Khmer crown. The temple is located around 35 km away from Siem Reap, passing through several small Cambodian villages along the way. This is a great opportunity to see local life and stop and meet the local peoples. We will have lunch in a local restaurant after our exploration. On our return to Siem Reap, we will visit the Mebon mountain, an architectural and artistic temple-mountain. We can climb to the top to get stunning views of the surrounding countryside. On arrival back into Siem Reap, we will transfer to the airport for our 45 minute flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival we meet our local guide and transfer to our hotel. We will have a short time to rest before we head our to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight: Phnom Penh

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at our hotel we will head out for a very special day. We will drive to Phnom Tamao to the Free the Bears wildlife sanctuary to join their "Keeper for a Day" Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get behind the scenes at one of the best wildlife centres in South East Asia as they join the Free the Bears education program. Late this afternoon we will return to Phnom Penh and enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight: Phnom Penh

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning is a very important, but also confronting, part of our journey as we visit the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Both sites will provide an insight into the recent Cambodia history and in particular the Pol Pot era. After our visit here we will have lunch and time for reflection before traveling back to Phnom Penh. We have some free time before heading out to enjoy a sunset river cruise and later dinner along the riverside. Overnight: Phnom Penh

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we rise and have some free time to rest and relax before heading out for our final cultural experience program including The National Museum, The Royal Palace and the adjoining Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, was created by King Norodom in 1892. The floor is comprised of more than 5,000 silver blocks, weighing a total of 6 tones. There will also be some time to visit the famous Russian markets where you can pick up any last minute souvenirs. We then return to the hotel where we have a few rooms with late check out to have a shower and freshen up before packing and transferring to the airport for our onward flight.

Meals:  B,L,D


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Youth Adventure is a unique learning experience. Students will come away from the journey with a greater knowledge of what it takes to be a true global citizen and how they can first hand help encourage positive change. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development through the act of service and selflessness and to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• first hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an under privileged community; investing time and physical effort
• an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
All service journeys with World Youth Adventures are based on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this community service trip, we are directly addressing the following goals:
SDG 1. No Poverty
SDG 4. Quality Education
SDG 9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
SDG 17. Partnerships for the goals
You can find out more about the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals here https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Youth Adventures absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • International and internal flights ex Melbourne
  • Teachers traveling from Braemar College
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners.
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation throughout on a twin-share basis
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Expert English speaking tour leaders in Cambodia who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Tickets to PHARE Circus
  • All Cambodian Government tax and service charges
  • Boat cruise along Mekong River
  • Gloves for project days
  • Free the Bears "keeper for a day program"

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Tips - USD$40.00 approx (not compulsory)
  • Project materials and labour force estimate AUD$2500 to be fund raised by the group

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Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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