Reborn Expedition — Cambodia

Participating in the Cambodia Reborn program is truly the adventure of a lifetime — an adventure where fun, learning, and hard work through service come together to enhance both your life and the lives of the people you interact with.

About the Expedition

An exotically beautiful country, Cambodia is rising from the ashes of the Killing Fields of the 1970s to become reborn as a premier tourist destination with a steadily growing economy. When you embark upon Bright Light Volunteers' Cambodia Reborn program, you will become a vital participant in Cambodia's rebirth.

Emerging from a time when access to all intellectual materials was banned, you will meet a people who are hungry for education. They want to learn and they need you to help teach them. With the growth of the tourist industry there is a great need for Cambodians who speak English. The ability to speak a foreign language popular with tourists gives the Cambodian people a way out of poverty, enabling them to rebuild their lives, their country, and their future.

While in Cambodia, you will have the opportunity to merge learning, fun, culture and sightseeing with exciting visits through vine-draped temples steeped in history at Angkor, the crowded and friendly markets of Siem Reap, cruises through the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, treks through the jungle of the sacred Kulen Mountain to visit the Reclining Buddha, and a picnic at one of the sites where the film "Tomb Raider" was shot.

Various Service Initiatives

As a Bright Light Volunteers participant, you will teach and tutor at a special evening language school, assisting eager high school students in how to speak the hip, modern English typically spoken by travelers to their country and assisting small groups with pronunciation. This will enable these young Cambodians in their future employment to shine a light on their world to the many thousands of people who visit Siem Reap, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, and the many markets, hotels and restaurants that are integral to Cambodia's rebirth.

You will be involved in improving the lives of the poor by thatching roofs, building sustainable, compostable toilets, and embarking on projects that will improve the lives of the community. In return, the open and friendly Cambodian people will be anxious to share their culture and stories with you, and there will be time set aside for them to show you how they live day to day, including teaching you how to make Bamboo Rice, a Cambodian staple, over an open fire.

Housing & Food

Accommodations are provided at a comfortable, clean and air-conditioned Cambodian-owned hotel in Siem Reap, where American and Cambodian breakfast will be available. Lunch and dinner will be a variety of restaurants, giving you the opportunity to try Cambodian and other cuisines, and always with an American option. Vegetarian and allergy-sensitive options are available with prior notice. Safe and convenient transportation will be provided by a private van and you will be accompanied at all times by our friendly, fun and knowledgeable Cambodian guide who speaks fluent English.

Impact – In Their Own Words

Take a moment to read about our service trips from the perspective of former student volunteers.

How to get involved

Bright Light Volunteers' Cambodia Reborn Expedition is an ideal program for groups that have an interest in taking part in empowering this community with the skills needed to build themselves a brighter future.

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Why participate in our volunteer programs?

  • I want to impact the lives of those in Greece while they impact mine. I think the BLV program promotes global citizenship and provides an incredible learning experience.

    – Cassidy, Student
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    – Jacob, Student
  • I believe in the power of service learning. I know our work makes the world a brighter place!

    – Amy, Educator
  • I want to participate in a BLV program because I want to visit other countries and experience helping the people there.

    – Trevor, Student
  • I want to travel the world and make a difference.

    – Mary, Student

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