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Cambodia Hands On Tour - January 2020


Introduction

The Rotary Club of Chadstone East Malvern is leading a World of Difference Hands On Tour to Cambodia in January 2020. You are invited to apply to join that tour.

 The Tour will be led by Rotarian Paul Rake from Chadstone East Malvern. Paul has led three previous Hands On Tours to Cambodia.

 The Tour is a mix of in-depth working on a project and some interspersed sightseeing.

 Participants can join the tour for the full two weeks or elect to join for one of the weeks.

 The Project

The Hands on Project will be in the village of La’ak located about two hours drive from Siem Reap. The project host is Cambodian Not for Profit organization Build Your Future Today – a Cambodian organization that has been endorsed by WOD as a suitable in-country partner for Rotary Clubs.  BFT has a four year program to support villagers transition to a sustainable life style. Components of the project include installation of a water filter, health programs (hands, dental and Days for Girls), teaching methodology skill sharing and transition of sewing activity to potential micro financed business.

 We will spend most of our time working on the project in the village of La’ak but will also visit Sre Robong (a new village for us). Sre Robong is one of three villages that might be supported from a Foundation Global Grant being sought by a consortium of Australian Rotary Clubs.

 Each of these villages is being supported by BFT with its four year framework for helping villages more to sustainable futures. I refer to the framework as the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and under BFT guidance we contribute 10-20 pieces of the puzzle during our Hands On Project work. The good thing is that our contributions are neither random nor the best intentions of westerners – they fit into an overall strategy managed by experienced Cambodians that understand local cultures and needs and work FOR the village committee.

 We will identify areas of the village project that meet your preference for areas to work in or where you have a skill set.

 Flights

Travel arrangements are flexible. Most members of the team will depart Melbourne on Friday 3 January and depart Cambodia to return to Melbourne on Saturday 18 January.

 Accommodation

Accommodation will be in Siem Reap on arrival, during project rest periods and prior to departure. Accommodation will be in the regional centre of Dom Dak during the project working periods.

 Schedule

The project schedule is:

·         Fly in to Siem Reap on Friday or Saturday 3-4/1

·         Travel to site by minibus on the morning of Monday 6/1, stopping off at Dom Dak to store bags at accommodation.

·         Work on the project from Monday to Thursday, returning to Dom Dak for accommodation each day

·         Return to Siem Reap for R & R on Thursday afternoon 9/1

·         Rest and recovery in Siem Reap from Thursday until following Monday morning with sightseeing to Angkor wat, Tomlie Sap Lake and other high interest areas. Meals at Social enterprise businesses.

·         Travel to site by minibus on the morning of Monday 13/1, stopping off at Dom Dak to store bags at accommodation.

·         Work on the project from Monday to Thursday, returning to Dom Dak for accommodation each day

·         Return to Siem Reap for R & R on Thursday afternoon 16/1

·         Rest and recovery in Siem Reap from Thursday until depart for home on Friday, Saturday or Sunday 17-19/1

Other Information

·         You will be covered by Rotary travel insurance for the duration of the trip PLUS any travel you undertake on your way over or back (for example if you wanted to visit Singapore for ten days on the way over or Thailand for eight days on the way back or both);

·         You should consult your doctor about what vaccinations you should have noting that you will be going into remote parts of Cambodia. You will also need a “Fitness for Travel” letter from your doctor (we have a pro-forma for that);

·         You will need a visa for Cambodia and the best way is to buy that on line from the Cambodian Government (we can give you a note on how to do that);

·         We will register you with Department of Foreign Affairs for emergency purposes;

·         You can join the team for the full period on any part thereof – in the past some people have come for one of the two weeks only or you may choose x number of days – we can manage any period you choose;

·         You will book and pay for your own flights (flights are cheaper the earlier you book generally);

·         We will have group accommodation during the work days – we will book for you and you can pay on departure at the end of each work week – double, twin and single rooms will be available;

·         We will also attempt to book group accommodation during the arrival period in Siem Reap, during the R & R period and for the period before departure – we will book for you and you can pay on departure at the end of each stay – double, twin and single rooms will be available OR you may choose to book your own accommodation depending on the standard you desire;

·         We will provide a suggested list of what to pack;

·         We will also provide suggestions for places to visit during your stays in Siem Reap such as the Angkor Wat temples and Tomlie Sap Lake with the floating villages;

 Please Contact Tour Leader Paul Rake Rotary Chadstone East Malvern

Mobile 0409 937 080

 

Earlier Event: November 10
12 day Humanitarian Tour Of Cambodia