Empowering the lives of Cambodian children through education and quality of life assistance.
Q: Can I donate items such as fabric, medical and school supplies, books, tote bags, etc?
A: Shipping items such as these to Cambodia is cost prohibitive. One solution is to consider coming on one of our yearly trips and bringing an additional suitcase full of items for distribution. In years past we've had travelers bring dental supplies, basic pharmaceutical items such as aspirin, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, as well as school supplies of papers, pens, paint supplies, etc.
If you do not travel with us but wish to contribute, your most effective way is through financial contribution. Review our yearly budget link on the home page to get an indication of the way the funds are distributed.
Q: Do you go every year?
A: Yes, there is a "Voluntour" that is offered yearly towards the latter part of January, first part of February. This time of year lends itself best to reasonable climate conditions and no rain.
Q: What is the weather like in Cambodia during your visits?
A: It is definitely warm and humid. We are conscious of scheduling activities around peak afternoon temps that average in the high 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there are many considerations taken to replenish, rehydrate and relax. It can be dusty as well, and we instruct everyone to bring scarves to wear while riding in tuk tuks throughout the town. Scarves are also readily available for nominal fees at countless local vendor stands.
Q: Will I get to visit the famous temples?
A: Yes, part of your journey to Cambodia includes three days of seeing the world famous Angkor Wat complex, one of the great ancient wonders of the world and classified as the largest spiritual temple complex in the world. We use English speaking guides and are taught the fascinating history of the ancient Khmer empire.
Q: What currency is used in Cambodia?
A: Although their local currency is called Riels, it is RARELY used and US currency is the preferred choice for payment.
Q: What is the food and water situation like for tourist?
A: There is an abundance of food choices from common American fare, to local Cambodian dishes of rice, fish and noodles to elegant dining options if you wish to choose that.
Water is another issue. It is unwise to drink from any faucets or public water systems even within the hotels. Most restaurants are mandated to provide sterilization within their operations for such things as ice but it is still advisable to avoid anything other than bottled water.
Q: Where do we stay while there?
A: We are privileged to lodge at an extraordinary boutique sized hotel named Siddhartha. This mid-sized oasis has proven to be a favorite amongst our travelers and our relationship with staff has become like family. You may view their site at http://www.siddharta-hotel.com/
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