- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Cambodia, Vietnam
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
Delve into a region rich in history, culture and beauty, as you explore some of Asia’s most famous locales and make an enormous impact on the communities you vist in this summer service program in Vietnam & Cambodia.
We begin our program in Los Angeles and board our flight to Phnom Penh, where we jump right into our adventure with an introduction to Cambodian culture. Once the “Pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh is a city that balances the past and the present. No visit would be complete without taking in the relics of the Khmer Rouge era and promenading along the mighty Mekong River.
Village Service & Angkor Wat
Traveling into Cambodia’s countryside, we make our way to our first service section. For the next several days we lend our hands with constructing much-needed infrastructure for the clean water project taking place. We use cement to mold bio sand water filters, then travel to local communities to install the filters. Having fully immersed ourselves in Cambodian culture through our village stay, we then continue on to Siem Reap, where we experience a breathtaking view of Angkor Wat at sunrise.
Teaching English to Cambodian School Children
Next we make our way to a small school where over 100 students eagerly await the arrival of their new “teachers.” This community service project brings us directly into the lives of Cambodian youth. We arrive with much-needed supplies for their rural orphanage and for two days we offer our help by teaching English to the children. When lessons are done, we have the opportunity to play with the children who have so graciously welcomed us into their home.
Sailing in Halong Bay & Final Days in Hanoi
Bidding our Cambodian friends farewell, we cross into Vietnam, where we embark on a two night excursion on a traditional junk in Halong Bay, where more than 3000 islands jut out from the emerald waters. Hitting the water for some kayaking and exploring untouched islands, we spend our nights on deck of the junk and camping on our own private island. Soaking up our last few days together as a group, we relish the breathtaking views around us. Leaving Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay behind, we head to the bustling, lively city of Hanoi, where we explore the Old Quarter, sample the traditional Pho and bring our Southeast Asia adventure to a close with a Final Feast under the stars and depart eager to share the memories we’ve made over the last 18 days.