Cambodia

 

Student Travel in Cambodia

Explore Cambodia With No Barriers Youth Programming

Despite a turbulent history, the people of Cambodia are warm and welcoming and eager to showcase their beautiful country to your students.

There’s no better way for high school students to experience Cambodia—the people, the culture, the struggles, the joys, the fruit shakes—than through our educational travel programs. No Barriers Youth programming gives teens the opportunity to be fully immersed in all facets of the Cambodian life. Discuss the horrific human rights violations of the Khmer Rouge by visiting the ‘Killing Fields’ museum, learn about illegal logging and deforestation issues, snap photos with elephants, and:

  • Support energetic students in rural schools through a variety of service activities
  • Teach English to kids in a school run by an international NGO in Phnom Penh
  • Admire the intricately carved stone faces and temples at Angkor Wat (Lara Croft impersonations encouraged)
  • Visit a floating bamboo village and learn more about the residents’ way of life and the importance of fishing to their livelihoods

What to Know Before You Take High School Students Abroad to Cambodia

High school abroad in Cambodia means taking your students off the beaten path. Modern day Cambodia is as complex as its people; experience the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, the cultural capital of Siem Reap, endless rice paddies, the mighty Mekong River, the forested Cardamom Mountains, and the golden sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Taste-test new flavors like tamarind, kaffir, and taro. Face extreme human brutality as you encounter the harsh evidence of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields. Feel inspired by the locals’ determination and resiliency. Ponder real issues facing modern Cambodian people.

Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its gracious and hospitable people, and No Barriers Youth programming will introduce your students to them in natural and authentic ways.

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Access to Education in Southeast Asia

Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia!
  • Afternoon: Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax.
  • Accommodation: Phnom Penh 
Day 2: Explore Cambodia’s Difficult History
  • Morning: Learn about the Khmer Rouge with visits to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
  • Afternoon: Lunch and tour the Royal Palace along the riverside. 
  • Evening: Before dinner, visit Olympic Stadium, where Cambodians gather before and after
  • work to exercise and meet up with friends. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Phnom Penh
Days 3: Drive to Kampong Cham
  • Morning: Drive to Kampong Cham. 
  • Afternoon: Meet with your service partner and learn about the upcoming project you’ll be working on over the next few days. 
  • Evening: Dinner and walk along the riverside. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kampong Cham
Day 4: Community Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: Contribute to a mixture of infrastructure projects and/or education exchange activities with your service partner. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day.
  • Evening: Dinner and participate in a variety of team-building activities. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kampong Cham 
Day 5: Community Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: Continue assisting with a mixture of infrastructure projects and/or education exchange activities with your service partner. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day.
  • Evening:  Dinner and join a group discussion to learn more about Cambodia. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kampong Cham
Day 6: Community Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: Continue assisting with a mixture of infrastructure projects and/or education exchange activities with your service partner. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day.
  • Evening: Attend a traditional Apsara dance performance.
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Kampong Cham 
Day 7: Night in Siem Reap!
  • Morning: Say goodbye to Kampong Cham and drive to Siem Reap. 
  • Afternoon: Explore the famous markets for souvenirs. 
  • Evening: Dinner before attending Phare, the Cambodian Circus, an inspiring show of acrobatics performed by students from Phare Ponleu Selpak. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap 
Day 8: Ancient Cambodia and Angkor Wat
  • Morning: Wake up early to explore Angkor Wat and the ancient Khmer Empire.
  • Afternoon: Continue temple exploration with visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm temples. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel.
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap 
Day 9: Lee hi, Cambodia!
  • Morning: Depart Cambodia from Siem Reap International Airport. 
  • Accommodation: N/A

Gems of Indochina

Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia! 
  • Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Phnom Penh  
Day 2: Phnom Penh, The Ancient City  
  • Morning: Learn about the Khmer Rouge with visits to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch and tour the Royal Palace along the riverside.  
  • Evening: Before dinner, visit the Olympic Stadium, where Cambodians come together before and after work to socialize, exercise and meet up with friends.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Phnom Penh  
Day 3: Battambang’s Famous Clay Pots 
  • Morning: Drive from Phnom Penh to Battambang, stopping along the way to visit a village known for its clay pots.  
  • Afternoon: Visit a hilltop temple and ride on a traditional bamboo train. 
  • Evening: Visit a cave with more than one million bats before dinner.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Battambang  
Day 4: Cambodian Countryside 
  • Morning: Drive from Battambang to Siem Reap.  
  • Afternoon: Bicycle through the Cambodian countryside.  
  • Evening: Dinner before attending Phare, the Cambodian Circus, an inspiring show of acrobatics performed by students from Phare Ponleu Selpak. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap  
Day 5: Phnom Kulen Waterfall 
  • Morning: Breakfast buffet at your hotel and drive to Phnom Kulen National Park.  
  • Afternoon: Swim in waterfall and visit Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Center. Evening: Explore the night markets and shop for souvenirs.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap  
Day 6: Ancient Cambodia and Angkor Wat 
  • Morning: Wake up early to explore Angkor Wat and the ancient Khmer Empire. 
  • Afternoon: Continue temple exploration with visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap  
Day 7: Lee hi, Cambodia! 
  • Morning: Depart Cambodia from Siem Reap International Airport.  
  • Accommodation: N/A 

