Community Build

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Program Description

Become a volunteer with MyGapYear Community Build Project and focus on benefiting the homeless community who reside in Siem Reap’s slums. You will help to provide homes to families that have been selected due to their need. Lend a hand and help to build these houses from scratch.

You will be a part of all levels of constructing houses from digging the holes to setting foundations, mixing cement, the construction of frames, and any other work that involves carpentry. You will also be involved with helping to add a roof. The family that the house will go to will also help build so that they can learn skills that are translatable to a career. Since you are so closely involved, you will be able to see hard work, dedication, and appreciation of these families.

This is an extremely rewarding project, but it is a physically demanding adventure that requires perseverance.

Donation Requirements

The costs for constructing a single house are around $1,200 USD, although there is some variation depending on the particular house. There are some houses that need to be placed on stilts since the area is prone to flooding. Other houses will cost less since we are able to use leftover materials from the construction of a previous home. Once we have assessed and picked a family, we can provide you with an accurate quote. All funds donated will go entirely to the purchase of building material, delivery, and wages for construction workers. Since you will oversee the project from start to finish, you will be able to pass the money over personally and even receive receipts. Our team is more than happy to help you fundraising ideas and other avenues for raising money. If you are volunteering as a group, then you can divide the costs up as long as the total equals the final cost for building the house.


Volunteer Responsibilities

Assist in organizing essential materials and resources for construction
Dig holes and set foundations
Construct housing frameworks
Work hand-in-hand with local Khmer builders and tradespeople
General carpentry and other labour intensive work is essential for constructing this house


Ability to engage in physical labor
Able to fundraise donation amount

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

Volunteer Coordinator working alongside you at the project
Unlimited Pre-departure support
Meet & Greet at Siem Reap International Airport & transport to accommodation
Breakfast included every morning
24/7 in country support
MyGapYear Orientation
All Accommodation
Transfers to & from the Build Site Monday - Friday

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Program Locations

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Program Details

  • Cambodia: Siem Reap
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
From $695 USD
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