About the Program
Build for Hope : Venture for Good
is a uniquely integrated program that combines hands-on community service, social entrepreneurship training, and a dedicated focus on culture and wellness. This holistic approach provides an authentic and enriching experience, imparting the knowledge to create impactful social ventures while immersing you in the cultural richness of the communities we serve and nurturing your well-being.
Our program weaves together personal growth, community impact, and a deeper connection to the community around you. By program completion, you will possess the expertise and skills to develop sustainable businesses that address societal challenges. Through dynamic small-group learning and mentorship, we foster empathetic and innovative entrepreneurs committed to driving positive impact.
BUILD for HOPE
The BUILD for HOPE project is dedicated to improving the lives of Cambodia's most impoverished communities, especially those in rural areas surrounding Siem Reap. These areas often suffer from high poverty rates, where many families struggle to survive on less than a dollar a day. Most of the existing housing in these regions is rudimentary and can't withstand the frequent rainstorms. In response, BUILD for HOPE constructs traditional Khmer-style houses designed for durability and resilience, offering families safe and secure shelter for at least 15 years. Each house is a solid four meters by five meters structure with concrete footings, wooden sides and floorboards, and a durable tin roof. Beyond housing, these structures represent hope and positive change, a testament to the power of safe and stable living conditions. The project is about more than just building houses; it's a holistic approach to improving lives. The team works closely with the community and our social worker conducts thorough assessments to ensure that the neediest families are identified. Families receiving support must own their land and be debt-free to prevent eviction or repossession. This comprehensive strategy extends to addressing other critical aspects of living conditions, such as sanitation and education. BUILD for HOPE's impacts go far beyond the physical structures they create. Families receiving these houses experience positive changes in their lives, from improved sleep to better school attendance. As we build hope, our participants play a crucial role in making this transformation possible. Your support is invaluable and instrumental in bringing these changes to those who need them the most. Your participation in the project ensures a lasting impact that transforms the lives of the impoverished, one house at a time.
VENTURE for GOOD
The VENTURE for GOOD programis designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to drive meaningful change through innovative business solutions. Over 5 comprehensive modules, participants will engage in a dynamic blend of theoretical insights and hands-on experiences. Through practical community engagement, including activities like constructing homes and facilities for the underserved, participants will cultivate empathy and nurture a profound social consciousness. In addition to these experiences, participants will garner a holistic understanding of sustainable business models, financial management, impact assessment, and the development of social education ventures. This program is a transformative journey that equips you with the tools and insights needed to drive lasting, positive change through business innovation. ------------------------ Module 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship Module 2: Partnerships and Community Engagement Module 3: Impact Measurement and Evaluation Module 4: Social Education Business Setup & Operation Module 5: Business Sustainability and Financial Management
JAN 7-13, 2024
Day 1 : WELCOME to SIEM REAP
Get ready for an exciting journey with us! The day kicks off with a warm 'Greet & Meet' session at 1:30 PM, where you'll have the chance to connect with fellow participants.
At 2:00 PM, we'll dive into our 'Program Orientation,' ensuring you're well-prepared for the transformative experience ahead.
In the afternoon, we embark on 'VENTURE for GOOD.' Module 1 introduces you to the world of Social Entrepreneurship and Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC).
As the day comes to a close, we'll gather for a 'Welcome Dinner' - a perfect opportunity to build connections and savor delicious local cuisine.
Day 2 : House Building & Local Family site visit
Get ready for the second day filled with purpose and exploration! We begin early 7am in the morning with the 'BUILD for HOPE' project, a hands-on experience where you'll head to the building site. Spend around 3.5 hours working alongside our VBC building leaders, making a real impact.
After a satisfying morning, it's time for a well-deserved and refreshing lunch break.
In the afternoon, we'll embark on a 'Site Visit' to a local community, providing a deeper understanding of local Cambodian family and the context of social business operations.
As the day winds down, we'll engage in a 'Body & Mind Activity,' featuring a relaxing yoga session. It's the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate.
Day 3 : House Building + Social Entrepreneurship
We will continue the 2nd day 'BUILD for HOPE' house building work in the morning from 7am-12pm.
In the afternoon, we delve into 'VENTURE for GOOD' This includes 'Module 2: Partnerships and Community Engagement,' where you'll learn the art of effective collaboration with local communities and partners. Then, in 'Module 3: Impact Measurement and Evaluation,' you'll gain valuable insights into assessing the social impact of your ventures.
Day 4 : House Building + Visit Local Community VBCCC
Prepare for another exciting day ahead with 'BUILD for HOPE', continuing our construction work at the building site from 7am-12pm.
In the afternoon, we continue 'VENTURE for GOOD.' This session includes 'Module 4: Social Education Business Setup & Operation,' where you'll explore the intricacies of setting up and running a social education venture. To enhance your understanding, we'll also visit VBCCC to learn firsthand about the operation of an education venture.
