Construction volunteering in Cambodia

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Responsible tourism: Construction volunteering in Cambodia

Environment

This project was initiated solely for the purpose of helping the local children and the local community. Our main construction focus is working at our own school, which has been allocated as an education resource for the children of poor villagers.

This school was built with the support and sweat equity of helpers like yourself, along with skilled local tradesmen. Today, more than three hundred children attend classes here daily.

Despite previous efforts, the work here is far from done and we continue to construct new buildings, pathways, toilets, walls, drainage systems for rain run-off, etc. to meet the needs of all those using the facility.

We work closely with the local community to achieve these benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to each volunteer prior to their departure as part of their documentation. This is also highlighted in the volunteer’s induction on arrival.

Local transportation between home and your project is provided in groups wherever possible in order to keep pollution and energy use to a minimum. Regarding recreational transport, there are bikes at the volunteer center that you can borrow, but if taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible. We also always recommend the use of public transport, where possible and we show the nearby public transport routes to all new arrivals.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage. We also stress the negative impact of litter, particularly on the beaches where it can be swept out to sea and harm the marine life, and general pollution. Thus we encourage our volunteers to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect.

SOME OF THE POSITIVE EFFECTS TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide our volunteers with many tips on how to be a responsible traveler regarding the environmental impact they have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

Travelers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation.

Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. For example, we kept a Species Survival Conservation project in South Africa afloat until completion after it was threatened by lack of funds. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

Community

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded, so our interaction with all local institutions and businesses is very extensive.

You'll stay in our volunteer center and all volunteers help in keeping the home neat and tidy. All materials are sourced locally. Food is included and it's all locally sourced. When you're out and about or sightseeing, you'll be encouraged to use local eateries and locally sourced food. In this way you're contributing to the income of the local community.

Your help here is of enormous benefit to the local community. This is a sustainable, on-going project and tour work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the chain of worthwhile achievements in this community.

Social Responsibility:
The information we provide prepares our volunteers for their placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs our volunteers on the Do’s and Don’ts and ensures that they are aware of the possible impact of their behaviour.

Cultural sensitivity:
Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility
For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travelers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

The organisations we work with are often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.
Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travelers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

Before our Volunteers depart on their projects, we provide them with comprehensive information about their project and country:
(1) A detailed Programme Guide to Volunteering which we’ve produced in-house.
(2) A detailed Country Factfile,
(3) A detailed Project Description Booklet specific to their Project.
(4) Safety Book: This book is produced by Travelers and has common-sense but necessary general safety tips while traveling, as well as safety advice relevant to your specific destination country.

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