Sun, 28 Oct | Cambodia

Embrace Cambodia

Embrace the Cambodian spirit, culture, breath-taking beauty and its scenic wonders! Prepare for a unique adventure as you travel from Phnom Penh, pay it forward while volunteering in a rural village, then onto Siem Reap for this all-inclusive, fully guided, small group, women’s only adventure.
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Embrace Cambodia

Time & Location

28 Oct 2018, 9:00 am – 12 Nov 2018, 11:30 am
Cambodia, Cambodia

About The Adventure

Cambodian Adventure

October 28 – November 11, 2018

Embrace Escapes has partnered with Restore one to bring you this amazing experience combining adventure with the gift of giving. During this escape, you will spend a week exploring Siem Reap and Phnom Penh and the other week in a village assisting the Restore One Charity with village projects as well as connecting with and helping the wonderful Khmer people. This escape is women only and the perfect balance of adventure, hard work, fun times with great food and lots of little surprises along the way including an exceptional visit to the famous Angkor Wat Temples.

As women we are always giving to others which is what makes us special, but we also need to give to ourselves and that’s what Embrace Escapes embraces. Our Motivation is helping women care for themselves and their health, take on new challenges and have a laugh. What better way to do that than with a bunch of like-minded women in the great outdoors. All that combined with helping others that may be less fortunate than us is a perfect way for women to enrich their lives through adventure.

Who is Restore One

Restore One is not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing and empowering impoverished communities in Cambodia.

As the name suggests, they bring about change and restoration, one community at a time.

As such, their focus is local yet comprehensive, working with individual communities to address issues in the following key areas:

• Education 


• Employment 


• Housing 


• Healthcare and hygiene 


• Sustainable food production 


• Child welfare and safety 


Kampong Thom is the second-largest province in Cambodia, and the village where we work is one of the poorest in that province. Education is crucial here. Without it, the best-case scenario for local children is a life of subsistence farming or labouring. The worst case (and a very real possibility) is a life of slavery, sexual or otherwise.

OVERVIEW

Countries Visited: Cambodia

Tour Length: 15 days including travel time

Start Date: The tour will start in Phnom Penh on Sunday Oct 28

Finish date: The tour will finish in Siem Reap on Sunday 11th November (flights arrives Sydney Monday morning 12th November)

Volunteer Work includes: Hygiene Classes, assisting with teaching in the local School, building activities within the village.

Arrival Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)

Departure Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)

Group Size: Maximum 18 – this ensures everyone has a great time and gets to know each other.

Going Solo? No problem, we welcome solo travellers and guarantee a supportive group of fun loving women to share your journey with.

Recommended Age: 18 and above

Accommodation: all accommodation is twin share and is a combination of Hotels and Guest Houses. All accommodation has Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and electricity. (Although sometimes the power may go off for a few hours!)

Fundraising: each person will be required to fundraise a total of $1,000 on top of the tour cost. This money goes directly to our main cause of building a year 11 class room in the village we will be working with. The good news is Embrace Escapes will help you with setting up a fundraising page and will share lots of fundraising tips.

A COUPLE OF THE MANY MANY HIGHLIGHTS

Every day is packed with awesomeness, but some of our highlights are:

VILLAGE SLEEPOUT

This is one of the most memorable days on the whole trip. It is an experience that is once in a life time. Yes, it will push you past your comfort zone and yes you will be a little nervous and uncomfortable. What you will take home is not only an appreciation of your bed and bathroom facilities but an appreciation on community and village life. This is where you get to communicate without speaking. So, what does it involve?
The group is divided into groups of 3. The group has a shopping list to buy in the local market. This list includes all their sleeping arrangements and also food for dinner and breakfast. The team will be allocated local homes in the village to sleep at. You are required to then prepare an evening meal for the family (cooked on an open re). The time then comes to set up the mat and mosquito net to sleep under... and so the night happens begins :) (will this freak them out too much to come along?) The following day is the last day in the village, so you say good-bye to the village and head up to Siem Reap. What a contrast awaits you!

BUILDING PROJECT

Whether you are building on the school or a home for a family, all you need is a good attitude to learn :) Most of the building is with just a hammer and nail. A lot of people have gone ahead of you with no previous building experience and produced something beautiful. So, turn up with your hat, closed shoes, water bottle and a great attitude. When you leave the village, you will have left something to last and something that will truly change the lives of those that receive. While the project is being carried out during your stay, you get to chat with the villagers and see what their lives are like. If you choose to, this experience can give you lessons that are so big that they will be with you for the rest of your life.

