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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
  • Experience village life at Bong Thom Village homestay
  • Participate in a Khmer cooking class
  • Visit the Angkor Silk Farm
  • Shop at the famous Night Markets and take a TukTuk Tour of Siem Reap
  • Witness a Phare circus performance and meet the performers
  • Visit a local primary school outside of Siem Reap
  • Join Rehash Trash workshop
  • Visit Theam House art studio

A comprehensive itinerary that features Cambodia's best known attraction, Angkor Wat combined with hands on engaging activities especially designed for the students at Keystone Academy Beijing. We explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest archaeological remains in Asia. We enjoy a Cambodian village experience culminating in an overnight stay at the wonderful Bong Thom Village in an ancient teak royal house. We learn to dance the Aspara and participate in a hands on cooking demonstration. Our group will participate in a recycling workshop run by social enterprise group Green Gecko helping disadvantaged women called Rehash Trash and visit Theam's house artist workshop. In addition to these activities you will enjoy visits to the night markets and Angkor Silk Farm, a Tuk Tuk tour of Siem Reap and enjoy performance by the world renowned PHARE circus troop. We will eat at restaurants helping disadvantaged youth and visit a local school and help with an afternoon lesson. This is a learning adventure to get truly excited by.

The safety and well being of the Keystone 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 5* comfortable hotels where the tasty local food will be sure to satisfy.

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After many months of preparing and planning, your Cambodian adventure is about to begin. Arrive CZ3063 at 18:35. On arrival in Siem Reap you will be met by your experienced Cambodian guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. We will have a full trip and safety briefing followed by a short language lessons so you can practise your greetings as the journey progresses. Following this we head out to the Marum restaurant. The Marum restaurant is a social enterprise set in a lovely wooden house with a spacious garden and is part of the Tree Alliance Group of training restaurants. The Tree Alliance Group provide opportunities in the hospitality industry for displaced and disadvantaged youths. Overnight Royal Angkor 5* Resort

Meals:  D

This morning after an early breakfast at our hotel we will be joined by a local Ramork team and head to the great temples of Angkor travelling the way locals do, by Cambodian tuk tuk! We head straight to the best known of all the temples, Angkor Wat and explore this well-preserved temple on foot. 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 and hand's on exploration. We continue to the Bayon in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is well known for its 52 towers with faces looking out over vast province of Great Khmer Empire. Here we have the opportunity to sit and relax in the shade and draw our own rendition of the temples in a sketch pad provided by our team, helping to visualise what life would have been like here in the 12th century. We return to our hotel in the heat of the day and enjoy lunch en-route. After a rest we make our way to one of Siem Reaps most visited sites, Angkor Thom. This is where Tomb Raider was filmed and the temple has been left as it was re-discovered, covered by the jungle. There is the opportunity to have our photo taken at the iconic gateway where Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) emerges from the jungle temple. We head back to our hotel to relax before heading out to Mahob Restaurant for dinner. Mahob is the Cambodian work for food and the restaurant uses only local produce. After dinner we head to the night markets with our crew so the students can try their hand at bartering for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight Royal Angkor 5* Resort

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a wonderful experience for the students. After our buffet breakfast we will board our own private vehicle and head out to experience life in a typical Cambodian village. We drive through rice paddies and stunning Cambodian scenery to Pradak village which is renowned for its traditional Khmer Noodles or Ka Tien. We stop off at a restaurant and help cook the villages speciality dish, chok noodles. Late this afternoon we head to the fantastic Bong Thom Ancient village stay. The accommodation is in a traditional Khmer village where our group will sleep in an ancient teak building in a large open air dormitory. The village stay is located surrounded by orchards of exotic fruit trees. It is a wonderful example of village life. Tonight, we discover the secrets of Khmer food as join the local crew at bong Thom and enjoy a cooking class making our own dinner! We get to enjoy dinner with a live Khmer traditional music performance. The students will learn to dance the famous Aspara Cambodian performances. The stay is a real highlight for many schools and many students that visit. Overnight Bong Thom Ancient Village stay.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we take a 30 minute ox cart ride through the village towards the local market to learn all about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other local produce. We then walk to the local village, stopping off to meet and observe the local community along the way, before learning how rice paper and palm sugar is produced. We then have a blessing with local Buddhist monks. From here we visit the incredible Banteay Srei, also known as the "citadel of women", this temple remains one of the best preserved in Cambodia and displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art. 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. We return to have dinner before the night ends with a performance by PHARE, the Cambodian Circus. An exhilarating hour-long Khmer cultural show with professional artists mixing traditional and modern forms of theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion to perform a story about Cambodian lives and society. This show is truly a wonderful experience for the students. Overnight Royal Angkor 5* Resort

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a walking tour of Siem Reap including a visit to the old markets. We then head to a new social enterprise helping disadvantaged women and their families run by a group of Khmer women that makes practical items like drink holders, baskets and souvenirs out of recycled plastic bags. The workshop will engage the students in helping create the pieces that will be sold in their shop front store, Rehash Trash. This not only has a positive impact on the environment but provides the families with an income. After lunch we travel to Theam's House to meet Cambodian artist and designer Lim Muy Theam, who draws inspiration from both Khmer and International design. Theam’s desire to share his artistic and technical knowledge prompted him to set out on a mission to learn about Cambodia, Khmer art and culture in order to research the country’s rich artistic heritage. He trawled through temples and pagodas around the country, visited people’s homes, and studied whatever artwork and artefacts he could lay his hands on. The Khmer Rouge regime had tried to wipe out any reminder of Cambodia’s past – its artisans, cultural artefacts, statues and books. For the last 10 years Theam has trained a team of artisan apprentices who work either at the studio or in their home villages. We will visit the studio and explore the various works being created and stories behind them. We return to the hotel to freshen up and head out for our last dinner. Overnight Royal Angkor 5* Resort

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we can walk and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before our private vehicle will meet us at the hotel and transfer us to the airport for our onward flight. Depart CZ 3054 at 11:30

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Youth Adventures' experience gives students the opportunity to become informed, engaged and active global citizens, through their active participation in:
• Sustainable grass-roots community development projects that have them working collaboratively with members of the community;
• Authentic interactions with new cultures, customs and traditions;
• Activities that enable them to lead their peers and also contribute as a team member to a common objective;
• Activities that take them outside of their comfort zone, to face mental and physical challenges;
• Initiatives that teach them that their individual actions collectively can make a difference, and that they have a role to play in making the world a better place.
You are embarking on an adventure to places and among people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in this region will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the very same aspects that make a destination interesting and attractive. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. If you travel with a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will have the adventure of a lifetime!
We invite you to read and put into practice on your travels this IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller -
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world, and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
> Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
> Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
> Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
> Appreciate all cultures I discover
> Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
> Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
> Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
> By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace
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

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners and 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per day
  • 5 nights 5* hotel accommodation in Cambodia on a twin-share basis.
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles (types of vehicles depending on the number of passengers)
  • Expert English speaking guide/s plus full 24 hour support from our local office in Siem Reap
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 teachers travelling from Keystone Academy Beijing

  • Flights from Beijing to Cambodia return (school organising)
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance ( compulsory parents must organise and advise prior to departure)

Grading

Adventure touring

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.


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Youth Adventures is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


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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