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Temple Conservation in Cambodia

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Temple Conservation in Cambodia

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course its friendly people.

Prices from US$545

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course its friendly people. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its enchanting and unique Asian culture, and complex and mystical ambience.
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the edition of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history.
 Apply for the chance to work alongside a local team helping with the conservation of one of Cambodia’s best kept secrets, the temples surrounding Banteay Chhmar! Help in preserving and conserving the temples around Banteay Chhmar, some of which have been hidden and covered by the forest, causing them to remain mostly undiscovered.

•    Immerse yourself in true Khmer culture
•    Gain a lifetime of wonderful friends and incredible memories
•    Participate in the conservation and preservation of local history and culture
•    Create cultural exchange opportunities the locals


Location    Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia
•    Explore hidden temples
•    Gain practical experience in conservation efforts and archaeology
•    Develop the curriculum for future volunteers!
•    Building community support for the work you will do

Transport      Airport Pick-up

Accommodation     Homestay


Before you go
•    Pre-departure support
•    Travel advice & documentation
•    Kit advice
•    Discounted medical kit
•    Free Frontier T-shirt (UK Only)
•    Airport pick up
•    Accommodation and food
•    Local orientation & comprehensive project training
•    24 hour in-country support
•    International HQ emergency support & back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

Banteay Chhmar is a commune of the Thma Puok District in Banteay Meanchey province in the northwest of Cambodia. This commune contains 14 villages and there are 4 villages around the large temple of Banteay Chhmar with a total population of only 6000+ people.
Explore the massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines, which comprise one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia's Angkor period. There are nine other smaller temples around the Banteay Chhmar temple. They all are mostly hidden in the forest and covered with bushes and trees because of the lack of conservation historically.
By volunteering on this project, the community around Banteay Chhmar will benefit economically from the conservation of its history and preservation of its culture, which will in turn, attract more tourists to the area and help the local community.

 On this project, you will be assisting a local team with the conservation and preservation of the temple grounds. You will be introduced to Banteay Chhmar and the overall project goals. You will then explore the village and visit some satellite temples.
Tasks may consist of: Clearing the temples - by cutting back overgrown bushes, trees, and grass, in the surrounding area; Cleaning up the temples - picking up trash, removing stones; Planting trees in the temple compound; making environmental signs; or educating students on the importance of protecting the temples.

Upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport you will be greeted by an in-country representative and escorted by bus on the journey to Banteay Chhmar, where you will be based for the duration of your stay. Please aim to arrive before 2pm on the Sunday, and depart on the Saturday following the conclusion of your project.

During your time in the program, you will stay at a homestay in the village. The accommodation is an original wooden Khmer-style house. This is traditional Cambodian living!

You will be provided 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends. In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find  noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The French colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.

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In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Get lost in the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoiled monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Embrace the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance, or visit one of the silk factories, where silk worms produce reams of  the delicate and rare fabric. Take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, and catch a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, with one of the extensive bird sanctuaries or fishing villages as your final destination.


1 week US$795

2 weeks US$1,195

3 weeks US$1,645

4 weeks US$2,045

extra week US$545

This program starts every Monday.

1 week+

Before you go
Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

Airport pick up
Training guideline provided by staff
In-country emergency support
24-hours international HQ back-up



Nearest airport(s): Siem Reap (REP)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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