Cambodia Real World Studies Expedition

This ten day trip is jam-packed full of cultural activities, project work and educational content. Not only will you be developing your practical skills, but you’ll also be delving into the theory behind each project and the positive impact that it has on the local community – using what you have learnt through Real World Studies. You will also have the opportunity to explore traditional Cambodian culture in two of the country’s largest cities.

  • Location Cambodia, Asia
  • Duration 10 days
  • Expedition Type Real World Studies

Cambodia is a truly fascinating country steeped in rich culture and home to some stunning landscapes. You’ll meet fascinating people in the community and learn about Cambodia’s turbulent history at the world-famous Angkor Wat temples, S21 Prison and Killing Fields.


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.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Entry costs to places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Real World Studies resources and material
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

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 in Siem Reap Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be met by one of our crew and journey to Camp Beng Pae (approx. 3 hrs). This woodland retreat is set at the edge of a village giving you plenty of opportunities to get to know the locals. Once you arrive, you’ll have a chance to settle into your accommodation and receive a full safety and orientation briefing before heading out to take part in some sporting activities with the local children. Back at camp you’ll be treated to a delicious dinner prepared by our camp chefs before moving to the classroom where you’ll be setting yourself key goals to meet throughout the rest of the expedition.
Day 2 Water security project work Following a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast, our project leaders will take you around the local village where you will learn more about the current water shortage issues that the community face. This is a topic that you will already have touched upon in your Food and Water Security module of Real World Studies but by seeing these issues first hand, it will give you an insight into the impact of the projects you’ll be involved with over the next few days. In the afternoon, you will be starting your project work to help improve living conditions. This will include building wells to provide the community with access to clean water and constructing toilets to improve sanitation in the village. Back at camp, you will have dinner and be given a short lesson on the history of Cambodia and the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Day 3 Project work continues Today you will be back on the project site, continuing your work from yesterday. In the evening, you’ll reflect on the days work and assess the impact that you’ve made so far.
Day 4 Food security project work This morning, you will head back out to the local community to expand your knowledge on the food security issues that the community face. Again, this will be drawing upon the knowledge from your pre-expedition Real World Studies sessions. You will begin to understand how the community manages their food sources and learn some of their traditional farming techniques. After lunch, there will be a chance to develop your language skills with another lesson in speaking Khmer. You will then head back to the project site to continue your project work before returning to camp for a lesson in project decision-making.
Day 5 Project work continues You will continue to work on projects, learning traditional and practical skills as you help make a meaningful impact at the local community. During the evening you will get to relax and spend more time with your local neighbours, taking part in sporting events and cultural activities.
Day 6 Project review After breakfast, you will undertake a review of all the project work you have completed so far. Assess the impact that the wells and toilet facilities will have and use the knowledge you have learnt so far to discuss what can be done to further improve food and water security within the community. In the afternoon you will finish off your project work, before spending your final evening at Camp Beng Pae. There will be a campfire and you will be treated to a traditional dance and celebration from the local community.
Day 7 Explore Siem Reap Today you will head back to Siem Reap to spend the day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour as you immerse yourself in the hidden history of Cambodia exploring temples that were “lost” for hundreds of years. Following a tasty dinner at a local restaurant, you will be treated to a show put on by the Phare Circus. The circus is non-profit organisation that helps young Cambodians transform their lives through theatre, dance and music, putting together shows that tell uniquely Cambodian stories.
Day 8 Transfer to Phnom Penh After breakfast, you will travel to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia – where you will 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. You’ll then check into your hotel before heading out to pick up any souvenirs from the Russian Market. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and you’ll end the evening back at the hotel for a well deserved rest.
Day 9 Explore Cambodia’s history Today, we will take you to visit the Royal Palace in the heart of Phnom Penh. You will then visit the S21 museum and Killing Fields, giving you an opportunity to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime – a significant part of Cambodia’s history.
Day 10 Departure After checking out of the hotel, you will transfer back 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.


Sanitation, food security and reforestation

Much of the population in the remote regions do not have access to proper housing for shelter from the extreme weather that both the dry and rainy seasons bring, or proper toilets to protect families from the high risk of disease from poor sanitation. You’ll get involved in projects such as constructing homes and toilets, building wells and installing chicken houses to ensure a reliable source of essential food. You’ll also help to preserve the important Wildlife Reserve in the area through seed-planting and reforestation initiatives.
UN Sustainable Development Goals

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Zero hunger

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


Good health and well-being

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


Quality education

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


Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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 Pae

Beng Pae is a lovely woodland retreat located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded by a very impressive pine forest, 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: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). 2 pin style power sockets
  • Social area: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
  • Signature dish: Beef Loklak

Great experiences, enthusiastic staff and a real passion for making a difference to communities. Students on expeditions have gained the confidence to widen their horizons.

Caroline, Travelling Teacher 2019

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.


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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