Overview

 Highlights


  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Participate in a course on Buddhism at Angkor Wat with a senior local monk who will focus on the life of Buddha, history of Buddhism and the different schools of Buddhism in Southeast Asia
  • Visit the National Angkor Museum, a Silk Farm, and Tonle Sap Lake
  • Enjoy a cooking school in Cambodian cuisine
  • Fly through the jungle Zip Lining!
  • Visit Water For Cambodia and learn about the impressive work they undertake
  • Shop at the famous Night Markets!

A complete itinerary highlighting Cambodia's best known attractions of Angkor Wat along with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community project at a worthwhile not for profit organization. Under the guidance of trained hired help you will work alongside locals and their children on tasks such as sanding, painting, load carrying, sweeping, or basic carpentry. The project location will be advised during the planning of your trip. This will provide lasting and long term benefits to the residents. You will also spend time learning and appreciating the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. Here we explore the highlights of the region including Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, The Bayon, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat itself. And when you have finished walking through the ruins get ready to fly through them on an exhilarating zip lining experience! Throughout our time in Cambodia we will be meeting senior Buddhist monks and involving our self in the fascinating and complex cultures which will contribute greatly towards your understanding of this small yet very proud nation. This is a Service Learning experience to get excited over!

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Start and Finishing Point:

Siem Reap

Activities:

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On arrival at Siem Reap Airport you will be met by your World Expeditions experienced guide who will accompany you throughout the program. We head to your hotel for check-in and a full trip and safety briefing. Your guide will run through an overview of the local Cambodian language and important phrases that you can learn and practice through your journey. A little language goes a long way with the local people! Following your briefing we will have an orientation of Siem Reap traveling the way the locals do, by remork! We return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to a Haven restaurant that trains disadvantaged youth in hospitality and the service industry for a welcome dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap hotel.

Meals:  D

Today we will head straight to the Angkor Museum, a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap. This world-class interactive museum will give the students an ideal background on the golden era of the Khmer Kingdom before visiting the temples. Next, you are picked up from your hotel to the temple complex (shuttle transfer with other participants). There, the staff will equip you and give you a comprehensive briefing before starting your thrilling zipline and canopy adventure. The full course takes about 2.5 hours and offers Cambodia’s only world-class zipline experience. Surrounded by wildlife, butterflies, flowers, fauna, and towering trees, two certified Sky Rangers will lead you and your group of no more than 9 guests on a safe journey. Have fun and see the temples from a new angle. Note: The program is not suitable for children above maximum weight of 125 kg (275 lbs). After lunch, take a half day dedicated to the discovery of some of Angkor's highlights as we travel around the temple complex. Let’s first explore Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, this one has been left just as it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. We continue to Angkor Thom, it was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII and it features the Bayon Temple, the Baphuon, the royal enclosure, and the Terraces of the Elephants and the Leper King. This 12th-century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. After dinner, we head to the famous Phare Cambodian circus. Despite being known around town as the Cambodian circus, it is anything but a traditional big top. A non-profit school for the arts, Phare is a demonstration of the graduate students’ acrobatic abilities. Exceptionally talented players act out everything from Cambodian folklore to the very real history of the Khmer Rouge; a must-see for anyone visiting Siem Reap. After the performance, we will get the opportunity to meet the performers. Tonight we have the opportunity to head to the night markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Return to the hotel and relax for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

After early breakfast, we board our private vehicle and take a short bus ride to a local market where we will be greeted by a local chef. The chef will take us around the market explaining the local produce as we purchase the food required for our cooking service program. Today is no regular cooking class, the menu the group will prepare will not only feed the group but will also serve a donation to the monks at the local pagoda/temple. Once we have all cooked the food, we will package it up and head to the pagoda and offer the food to the monks before eating all enjoying lunch. Later this morning, the monks will give a blessing to the group and tie a wristband on their arm and spend time discussing spirituality and Buddhism with the group. The students can ask any question about the monks' life in Cambodia. We then head out to the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest permanent fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. During the rainy season (from May to October), the lake swells to six or seven times its normal size of approximately 2,600 square kilometers (4160 square miles). Locals have learned to adapt to the unique ebb and flow of the Tonle Sap Lake through the seasons by creating floating villages. We will explore one of the villages. Later this afternoon we return to Siem Reap to have dinner at a local restaurant. Spend the night in a hotel.

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up in the early hours of the morning and drive through the dark to the Angkor Archaeological Park. Select a good viewpoint at Angkor Wat, sit back, and watch the sunrise over the back of the temple. Seeing the temple emerge from darkness to being bathed in early-morning light is an unforgettable experience. Once the sun is up, go inside Angkor Wat for a guided tour. Learn about the history of this 12th-century monument and how it was constructed. Get up close and see depictions of Hindu mythology and famous battles intricately carved into the walls. Explore chambers filled with depictions of Apsara dancers, celestial beings of Hindu mythology. Return to your hotel in time for a delicious breakfast. Later this morning, after refreshing, the group will meet with a local NGO that strives to provide access to clean drinking water to villagers living in rural surroundings. The program today will be divided into three parts: 1) Theoretical learning. Learn about the importance of having access to clean water for communities and about the current challenges in Cambodia. 2) Technical learning. Learn how to make simple but efficient water filters. 3) Hands-on activity to make filters to distribute to communities in need. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant located near the NGO filter workshop place. We box up all our filters ready to take them to Battambang to distribute to the remote communities in the coming days. After our work is done we will return to our hotel for the night for a low-key dinner. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, our group will head to a full-day Community Project site. Return to the hotel for a refreshment before dinner and explore the night markets. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning will be our final breakfast in Cambodia before the project is completed. We may pack our belongings and debrief. Depending on the time, we may stop at the Old Market for some last-minute shopping before our Farewell Dinner. Transfer to the airport for your trip home.

Meals:  B,L,D


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Industry Innovation And Infrastructure:  Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Reduced Inequalities:  To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.


Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners. 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per day (Snacks/fruit during the community project days)
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation throughout on a twin-share basis. Hotel has a pool
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Expert English speaking tour leaders in Cambodia who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Organisation of Community Project along with a foreman and skilled labourers to direct and assist the students. Unveiling of a memorial plaque once the project is complete
  • All Cambodian Government tax and service charges
  • Tuk-tuk tour & ANGKOR ZIPLINE (Gold Course)
  • PHARE CIRCUS (Seat C)
  • Private cooking class
  • Private boat tour at floating village

  • Flights to Cambodia return
  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas - if requried
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Tips - USD$25.00 approx (not compulsory)

Grading

Adventure touring

This 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.


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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