Working with the communities and the special people was one of the most enriching and rewarding things I have ever done. It really puts things in to perspective.
Spend five weeks in Cambodia to explore rainforests, ancient temples, learn about eco-agriculture, go scuba diving and live alongside remote communities.
This program departs in July each year and is designed to be a high-intensity alternative to our popular eight-week course. It's a great way to use the time between A-Level exams and results day doing something memorable and meaningful and also works well as a ready-made backpacking trip at the start of university summer holidays.
Head back to the Cambodia page for detailed information about the places and activities on offer in this program.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and part of the equivalent organisation in the USA - the American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; every one of our programs is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.
Your afternoons in Siem Reap will be spent helping the teachers, in both the Spitler and Kurator schools with support teaching in English, sport and computer studies.
But look a little harder at the postcard perfection of Sihanoukville’s beaches and you will see some of the city’s poorest children working among the happy holidaymakers. Children are often forced by their families to work because tourists are more likely to buy a can of coke or crafts from a youngster. These children are incredibly vulnerable to abuse and miss out on the most valuable years of education in order to scrape a living.
Under the direction of Starfish, you will work at both the Sakura School and at the Computer Development Center, helping with painting their gates, tables and chairs to teaching arts, sports (football), and any other special skills or talents that you would like to share.