Design + Build Workshop, Cambodia, 2014

We have a number of sustainable design and build projects in Cambodia in 2014. From health centres, schools, wildlife conservation and low cost housing. We are offering a hands on participatory workshop where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and understand more about humanitarian design while building worthwhile projects that will have a huge benefit to the local community and local wildlife. The project will give the chance to be involved with the design over the next few months and then to see this design built over the workshop. Its not often that you get to design and build a long lasting project in such a short space of time. Act now to avoid the dissapointment of not getting on this once in a lifetime project...

What will we learn?

We are happy to announce that we will be working alongside internationally acclaimed conservation charity, The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Birdwatchers from across Asia and beyond flock to Cambodia for a glimpse of two of the world's rarest birds: the giant ibis and its cousin the white-shouldered ibis. The birds’ nesting grounds sit at the outskirts of Tmatboey, a rural village where WCS has worked with the community to develop an eco-tourism project. 

This ground breaking project has turned villagers into custodians of the natural habitats that the wildlife around them inhabit. Protecting threatened forests and in doing so providing an income to the whole community. Building Trust international has been requested by WCS to work with the local community in Tmatboey, in the north of Cambodia to design and construct a new lodge facility for WCS's well established eco-tourism project. 

The sooner people sign up the more chance there is to be involved in the design process as well as the build component. We want participants to get involved and have a role in the concept design and material selection for the new lodges. We have already engaged the local community and they will be reviewing designs with WCS leaders as we go through the process. Our Building Trust workshop team will provide feedback given at the end of each stage. It is up to each participant as to how much involvement they want to provide, with some people preferring to solely get involved with the construction stages of the design + build workshop. We know that everyone is different and we can tailor the workshop for each participant depending on what you want to learn and what you can offer.

This is a hands on course working with others to learn on-site skills such as site management and sustainable material procurement. Volunteers will also see first-hand how we promote and work with local communities taking on traditional skills and a host of other sustainable building techniques.


Design component: On going from Sept - After you pay the deposit we will send you a pack detailing the project brief, maps and further site information. We welcome people to get as involved as they can with the project but appreciate that peoples time constraints and work commitments may be different.

Build Workshop: November Sat 15th - Sat 29th


You will be required to meet your group on Saturday 15th November 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Where you will then be taken to your project site in the northern plains of Cambodia. For the break in the middle of the fortnight long workshop we will arrange accommodation in Siem Reap close to Ankor Wat. This will allow participants to explore the ancient temples during their weekend break.

How to get here/there:

Flights to Phnom Penh can be found from most cities worldwide. Check prices on skyscanner for best deals. You may also find it cheaper to get a flight to Bangkok and make a land crossing into Cambodia (although this will take significantly longer it may be more fun!)

Cost:The required donation for the workshop is £1200 (£400 deposit to be paid immediately after you have been accepted to the workshop. The remainder of the donation is to be paid 1 month before the start of your volunteer workshop placement.) 

Please note due to the charitable nature of the work we do encourage people to fundraise the costs. Why not download our fundraising pack today for some inspiration. Remember if you are from the UK you can add gift aid to all your donations.

The donation includes:

Please note the donation does not include the cost of flights, insurance or visas although we are happy to supply information on request. 

Number of places: There are a limited number of places on this course so please do act fast to avoid disappointment.

How to apply: Email info@buildingtrustinternational.org and we will send you an info pack and payment details for the £400 holding deposit.

This is your chance to learn new skills, meet fantastic people doing something truly worthwhile whilst creating some wonderful buildings in an amazing location. We can't wait to welcome you on board!









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