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Touring and Community Service, Cambodia
What It’s About: Beautiful but war-torn Cambodia is still suffering after the decades of genocide and oppression it endured under the Khmer Rouge regime. The most dangerous legacy the conflict has left are the millions of unexploded land mines still buried across the Cambodian countryside, which have caused injury and limb loss to tens of thousands of local residents. Travelers who spend tourist dollars visiting the country’s major attractions—like the extraordinary Angkor Wat temple complex—and who also perform volunteer service to help the victims of land-mine accidents can aid the Cambodian people on two fronts.
What it Involves: G.A.P. volunteers spend about half of their trip seeing Cambodia’s sights—including the capital city of Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, and the beaches of Sihanoukville. But they also spend five days volunteering on community projects in villages around Siem Reap—including the construction of wheelchairs for disabled land-mine victims.
Roughing-It Rating: Low. Volunteers stay and eat at a variety of small hotels and simple guesthouses around Cambodia, all of which have double-occupancy rooms, modern private baths, TV, and phone access.
Cost: Starts at $1,719 for 14 days
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