Cultural Week Cambodia

WHY we need you in Cambodia

the 28 day cambodia asia tour

WHAT does Cultural Week Involve?

volunteers at the temple in cambodia on orientation week

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

the amazing cambodian children!






  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required


Enjoy a week to check out the backpackers hotspot of Siem Reap with vibrant night life and world famous temples. You will have maximum interaction possible with Cambodian people, who will be keen to show you around and welcome you to their home.

This culture week is designed to ease participants into the Cambodian culture and pace of life. You will get to know your new town and your fellow volunteers to help build your confidence in dealing with the locals to get the best out of your experience.

Cambodia is renowned for its splendid temples, and Siem Reap boasts some of the finest in the region. You will have the opportunity to visit these temples and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism through a carefully arranged Q&A session with local monks.

Throughout the culture week, you will be accommodated in the famous city of Siem Reap. Basic language classes will be provided to help you navigate essential conversational phrases, and you will also learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques, with the chance to savor your culinary creations. Additionally, you will have the privilege of visiting ancient temples, enjoying a serene day with breathtaking views from Phnom Krom—a mountain near Tonle Sap Lake—and engaging in meaningful art and crafts lessons.

Cambodia’s laid-back and unhurried lifestyle fosters meaningful interactions between you and the local people, who are equally eager to learn about your culture.


Siem Reap is a backpacker friendly town, situated very close to the famous temple Angkor Wat. Theres plenty of nightlife and things to do such as temples, floating markets and exploring the pretty town. 

Project Tasks

  • To become familiarised with the local surroundings and your new home for the next few weeks
  • To explore some of the local sights and cultural heritage
  • To learn more about the ‘do’s and dont’s’ and to learn the local language

Food & Accommodation

The accommodation is based in a typical Cambodian-style guesthouse. There are several common areas, including the living room and two terraces outside. Additionally, our accommodation is the traditional wooden house with shared rooms that are single gendered which is shared by 2-4 persons per room.

The accommodation is clean and comfortable with fans, wifi, bunk beds,  shared bathroom, cold shower and flushing shared toilet facilities including running water, lockers in each room and a lockable room. You can also enjoy and savor your tea and coffee with our relaxing dining area.

There are two local shops within a one minute walking distance from the accommodation. Downtown Siem Reap is located a 10 minute bike ride away, where you can find anything you might need during your stay. Bikes are provided in the house and, for those who prefer not to use them, a tuk-tuk will get you to the centre.  All amenities, shops, pharmacies, banks, local restaurants, bars, beach bars, and ATMs are available in the town.

Three  good meals are provided (2 on weekends) which includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on weekends only brunch and dinner. During your stay the meals will be typical Cambodian style, which includes plenty of rice and noodle dishes and  with some Western-style food at times. However, meals will also be served based on your dietary requirements.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $375
  • 2 Weeks - $455
  • 3 Weeks - $655
  • 1 Month - $895
  • 2 Months - $1975
  • 3 Months - $2850
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion



If you want to gain a head start on your projects and feel comfortable in your new surroundings, before you begin, this week is a fantastic way to do just that! It gives you time to adjust before your project begins, to explore the local area and to learn more about the culture and customs. This can greatly help you to communicate with the locals on your projects. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI). You must arrive between 06:00 – 19:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer and any extra nights for an additional fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this). 

From the airport to Samraong, it takes 3-3.5 hours by by Airport Bus and Taxi, and from the airport to our local centre in Siem Reap around 1-1.5 hours by Airport Bus and Tuk Tuk. 


  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents
  • Khmer Do’s and Don’ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops
  • Lunch
  • Visit the old market, supermarket, bank, ATM , Sim-card if necessary. 
  • Excursion to Wat Preah Prom Rath and  Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
  • Dinner
  • Evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap


  • Breakfast
  • Bicycle tour to the village to see the lifestyle of the local people.
  • Lunch
  • Bicycle tour to the village to see the lifestyle of the local people
  • Dinner (BBQ night at the center)                


  • Breakfast
  • Khmer cooking lesson
  • Lunch
  • Khmer language lesson
  • Dinner               


  • Breakfast
  • Food offering to the Monk at Local temple
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy the view from Phnom Krom (A mountain near Tonle Sap Lake)
  • Dinner        


  • Breakfast
  • Art & Craft Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Project Meeting & Orientation

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Here are a few things to do in Cambodia…

Angkor Wat

You can’t make a trip to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat. This is a stunning temple. Head there for sunrise to get the reflection over the water. Angkor Wat can easily be reached from the friendly backpacker town of Siem Reap. 

