Wheelchair building, Siem Reap
Cambodia’s tourism industry may be flourishing thanks to the draws of Angkor Wat, but the vast majority of locals still live in poverty following years of civil war and repression under the Khmer Rouge. A week of volunteering will go toward helping people in need, including children and adults injured by landmines. Week-long programs from Globe Aware run in Siem Reap once or twice a month, from Saturday to Saturday. Itineraries are flexible, but volunteers can expect a plethora of activities: think putting together wheelchairs and hand-delivering them to landmine victims, working with local street children and teaching English to Buddhist novice monks. Cultural-awareness and cookery classes are also on offer, as well as built-in down time—essential for checking out Siem Reap’s unmissable attractions, from the temples of Angkor Wat to the stylish boutiques that have sprung up the city center.