18 – 25 May
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. Before returning to the hotel for dinner, you can take a walk to acquaint yourself with the city. You will finally meet fellow volunteers, your Team Leader and the Habitat for Humanity coordinator, who will accompany 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: Introduction to culture and community
After a good night’s sleep, the team will spend the day familiarising themselves with the local community and culture with special activities arranged for by Habitat. You will enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner with the team in the evening. 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 start 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. You’ll enjoy a team dinner and a well-earned rest!
Tuesday to Thursday: Full days building with your teammates
You will see the new house take shape in the next few days. You will be amazed at how much can be achieved in just one week. There are plenty of ways to contribute, from laying bricks to mixing cement and rendering walls. We will take you to local restaurants each night, 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
Today is the day! You will add the finishing touches to the house and maybe even some celebratory decorations. 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 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. The final evening is a time to celebrate the team effort and the end of an incredible week at a special farewell dinner.
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 ended, you will be left with unforgettable memories and long-lasting friendships that will keep the experience alive.