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
  • 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 also 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: New Riverside Hotel

Meals:  D

Following breakfast, head out to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. From here, continue to 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 lunch near Srash Srang (pool of ablutions), 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 inneed 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: New Riverside Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The next few days are dedicated to working along-side volunteers from Treak village to improve their communiy. This is a real opportunity for us to give something back to a remote community in need and bring long term benefits. There is a plastic up-cycling program at Treak called "A Rubbish Idea" where participants experience making bricks from waste plastic. This program is very successful and popular. Recently the community bought a small piece of land just behind the school that they use for the plastic brick making process. Sri KDU International students will help with the construction of the building that will be used for the up-cycling of plastic to a usable brick. Working with local builders, students will build the brick walls around the base of the building. All work will be at ground level and students will not use any power tools. 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 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 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. After dinner, we have the opportunity to head to the Night Markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Accommodation: New Riverside Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we return to Treak Community to complete the project work. Once we have said our goodbyes to our new friends at Treak Village Community Center, we’ll depart for the Cambodian Cooking at Kompheim Village. 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! Time: Evening 4:30pm–7:30pm Inclusions: English Speaking Guide, Chef and support staff. 1 soft drink or bottled of water and cold towels to freshen up Menu: Prahat Chien (minced fish on sugar cane), Cambodian Chicken Curry, Chaek Churng (Bananas cooked with palm sugar and coconut)

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we check out the hotel and transport will then be provided to Siem Reap International Airport for your departing flight. End of services.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 5 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 return airfares to Cambodia (including taxes)
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Starting Point:Siem Reap
Activities:Service Learning Project
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4904
Prices From:USD$980