Day 5 : Completion of House Building with Special Addition
Get ready for an exhilarating final day of house building work! We kick things off at 7:00 AM with 'BUILD for HOPE,' where you'll work diligently at the building site until 12:00 PM.
In the afternoon, you'll explore the vital components of running a sustainable business 'VENTURE for GOOD.' In 'Module 5: Business Sustainability and Financial Management' But that's not all— We're thrilled to welcome the founder of REACH Siem Reap as our guest speaker. They'll share invaluable insights into NGO financial and marketing strategies, providing you with a wealth of knowledge and skills to take back with you.
It's an action-packed and knowledge-rich day to conclude your journey.
Day 6 : Unveiling Traditions and Culture
It's a day of heartwarming traditions and cultural exploration, marking the culmination of your house-building journey. The 'House Blessing Ceremony' allows you to celebrate the completed house and participate in a local tradition by blessing the family, forging a unique connection with the community with Building for Hope.
In the afternoon, we dive into culture and history with the 'Angkor Wat Culture Tour' an exploration of the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex and Cambodia's rich heritage.
As the day ends, we gather for a 'Closing Dinner' to reflect, share, and celebrate your incredible journey and the positive impact you've made.
This day beautifully blends community, culture, and connection, making it truly unforgettable.
Day 7 : Final Presentation and Farewell
It's the final day of our program, and it's all about reflecting on your journey and enjoying some last moments together. The 'Final Presentation' is your opportunity to share your experiences and insights gained during the program.
Afterward, we'll go for Culinary Adventure where we'll learn the art of Khmer cooking. It's a delicious way to connect and create lasting memories.
As the clock strikes 2:00 PM, it will be time for your departure, whether it's back to your home or onward to your next adventure. Safe travels!
Founder & Managin Director of
Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC)
Sinn, the visionary force behind Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC). Born into a family of five in a floating village, SINN witnessed the harsh realities of poverty firsthand. His determination to rise above these challenges led him on a transformative journey.
Sinn's drive for growth propelled him to acquire language and computer skills, eventually attaining leadership roles in the construction industry.
In 2014, he channeled his passion into establishing Volunteer Building Cambodia, driven by a profound vision to alleviate the suffering of families living in dire conditions.
Believing that education holds the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, Sinn extended his impact by establishing a community center in 2017. This center provides free education to underprivileged children, a testament to his own truncated education experience and the power of knowledge.
Volunteer Building Cambodia (VBC) is a dynamic force for positive change, dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged communities in Siem Reap. Established with a mission to provide not just shelter but hope, education, and empowerment, VBC has evolved its approach over the years to deliver tangible impact.
Founder & Program Director of
REACH Siem Reap
Originally from Melbourne, Australia. Having spent a life split between Asia and Australia, Emily was always eager to immerse herself in different cultures and communities. She visited Cambodia for the first time as an 18-year-old, and this was a turning point in her life.
With the country and the Cambodian people leaving such a huge impact on her, she returned to volunteer several times before making the decision at age 23 to pack up her life and move to Siem Reap. Unbeknownst to her, this decision would shape her entire career.
Once here, she worked for several years in Marketing and Fundraising before forming a vision of what could be and the incredible impact a well-run NGO could achieve for local communities.
About REACH Siem Reap
REACH Siem Reap is a grassroots NGO, locally registered in Cambodia with the mission of providing integrated programs -all revolving around the core offerings of education, nutrition and health- to impoverished Cambodian children to become change makers within their community, preparing them with life skills to gain fair employment, and to break longstanding cycles of poverty within their family.
Passionate professional seeking to merge your business acumen with a strong sense of social responsibility
Experienced business leader looking to infuse social responsibility into your career/organization culture
Dedicated professional from any field eager to channel your expertise into creating positive impact and personal growth
An individual with a vision to transform communities through education and entrepreneurship
Any individual with a heartfelt passion for social topics, committed to making a difference, and eager to embark on a transformative learning journey.
US$ 1,550 per person
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Max 12 Participants
7-Day Program and all Activities mentioned in the Program Agenda
6-Night Accommodation (Single Occupancy) in a 4-star hotel
6 breakfasts(Jan 7-13), 6 lunches(Jan 7-13) and 2 dinners (Jan 6 & 12)
Transportation to Program offsite activities
WHAT IS EXCLUDED:
Flight Ticket & Airport Transportation
A program fee estimate of US$300 (based on 10 participants) will be allocated to the VBC house building donation fund, which covers the cost of building one VBC house, totaling US$3,000.
Click here for more house-building fund information from VBC.
A 20% deposit is required upon registration to secure your place in the program.
Please ensure that you arrive in Siem Reap no later than 12:00 PM on January 7.
It is mandatory for all participants to have valid travel insurance coverage to participate in this program.
Program guides will be distributed to all participants approximately two weeks before the program start date for your reference and preparation.