program Cambodia: Scuba Diving and Elephant Program
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Volunteer Cambodia: Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation Program

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

This is an environmental project like few others. You as based on a tropical island living just as the villagers do. Surrounded by white sand, palm trees and sunshine, you will love the islander lifestyle.

You can obtain your scuba certification on the project, if you are not a qualified scuba diver we train you. It's all included in the price. After the first week training you pass your open water scuba dive course and you will receive your PADI scuba-diving licence. You can now be a part of this environmental conservation project as you help rejuvenate the reef and the marine life!


You will wake to the sound of the rooster and experience the exhilaration of a bucket shower to start your day! And, you’ll get to make an artificial coral pod and dive with a purpose placing the pod underwater! You monitor the growth of coral and marine life on the pods placed by volunteers before you. The pods stimulate coral growth and provide a sustainable and renewable food supply in the marine eco-system.

Illegal fishing trawlers and the use of dynamite fishing techniques has destroyed the coral reefs surrounding the island, where the marine life thrived. This has had a major impact on the food source for the island community.

You’ll have the opportunity to play volleyball against the locals and teach English to the village children and adults. During the afternoons you help build the village school and secure a year round supply of clean water for the community, so essential to the prevention of early infant death.

After watching a beautiful sunset at night you can have bon-fires on the beach or swim in the bioluminescent water!

If you cannot scuba dive you can obtain your scuba diving certification with us using highly qualified diving instructors. We supply all the scuba diving equipment and everything, including the scuba diving training is included in the price. At the end of the first week you will have an internationally recognized PADI certificate and you can work on the artificial coral reef. If you are already qualified then you can start work day one.

Don’t miss out. Volunteer on a great environmental conservation project and have a great Cambodian island holiday at the same time.

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Arrival Day Departure Day Status
07-May-17 20-May-17 FULL
21-May-17 03-Jun-17 Vacancies
04-Jun-17 17-Jun-17 Vacancies
18-Jun-1701-Jul-17FULL
02-Jul-1715-Jul-17FULL
16-Jul-17 23-Jul-17 FULL
19-Nov-17 02-Dec-17 Vacancies
03-Dec-17 16-Dec-17 Vacancies
17-Dec-17 30-Dec-17 Vacancies
31-Dec-1713-Jan-18Vacancies
14-Jan-1827-Jan-18Vacancies
28-Jan-18 10-Feb-18 FULL

Arrival and Departure Airport

The program commencement date is the arrival day and the last day of the program is the departure day .You will land and depart at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) – Cambodia.

On arrival day you can land any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and there will be a Team Leader meeting you at the airport.

On departure day you can fly out any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight.

If you are landing outside this pick time contact us at admin@rovolunteers.com

Participants are responsible for their own transfer and accommodation arrangements if arrival is prior to the program commencement day. Alternate times can be arranged but may incur an additional cost

For ANY Reach Out Volunteer program extensions either before or after your program, please check ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE and AIRPORT details on that project page and confirm with admin@rovolunteers.com prior to making any bookings.

Insurance

Did you know you can book Travel Insurance by just clicking on the Flights and Insurance button below?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.

We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits (these amounts are listed as a guide only);

  • Overseas medical costs between $1,000,000.00 (For US citizens this level of cover may not be available.)
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation $500,000.00
  • Cancellation costs $3,500.00
  • Trip interruption costs $2,500.00
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Itinerary Overview


Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

Your team leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals area of Phnom Penh airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them! If you get in before noon, enjoy a guided tour around Phnom Penh. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time.

Optional activities in Phnom Penh:

  • Explore the markets and shops around the city.
  • Visit the palace.
  • See the pagodas and temples.
  • Visit S21 and the Killing Fields (only for those arriving early / departing late).
  • Enjoy a foot or back massage for as cheap as $5!
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 2: Monday - Transport to the Island

This is a full travel day. Volunteers will take a bus to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh, approximately a 4-5 hour journey. After lunch in Sihanoukville, everyone will get on a boat that takes us to the island, Koh Rong. This boat journey is approximately 3 hours. If you know you suffer from motion sickness, please bring the proper medication. Once we arrive on the island, volunteers will get a tour of the village, meet their dive instructors and local people, get settled into their accommodation, and enjoy dinner.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 3-6: Tuesday-Friday - Project Work/PADI Training

The volunteers will be split into groups and alternate working on land projects or studying to achieve their PADI certification.

Land projects include but are not limited to constructing new houses or school buildings, painting, mixing concrete, working on the water catchment, beach and village clean up, sanding and coating coral pods, and preparing the concrete feet for pod deployment.

In the evenings, volunteers will have free time.

Optional activities while on the island:

  • Relax at sunset rock.
  • Walk to coconut beach for a swim with bioluminescent plankton!
  • Play games or cards at the Inn.
  • Play billiards.
  • Enjoy a game of volleyball.
  • Spend time with the local children.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 7-8: Saturday-Sunday - Free Weekend

Volunteers have free time over the weekend. Team leaders will often organize a trip to the tourist side of the island over the weekend. Volunteers who already have a PADI certification can also organize recreational dives.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 9-12: Monday-Thursday - Project Work/PADI Training

The volunteers will be split into groups and alternate working on land projects or studying and doing in water training to achieve their PADI certification.

Land projects include but are not limited to constructing new houses or school buildings, painting, mixing concrete, working on the water catchment, beach and village clean up, sanding and coating coral pods, and preparing the concrete feet for pod deployment.

In the evenings, volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Day 13: Friday - Transport back to Phnom Penh

Volunteers will leave the island early. We will take a boat to Sihanoukville then bus to Phnom Penh. Your team leader will likely organize a fun night out for your last night all together in Phnom Penh.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 14: Saturday - Departure Day

You will be dropped off at the airport with ample time before your flight. Please be ready and waiting in the lobby with your luggage at the time allocated by your team leader.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.

Accommodation:

Nights one and thirteen: You will be staying at a hotel in Phnom Penh city, which is close to restaurants, markets and shops. Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender, in twin or triple share rooms. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks. Hotel comes with unlimited drinking water. Venue also has 24 hour security and wifi availability.

Nights two to twelve: You will be staying in beach bungalows. These rustic accommodations come with bed, linen and mosquito nets. You will really be embracing island life – complete with bucket showers.



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