Rabbit Island

Koh Tonsay or ‘rabbit island’ is situated a 30 boat ride from the town of Kep. This small paradise island has no wifi, only a handful of cafes and that’s about it! All the accommodation are simple wooden beach bungalows, which just adds to the simple way of living. This is a great chance to get away from the crowds, enjoy the sunset over the ocean and to really and truly relax. 

S21 Prison & Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge era was a tragic and horrific few years in Cambodia’s past, where millions of people were killed or sent away to work at various camps. Visit the S21 prison, where people were held as prisoners. This is quite a saddening visit but one that allows a better insight and understanding into exactly what happened during this time. The killing fields are situated just out from the capital. Again, a sad but very humbling visit. 


This beachside town is popular with backpackers, for its lovely beaches and great nightlife. The best beaches are found off from the mainland, where there are plenty of island-hopping tours. 

Siem Reap

The main town closest to Angkor Wat, this is very backpacker friendly, with plenty of cheap places to stay of you want to visit on a weekend. There are many bars, clubs and entertainment in the evenings. During the day you can visit the nearby temples, floating markets, get a fish pedicure in town or a relaxing massage. 

Jungle Trekking

There are plenty of hiking and trekking trails available in Cambodia. There’s lush jungle, gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. You can head into the Cardamon mountains, Mondulkiri province or head to natural waterfalls on the outskirts of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.


This countryside town is known for it’s colonial buildings and artsy vibes. While still quite rural, the town has lots of cafes and western places to eat, as well as markets of all kinds. Head out into the country and check out the bamboo train. This used to be a very basic wooden panel which you sat on to ride through the countryside. It has now been updated with proper seats but still a fun and unique thing to do!

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
    Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting temples.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot and cycling activities.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly throughout the week of strenuous activities.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during exploration and outdoor activities.

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: KH – Holidays – All Programs 

Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The average salary in Cambodia is less than US$1.50 a day, and around a third of people live below the national poverty line. Poor living conditions are particularly  prevalent in rural parts, where access to safe drinking water is barely above half.  Human traffickers exploit the vulnerable with heart-breaking cruelty.

Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are  in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood.  Two thirds of the Cambodia’s 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food  shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 30 per cent of household  expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other  income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid..

Involvement Volunteers programs in Cambodia enable you to experience Cambodia as a local, participating in their daily activities while offering yourself in the benefit of those less fortunate. All the projects are grass rooted; working with local people for local people. Within all the projects we value the education factor and the intercultural exchange very highly delivering an educational experience for volunteers.

Cambodia is warm and tropical throughout the year, with a wet and dry season and temperatures ranging from 21 to 35 °C. 

December to Febuary are considered the best months to visit, due to the cooler climate (although still warm).

March to June is very hot, sometimes over 40 degrees but it’s usually dry.

June to September is hot, humid and monsoon season. The positive of travelling in this season is that everything is so grean, prices are cheaper and there are less tourists.

October and November also have showers but the weather is slightly cooler. Showers are usually predictable and happen for short bursts in the afternoons. 

Cambodia has a rich culture, with around 97% of the population following the Buddhist religion. They have many great temples, including the most famous one, Angkor Wat, which is a must visit. Cambodian people have a great respect for their elders and put an importance on having a strong family unit. They are very kind, a little shy but very friendly and will be eager to learn about your culture back home. Cambodia also has a dark past and you will see many reminders of the Khmer Rouge era where millions of innocent people were captured and killed. Despite this, Cambodia nowadays has a relaxed, friendly and welcoming vibe, with lots of arts and culture. 

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