Helping the Helping Hands Farm
Lee Ann, 57, joined us from the USA on her time off from her job of documenting and following conservation, environmental regulations, processes and forms of fishing in Alaska. She combined volunteer placements in Siem Reap, volunteering at two Cambodia projects – the Cambodia Food and Farming Project and the Cambodia Clean Water Project for six weeks. Here is her recap on her experience at the Cambodia Food and Farming Programme!
What inspired you to volunteer?
I discovered Volunteer Travel in Africa in 2016. I like the idea and concept and enjoy the interaction and actually meeting and working with local residents.
Why did you choose Globalteer?
I discovered Globalteer by researching on the internet and decided on Globalteer by the good reviews and the programs offered.
Experience in Cambodia
Have you enjoyed your experience here?
Yes, the trip has been amazing - the projects were physical and the people fun, helpful and encouraging.
Do you think you have made an impact in the time you have been here?
I actually feel like the project at Helping Hands did help the program. By expanding the garden and planting we saw the efforts growing. This was a very rewarding experience.
How was the support from the project staff?
Absolutely perfect for me! They helped with any questions I had and arrangements or advice when asked. Having a free Cambodian Language lessons at the beginning was extremely helpful - even though I am a horrible student, I did learn a lot.
Advice for Future Volunteers
What would you say to someone who is considering volunteering?
I would tell them to go for it!
Any advice for future volunteers?
Check into the area before arriving - just to get an idea of the type of things you may want to see. Also, if you can learn a few words in the Cambodian Language this also helps too. There are so many things to do in free time - having your own ideas helps.
Any final thoughts on your experience?
This country and area was new to me and I was surprised at so many things. The local people are warm and welcoming, the country itself is absolutely gorgeous. The other volunteers and the staff were all friendly and helpful. I cannot say enough good about the organization, and the flexibility.
You don't have to be a natural green-thumb to also volunteer at the Food and Farming Project, the great staff at the project will be there to guide you. Just contact us to find out how you can join the project.
Or if you are unable to volunteer but would still like to help, then you can sign up to become a monthly donor through our website.