Volunteering with Ockenden Cambodia
Amidst rice fields and villages, we will continue to Siem Reap province where we’ll meet our friends at Ockenden Cambodia. Comprising a group of amazing and dedicated activists, Ockenden is committed to promoting and teaching sustainable, innovative, and disaster-resilient farming practices in marginalized communities around the country. We will join them on one of their many ongoing long-term projects while getting an intimate glimpse of the realities, challenges, and promises of rural development in Cambodia.
A staple of most projects with Ockenden is tree planting, which we’ll have the chance to take part in alongside primary and secondary school students! Deforestation and global warming are two of the biggest issues that will affect the country for generations to come, and planting trees is one of the most beneficial things we can do as guests in the country (while also educating the youth on the importance of doing so!) Other activities in the past have included digging ponds, installing floating gardens, and building trellises and bale gardens.
We’ll be sleeping in hammocks and on mats, and eating food prepared from the local garden and market. We’ll be stripped down to basics, and by doing so, we’ll have an opportunity to truly connect with the community and our newfound friends!