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Temple Conservation in Cambodia

Temple Conservation in Cambodia

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course its friendly people.

Prices from $545

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course its friendly people. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its enchanting and unique Asian culture, and complex and mystical ambience.
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the edition of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history.
 Apply for the chance to work alongside a local team helping with the conservation of one of Cambodia’s best kept secrets, the temples surrounding Banteay Chhmar! Help in preserving and conserving the temples around Banteay Chhmar, some of which have been hidden and covered by the forest, causing them to remain mostly undiscovered.


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
•    Immerse yourself in true Khmer culture
•    Gain a lifetime of wonderful friends and incredible memories
•    Participate in the conservation and preservation of local history and culture
•    Create cultural exchange opportunities the locals

FAST FACTS

Location    Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia
       
Activities
•    Explore hidden temples
•    Gain practical experience in conservation efforts and archaeology
•    Develop the curriculum for future volunteers!
•    Building community support for the work you will do

Transport      Airport Pick-up

Accommodation     Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go
•    Pre-departure support
•    Travel advice & documentation
•    Kit advice
•    Discounted medical kit
•    Free Frontier T-shirt (UK Only)
In-country
•    Airport pick up
•    Accommodation and food
•    Local orientation & comprehensive project training
•    24 hour in-country support
•    International HQ emergency support & back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Banteay Chhmar is a commune of the Thma Puok District in Banteay Meanchey province in the northwest of Cambodia. This commune contains 14 villages and there are 4 villages around the large temple of Banteay Chhmar with a total population of only 6000+ people.
Explore the massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines, which comprise one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia's Angkor period. There are nine other smaller temples around the Banteay Chhmar temple. They all are mostly hidden in the forest and covered with bushes and trees because of the lack of conservation historically.
By volunteering on this project, the community around Banteay Chhmar will benefit economically from the conservation of its history and preservation of its culture, which will in turn, attract more tourists to the area and help the local community.


WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
 On this project, you will be assisting a local team with the conservation and preservation of the temple grounds. You will be introduced to Banteay Chhmar and the overall project goals. You will then explore the village and visit some satellite temples.
Tasks may consist of: Clearing the temples - by cutting back overgrown bushes, trees, and grass, in the surrounding area; Cleaning up the temples - picking up trash, removing stones; Planting trees in the temple compound; making environmental signs; or educating students on the importance of protecting the temples.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport you will be greeted by an in-country representative and escorted by bus on the journey to Banteay Chhmar, where you will be based for the duration of your stay. Please aim to arrive before 2pm on the Sunday, and depart on the Saturday following the conclusion of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During your time in the program, you will stay at a homestay in the village. The accommodation is an original wooden Khmer-style house. This is traditional Cambodian living!


WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends. In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find  noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The French colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.
 

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In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Get lost in the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoiled monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Embrace the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance, or visit one of the silk factories, where silk worms produce reams of  the delicate and rare fabric. Take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, and catch a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, with one of the extensive bird sanctuaries or fishing villages as your final destination.
 

COSTS

1 week $795

2 weeks $1,195

3 weeks $1,645

4 weeks $2,045

extra week $545

DATES
This program starts every Monday.


DURATION
1 week+


WHAT’S INCLUDED
Before you go
Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

In-country
Airport pick up
Accommodation
Food
Training guideline provided by staff
In-country emergency support
24-hours international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION       Siem Reap
 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Siem Reap (REP)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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