Cambodia Impact Expedition: 3 Weeks

Gain a new perspective on life during this eye-opening expedition. You’ll work closely with rural communities on a variety of projects, whilst learning about Cambodia’s rich culture and history.

  • Location Cambodia, Asia
  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Expedition Type Impact

Cambodia is a true gem of South East Asia, with the friendliest of people, lush green jungle and mystical temples – it’s a truly fascinating country to explore. You’ll get to live and work alongside rural Cambodian communities, learning about their way of life and working with locals on valuable project work. You will also spend time exploring and learning about the history of this beautiful country, from the horrors of the Pol Pot regime to the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Expedition Leader
  • All meals in camp
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Accommodation
  • Local Transfers (excluding to and from Australian airports)
  • Project costs and management
  • 24 hour support throughout expedition

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap You’ll be met in Siem Reap airport by a member of our awesome Camp Cambodia team who will transfer you to your first camp – Camp Beng Mealea. On the way you will stop and explore the Beng Mealea temple before settling into your accommodation.
Day 2 – 9 Project Work Over the next few days, you will be getting stuck into some valuable community project work. The local people in the village around the camp live below the poverty line and don’t have access to basic facilities. You will help improve living conditions by working on projects such as making water storage pots, improving infrastructure at the local school and refurbishing community buildings. However, it isn’t all just about getting your hands dirty – you will get to spend your evenings relaxing by the campfire, learning about the traditional way of life in Cambodia, playing football with the local children or trying your hand at handicrafts.
Day 10 Siem Reap Today you will pack up and say your goodbyes to the community and crew at Beng Mealea as you travel to Siem Reap after lunch. Upon arrival at Siem Reap you will head on out to the old market where you can do some more shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Day 11 Visit Angkor Wat Today will be a day to remember as you take a visit to the world-famous temples of Angkor Wat. Learn more about Cambodia’s ancient past as you explore these iconic temples.
Day 12 Explore Siem Reap Spend today exploring all that Siem Reap has to offer – visit the Angkor Artisans to see some incredible Cambodian crafts and wander around the silk farm. In the evening you will have dinner in the city before heading to the Phare Circus – an awesome performance that brings Cambodia’s rich history to life.
Day 13 Transfer to Beng Pae Following a tasty breakfast, you will travel to Camp Beng Pae. This woodland retreat is set at the edge of a village giving you plenty of opportunity to get to know the locals. Once you arrive, you’ll be given a tour of the camp and briefed on the projects you’ll be getting involved with.
Day 14 – 18 Project work The next four days will be spent working alongside the local people on community development projects such as building wells and constructing toilets. In the evenings after a day of project work, you will head back to camp for a well-earned dinner and a good night’s sleep in your traditional longhouse.
Day 19 – 20 Phnom Penh Over the next few days, you will stay in Phnom Penh where you’ll pay a visit to the infamous S21 prison and Killing Fields. You will learn about the recent tragic events that befell Cambodia when it was under the rule of Pol Pot. You will also visit Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple. Built in 1372 it stands at 27 metres above the ground and is the tallest religious structure in the city.
Day 21 Goodbye Cambodia It’s time to say your final farewells to the Camp Cambodia team, before we take you to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

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Cambodia – Sanitation, education, food and water security

The remote and rural community of Ta Lek does not have any mains water supply and the small reservoir that they do have is not big enough to last through the long dry season that they experience in this part of Cambodia. Without a water source, sanitation has been poor and the risk of disease high. What they do have is reliable source of ground water that is reasonably close to the surface. As part of our project work here that you may get involved in we are building wells to provide drinking water and water for irrigation to ensure a reliable source of essential food. You may also build toilets and it is our aim to provide a toilet for every household in the community.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

School improvements

Cambodia – School improvements and jungle garden reforestation

It’s estimated that around 15% of Cambodia’s population never enters the education system and those that do often learn in inadequate schools. You’ll help support a local primary school, through projects such as refurbishing and extending classrooms and constructing a library. You’ll also work on the Jungle Garden at our camp to tackle issues of food production in the dry season.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Beng Pae

Camp Beng Mealea

This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune.

Accommodation is in the form of traditional Khmer stilted longhouses positioned in the shade of large banana and papaya trees. The camp is surrounded by paddy fields and pretty amazing views on all sides. On a clear day you can see the impressive ridge line of the Kulen National Park from your longhouse. And if that isn’t enough, there is the ancient ruined temple of Beng Mealea to explore only a short walk away, as well as a large ornate pagoda where the Buddhist monks live. You’d be hard pushed to find a more authentic Cambodian experience!

  • Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional longhouses
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net
  • Toilets: Composting toilets
  • Showers: Cold water showers & wash basins
  • Power: Mains electricity. 2 flat pin style power sockets.
  • Social area: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
  • Signature dish: Khmer curry – Mild coconut curry usually served as a meat or vegetable curry.
Camp Beng Pae

Camp Beng Pae

Beng Pae is located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded by impressive pine trees, the camp is designed and built in the local hill tribe house style.
The camp is set at the edge of the village and so all your project sites are only a short walk away, allowing you to become a local in no time!

  • Location: 220 km (3 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
  • Accommodation style: Traditional longhouses
  • Bed type: Comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net.
  • Toilets: Flushing toilets,
  • Showers: Showers & wash basins
  • Power: Mains electricity. 2 flat pin style power sockets
  • Social area: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
  • Signature dish: Beef Loklak, Stir fried, grilled aubergine.

My expedition to Cambodia was by far the most amazing experience of my life, and I’m sure it will continue to be in the future. From the camps, to the locals, to the new friends I made, the different culture and food I experienced, it was honestly incredible. I recommend you do not turn down this opportunity because I promise that you will regret it!

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Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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Camps International provides many jobs for local people like me, enabling us to work together with volunteers on projects which help our communities. Having travellers spend time in camps and surrounding villages helps encourage parents in the community to recognise the importance of education for their own children, paving the way for a bright future for the people of Cambodia.

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