A complete itinerary highlighting Cambodia's best known attraction of Angkor Wat along with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a Service Learning Project building two houses for families in need. Under the guidance of trained hired help you will work on tasks such as sanding, load carrying, sweeping, or basic carpentry. The improvements you make to the families will provide lasting and long term benefits to them and the greater community. With the Service work completed we spend time learning and exploring the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. Here we see the highlights of the region 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. When you have finished walking through the ruins get ready to face your fears and work as a team and support your friends as you fly among them on an exhilarating and challenging zip lining and high ropes experience!
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. In addition to these activities visits to a stilt village, silkworm farms, the Cambodian War Museum and new for 2017 a visit to the Khmer Ceramics and Fine Arts Centre which is reviving lost artistic skills and an evening completing a fun team building treasure hunt game which is designed to test and challenge.
In addition to these experiences you will also be meeting senior Buddhist monks who will explain various aspects of the many complex cultures which will contribute greatly towards your understanding of this small yet very proud nation.
The safety and well being of the KIS 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.
This is a Service Learning experience to get excited over!
The Korea International School Cambodia Service trip is rated adventure touring level. Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be.
After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Cambodian adventure to begin the day has finally arrived! 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 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 six days. Due to your flights late arrival in Siem Reap we encourage for you to have an early night as tomorrow is a fascinating day exploring Siem Reap and the surrounding villages!
Accommodation: Ree Hotel 4*
Incheon-SiemReap: 2017.03.19 / 19:10 23:15 / TBD (Air Seoul)
This morning after breakfast you will have an opportunity to go and change or withdraw money before, you’ll have a chance to learn some of the secrets of Cambodian cuisine at a cooking school. There will be a demonstration to introduce you to local ingredients and techniques and there is plenty of incentive of to pay attention as you get to dine on the dishes you prepared!
From here, we will visit a Silk Farm to learn about how they produce Khmer silk by traditional methods. On the way back into Siem Reap we stop at the National War Museum. This unique museum is 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. A we have a short stop at nearby Wat Thmey or Killing Field which contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge then also at 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.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at The Nest Angkor Restaurant. After dinner, those who are interested can enjoy some shopping at the night market where you could purchase some gifts or souvenirs or experience the local fish massage.
Welcome Dinner: The Nest Angkor Restaurant www.nestangkor.com
Accommodation: Ree Hotel
Afterward, we take an orientation tour of Angkor Wat, giving us our first taste of the 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 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. From here, we will then drive to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom to admire the extensive temple complex of soaring towers, elaborate carved murals, colonnades and courtyards that ushered in the classic age of Khmer art architecture. We also visit the Bayon temple located in the center, which rises to three levels, with galleries containing bas reliefs depicting daily life and historical Khmer battles won and lost.
Lunch will be served in a nearby restaurant called the Khmer Wooden House.
We then shift our attention and focus from the ancient temples of Angkor to the challenge and team work needed to conquer the high ropes and zipline course of the world class, Flight of The Gibbon Angkor. Nestled into the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor and under careful guidance and support from highly trained staff you will soar on ziplines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, and be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rainforest. Flight of the Gibbon have expertly built there famous zipline courses in the most remote and beautiful rainforest locations across Asia. This will be a rewarding experience for all those who try and conquer their fears!
Tonight, enjoy dinner with a cultural performance of Apsara Dance show at Por Cuisine before a trip to the famous Night Markets.
Accommodation: Ree Hotel 4*
This morning is a really early start, yet it is worth the effort. We get up whilst still dark to catch one of the worlds most photographed sunrises, the beautiful silhouette of Angkor Wat against a blood red sky. We then return to the hotel for breakfast before heading to the project site where the real focus of this trip will commence.
The community be very receptive to your visit and the improvements that you are making which will bring long term benefits. Upon arrival a thorough briefing will take place as will a safety talk and you will be introduced to the trained builders and laborers who will be assisting you. You will then be divided into sub groups to work on different components of the project and you should wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty, wear suitable shoes and bring some sturdy work gloves from home.
- Measuring, chiseling, sawing wooden posts
- Preparing stairs
- Measuring and cutting wall panels
- Measuring and cutting wall supports
Due to strict safety precautions 20 people is the maximum number of students on each site. The rest of the group will take a tour around the village and then visit a school nearby. At the school, you will have opportunity to learn a traditional Cambodian game and play it with the children. The groups will rotate through the building tasks and also visiting the nearby school.
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.
This afternoon, you will be transferred to Kompong Kleang floating village which is a settlement of over 20,000 people where houses tower up to ten meters above the water. Here you can glimpse the countryside, culture and traditional family lifestyle. (Note: During the months Apr-Sep the water level may be too low for a visit by boat. However the village is still fascinating and can be visited by car. It is an incredible site to see how the stilted houses are exposed from the lake when water levels are low).
Tonight, have dinner at Marum restaurant. Marum is also part of the TREE Alliance (Training Restaurants for Employment and Entrepreneurship).
Accommodation: Ree Hotel 4*
Today is a full day at the project site. We will take regular breaks so as to monitor hydration and energy levels.
A full morning at the project site, the works today include:
- Watch blessing ceremony
- Raise house frames
- Attach beam supports
- Move floorboards up and start nailing them down
- Start on internal wall
- Start making door
We’re going to have the same schedule as yesterday and the students will swap activities so all are given an opportunity to work on the service project and also visit the nearby school. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
As teh mid afternoon sun heats up we return to the hotel where there is a chabce to take a break and cool down in the swimming pool.
This evening, we head out on a guided tuk tuk city tour to find out about daily life, visit the small shops and learn more about the town and the people who live there. After your dinner, we will transfer to The Great Escape (http://greatescapecambodia.com) which is a team building group challenge escape game which is both a lot of fun and a mental challenge.
Accommodation: Ree Hotel 4*
After breakfast you will return to the project site and put the finishing touches on the project. The difference which this work will make cannot be underestimated. In addition the friendships which will have formed it will also foster closer relationships between your two countries and schools.
After that, we say farewell to the staff, builders and organizers and take numerous group photos, and exchange some gifts, before saying goodbye to your new found friends and wishing them well. We return to town for lunch at local restaurant.
Late this afternoon we participate in a water blessing which is a traditional Cambodian practice that dates back to ancient times. The blessings take place at an ancient pagoda in the countryside of Siem Reap. At the end of the blessing, your wrist is adorned with special red ties that signify the blessing performed.
Tonight we celebrate all the hard work achieved and lessons learned by having a special farewell buffet dinner and then a final look around at the night markets before we transfer to the airport for your flight home. Upon being dropped at the airport all services finish, although the memories will last a lifetime!
Accommodation: Day use at Ree Hotel 4* (1 room to freshen up per 8 students. Available till 8pm)
SiemReap-Incheon: 2017.03.24 / 23:40 07:00(+1) / TBD (Air Seoul)
Your flight departs Siem Reap International Airport at 1:20am.
Upon arrival at the airport all services conclude yet the memories, lessons and friendships made will last a lifetime. Congratulations on completing a challenging service and curriculum adventure!
B. 2016.03.25 / ZE 522 / REP-ICN / 01:20 08:40
B. 2016.03.25 / ZE 215 / GMP-CJU / 13:05 14:10
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