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Cambodia Service Learning Tour

Exotic and enchanting, Cambodia is home to wild jungles, floating villages, breathtaking temples and a shocking and complex history. From the bustling streets of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to the magnificent remnants of Angkor Wat, on this tour students will be fully immersed in the country’s diverse history and culture while engaging in community programs with local charities and non-government organisations.

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12 Days
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Angkor Archaeological ParkCommunity engagement programsKampong Thom HomestayFloating Villages
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Australia - Cambodia
  • Begin your journey Meet at the airport and board your flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Upon your arrival meet with your private guide and driver for the coach transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Siem Reap
  • New Hope Center School Participate in activities with the school and the students before touring a nearby local village. See a different way of living these people have and experience the way that locals do business, educate and work together to support their families and community
  • Afternoon activities Later on, transfer to Pouk Silk Farm, where you will see how local people produce Khmer Silk using traditional methods
Day 3 Siem Reap
  • Angkor Archeological Park The day is spent touring the UNESCO heritage listed Angkor Archeological Park which contains the magnificent remains of temples spanning the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th Century. You will get to visit well-known temples including the famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Temple of Bayon, the Terrace of Elephants and Ta Prohm - most recognisable from its feature in the movie Tomb Raider
Day 4 Siem Reap
  • Community Program Participate in a program developed for your group called Khmer for a Day. Gain rich insight into the daily lives of the Khmer on a journey out of the city into a community and village away from Siem Reap. Learn about the ongoing projects in the community, their struggles and the humble way of the Khmer people
  • Evening festivities After dinner, enjoy an amazing Circus show from Phare Ponleau Selpak which offers modern artistic performances mixing different disciplines including: live music, choreography and poetry
Day 5 Siem Reap
  • Community engagement Visit the Children’s Improvement Organisation (NGO) and discuss with a representative, the benefits, set up, management and future plans for the Organisation and learn more about some great efforts being made by a lot of people to help others
  • Tonle Sap Lake Enjoy an excursion to Tonle Sap Lake, an extraordinary lake which swells up to seven times its original size during the monsoon season. The lake’s ecosystem is one of the richest and most diverse in the region
  • Boat adventure Embark on a boat trip that explores the floating fishing villages and houses at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms. Spend some time at the floating markets, before returning to Siem Reap
Day 6 Siem Reap – Kampong Thom Home-stay
  • Kampong Thom Travel by coach to Kampong Thom for one night home-stay experience. Visit a local school and participate in a soccer match with local children
  • Assist in village repairs and farming, join in the cultural dance performance and Khmer noodle making and try your at navigating your Ox Cart ride before viewing the sunset
  • Enjoy a local Khmer meal for dinner and rest up following the eventful day
Day 7 Kampong Thom Home-Stay – Phnom Penh
  • Skun Village Travel by coach to Skun Village, home to the Spider Market and the tasty treat: fried tarantula!
  • On the move Continue to Phnom Penh, the now vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia. On arrival in Phnom Penh, visit Mith Samlanh ”Friends” kitchen and learn about the facility
Day 8 Phnom Penh
  • Community engagement Visit Tiny Toones Headquarters (NGO). Meet another representative to learn more about another great organisation and take part in a workshop
  • The Killing Fields Visit the Killing Fields, made up of a number of sites where large numbers of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country
  • Tuol Sleng Afterwards, visit the infamous Toul Sleng Prison, another stark reminder of Cambodia’s tragic recent history. Largely unchanged, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, as it is now known, houses photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims who passed through the doors
Day 9 Phnom Penh
  • Sightseeing This morning, visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which stand on the site of the former citadel, Bantey Kev, built in 1813
  • Afternoon activities Later on, visit the Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from silk, crafts and antiques, and a great place for bargain hunting
Day 10 Phnom Penh
  • Community engagement Assist with volunteer work at the Samrong Children’s Orphanage (NGO) and learn about the facility and its day to day operations as well as why it’s so important programs like this exist
  • Evening activities Witness the hustle and bustle of the Night Market back in Phnom Penh
Day 11 Phnom Penh
  • Departure Bid farewell to Cambodia and board your flight back home
Day 12 Australia
  • Welcome home

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