Take a trip to Battambang and see firsthand how your hard work can change lives. You’ll spend an unforgettable week building a new home for a local family, giving them long-term shelter and security for the future. This is a truly unique opportunity to see the world and work alongside a team of likeminded volunteers to help others.
Make the most of your trip by immersing yourself in the local culture. Try the great local food and walk through the diverse markets. When the build is complete why not reward yourself for all your hard work by taking some time to explore the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat, take a boat ride through the floating villages of Tonle Sap or get up close to an elephant. A Habitat build could be the very beginning of your Cambodian adventure!
Habitat for Humanity Cambodia began working in Battambang in May 2008, taking on different kinds of projects to those elsewhere in Cambodia. In Battambang we are working in an urban area located about 2km south-east of Battambang’s city centre. This government land was first illegally settled in 1979. Further settlers moved in through the 1980s and 1990s and today there are some 350 resident families. About 40% of the population were born here, and another 40% have purchased their (non-legal) right to live here.
The project is a joint one involving all levels of government (National, Provincial, Municipal and Commune), the community and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, with most funding provided by the World Bank. The aim of this innovative project is to provide each existing family with a legal plot of land to which they can relocate their existing temporary dwelling. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia aims to build three community centres, some roads and drainage, to provide housing loans and to help connect to water and electricity supplies.
In addition, HFH Cambodia is providing or organizing skills training in simple construction, running community organizations (like savings groups) and livelihood development. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia has committed to stay in Battambang for the next few years and assist as houses are built on the over 600 new legal plots.
Meet your team in Battambang and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team and discover what Battambang has to offer
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Full days of building with your teammates
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
Click here for an information pack about the build that includes the project info, detailed itinerary, costs and stories from past volunteers – take some time to read about the build and see how you can help change the lives of families in need.
Connect With Us