Go on An adventure.
Travel to build and install life saving water filters for rural families living in poverty.
Prepare for the trip of a lifetime. The MAD Trip to Cambodia is life changing. Meet our local NGO partner to understand the water crisis that plagues this beautiful country. Get your hands dirty mixing cement and building water filters. Then jump in a van and take in the sights as you travel off the beaten track into rural villages in Cambodia. Once there, you'll get a unique opportunity to see what life is like for rural Cambodians as you install the water filters you constructed. Spend your evenings shopping at Siem Reap's night market or trying Khmer food in Pub Street. Leave the trip with an experience you'll cherish forever.
28 - 31 January 2018
13 - 16 June 2018
29 Aug - 1 Sept 2018
19 - 22 December 2018
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
Group Size: 5 to 20 people
Total Cost: Approximately RM 800 (Excluding flights)
Why you'll love this trip
Travel with purpose. Make a real difference in the lives of rural families who struggle to escape the cycle of poverty.
See a different side of Cambodia. This is an unique opportunity to visit rural Cambodia where close to 80% of the population lives.
Make new friends. Meet other like-minded travellers and bond over meaningful work.
- Enjoy Siem Reap. You'll get to enjoy your hard earned free time exploring temple ruins and sampling the local cuisine.
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip requires you to get your hands dirty. You'll need to roll your sleeves up and get involved.
- Accommodation is basic but comfortable. We're here first and foremost to volunteer, not to holiday.
- It's for the curious. You'll need to have a desire to genuinely learn about local Cambodian culture and will need to respect it's local customs (especially since we're travelling to rural villages that uphold traditional Cambodian values)
- Age. If you are between the age of 10 to 16, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. There's no upper age limit as long as you're fit and healthy.
- Fundraising. To qualify for this trip, you'll need to commit to fundraising or donating towards at least one BioSand water filter. The cost of one filter is USD 100 and will provide one family with access to safe drinking water for about 15 years.
Fundraising is a big part of The MAD Experience and it's really what makes our volunteer experience special. This trip to Cambodia isn't a tour of poverty. It is a genuine effort to make a difference. While USD 100 is the minimum, feel free to go above and beyond as the more you raise, the more families have access to clean drinking water!
You can start an online crowdfunding campaign through SimplyGiving where MAD has a dedicated crowdfunding event page. Just click on Start Fundraising under the MAD Campaign to create your own page.
You can also find fundraising tips and read about past volunteer experiences in our blog section.
Welcome to Cambodia! Your adventure begins with a welcome briefing at 6pm on Day 1. You'll get to meet your fellow travellers and we'll provide you with a quick overview of the trip agenda and what to expect over the next few days.
After the briefing, you'll be free to explore Siem Reap. Our hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the bustling Night Market and Pub Street. Try the deliciously creamy Fish Amok for dinner or if you're feeling a bit more adventurous; maybe the fried snake?
Grab an early breakfast at the hotel and be ready to leave the hotel at 8.00am. We'll start our day by visiting our local nonprofit partner's office for a briefing on Cambodia's water crisis and the benefits of installing a BioSand Filter. You'll hear about their experience with installing over 20,000 filters for some of Cambodia's poorest families.
Once the briefing is over, you'll step outside the office and into the construction yard. Here you'll be given tools and taught how to construct a cement BioSand filter. You'll get your hands dirty preparing the steel moulds, mixing cement and building the filters you helped fundraised for.
After about 3 hours of filter building, we'll break for a quick lunch (provided).
Then we'll jump in our van and travel out of the city into rural Cambodia. Once we arrive at the village you will be divided into groups of four. Your group will be led by a filter installer (an employee of the nonprofit partner). Here you will learn how to install the BioSand water filter. You'll wash the filter's fine sand and learn how to install the filter in a specific set of steps. Guided by your group's installer you'll visit local families at their homes and will start installing their filters for them. Each installation takes approximately 30 minutes and as you install your filter you'll get to interact with the local families and their children. This is an amazing opportunity to really learn about a different culture and way of life. It's also an incredibly humbling experience to witness the tenacity and grit of rural Cambodians who struggle without the simple comforts we take for granted at home.
At about 4pm, we'll regroup at our van and head back to the hotel. The trip back shouldn't take more than an hour.
Once back at the hotel, you're free to explore Siem Reap once again. Book yourself a massage or watch the sun set with a cold Angkor beer.
Once, again you'll grab an early breakfast (provided at hotel) and be ready to leave the hotel by 8.00am. This time, we'll head straight to the rural villages to continue installing water filters. You'll spend the entire day in the village, walking from home to home installing new life saving filters for families that desperately need them. Take in rural life, learn the Khmer language from friendly children and make friends with the local villagers. We'll typically meet for a group lunch (provided) at the local village chief's house and then we'll continue our installation work till about 4pm at which time we'll say our good byes and head back to the hotel.
At night, we'll meet for a group farewell dinner at a local Khmer restaurant. We'll get to reflect on the experience we've had and lessons learnt. It's your final night on the trip so enjoy one last night in Siem Reap.
For the final day, there are no activities planned and you are free to leave the hotel at your convenience. Breakfast will be provided and check-out time is at 12 noon. The hotel will be able to help you arrange for transportation to the airport.
This 4 day / 3 night trip should cost approximately RM 800 per person (excluding flights).
Cost Breakdown (Approximate)
RM 480 : MAD Program Fee (Payable upon registration)
RM 150: Three Nights Twin Sharing Accommodation
RM 100: Private Meals (3 Dinners and 1 Lunch)
RM 50: Local Sim Card and Miscellaneous expenses
Booking Your Accommodation
We will be staying at Traveller Home Angkor which is a centrally located 3 star hotel. You can either book direct with the hotel or book through MAD in which case you will pay the hotel upon check-in. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you will be responsible for ensuring you meet the group at the designated meeting point at 8 a.m. everyday
MAD Program Fee
The MAD Program fee includes:
- Pre-trip fundraising support;
- Airport pick-up in Siem Reap;
- Ground transportation to and from the villages for 2 days;
- Packed lunch during the 2 days in the field;
- Local logistics and on-site assistance during the entire trip; and
- A MAD team member with you throughout the trip.
Some Helpful Travel Info
Passport Validity. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of departure from Cambodia. This is extremely important as some of our past volunteers were denied boarding for not having the minimum passport validity.
Visa. Malaysians do not require a tourist visa for Cambodia.
Safety. Cambodia is a relatively safe country but please use common sense at all times!
Currency. Although the official currency is the Cambodian riel (KHR), the U.S Dollar (USD) is preferred and widely used. It is a good idea to have USD 1 bills for tuk tuk rides and small purchases (like bottled water). Credit cards are widely accepted at most hotels and higher-end restaurants. There are numerous ATMs and money changers in Siem Reap.
Clothing. It will be hot and humid during the day and a little chilly during the night (pack a light cardigan). You will need rough clothes for the field visits so do pack comfortable clothing, walking shoes, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
Book Your Spot Now
You can confirm your registration by paying the MAD Program Fee.
As we have limited spots, please make the payment early to avoid disappointment!
Program Fee: RM 480 per person
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