Celebrate finishing high school in the most rewarding way possible – exploring the world and helping a family in need in Cambodia.
The Schoolies build is your opportunity to see the world and help others at the same time. In just one week you’ll construct a new home for a family in need. 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 city of Phnom Penh and immerse yourself in the culture and history of Cambodia. A Habitat build could be the very beginning of your Cambodian adventure!
This build is strictly limited to 17*-25 year olds.
*Please note, 17 year olds must be accompanied by a friend or guardian who is over 18 years old.
Inadequate housing is common place in Cambodia. Evictions and forcible confiscation of land are one of Cambodia’s most pervasive human rights problems. The lack of land in urban areas has resulted in an increase in urban slums, especially in Phnom Penh.
Those living with HIV/AIDS are doubly disadvantaged. In Cambodia, there is a significant stigma attached to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Although the prevalence has decreased in Cambodia over recent years, there are still over 70,000 people known to be living with HIV/AIDS, with more than half of these being women, and over 6,000 children. Housing plays a catalytic role in turning these lives around.
Safe and decent housing provides security and stability, which is especially important for children. As part of our Building Homes, Building Positive Lives project in Phnom Penh we are working with vulnerable families and households living with or affected by HIV/AIDS to construct simple, affordable, disaster-resilient shelter and provide legal access to secure land. Our project also focuses on providing health, hygiene and livelihood training.
Meet your team in Phnom Penh and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team
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
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