With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers an array of dynamic and engaging student travel experiences in Cambodia. Discuss the horrific human rights violations of the Khmer Rouge by visiting the ‘Killing Fields’ museum, learn about illegal logging and deforestation issues, and:
- Help support energetic students in rural schools through a variety of service activities
- Teach English to students in a school run by an international NGO in Phnom Penh
- Walk among the intricately carved stone faces and temples at Angkor Wat
- Visit a unique collection of floating bamboo villages and learn more about their way of life and the importance of fishing to their livelihoods
Traveling to Cambodia takes you off the beaten path. You can experience the beauty and tranquility of ancient ruins as you meander through the ornately carved temples of Angkor Wat, or you can face extreme human brutality as you encounter the harsh evidence of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields. Modern day Cambodia is as complex as its people; the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, the cultural capital of Siem Reap, endless rice paddies, the mighty Mekong River, forested Cardamom Mountains, and the golden sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. However, Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its gracious and hospitable people, and No Barriers Youth will introduce you to them in natural and authentic ways.
- Depart your home gateway on an overnight flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
- Arrive in Phnom Penh to meet your Expedition Leader and Destination Expert.
- Transfer to hotel and engage in the Orientation and Safety Briefing before going into the city center for dinner as a group.
- After dinner, return to hotel to rest up for the adventures to come!
- Explore Phnom Penh with your Destination Expert, starting with a visit to the National Museum of Cambodia.
- Next door, visit the Royal Palace complex, built in the 1860s, it is still in use today!
- Enjoy lunch at the Friends Restaurant, which provides underprivileged street children with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in hospitality.
- Visit the Tuol Sleng Prison, housed in a high school, to glimpse the devastating horrors that prevailed during Cambodia’s ultra-radical Marxist movement.
- This excursion may prove distressing for some, but it is an important piece of Cambodia’s recent past.
- Finish your afternoon with an excursion to Choeng Ek, also known as the “killing fields”
- Enjoy a traditional Cambodian dinner in the city before returning to your hotel for a Group Reflection Activity.
- After breakfast, explore the local market and Buddhist Temple with your Destination Expert
- Tour the SSI Leadership Academy and meet the students who you will likely be with for the following 3 days.
- Team building activity with your conversation partners and wrap-up with a village orientation
- Dinner in a local Cambodian restaurant followed by free time
- Enjoy a boat ride to Silk Island (30-45mins from Phnom Penh)
- Upon arrival, help the local school children with a recycling project
- Finish your recycling project around midday, then help the local children with computer lessons and/or english classes at the leadership academy
- Dinner at a local Cambodian restaurant followed by free time
- Transfer to Siem Reap with a brief stop at Skuon where the local specialty is fried spiders sold on the roadside.
- Visit Sambor Prei Kuk. Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital of the Chenla Kingdom, which predates Angkor by several centuries.
- Have a traditional Khmer lunch at local restaurant.
- After lunch, continue your journey to Siem Reap.
- In the late afternoon, join a workshop at Phare, a social enterprise developed by locals to help some of the poorest young people find a way of income and to give them some hope – through the local circus. I
- After the workshop, enjoy your dinner and then see the actual Phare show.
- Visit the old market (Phsa chass) and have free time to explore or shop
- After lunch visit ARTISANS D’ANGKOR. The handicraft center, established in 1992 with funding from the EU, is a Cambodian state establishment to train artisans in traditional techniques such as silk weaving, stone carving, and wood carving.
- Enjoy a festive evening with a tradition dinner and dance show.
- This morning visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom and the temples of Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, The Royal Enclosure, Terrace of Elephants and Leper King.
- The whole afternoon is set aside for a visit to the main temple, Angkor Wat, one of mankind’s greatest achievements.
- Finish the day with an unforgettable sunset on one of the special places the Angkor Wat complex has to offer
- Full day visit to Build Your Future Today Center (BFT) project.
- BFT is a non-profit organization based in Siem Reap with the aim to improve conditions for poor communities in 26 villages in the area.
- Upon arrival at the village, start to learn some skills of the village (basket weaving, box weaving from palm leaves, sewing bags, or palm sugar making).
- After dinner, participate in a special Closing Ceremony with your Expedition Leader.
- Spend a full day engaging with local children at the Cambodia-Dutch Organization (CDO), a non-profit that works on community development projects
- “Show and Tell” activity to help the Cambodian students learn about your life back home
- Transfer to airport for flight home from Siem Reap
- Flight from Siem Reap back home
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
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
Facts & Figures
Capital: Phnom Penh
Special Note: It’s considered disrespectful to allow your feet or soles to point at people.
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