10th – 17th February
Saturday: Arrive in Siem Reap
Your build week begins today with your arrival in Siem Reap! Habitat will arrange your transfer from Siem Reap Airport to the hotel, where you have time to unpack and unwind. Take yourself on a walk to acquaint yourself with the city before heading back to the hotel for dinner. You will finally get to meet your fellow volunteers, your Team Leader and the Habitat for Humanity coordinator who will be accompanying you for the week. Habitat for Humanity staff will give you a thorough orientation for the week ahead, including construction safety and building tips.
Sunday: Travel to Battambang
After a good night’s sleep the team will depart for the project location in Battambang after breakfast! Habitat will organise a cultural activity for you all to enjoy and a special for dinner with the team. This is your opportunity to get to know one another and get excited to spend the week working together. Make sure you have a good rest to prepare for your first day on site the following day!
Monday: Begin construction of the house
Arriving on the build site for your first day of construction, you’ll meet the family whose home you will be helping to construct, and will have the opportunity to learn about their stories. The construction supervisor and local labourers will show you the ropes, and you can get started on the house construction. There will be rest breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, which will all be provided on site. You can stop for a drink of water and a break as often as you need. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy a team dinner and a well-earned rest!
Tuesday to Thursday: Full days building with your teammates
For the next few days you will see the new house take shape. You will be amazed at how much can be achieved in just one week. From laying bricks to mixing cement and rendering walls, there are plenty of ways to contribute. Each night we will take you to some local restaurants, where you can unwind with the team and get to know one another better. The evenings are a chance to relax and recharge your batteries for the following day’s work.
Friday: The handover ceremony and celebration
The final day of building is emotional for everyone involved. You will add the finishing touches to the house and maybe even add some celebratory decorations too. You will welcome the partner family to their new home and reflect together on the contribution that you have all made. You will share a special farewell lunch with the whole team and the partner families. This is the time to celebrate all your hard work and imagine the new life that the partner family will have in the home that you have built. Be sure to bring tissues; there won’t be a dry eye in the house! After lunch, the team will make the return journey to Siem Reap for their final night and celebrate the team effort and the end of an incredible week with your group.
Saturday: Global Village concludes
Today you will depart for home or further adventures. You might like to combine your build with travel to other overseas destinations or indulge in some well-deserved R&R. Although your trip has come to a close, you will be left with amazing memories and long lasting friendships that will keep the experience alive.