The Cambodian Big Build is your opportunity to meet people from all over the world, network, and help a family in need at the same time. The Big Build is unlike any other build – teams from all around the world join forces for a one-week transformational experience in a different location each year. You’ll work hard, make new friends, gain insights into a new culture and feel a great sense of pride at what you’ve achieved.
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!
While poverty has decreased significantly, many Cambodian families are hovering only just above the poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Nearly three-quarters of Cambodia’s population still live on less than US$3 a day in 2011, according to the World Bank.
During the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge’s rule in Cambodia (1975‐1979), all land registered and cadastral data were destroyed. Many Cambodians, having lost their official land titles found themselves suddenly to be “squatters.” As a result, there is currently in Battambang alone an estimated 10,500 people living in 90 different informal settlements/slums.
For this year’s special build, approximately 200 volunteers will travel to Battambang Province to build at least 15 safe, quality and affordable houses with home partner families for a week.
Arrive in Siem Reap
Meet the teams and travel by bus to Battambang.
Meet the partner families 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 Siem Reap to travel home or continue on further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
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