100 Things Cambodian Volunteering Trip: November 7th-14th, 2015

 

Have you ever wanted to do something incredible for someone else, a complete stranger, all whilst based in a resilient foreign land steeped in culture, history and natural beauty? This is your opportunity.

This is going to be one of the most unique philanthropic trips you’ll ever experience and we’ll also get to see the 7th Wonder of the World; Angkor Wat..

Based in picturesque Cambodia, 100 Things has teamed up with the amazing international development agency, CUFA, to help some of the peeress of the poor children and struggling adults & families alike, via specially tailored programs that need US.

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CUFA has been working to develop communities in the Asia-Pacific for over 40 years. Their programs focus on helping people lift themselves out of poverty by providing access to financial services & education and helping people to grow micro-businesses. On this trip we’ll also blend and provide a unique ‘Football Program’ offering never before seen opportunities to street kids.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh and meet the children that you’ll have given the opportunity of a lifetime to!
  • Be part of the football training (and play against he kids!), helping transform the lives of Cambodian children aged 6-12 yrs.
  • Be inspired as you visit CUFA’s village entrepreneurs and get immersed in their lush rice fields, or use traditional farming methods like water buffalo and plough. It really doesn’t get any more authentic than this as we get our hands dirty helping out!
  • Share the magic in the classroom as we help teach financial literacy to children in rural provinces.
  • End on a stunning high in Siem Reap, watching a spectacular sunrise over Angkor Wat, the 7th Wonder of the World, and exploring the magical, ancient Angkor Temples.

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome!

(Starting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital)

Meeting Seb and our CUFA team leader, we share a cultural briefing at CUFA house. Here we learn about how CUFA are empowering the poorest of the poor people and communities across Cambodia and how we are going to help in the next 7 days.

Embracing the beauty and culture of Cambodia at every stage, we take a Tuk tuk ride around Phnom Penh to get our berrings and get used to the dynamic energy of Cambodia’s capital.

That evening we all sit down and enjoy a unique 100 Things ‘Ice-Beaking’ session to help us get to know our group members and find out what has led us to this point. Seb will also share his 100 Things story and all the latest developments in the journey.

Day 2- It’s Getting Real- Meet the Kids 

A morning visit to the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum- essential Cambodian allows us to truly understand why Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and to better understand the exceptional resilience & stoicism of the Cambodian people.

After digesting an emotional morning, we now meet some of the most incredible people as we help to teach football and financial literacy to the children aged 7 – 12 years. With our fundraising now complete, we’ll see and experience first hand where this money goes and help bring it to life!

An evening dinner at Romdeng, ‘Friends’, a restaurant actively helping build the futures of former street children and marginalised young people, fittingly caps off an engaging day as we chat around the table about our experiences and hopes.

Day 3- Game Day!

Playing a friendly match of football against a local Cambodian team at Cambodia’s Olympic stadium (no specific fitness or skills needed!), will see you make new friends with locals as we interact in a unique way.

A short ferry ride across the famous Mekong River to a tiny island called Koh Dah, presents us with an awesome lunch at the locals’ picnic spot by the water.

Immersing ourselves with the locals, we take a trip to the central markets and see all the crazy & amazing Cambodian produce, from crickets to lotus flowers and everything in between. Enjoy shopping at the amazing Russian markets, too.

Days 4. and 5- Volunteering Off the Grid 

Departing from Phnom Penh we head north to Kampong Chhnang where we gain a truly unique & privileged experience of rural Cambodia! Reaching out to children in need, we visit and interact rural and remote schools in rural provinces teaching outdoor games and in class skills.

In a day to remember we go even deeper and after meeting some of CUFA’s Village Entrepreneurs, we get our hands dirty and help them with their grassroots business ventures. This could mean helping build a chicken coup or helping with their business plan. Your own skill set and desire will guide you here.

Meeting village farmers, we not only get to see traditional farming but actually get involved as we lend a hand with a water buffalo and plough. Notvjust giving back, we also learn how to harvest rice in the stunning rice fields

Days 6 and 7- The 7th Wonder of the World

With a deep and moving history, we start the day with a surreal sunrise over Angkor Wat, the 7th wonder of the world. Exploring the incredible 9th – 14th century Angkor temples and Angkor Archeological  Park, you’ll marvel in wonder as we walk around the breath-taking sites. Siem Reap is a special place.

In the afternoon, we’ll all travel to the UNESCO heritage-listed Phnom Kulen National Park (about 50 kms north of the Angkor Temples). Beautiful to the core, it is known as a holy mountain to Buddhists and Hindus who make a pilgrimage there. To Cambodians, Phnom Kulen is known as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire. A magical conclusion to a life changing trip.

At dinner we celebrate our week to remember with a unique 100 Things Celebration party and awards night.  A fitting way to celebrate our adventure with new friends; the question of course is what’s next?

 

Financial Literacy Program:

Remember when you were a child and your parents would encourage you to save your pocket money so you could buy that toy you really wanted? Little did we know it at the time, but our parents were providing us with our first lessons on savings, skills we now use everyday in our adult life. For many children across the Asia-Pacific, they aren’t taught these valuable lessons, and so the cycle of poverty continues.

CUFA’s children’s financial literacy programs provide the opportunity for children living in poverty to change their lives. Since 2008 they have provided more than 59,000 children with financial literacy training, educating them on the importance of saving and helping them build sustainable financial futures.

They work with some of the most vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific region, providing children with financial literacy lessons, to help them establish good savings habits and financial habits from a young age.

 

Village Entrepreneur Program:

The CUFA Village Entrepreneur program supports villagers in developing countries to change their life and step out of poverty. Over 2-3 years individual Village entrepreneurs are given training, start up materials and financial support to start a local micro-business that they are helped to plan, design and be sustainable over the long term.

 

DATES: 7th-14th November, 2015

COST:  $2,490 AUD plus $5,000 fundraising for CUFA (tax deductible)

20% Deposit confirms spot (Non-refundable). First in, first served.

Full payment due by July 1st, 2015

Fundraising target due 21 days prior to departure date (November)

As part of this Volunteering Trip, each participant is required to raise $5,000 for CUFA. All monies raised go towards helping the local children, so they can participate in CUFA’s life-changing Football and Financial Literacy program. The best part is that we will directly see and be a part of the programs that your donation will enable!

CUFA prides itself on the fact that 94 cents of ever dollar donated goes directly to programs. 6 cents goes to admin which is an industry low!

INCLUSIONS:

Return airfare (ex- Sydney)

Accommodation

English speaking guides

All meals

Ground transportation

Entrance to Angkor Archaeological Park & all cultural activities

Pre-trip meet-ups with Seb and fellow 100 Things group members

Access to 100 Things members group (perfect for chatting, sharing tips etc pre-trip)

100 Things Celebration Dinner and Awards Night

Specially edited video of your trip (starring you and the locals we’ve met!)

Tips and an online fundraising platform to help raise the $5,000 for CUFA

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Trip duration: 7 nights Accommodation: Local style twin-share

Minimum age: 18

Fun Factor: Extremely high!

 

Next Step:

If this trip is for you, please email projects@100things.com.au for more information.

A full-itinerary and date confirmation will be provided.

 

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