Not enough time for volunteering? There are still things you can do! But first, please understand the background on why we do things the way we do. We believe in sustainable volunteering practices and seek to prevent the schools and students we support from becoming tourist attractions by educating tourists about the best ways to be involved without exploiting children.
To keep from putting our students and schools in this situation, we provide the following structured, and minimally disruptive options for visitors to see our projects first-hand and perform very meaningful activities at the schools for the day. Before exploring the options, please make sure you are willing to abide by our Child Protection Policy. You will be required to sign our Code of Conduct when you arrive in Siem Reap.
HELP FOR A DAY PROGRAMS:
Many children who live within immediate proximity of Angkor have not had the opportunity to visit the temples and are not yet aware of the richness of their own culture and heritage. You, 20 primary school students, their teacher, and one licensed tour guide (giving the tour in Khmer) will have the opportunity to tour Angkor Wat Temple with a lunch stop in Siem Reap City – a day full of “firsts” for these students.
Please note, we do our best to lead these trips on Sundays or off days so you can head out early to beat the heat and we avoid having the students miss a full day at school. If you would like to hire an English speaking tour guide (to be paid separately from the program cost), we will be happy to arrange one to accompany you.
The humble backpack is a common, everyday item but one that shouldn’t be underestimated. We provide uniforms and school supplies at the beginning of each school year, but a backpack helps to keep everything in the same place and in good care. You will not only be providing a moment of excitement for students as you hand them their new backpacks, you will be making their ability to obtain an education a little bit easier and supporting local suppliers.
COOKING LUNCH AT A RURAL PRIMARY SCHOOL
Travel two hours northwest of Siem Reap to a remote primary school supported by PLF to serve lunch. You will work alongside students to prepare the whole school’s lunch, join them for outdoor games or a library activity, and serve heaps of fried noodles for an all-you-can-eat lunch. After the students have eaten and are heading home, you will also have the option of walking home with them through their village.
CAMBODIAN CRAFTS EXCURSION
Take a group of students students on a journey to discover how silk and pottery goods are handcrafted by Cambodian artisans. You will tour The Cambodian Silk Farm to learn how silk is produced and watch the craftsman at work as well as visit Angkor Pottery Centre, where everyone will get the opportunity to make their own clay pottery.
SCHOOL FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Provide bundles of food for students struggling with food insecurity at the Khnar Village Learning Center, which is located 30km Northeast of Siem Reap. Noodles, canned fish, and soya milk provide a helpful boost for students to bring home to their families, and providing a nutritional supplement to families helps us continue to forge a positive relationship between our learning center and the community.
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