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creating partnerships for progress
 
is looking for volunteers who want to see the world from a different perspective – to give and receive, to experience profound and life changing events. Volunteers from all walks of life with an adventurous spirit and passion to help are welcome!
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May 7, 2016  4th Annual HIKE FOR HEALING Hike-A-Thon
June 12 - 25, 2016 Project HEALING A COMMUNITY medical clinic build in Cambodia

fund raising opportunities
creating partnerships for progress is always looking for innovative ways to help fund its projects. We would love to hear from you. Do you have an idea for fundraising? Do you know of a store, school, house of worship that would be willing to sponsor part of our project Please contact Nicole Sorce at nallfrey.cpp@gmail.com.

volunteerism
creating partnerships for progress is looking for volunteers to help with the regular management of the organization:
  • Marketing – assist with drafting email campaigns, newsletters and outreach 
  • Fund raising- assist in developing new fund raising campaigns 
  • Project coordinator – Clean Hands, Healthy Life – assist in developing a campaign to encourage hand washing and learning to make soap 
  • Project coordinator – Healthy Smile – assist with developing a campaign to encourage teeth brushing and general oral hygiene 

creating partnerships for progress' current project HEALING A COMMUNITY is to build a medical clinic in rural Cambodia. The clinic is centrally located near 25 villages and will serve over 10,000 people in Kong Pisey District, Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. Imagine what it would mean to a community to have a place to obtain primary medical. Access to basic medical care is among the most striking benefits to a family and community. By addressing the most common health needs of children, primary health care can bring the greatest benefits to the health of families and communities.

You could be part of this project, making a difference!

creating partnerships for progress
is looking for future projects. If you know of a community that could benefit from logistics, volunteers and/or financial aid, or if you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Angela Wendel at awendel.cpp@gmail.com

cultural travel
creating partnerships for progress plans culturally immersive tours throughout the countries of the current project, as well as providing an opportunity to enjoy living, eating and working with locals for a total immersion experience. Trips are exclusive to and are intended to provide travelers the richest experience one could have. Volunteers or independent travelers interested in this trip can email Angela Wendel for more information.

frequently asked questions for volunteers and travelers

1. How much does it cost to volunteer?
We request that volunteers dedicate two weeks to volunteer, however arrangements can be made if you can only volunteer for one week.  The cost for volunteering is US$150 per week.  This includes room and board, the joining hotel accommodation (if necessary), transportation costs to/from the airport in Phnom Penh to Domdek Village, the location of our medical clinic build, and local transportation costs to the work site (if necessary).  A weekend excursion will be planned for those volunteers interested, expect the cost of the excursion to be approximately US$300 (this is optional).  Weekend and personal costs should be considered.

2. What are the Visa/Passport requirements?
Visas are required for travel in Cambodia. The cost of a Visa is relatively low, approximately US$30.00.  Visas can be obtained electronically at http://www.vemaybayso1.com/, through the Embassy in your country or at the airport.  Please note that the lines for obtaining a Visa at the airport may be long.
 
3. Safety? How safe is Cambodia, how safe will we be during our volunteering?

Our volunteers will be staying with local families who are experienced with hosting foreigners.  We are being welcomed by an organization that has roots in the community for many years and is doing good work.  On vacation, we will be accompanied by a reputable guide at all times.

Various NGO's have been working hard to de-mine Cambodia, and it's perfectly safe as long as you stick to the well beaten paths. The mines that are left are invariably in out of the way places. However, don't take any risks. Active mine fields are marked with with red sticks and 'skull and cross bones' signs.

 

Pickpockets, some of whom are beggars, are present in the markets and at the tourist sites.  If you are visiting Cambodia, you should practice sound personal security awareness by varying their routes and routines, maintaining a low profile, not carrying or displaying large amounts of cash, not wearing flashy or expensive jewelry, and not walking alone after dark.  In addition, travel by automobile but do not use local moto-taxis or cyclos (passenger-carrying bicycles).  These vehicles are more vulnerable to armed robberies and offer no protection against injury when involved in traffic accidents.

 

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available.  Not only are the bootleg items illegal in the United States and most Western countries, it may also be illegal under local law to purchase them.

 

4. What immunizations are recommend? Are anti-malaria drugs necessary?
The CDC recommends the following vaccines:  Hep A & B, Typhoid and Japanese Encephalitis, along with the standard vaccines (tetanus, MMR, polio).  Anti-malaria drugs should be taken while in Cambodia.  Please see your doctor or a travel medical service provider for more comprehensive information.
 
5. How many people will be volunteering? Vacationing?
Volunteers will be limited to 16 people.  
 
6. Is the water safe?
Tap water in Cambodia not safe to drink. Iodine pills, filters, Steripen or boiling for one minute are the most effective means of water purification. However, safe-to-drink, inexpensive purified water is widely available in hotels, shops and restaurants. Safe drinking water will be available at no cost to the volunteering during the project.
 
7. What are the accommodations like?

Volunteers will be staying with a local family, therefore the accommodations will be rustic and simple – expect electricity and pit toilets. There is no running water, however, bottled water for drinking and rain water for showers is always available. If participating on the weekend excursion, we will be staying in simple hotels (may be multi-share).
 
8. How will I get from the airport to the joining hotel?
cpp will organize transportation from the airport in Phnom Penh to Domdek Village, in Kampong Speu and the cost is included in the cost of the trip.
 
9. Arrival and departure dates
Volunteers need to be in Phnom Penh no later than June 12, where transportation either from the airport or a hotel will be arranged to take us to Domdek Village. Volunteers will be transported back to Phnom Penh on June 25.

10. What is the electricity/outlet type?
230V, 50 Hz; flat blade (US-type) and round pins (European-type) plugs.  Universal adapter may be necessary.
 
11. What will the weather be like?
Under construction. 
 
12. Miscellaneous facts about Cambodia:
Cambodia is a developing country with a constitutional monarchy and an elected government.  King Norodom Sihamoni is the constitutional monarch and head of state.  Elections for Members of the National Assembly were held in July 2008 and are scheduled to take place again in July 2013.  The July 2008 elections sent representatives from five different parties to the National Assembly, with the Cambodian People’s Party holding a majority of seats.  The country has a market economy, with approximately 80 percent of the population of 13.4 million engaged in subsistence farming.  The government has generally good relations with its neighbors despite strains over residual border disputes and other historic antagonisms.  Khmer is the language spoken by the people, but the official language is still French, however, French is generally only spoke in the Capital.  English is spoken in many tourist locations.  

The Cambodian riel is the official currency, but US dollars are universally accepted in Cambodia. Most ATMs dispense US dollars instead of riels. They charge for a withdraw a fee of 3-5$. Canadia bank doesn't charge a fee. While there are sufficient ATMs in the major tourist areas of Sihanoukville, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh which dispense US$it may be wise to bring your own supply of US$1, $5, $10 and $20 notes to avoid problems changing larger denominations of $50 or $100 notes.

 

Both debit card withdrawls (Maestro, Cirrus, Plus, VISA) and cash advances on credit cards are possible. VISA and JCB are the most widely accepted credit cards; MasterCard and American Express cards are slowly becoming more widely accepted.

 

Please note that ATMs throughout the country only accept a 4-digit PIN. If your PIN is more than 4 digits, you may want to change to a 4 digit PIN before you leave your country.

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