Today, we made contact with "Vy" Sov who will be our leader from Equitable Cambodia during the service/work portion of the trip. I've included the EC website link here several times, so I'll pass on that and just point you to a link that shows some volunteer experiences with them. For those on Facebook, there is also an EC Facebook Page and a Facebook Group for Equitable Cambodia Volunteers.
There's more info on EC's work with volunteers in Cambodia and their overall program in Cambodia here in their 2013 Annual Report.
Here's an excerpt:
Equitable Cambodia has a long history of facilitating volunteer placements where young people, students, interns and professionals have the opportunity to participate in meaningful cultural exchanges, short-term trips and work placements in Cambodia where they can learn about the people and culture of Cambodia, have meaningful and illuminating interactions with Cambodians and work to make tangible, positive impacts on the people and communities with whom they work.
Our Volunteer Program provides participants with the opportunity to be involved with a range of EC and partner organizations operating in Phnom Penh and Kep province.
Volunteers have the opportunity to gain an insight into Cambodian life and culture, an introduction into the world of development and human rights work, and important life skills and valuable experiences as well as the opportunity to develop meaningful long-lasting connections with people, communities and organisations in Cambodia. In 2013 Equitable Cambodia’s Volunteer Program hosted 107 volunteers in Phnom Penh and 37 in Kep.
Developing World Connections (DWC)
EC partners with a non-profit organization Developing World Connections to offer meaningful experiences to volunteers ranging from students to business executives. Based in Canada, DWC works closely with grassroots organizations like EC to support sustainable development initiatives for people who want to spend their vacation time making a positive difference for impoverished people.
DWC facilitated discussion between the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak and the Rotary Club Phnom Penh Metro to support a Rotary International project with EC to improve water security in Kep Province. This included implementing clean drinking water systems, improving irrigation systems, building latrines and creating public awareness about health, hygiene and water borne diseases.
A group of DWC volunteers, many of whom were members of the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak, worked on a portion of this water project in Kep. The team of seven volunteers got their hands dirty working with our local staff and the beneficiaries. They laid bricks, dug holes, inserted a cement cistern holding tank and plastered the wall of two latrines. The group then moved onto the next project of creating two new water gates. These gates help to increase crop production for local farmers by allowing more water to flow to their fields. The final project was to extend an existing ditch, and the team managed to finish 30 meters before the trip came to an end.