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Cambodia Big Build

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Big Build Habitat Cambodia - Siem Reap


Volunteer on a Global Village Big Build and work with your team as part of hundreds of volunteers from around the world to support improving quality of life through decent and safe housing.


November 17th - 24th, 2019

Canadian teams will work alongside a local mason and local family on their home at the same time as approximately 300 volunteers to help build 28 to 45 new homes. The Cambodia Big Build will deliver safe, quality and affordable houses as part of Habitat Cambodia's GRACE Project. 



Habitat for Humanity Cambodia Big Build

Volunteers from around the world and all walks of life will join together from Nov. 17th - 24th, 2019, to build safe affordable and adequate homes with the most vulnerable families in Sambour Village, Reul communce, Pouk District, Siem Reap Province. During the build week, volunteers will build between 28 - 45 homes in the village, homes will be constructed of both wood and brick. 

Working as part of the GRACE Project, the Cambodia Big Build aims to support vulnerable people including those living with HIV/AIDs and disability as well as those experiencing homelessness and squatter populations living in informal settlements. The GRACE Project is a multi-year commitment to provide housing to over 2000 families and includes training on home maintenance, financial literacy, water, sanitation and hygiene. 

Sambour Village is one of the poorest village in Reul Commune, Pouk District. It is located in the northwest portion of the Province about a 45 minute-drive from Siem Reap town. The Village has 217 households and about 975 people. Around 85% of the population are seasonal farmers who plant paddy rice or with the remaining being labourers. 65% percent of village households are identified as poor with a household income of 50 -75USD per month. Additionally the housing and water sanitation are identified as being comparatively worse when compared to other villages in the area. 

Habitat for Humanity Cambodia seeks to break the cycle of poverty through durable, affordable housing solutions. Since 2003, Habitat Cambodia has served over 70,000 households; over 20,000 through direct housing interventions and almost 50,000 through partnerships with micro-finance institutions. We take a holistic approach to housing that includes empowering marginalized communities in improving their own housing conditions and working with partner organizations to address the needs of the people and communities. Cambodia is also prone to floods and droughts, Habitat aims to build resilient communities through disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction training.  To find out more about Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, please visit their website, here

Big Build and in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Sunday November 17th

 Arrive in Siem Reap & Welcome dinner 

 Monday November 18th - Thursday November 21st

 Build Days

 Friday November 22nd

 Build, dedication ceremony and farewell dinner 

 Saturday November 23rd

 Team post-build activities, as determined by Team Leader

 Sunday November 24th

 Return to Canada

Typical Housing Solutions

Habitat Cambodia focuses on building new houses made of concrete blocks or wood on stilts. They also have programs supporting improved water sanitation and access to clean water and public toilets. 

Typical Volunteer Tasks
1. Mixing mortar 2. Brick laying 3. Floor slab construction 4. Moving material 5. Painting 6. Sanding 7. Compacting soil 8. Nailing bamboo floor 9. Cleaning and smoothing bamboo

Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 8 day opportunity to build with Habitat Cambodia is approximately $2856.00 (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $150.00 post-build activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 


(1) The Habitat individual donation covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support the project and programs of the local HFH organization: room and board, ground transportation to and from build site, orientation materials, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Cambodia and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This must only be done once project dates and final project have been confirmed by the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  The costs of any team post-build activities are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or rest day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, the Team Leader will provide a list of travel agents registered with the Travel Industry Council of Ontario.

Team Leader: Michael Sauve

I was born and raised in Sarnia, ON but have been a bit of a nomad following education and work opportunities. As a student I was introduced to the field of Sleep Medicine and worked part time in a clinical lab and hung around a bit at a research lab at the university. I ventured south after graduation to gain some invaluable experience at The Ohio State University Medical Center. When my Visa expired in 2001, I joined a few friends at a small software company in Montreal and continued to travel throughout the US and Canada training fellow technologists on Sleep/EEG/Epilepsy monitoring units. Internationally, this position brought me to London, England twice and to Saudi Arabia. In 2004, I started working at The Ottawa Hospital sleep clinic and then moved to Ottawa in 2006 where I’ve been since. While working in Ottawa but living in Montreal, I took some much needed time off and traveled with 15 others to Uganda with Habitat for Humanity International for what was to be a life changing experience. An experience like this is difficult to explain to others so this is why I’ve chosen to lead teams so that others can understand and appreciate it firsthand. Since 2006 I have been on 6 builds, five of which I’ve led. Although Africa always beckons, I’ve wanted to experience other cultures and build around the world. I’m excited and look forward to leading this build and sharing the experience of Cambodia and their culture and traditions with everyone on the team.

Please feel free to contact me at michael.sauve@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!


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