KILLING FIELDS

To begin your trip, we take you to where the genocide of Cambodia is remembered. These places give you understanding of the history of Cambodia and the subsequent poverty that hit Cambodia. These are emotional places but an essential visit to put everything else in perspective that you see on your trip. (Our village is surrounded by killing fields as well).

RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

A lot of the restaurants we visit are part of a charity or social enterprise. Tanya from Restore One calls it “eating with justice” When your food money is spent, it goes on giving into something bigger than a mortgage. The money spent on our food goes toward giving back so much. I We look forward to sharing what these places stand for and what they support while enjoying a fabulous meal. A lot of the meals will be vegetarian and offer some western style food. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

COST DETAILS

$3290.00

****EARLY BIRD SPECIAL*****Savings of $300*

$2990.00 Book and pay $250 deposit by March 1st 2018

• All Flights with Singapore airlines to and from Sydney

*if you are flying from another capital city we can help you with flights – please be aware the costing may change

• In-country transport on tuk tuk, mini van with English speaking guides

• Full Board – accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner

• Activities outlined in the itinerary (we really do cram a lot in!)

• 2 enthusiastic Embrace Escapes host that will be with you every step of the way to support, encourage and to sometimes help push you just that little bit out of your comfort zone

• 1 Restore One Host that has extensive knowledge of the Country and the Village to guide us.

Requirements:

• Agree to and sign off on the Guidelines of Restore One

• A Working with Children check is required before attending a team trip, permission for a visit will not be granted if you fail to comply with this provision within the required time frame.

• Be respectful of Cambodian culture and beliefs at all times

• Have a moderate level of fitness. We will be bike riding, doing a lot of walking and spending time in the heat of the day.

HOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT

A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to secure your spot (remember this amazing trip is open to a maximum of 18 lucky ladies).

If you are interested email info@embraceescapes.com.au and we will forward you all the details for paying your deposit. Once deposit is paid you will receive all relevant documents including Restore One guidelines, what to bring and a timeline of payments.

ITINERARY

(The below is a brief outline of the Itinerary and may be subject to small changes before and during tour)

Other activities such as morning yoga session, village bike ride and afternoon / evening walks will also be included and slotted into days where weather and time permits.

DAY 1: Sunday October 28th Sydney - Phnom Penh

Arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon and immerse yourself straight away with a tuk tuk ride to our accommodation. Enjoy a Welcome dinner with the Embrace Escapes and Restore One hosts and get to know the team you will be spending the next 2 weeks with before retiring to your room for a much-needed rest after a long day traveling.

[Meals: D]

DAY 2: Monday October 29th – Phnom Penh

Spend the morning sleeping in or relaxing by the pool You'll receive an in-depth orientation on this unforgettable tour over lunch followed by an afternoon Bike tour around fascinating Phnom Penh. The bike tour is approx. 13kms and delivers a unique look into the wonderfully chaotic, metropolis of Phnom Penh.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 3: Tuesday October 30th – Phnom Penh

Visit the Killing fields - we take you to where the genocide of Cambodia is remembered. These places give you understanding of the history of Cambodia and the subsequent poverty that hit Cambodia. These are emotional places but an essential visit to put everything else in perspective that you see on your trip. (Our village is surrounded by killing fields as well).

In the afternoon is a fun market Challenge and shopping experience.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 4: Wednesday October 31st – Phnom Penh

Beginning the day, we have a slum challenge (all the fun details will be revealed over breakfast). In the Afternoon we visit the She Rescue visitor centre. Over this hour you will get an understanding of child sex abuse in Cambodia and also human trafficking. Bring a few $$ for gifts to take home.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 5: Thursday November 1st – Phnom Penh

In the morning we visit the local hospital, and this is where we will start to give back by visiting those who may not have anyone to care for them while they are in hospital. In the afternoon we visit the Open Arms training centre for “at risk women.” We will enjoy lunch here at their café and also have an opportunity to have a little pampering in the salon – hair, nails, and massage. Bring an extra few $$ to spend.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 6 - 11: Friday November 2nd – Wednesday 7th November. Kampong Thom Village

This is where we get to make a real difference as we spend the week in the Village. Kampong Thom is the second-largest province in Cambodia, and the village where we work is one of the poorest in that province. Throughout the week you will take part in many different areas of volunteering from hygiene classes to assisting with teaching to building.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 12: Thursday 8th November - Village - Siem Reap

In the morning we say goodbye to the village and travel to Siem Reap and spend the afternoon visiting the temples at Sunset.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 13: Friday 19th November - Siem Reap

We wake bright and early to visit the Angkor Wat site. Head back over 1,000 years and explore these incredible marvels of human endeavour. This is a truly inspiring site that must be seen to be believed, better still we will be seeing it at sunrise! There will be a couple of different activities you can take part in during the afternoon or just spend it relaxing.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 14: Saturday 29th November - Siem Reap

Today is our team reflection Day where we will spend the day as a team reflecting on what we have learnt and getting ready to head back to our normal day to day life. We will swim, walk and talk enjoying our last full day in this beautiful country as a team and we are sure by this time a great group of friends.

