WeDigWells & GreenLeaf FoundationCambodia
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Help provide access to clean drinking water to Cambodian communities by raising funds and building wells with the local construction teams near Siem Reap. During your stay you will have plenty of time to relax and explore this beautiful country as well as experience a unique side of Cambodia first hand whilst you work within the community.
Volunteers are asked to raise funds to build their own wells prior to the placement - this can be through social media campaigns, fundraising sites like Just Giving or Crowdsourcing sites. Each well costs approximately $500 to build, which covers all construction materials and equipment, and takes 3-4 days to build. In exchange volunteers are given discounted accommodation and meals at the GreenLeaf Boutique Hotel. Please note volunteers will need to cover the cost of transportation to and from the well site
A Typical Day - Before your trip to Cambodia you will be working to help raise awareness and funds to build your well. This can be through social media campaigns, crowdfunding sources or charitable fundraising events.
Once you arrive in Cambodia you will be working from 9am - 3pm with other volunteers within the community to help prepare the area for construction which includes digging the site, bricklaying and helping the local construction teams with the installation of equipment.
After the days work you will return to your hotel where you can relax and enjoy the rest of the day, have a delicious farm fresh meal and explore the nightlife in Siem Reap only 10 minutes walk away.
Experience or requirements – No experience or qualifications necessary - just a flexible and positive attitude.
Full background checks (including Social Media checks) will be carried out prior to any placement working alongside children.
Minimum Commitment – 3-4 Days
Working day – Monday - Saturday 9am - 3pm
Price – Free
What’s Included? – Discounts off accommodation and meals at GreenLeaf Boutique hotel
- City Location
- Discounted Meals and Accommodation
As volunteering is free with WeDigWells accommodation is not included with your placement. However volunteers get discounted stays and meals at the nearby GreenLeaf Boutique Hotel
Green Leaf Boutique Hotel
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About The Area
Less than 1 km from the popular tourist town of Siem Reap with it’s markets, pubs and restaurants this area rich with culture, temples, art and history that will intrigue your senses re-awaken your spirit. With the world famous and awe inspiring Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temples and Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve only minutes away there’s plenty to see and do nearby that will give you a unique insight into the culture and beauty of Cambodia.
There's wide variety of tours and excursions available through GreenLeaf - there’s plenty to see and do during your stay. Here are some of our highlights:
Learn to cook traditional, authentic Khmer food, with the market tour and cultural cooking classes at Green Leaf
Feast your eyes and your spiritual side in Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom Temples - these are a must for anyone visiting Cambodia!
Check out the Phare Circus in Siem Reap - Cambodia’s answer to Cirque du Soleil this social enterprise transforms the lives of youths and tells stories of the history and folklore of Cambodia through dance, music and acrobatics, this is definitely and experience not to be missed!
Get captivated by Apsara Dance, a traditional, elegant dance with slow, delicate movements each dance tells a story of spirits and gods
Explore Tonlé Sap Biosphere National Park with its floating villages and diverse wildlife including macaques, crocodiles, turtles and over 100 varieties of birds
Head out to the sacred Kulen Mountain for incredible scenery - the mountain is considered sacred and most of the rocks used to build Angkor Wat came directly from the mountain. With spectacular waterfalls, a reclining Buddha and the River of a Thousand Lingas to be seen along the way you’ll be sure to have a memorable and instagram worthy day
If you’re visiting during the rainy season (September - February) head to the flooded forest and kayak amongst the trees
Indulge your adventurous side with quad-biking, helicopter excursions or ziplining through the rainforest with Flight of the Gibbon
Activities and Nearby Adventures
- Cultural Activities
- Cultural Visits
- Guided Jungle Treks
- Museums & Art Galleries
- Waterfalls Nearby
- Bars and Nightlife
Meet the hosts
Several years ago 3 Canadian humanitarians came to Cambodia and fell in love with the rich culture and warm hearted people of the country. Inspired by their humanitarian spirit and by the beautiful surroundings they decided to join forces to build a hotel with a social and environmental conscience using the profit from the hotel to set up the GreenLeaf Foundation and Wedigwells to help thousands of Cambodians get access to clean drinking water.
Throughout Amir’s many trips to Cambodia with his volunteer team, he started recruiting young Cambodians to work with his team so that they would be able to proudly assist their fellow Cambodians and learn new skills. One of these young Cambodians was Kosal. Sadly, in December 2013 Kosal passed away as result of a motorbike accident at the age of 18.
As a result of this, Kosal’s family was left without a provider, as he was the only person bringing food to the table for his grandmother, aunt, three siblings and his ill mother. Our team from Canada decided to help the family out and as part of the aid, a water well was installed for Kosal’s family in his honour. After seeing how a simple water well improved Kosal’s family’s life, and seeing how generously the family shared their well with their neighbours, we decided to launch our water well program.
The GreenLeaf Foundation and Wedigwells is operated entirely by volunteers with no overhead expenses, meaning that 100% of donations raise goes directly to the projects
How To Get There
Green Leaf is conveniently located just a few kilometres from Siem Reap International Airport and offer complimentary airport or bus terminal pick ups for your arrival
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