Cambodia: July 2011

Join us for an uplifting and rewarding adventure in vibrant Phnom Penh! Learn about another culture while building houses and friendships on this 10-day journey of service and hope!

Habitat homeowner Thach Pheurk, 52, says, “We are happy now that we have this house. We feel more secure with our lives.”

About Cambodia

Cambodia is located in southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The mighty Mekong River dominates the country’s fertile landscape, and the Angkor Wat temple complex is one of the most treasured and visited sites in the entire region.

Ninety percent of Cambodia’s population is ethnically Cambodian. Theravada Buddhism is the religion of about 95 percent of the people. Khmer is the official language, though French is still spoken in urban areas and English is increasingly popular as a second language. The climate in Cambodia is tropical.

We will be working in Phnom Penh, the capital of the kingdom of Cambodia. Phnom Penh is an ancient city situated at the confluence of three great rivers ― the “four arms” of the Mekong River. The city is also the commercial, political and cultural hub of Cambodia.

About Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
HFH Cambodia aims to reduce poverty by empowering communities to improve their access to affordable and basic services and better living conditions. Habitat has already started a program of building new homes and rehabilitating existing homes in Cambodia.

In Phnom Penh, more than 300,000 people live in slum housing ― one quarter of the city’s population. Only 10 years ago, 30,000 people lived in slum areas. Still, housing problems are widespread. In Cambodia, rural households account for nearly 90 percent of the country’s poor, with 85 percent of the population living in rural areas. 

Types of construction for volunteers
Cambodian Habitat houses are usually 31.5 square meters in size. The walls are made from fired brick with a reinforced concrete post. The layout consists of a living room, bedroom and kitchen with a toilet.

Work on a Global Village trip may involve laying bricks and mixing mortar, digging foundations, pouring cement or plastering the walls. It is a fun and extremely rewarding way to contribute to Cambodian society.

Standard itinerary 
Day 1(typically Friday)
: Depart for Cambodia.
Day 2 (Saturday): 
Travel day 
Day 3 (Sunday)
: Arrival in Phnom Penh, welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner and free time.
Days 4–8 (typical workdays, Monday–Friday)
: Breakfast at accommodations or local restaurant; work from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with lunch on site; free time after work to clean up; dinner at local restaurant; time for team activities.
Days 9 (Saturday)
: Free days for activities in local community and local sightseeing. 
Day 10 (Sunday)
: Depart for home.

NOTE: Cultural experiences during the trip may include market tours, museum visits and historical sites, as well as other outdoor opportunities. The final building day will also feature a farewell ceremony with partner family members.

Global Village teams to Cambodia can expect to stay in a local hotel with team members sharing rooms and bathrooms. Breakfast and dinner are usually eaten at the hotel or at a local restaurant, and lunch is usually provided by the affiliate and taken on the work site.

Trip cost
For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.