[Meals: B, L, D]

DAY 15: Siem Reap – Sydney

After a free morning we head to the airport to start our journey home.

[Meals: B, L,]

FAQs

1 - WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

In short – anything that’s not on the ‘What’s included?’ list on this site and in our tour guide! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

- Travel insurance – you can choose your own travel insurance or Escape Travel can organize this for you. However, you do it you MUST have travel insurance.

- Visas – Cambodian Visa is needed - Visas are purchased on arrival in Phnom Penh Airport before you pass through immigration. You will need approx. US $30, and a passport photo. Please bring the photo with you.

- Police check - as the tour involves spending time with local communities and children, you will be required to provide us with a police check or working with children check noting any criminal record held against your name. If you have an existing check, we can accept this providing it was issued no more than 12 months before your tour is due to finish. Each country/state has varying procedures on how to obtain a police check so we recommend you contact your local police station to see how you should go about getting one issued.

2 - DO I NEED A VISA?

Yes - When we arrive in Cambodia we get a visa on arrival, you will need to fill out two forms, one a visa application form with a visa photo attached (you will need to bring extra passport photos with you) and an arrival/departure form ( we will give you the forms you need on arrival in Cambodia) You then need to pay approximately USD $30 and you get a full page visa that lasts for 30 days. Please make sure you have at least one empty passport page and 6 months’ validity on your passport from the date you will be leaving Cambodia. Visas and passports are your own responsibility and we cannot be held liable for any issues or costs incurred relating to these. Costs are approximate and subject to change.

3 - HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY WILL I NEED?

This largely depends on you. All accommodation, activities outlined on the itinerary, breakfasts, lunch and dinners are included. Any additional food such as snacks, morning or afternoon tea are up to you. We suggest you bring some muesli bars or snack items with you for your time in the village if you are a snacker. We recommend the use of US dollars so bring some along with you, but you can also withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.

4 - DO I NEED VACCINATIONS?

This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

5 - WHEN DOES MY DEPOSIT HAVE TO BE PAID?

There is no deadline for paying the $250 deposit, but we cannot secure your place until we have received this. Places are limited to 18 so we recommend you do this as soon as possible to be sure of a spot. Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 48 hours, please check your junk/spam email folders and let us know if you cannot see it. We will also close of registrations for this Trip on June 30th (If not full beforehand) to ensure enough time to get prepared and fundraise for your trip.

6 - IS CAMBODIA SAFE?

Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Cambodia is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.

7- WHERE WILL MY $1000 FUNDRAISING GO?

The Embrace Escapes Team goal is to raise enough money to build a year 11 classroom in the Village we will be volunteering at. Restore One We have taken important strategic steps to prevent financial waste and ensure that contributions go directly to the communities where we work. You can be assured that the money you work hard to raise goes directly to the community with minimal taken for admin fees.

Terms & Conditions:

It is important that you read and understand the following conditions before making your booking. Early Bird Specials are valid for sale from 2 February to 1 March 2018 unless sold out prior.

All prices are per person and in AUD. All accommodation is twin share. Subject to availability of tour, airline, special Economy Class fare and specific airfare class. Savings may differ once airfare is sold out. A deposit of $250 per person is due to Embrace Escapes upon booking to secure your savings. This covers your tour deposit. Airfares are non-refundable and non-changeable. Pre-flight seat allocation is not available. We recommend you purchase travel insurance with your chosen insurer at the time of deposit to cover you while on tour or in case your circumstances change prior to travel.

Final payment is due 15 August 2018. All costs are quoted ex Sydney International Airport, travel from other regions can be arranged, additional costs will apply. Airline schedules from different cities vary, so additional accommodation may be required at an extra cost. We regret Early Bird Specials cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Prices are subject to airline availability at the time of booking and may vary.

If this trip is undersubscribed Embrace Escapes reserves the right to cancel or reschedule.

Escape Travel, while collecting full payment, are only strictly responsible for the airfare component of the tour.

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