Mangrove Conservation

Kampot - Cambodia

Mangrove Conservation

Kampot - Cambodia

Only $650 per week!

Dedicate your time to planting new mangroves in order to reverse the severe deforestation that has occurred in recent years!

Our project focuses on conservation of the Mangrove plantation, a vital ingredient for the eco-system of today, as well as future generations. Secondly, you will contribute towards the sustained development of the local community. This will be in the form of teaching English, as well as several other community-based projects.

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Program Description

The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations in order to reverse the trend of the removal of mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years. This can only realistically be achieved through the education of the younger generation, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.

The province of Kampot is slowly emerging as one of Cambodia’s most popular destinations for both domestic and international tourists. Situated in the south-eastern proximity of the country, it offers an abundance of natural attractions.

A vital necessity for the tourism industry is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from local river banks. Instead, many locals favour salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province.

A good level of physical fitness and a background in environmental-science or tourism would be advantageous, but not necessary

Aims & Objectives

  • Reverse the effect of mangrove deforestation through planting
  • Educate younger generations on the importance of conserving these environments to increase community awareness
  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching
  • Assist the community project staff by providing an extra hand

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Your tasks and activities will vary depending on the current needs of the plantation site. There is much more involved to planting than simply placing a seed into the ground, and you will be taken through the step by step process of every activity by local fishermen.

We may work on plantations around the accommodation by repairing young mangroves or head to the nearby delta by boat (20 minutes) to collect seedlings for planting at the nursery. Depending on local conditions, we may also visit pepper plantations (one of Cambodia’s finest resources) or organic farms to learn the local techniques and spend time with villagers helping them with construction work.

Moreover, we also aim to educate the youngsters of the village by teaching them English at the accommodation. This, however, is entirely optional.

Saturday to Sunday

You are free to choose what to do during your weekends – it is your free time after all! Many of our participants choose to explore what Cambodia has to offer.

However, we do offer an optional itinerary, at no extra cost, where we focus on the poorest members of the Kampot community. We are very proud of our work here, distributing second-hand clothes to the local community. We do provide these clothes, but if you have clothes you would otherwise throw away, feel free to bring them along.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

  • Modest clothing (covering your legs and shoulders) is requested outside of the accommodation for respect of the community.

Location

Located 7 kilometers away from Kampot, the project takes place in a very rural area of Cambodia where you will be able to enjoy nature at its fullest, either by jumping into the river, taking a boat ride to the delta or simply staring at the myriad of stars that light up the sky at night..

About the Accommodation

You will be staying in traditional overwater bungalows along the riverside. An authentic cambodian experience awaits!

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals per day with traditional local flavourings. There is also a shared kitchen which you are welcome to use whenever you feel like.

Refreshments and beverages are sold inside the accommodation for your convenience.

Facilities

We are located seven kilometers away from the city of Kampot, where you can find numerous ATMS, shops, restaurants, etc. A tuk-tuk can be called to pick you up upon request.

We are based in quite a secluded location. However, you can find two traditional Cambodian restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

This location is right in front of a river, where you can swim, kayak or ride a boat. It is a beautiful area surrounded by nature.

On weekends, you can head to Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh, which are 3 hour taxi rides away.’

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Siem Reap
  • Samraong
  • Banteay Chhmar

Quick Facts

Name: Kingdom of Cambodia

Population: 15.14

Capital: Phnom Penh

Language: Khmer

Currency: Riel (KHR)

Time zone: UTC +7

Country Information

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

Climate

Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C – 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May  – October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside

Whilst temperatures do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

Culture

Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.

Gastronomy

In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find use of noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The french colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.

It has to be said that the Cambodian cuisine is relatively unknown compared to that of Thailand and Vietnam.

Transportation

Taxi

Taxis are becoming increasingly popular in Cambodia however there are still very few metered taxis, especially anywhere outside of Phnom penh.

Cyclo

This are a cheap and practical way to get around in towns/cities. In Phnom Penh, drivers can be flagged down on main roads or found waiting around markets and hotels. You should expect to bargain and set a price before the journey.

Moto

Motorcycle taxis are a quick and cheap way to get around in a city. Prices may rise at night and like the cyclo, you should expect to bargain and agree on a price before the journey. It should be noted that Cyclo/moto drivers may speak little to no English.

Rotei Ses

Cart rides are common in the more remote/rural parts of Cambodia

Bus

Whilst Cambodia has no train service, buses provide a good alternative for the longer distance journeys/ travel into neighbouring countries.

Flight

Commercial flights connect the main tourist areas in Cambodia

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