The ancient and appealing kingdom of Cambodia will leave travelers inspired by its well-preserved beauty and history. Bringing one the authentic feeling of a rural scene, the rice paddies, and sugar canes, travelers will feel the warmth of people's welcome, and the simplicity of life in this rich culture. Cambodia is a country in South East Asia that has gone through painful history and yet, it is admiring that the people have transformed their pain into smiles.
As Cambodia continues to uplift itself, it is notable that the country still faces many socio-political issues that need to be addressed. With the introduction of Alternative Tourism, YMCA of Cambodia has found ways on how to integrate community development in the country's tourism. YMCA of Cambodia has actively hosted several groups where they do not only visited the place but they have, in some ways, rooted themselves through the experiences and relationships they have built.
What to do in Cambodia?
There are many aspects of Cambodian life and what better way to experience it is to live with the locals. Staying with the family will allow one to have a deeper look at the lives of the people, it will forge a greater relationship, and allow you to see community gather together. Moreover, the economic benefit goes directly to the community.
Experience Farm Work
Learn more about Khmer's way of life by doing farm works which is the main occupation in Cambodia.
Heritage and Cultural Understanding
Deepen your understanding of this old civilisation through the stories and history of its rich heritage and culture
Volunteer for Hygiene Activities
Help in teaching the importance of proper hygiene through hand washing, teeth brushing, and school cleaning
Participate in environmental programs
Preserving the environment is one of the principles of GATN, learn more about it by doing nature programs in Cambodia
Learn more about the locals by sharing a meal with the community
Stretch your muscles and physical strength by doing construction work on several projects for the community
Be an effective communicator and share your knowledge on the English language to children wanting to improve their English communication
This is a temple complex located in Cambodia and considered to be the largest in the world. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural relevance of this sight which previously served as a Hindu temple for god Vishnu but was later on transformed to be a Buddhist temple. The Angkor Wat is considered to be the prime example of the classical style Khmer architecture.