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- Depart from home: Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
- Arrive in Phnom Penh: Camps International staff will be at Phnom Penh International Airport to greet us and assist with our transfer to our hotel. We will have a private coach and driver for our transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to our hotel in Phnom Penh. Our base for the next two nights will be in Phnom Penh, where breakfast will be provided.
- Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh, Cambodia's busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country. At the city's heart is the massive, art deco Central Market. After getting checked into our Phnom Penh hotel, we will have free time to explore the area. The team can explore the riverfront area and markets. This evening, we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
- Phnom Penh City Tour: Phnom Penh is a vibrant city steeped in history and offers many cultural and historical experiences that include the Royal Palace and National Museum.
- Toul Sleng: As part of this tour, the team will visit Toul Sleng, a historical museum commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge regime. The site is a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. During this period, it is estimated that over 17,000 people were imprisoned here. The Killing Fields are a gruesome reminder of the atrocities that took place and provide a highly educational yet emotional experience. Afterwards, for some light relief, there will be a chance to visit local markets for souvenir shopping.
- Camp Beng Mealea: Today we will travel from Phnom Penh to Beng Mealea Camp, which will take around 7 hours. On the way, we will stop off at spider town with the chance to hold tarantulas and enjoy lunch. Upon arrival at Camp Beng Mealea, the team will be met by camp staff with local refreshments. After settling into the traditional style accommodation, the team will receive a full safety and orientation brief which will include a walking tour of the community and project sites as well as experiencing a traditional water blessing by a monk. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner in camp before getting a good night's sleep. Our base for the next three evenings will be at 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. While here, three meals a day will be provided. 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!
- Start working on a community project: The team will spend several days working hard on a range of activities designed to improve the living standards of a rural community who live below the poverty line and have limited access to medical facilities and education. Our projects in Cambodia include environmental education and reforestation, installing new toilets to communities, which have no access to sanitation, improving school infrastructure, permaculture, clean water initiatives, basic housing refurbishment and replacement. There will be opportunities to interact with the local children, by playing sports and traditional games. Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
- Continue working on a community project: Today, we will continue our project work at the camp. Your evenings are usually spent relaxing in camp and the local kitchen crew will rustle up a delicious dinner for you and your team. After dinner there are plenty of opportunities for group discussion, reflections on project work, keeping travel diaries up to date, as well as various team led games and activities. Local staff are always in camp and are on hand to chat to and help you with anything else that you need.
- Siem Reap: Siem Reap, a resort town in northwestern Cambodia, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th - 15th centuries. Angkor's vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes preserved Angkor Wat, the main temple, which is pictured on Cambodia's flag. Giant, mysterious faces are carved into the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom.
- Cambodian Phare Circus Show: The group will have a buffet dinner at a local restaurant before experiencing the Cambodian Phare Circus Show.
- Siem Reap Temple : Today we will participate in a Siem Reap Temple Tour. This tour enables the team to explore the collection of world famous temples around Siem Reap, including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the walled city of Angkor Thom and the overground jungle temple of Ta Prohm - where many scenes from the film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" were filmed.
- Depart for home: Our rewarding and enjoyable experience comes to an end as we make our way to the airport on our final day.