Tonle Sap and Lakeside Culture and Service

Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia! 
  • Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Phnom Penh 
Day 2: A Lesson in Cambodia’s History 
  • Morning: Learn about the Khmer Rouge with visits to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch and fly to Siem Reap. 
  • Evening: Prepare for your time in the floating villages. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap 
Day 3: Floating Village Homestay and Service 
  • Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel before boating to Prek Toal floating community. 
  • Afternoon: Meet your host family and learn about the service project you will be assisting with over the next few days. 
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your host families and learn about Cambodian culture. 
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Prek Toal 
Day 4: Floating Village Homestay and Service 
  • Morning: Assist and work alongside local professionals to build a new floating home for a family within the community. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Partake in a weaving demonstration using water hyacinths, an invasive species that grows along the waterways. 
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Prek Toal 
Day 5: Floating Village Homestay and Service 
  • Morning: Continue working alongside local professionals to build a new floating home for a family within the community. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Have a group dinner and reflect on your time in Prek Toal and what you have learned. 
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Prek Toal 
Day 6: Night Markets in Siem Reap 
  • Morning: Say goodbye to Prek Toal and boat back to Siem Reap. 
  • Afternoon: Explore the famous markets for souvenirs. 
  • Evening: Dinner before attending Phare, the Cambodian Circus, an inspiring show of acrobatics performed by students from Phare Ponleu Selpak. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap 
Day 7: Ancient Cambodia and Angkor Wat 
  • Morning: Wake up early to explore Angkor Wat and the ancient Khmer Empire. 
  • Afternoon: Continue temple exploration with visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm temples. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap 
Day 8: Lee hi, Cambodia! 
  • Morning: Depart Cambodia from Siem Reap International Airport. 

Village Service and Cultural Immersion

Day 1: Welcome to Cambodia! 
  • Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Phnom Penh  
Day 2: A Lesson in Cambodia’s History 
  • Morning: Learn about the Khmer Rouge with visits to Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. 
  • Afternoon: Lunch and tour the Royal Palace along the riverside.  
  • Evening: Before dinner, visit the Olympic Stadium, where Cambodians come together before and after work to socialize, exercise and meet up with friends.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Phnom Penh  
Day 3: Kampong Cham Village Immersion 
  • Morning: Drive to Kampong Cham  
  • Afternoon: Meet with your community service partner and learn about the upcoming project you’ll be working on over the next few days.  
  • Evening: Have a group discussion with your host families to learn more about Cambodian life.  
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Kampong Cham  
Day 4: Contribute to Infrastructure Projects 
  • Morning: Work alongside local professionals and contribute to infrastructure projects identified by community members.  
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Dinner and participate in a variety of team-building activities.  
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Kampong Cham  
Day 5: Contribute to Infrastructure Projects 
  • Morning: Continue assisting on your infrastructure projects.  
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: Dinner and join a group discussion to learn more about Cambodia.  
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Kampong Cham  
Day 6: Contribute to Infrastructure Projects 
  • Morning: Continue assisting on your infrastructure projects.  
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue your service work for the rest of the day. 
  • Evening: On your last night in Kampong Cham, join in on the celebration with the community and partake in traditional Cambodian games.  
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Kampong Cham  
Day 7: Siem Reap and City Life 
  • Morning: Say goodbye to Kampong Cham and drive to Siem Reap.  
  • Afternoon: Explore the famous markets for souvenirs.  
  • Evening: Dinner before attending Phare, the Cambodian Circus, an inspiring show of acrobatics performed by students from Phare Ponleu Selpak.  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap  
Day 7: Ancient Cambodia and Angkor Wat 
  • Morning: Wake up early to explore Angkor Wat and the ancient Khmer Empire. 
  • Afternoon: Continue temple exploration with visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.  
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and finish up any last-minute shopping. Participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Siem Reap  
Day 8: Lee hi, Cambodia! 
  • Morning: Depart Cambodia from Siem Reap International Airport.  
  • Accommodation: N/A 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader