DESTINATION: Cambodia

February 29 - March 13, 2024

TRIP FULL!

LEAP into the New Year!

Jax in Tuk Tuk

Our first Kindness Adventures trip to Cambodia 

begins with a stop in Bangkok

and then on to the amazing Siem Reap.


click to see the plans to help build a playground for the children


Empowering women to make a difference through kindness and adventure

DESTINATION: Bangkok & Cambodia

Bangkok arrive

 

February 29 - March 2, 2024

Adventures in

Bangkok, Thailand

We begin in Bangkok. Fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

Together we'll explore Bangkok which will captivate your senses with its rich culture, delectable cuisine, and stunning attractions.

Arrive into BKK - walk or take the shuttle to Novotel and check-in - get a good sleep ready for a full day tomorrow

Arrival:  Suvarnabhumi Airport, BKK - Bangkok, Thailand

Walk or Take Shuttle to  Accommodation: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (3 nights, shared)


Friday, March 1, 2024  After a late breakfast, we will head for downtown Bangkok via the train. Then a short taxi ride to Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha). We will have a tour followed by an hour-long massage in the temple.  If there is enough time, we will stop off at the Jim Thompson House Museum - the Thai Silk Kimg.   After we will enjoy a Backstreet Food Tour  with a total of 15 delicious and interesting tastings. Returning to our hotel via taxi.

Activities: Wat Temple, Tour, Massage, Food Tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport


Saturday, March 2, 2024 After breakfast we are off  to cruise along on a boat tour to see a side of Bangkok that most travelers don't get to see. Then onto a tour of the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok. After we'll enjoy another amazing massage. We'll end with a late lunch/early dinner to be fresh and ready for our flight the next morning.

Activities: Boat Tour, The Grand Palace, Massage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

Accommodation: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport



Cambodian Girl Sewing

March 3 - March 8, 2024

Kindness in

Siem Reap, Cambodia


We take flight together early on the morning of Sunday, March 3, 2024! We land at the beautiful Siem Reap Airport SAI and take a taxi to the Victory Guest House in Siem Reap.

After checking in, we'll enjoy a specially prepared lunch at the Guest House. Then we're off on a tuk tuk ride to The Treak Community Centre. Our hosts will give a tour and an orientation. We'll learn more about the culture and people of Cambodia along with those we will be serving as part of our Kindness project. 

We'll have time to explore town and enjoy a delicious Cambodian dinner. 

Travel: 1 hour flight: BKK - SAI; 1 hour drive to accommodation

Activities: Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre, Explore Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House (6 nights; shared)


Monday, March 4, 2024 Breakfast at the Guest House. Ride bikes or tuk tuk to Treak Community Centre. Work on your project -- pre-selected from list (see under KINDNESS section below). Lunch onsite and afternoon of project work. Ride back to the Victory Guest House and enjoy dinner in town.

Activities: Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre Projects

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House 


Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Follow same itinerary as above. Late afternoon pottery class. Dinner in town.

Activities: Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre Projects, Pottery Class

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House 


Wednesday, March 6, 2024 Follow similar itinerary as above

Activities: Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre Projects

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House 


Thursday, March 7, 2024 Follow similar itinerary as above with an additional brick making with plastic project.

Activities: Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre Projects, Plastic Brick Making 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House 


Friday, March 8, 2024 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY! Breakfast at the Guest House followed by morning work at Treak Community Centre. Late morning shop at the local market and visit the farm for our farm-to-table cooking class at the Treak Community Center. After a late lunch, a free afternoon. Dinner in town.

Activities: Bicycle or Tuk Tuk Ride, Treak Community Centre Projects, Shopping and Cooking Lesson

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Victory Guest House 


 

Sunrise Siem ReapMarch 9 - March 13, 2024

Adventures in

Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Saturday, March 9, 2024 Pack up luggage to be transported to cute boutique hotel. After breakfast, take a tuk tuk to a fishing village. Lunch on at the floating restaurant. Return for an early dinner and off to sleep.

Travel: Luggage Transported Separately, Tuk Tuk Ride to Fishing Village

Activities: Explore Fishing Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel (4 nights; single)


Sunday, March 10, 2024  Awaken before sunrise to witness the beauty of Angkor Wat at daybreak. We'll then have a full-day tour of what the Guinness World Records considers the largest religious structure in the world. Includes lunch and dinner when return.

Activities: Sunrise and Tour at Angkor Wat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel 


Monday, March 11, 2024 A hearty breakfast before a day of waterfall hiking. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch and then enjoy a free afternoon. Dinner in town.

Activities: Waterfall hike, picnic lunch, free afternoon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel 


Tuesday, March 12, 2024 After breakfast, we'll take the bike paths to the temples, having lunch along the way. Dinner in town.

Activities: Bicycling the paths to the temples

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel 


Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Depart Siem Reap Airport SAI -  Arrive Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

All Depart for Home.




KINDNESS + ADVENTURES

KINDNESS

Children with Ball

We are fortunate to have responsible and ethical volunteer partners with People and Places (UK) and Treak Community Centre (Cambodia).

People and Places match volunteer skills to project needs to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the volunteers and the community they visit. As an award-winning, ethical and responsible volunteer travel company with many years of experience, Kindness Adventures is pleased to partner with People and Places to ensure the best possible service experience.

Funded by charitable donations, Treak Community Centre in Siem Reap provides free education to around 300 children and young people every day.  In addition, Treak runs their Community Support Programme that provides training, jobs, and income for parents and other villagers to help people take control of their own futures which fits with their overarching philosophy to create opportunities not dependency.  

We will be working with our partners to properly prepare for our trip, to understand and appreciate Cambodian culture and to offer our help in culturally sensitive ways that empower rather than undermine local people.  

To learn more and and take a tour:

Treak Community Centre

In preparation for our KINDNESS service project, we are each required to provide People and Places with information -- including background check, personal statements for placement on projects, references and agreement to child protection policy and volunteerism code of conduct.

With your skills and interests in mind, here is a listing of potential projects:

  • Education

    • General classroom support for Treak teachers in the pre-school and early years classes
    • General classroom support for Treak teachers in the English lessons
    • Helping in the library: helping children to read, reading stories to children, playing educational games and quizzes 
    • Plan and run a very basic science lesson(s)
    • Plan and run sessions within the PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) curriculum. This wide ranging subject at Treak covers topics such as:
    • know about and understand a healthy lifestyle
    • be aware of safety issues
    • understand what makes for good relationships with others
    • have respect for others
    • be positive, be independent and responsible members of a community, such as school
    • develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
    • develop good relationships with other members of the wider community
  • Sports/Nutrition/Health and Wellbeing

    • Running sports activities with Treak children at break and/or lunchtimes
    • Running hygiene lessons with younger children (5 – 10 years old)
    • Working with 2 Dutch interns who are looking at healthy eating options and how to encourage children/families to adopt them
  • Business/Management

    Work with project director Mrs Salin on our new business venture to train local women in sewing and craft skills, and to then generate income for the school (Treak Creations)

    • marketing of products
    • payment options for sale of goods overseas
    • shipment options for sales of goods overseas
  • Arts/Design

    • Working with students to paint signs and notices both inside and outside, plus some designs on the classroom walls such as the alphabet, numbers, shapes etc.
    • Work with Salin to create new designs/ideas for clothing and other items for Treak Creations
  • Manual work

    • Build a playground -- a proper play area with swings, slides, climbing frame, see saw etc. maybe even a play house  

    • Update the ball games court with proper fence/netting around it to keep the balls from flying across the play area and wider playground

    • Paint pictures/designs/a mural on the wall

ADVENTURES

 Sunrise Siem Reap

 What is better than to give back AND go on an ADVENTURE?!

Join us in Bangkok and then travel with us to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Together we'll explore Bangkok which will captivate your senses with its rich culture, delectable cuisine, and stunning attractions. Our itinerary includes:

  • Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha), along with the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the country's earliest center for public eduction.
  • The Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok is a complex of buildings with gorgeous, not to be missed sections.
  • Bangkok Food Tour with food spots favored by locals, eat like the Thais do! Can you say "Pad Thai"?  
  • Cruise along on a boat tour to see a side of Bangkok that most travelers don’t get to see
  • Enjoy your perfect Massage -- Thai Massage? Thai Herbal Compress Massage? Or?

Our short flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap begins early Sunday morning. When we arrive, welcome to these unique Cambodian adventures:

  • A personalized cultural immersion orientation with our friends at Treak Community Centre.
  • Travel back and forth to our service project in a Tuk Tuk or custom paint and ride your Kindness Adventures bicycle.
  • In addition to working on our project, we will have pottery class, farm-to-table market shopping and cooking class and a special celebration for International Women's Day on March 8th!
  • Onwards to a fishing village via a tuk tuk and enjoy a fantastic meal at the floating restaurant.
  • Awaken before sunrise to witness the beauty of Angkor Wat at daybreak. We'll then tour what the Guinness World Records considers the largest religious structure in the world. 
  • Further adventures include waterfall hikes and bicycling through the countryside.
Adventure
ad·ven·ture
/ədˈven(t)SHər/

An adventure is an exciting experience or undertaking that is typically bold, sometimes risky. 

If you are ready to LEAP into the New Year with women empowering women to make a difference through kindness and adventure, we have a space for you. Let's begin together.

JacquelineAndCarolyn Hands

For a New Beginning by John O'Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

Packing List from Jax

Jax sitting Cambodia

It all begins with a willingness to lead from your heart!

Thank you for coming along with Kindness Adventures!

Click below for a packing list. Let me know if you have ANY questions.

Kindness Adventures Cambodia and Thailand Packing List

SHOES

__ 1 pair of lightweight hiking shoes

__ 1 pair of comfortable shoes for general use

__ 1 pair of comfortable sandals

__ 1-2 pairs of socks

CLOTHING – NOTE – MOST ITEMS CAN BE BOUGHT IN CAMBODIA – VERY INEXPENSIVE

__ 2 pairs of lightweight & quick-drying pants for hiking –zip-offs or roll up work well

__ 1-2 pairs of lightweight shorts*

__ 1-2 lightweight long-sleeved shirt for sun/bug protection - button up front is best.

__ 2-3 short-sleeved shirts - for our service you must have sleeves and optional collars.

__ 1 midweight puffy jacket, sweatshirt or sweater

__ 1 lightweight long sleeve pullover – fleece or the like

__ 1 rain jacket (waterproof windbreaker) and rain pants – waterproof/breathable fabric like Gore-tex

__ Underwear and bras (comfortable sports bras recommended)

__ Sleepwear

__ 1 wide brimmed or baseball style hat for protection from the sun/rain

__ 1 swimsuit and a coverup/sarong**

__ 1–2 changes of casual clothes to wear at end of day and for travel days.

**When visiting temples, a scarf is recommended to cover your shoulders. A sarong is a small handy item.

EQUIPMENT/ESSENTIALS

__ Passport and a photocopy of your passport

__ e-visa which you have already applied and received online – 2 PAPER COPIES!!

__ 1 daypack (see notes on packing list for recommended capacity)

__ reusable water bottle – Nalgene or equivalent

__ Sunglasses (100% UV protection) w/retention strap __ Insect repellant

__ Small headlamp or flashlight __ Universal adaptor

__ Phone and phone charger __ Camera & lenses, optional

__ Plug adapter A,C or G

__ Your favorite snacks,

__ Items to help make the travel days more comfortable: compression socks, neck pillow, eye mask,

motion sickness pills, books/magazines, ear plugs, face/hand wipes, tissues, notebook/journal & writing supplies

TOILETRIES (small everything)

__ Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, , contact lens and supplies and/or prescription

glasses, sanitary supplies, hairbrush, nail clippers, lotion, razor, Q-tips, cotton balls

__ Sunscreen and lip protection with sunblock of at least SPF 15

__ Personal first aid/patch kit - Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, 1 safety pin, a small roll of duct tape (wrap around a pencil),

moleskin, blister bandages, ibuprofen & aspirin, any prescription and preferred over-the-counter medications

Please note: Individuals who have had or have the potential for a severe allergic reaction to insect stings, specific foods or

medications must bring an epi-pen. Please consult your physician and tell your guide.

 

Notes on the Packing List

As there are many great deals in Thailand and Cambodia, please do not overpack!

Daypacks: Your daypack should be large enough to hold the following items, rain gear, lunch/snacks (for the

day), sunscreen, and Water bottle

Final Day to Register is January 10, 2024!

Note Requirements for Participation Below

Payment Plan

$1500 * 3

Dec, Jan, Feb

Register in December and make two additional payments in January and February.

Pay In Full

$4500

one payment by Feb 1

Register by February 1 and make one payment in full.

 

Includes:

14 days/13 nights

All Meals

All Ground Transportation

Internal Flights to/from SAI

All Activities, Donations, and Kindness Ambassador Gifts

Travel Insurance

Does not include:

Flights to/from BKK

Cambodia Visa

Personal Medical Insurance

Background Check Cost

Tips

Preparation for Participation

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active

During our time together, you will hike, bike, and actively participate in volunteer work. To receive the most enjoyment, anticipate and prepare your fitness.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: See list below

There are quite a few forms and requirements. Since we are working and mentoring children, the paperwork process is important. It will take some time and effort -- and it is SO WORTH IT! The complete and timely submission of your information ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for our participants and for the community we will be serving. All of the information will be kept confidential and on record for future travel with Kindness Adventures. Upon registering, you will receive a welcome packet email that contains the details and the forms to be completed. You are our #1 priority. We are happy to assist you in answering any of your questions.

Background Check Certification

Personal Volunteer Statement

References (3) Checked

Emergency Contact Details

Valid Passport

Visa for Cambodia

Insurance Details

Agreement to Child Protection Policy,

Volunteer Code of Conduct,

and Waivers for Kindness Adventures 


Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Accommodations & Transportion

We will gather in Bangkok on LEAP DAY - February 29, 2024.  Staying at Novotel.

Departing for Siem Reap on Sunday, March 3, 2024. Staying at Victory Guesthouse and then Boutique Hotel.

Returning to Bangkok on Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Accommodations are shared February 29 - March 8. 

Meals & Beverages

We will do our best to ensure you have healthy, happy meals. When registering, please let us know your specific dietary requests. 

When dining out, we will do our best to ensure a good selection of options. 

Wine and cocktails will be an additional cost.

A survey of food preferences will be sent after registration.

Preparation & Packing

See the Packing List above.

In addition, we will have 3 zoom calls:

  • Jan 11, 2024 5;00PM PT
  • Feb 15, 2024 5:00pm PT
  • Apr 4, 2024. 5:00pm PT

Details will be sent after your registration.

Volunteer Process & Requirements

See the Preparation for Participation information above.

After registering, you will receive the documents along with instructions on what is needed by when.

Activities and Fitness

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active

During our time together, you will hike, bike, and actively participate in volunteer work. To receive the most enjoyment, anticipate and prepare your fitness.

Airlines & Airport

Arrive Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

Depart Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) late afternoon on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Your internal flights from BKK - SAI - BKK are included and will be booked using your passport information that you will provide as part of the preparation materials.

Travel Insurance

Kindness Adventures will purchase travel insurance.

You are required to purchase your own personal liability travel insurance. Ensure that your insurance company understands the nature of your volunteer work -- you can tell them the work you do will not involve climbing ladders and will not include the use of power tools. 

We will need the following insurance details: the name of the insurance company, policy number, and dates of coverage no later than February 1, 2024.

COVID Protocols & Border Crossing

Currently, there are no COVID protocols.

For the safety of our guests and our local community, we recommend vaccinations and encourage you to test before embarking on this adventure.

Your passport must be valid and have at least 6 months before expiration.

You will need to obtain a visa for entry to Cambodia

Follow Link Here

Itinerary & Program Updates

In order to provide you with the best experience, we may adjust the program components due to weather or other schedule considerations.

More Questions? Reach out!


Kindness Adventures & Trip Details 

Contact: Jacqueline Stanford

WhatsApp: +1 818-331-9955

Email: Jax@KindnessAdventures.org


Help with booking your flights or help with extending your travel plans

Contact: Melissa Fulton

Phone: +1 949-433-5129

Email: mfulton@dreamvacations.com


 

Cambodia Insta Collage

Let's spread kindness together!

Help us build Collage!

Cambodian Mom and Child

KINDNESS:

Helping women and children at the Treak Community Centre in Siem Reap.

ADVENTURES:

Outdoor Activities. Cultural Immersion including Angkor Wat.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead



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At Kindness Adventures, we are committed to fostering a culture of kindness and compassion, and to creating a supportive and inclusive community of like-minded women who are passionate about making a positive impact.

Destinations are chosen to provide a service of KINDNESS + a spark of ADVENTURE. Our non-profit brings together women to donate their skills in service and to enjoy their life more fully through travel and adventure.  

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