2nd – 9th September
Saturday: Arrive in Siem Reap
Your adventure begins today with your arrival in Siem Reap! Habitat will arrange your transfer from Siem Reap International Airport to your hotel, where you have time to unpack and unwind. Take yourself on a walk to acquaint yourself with the city before heading back to your hotel for dinner. You will meet Habitat for Humanity Cambodia staff who will give you a thorough orientation for the week ahead, including construction safety and building tips.
Sunday: Take in the local culture
Today, Habitat for Humanity will arrange for you to see Siem Reap and take in the sights such as the incredible Angkor Wat, The Floating Village, a circus or traditional dancing show. After some exploring, the group will reconvene for dinner. 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 – 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. One afternoon, you will visit families who have benefitted from the work of previous Global village teams and see how their lives have been enriched. Each night your hosts will take you to some local restaurants, where you can unwind with the team.
Friday: The handover ceremony and farewell lunch
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. 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! That evening is time to celebrate the team effort and the end of an incredible week.
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 that will keep the experience alive.