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Payments towards your remaining balance can be sent in any amount you like, and at any time between when you first apply for your program and when the final balance is due.
The final balance is due 60 days before your departure date. This is so that we can prepare and organise the logistics of your program as efficiently as possible. Your balance due date will be included in the acceptance letter EDventure International sends you. We only accept payments through our website using either PayPal or a credit card. Sorry, but no personal cheques are accepted.
The tropical climate in Cambodia and Thailand means that the weather is very hot year round. During the November – February EDventure programs, the weather will be dry with an average of 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). The evenings can be cooler, so you might prepare by packing a lightweight jacket.The EDventure programs running from June – August months are during Cambodia and Thailand’s rainy season, but the rain is fairly predictable, occurring mostly in the afternoons and only lasting for a few hours. Even with the rainfall, the temperature is still very hot and the sun can be very intense if you are not used to tropical climates.
You will be able to communicate with your project leaders and many of the locals by speaking English. However, we will provide you with some language basics during your orientation so that you can begin to experience the local culture. As is true in any country, when a foreigner attempts to speak the local language, it is sincerely appreciated by the locals. Don’t worry about perfect pronunciation. This will come with practice. Learning to say “hello”, “please”, and “thank you” is a good way to start a conversation and begin to be a part of the community.
In Thailand, the most polite and appreciated way of greeting people is called the Sampeah: upon meeting someone, clasp your hands together in front of your chest with fingers pointing upward. Accompany this gesture with a slight bow.
Yes, you will need a visa for Cambodia. Thailand will allow you to stay in country for the first 30 days. Depending on your nationality, the type of visa and cost will need to be checked prior to your departure. We will provide you with all the information required and will assist you in obtaining any visas required in a timely fashion.Visa costs are generally cheap, and fairly easy to obtain. Recent participants have paid about $20 – $30, and this cost is likely to be the same for you. Be sure your passport has at least 6 months validity. To help you determine the kind of visa you will need to apply for, visit Visa HQ at www.visahq.com/citizens or http://www.dfat.gov.au/visas/
• Your accommodation throughout the duration of the program.
• Transportation to meet the needs of your program, getting to the sites, etc.
• Three meals daily. We can cater to vegetarians and for certain types of food allergies.
• Building materials needed for volunteer projects.
• Education materials for the orphanages and village schools.
• Materials needed for conservation projects.
• For many projects EDventure International will hire local skilled trades people to help with the volunteer projects.
• Some of the designated activities that are part of your EDventure experience.
• EDventure International’s gifts and donations to the local community.
• EDventure International staff members.
• Administration costs.
• Global Leadership education course facilitation, materials, and Certification.
• Passport expenses
• International travel insurance
• Departure taxes from Cambodia (about $25)
• Your daily accommodation is covered in this price.
• The transportation from the airport at the beginning of your EDventure program, as well as returning to the airport when the program finishes. Transportation daily to your volunteer projects, schools, and designated activities will also be included.
• There will be a need to provide plenty of building materials and educational resources, such as paint, wood, brick, tools, cement, paper, writing materials, etc., all which are covered in the monies that you provide.
• Some of the volunteer projects require the expertise of local tradesmen, and so EDventure International pays their wages. It is our aim to provide local employment opportunities through our volunteer efforts. We don’t want to take away paid work from locals by having our volunteers do the same work. By hiring local trade works to assist in the projects, we can promote local sustainability and add to the economy of the community.
• Many of the local activities you will partake in during the evenings will be hosted by a member of the community, and these costs are part of your EDventure program.
• EDventure International provides donations to the communities where our volunteers are involved.
• The Global Leadership skills development program is an educational course, and the tuition for this course is covered within the program fee.
Of course! Many of the local dishes are noodle or rice based and can be made from a variety of local vegetables. You will be sure to enjoy the local cuisine. Just indicate on your application what your dietary needs are, and we will try to accommodate your requests.
Your safety is our number one priority. EDventure International keeps an updated list of local emergency contacts for each program location. We have set emergency procedures in place and there is always a contact person in country and in our offices in Australia and throughout North America that can be reached 24/7. There are hospitals nearby, and pharmacies with medication readily available.In addition, you are required to provide us with your emergency contact details on your application form. EDventure International also registers each participant with the local embassies before arrival. Program staff are all certified in First Aid and First Aid kits will be available at each project site and at your accommodation.
Before beginning a project, we complete a risk assessment and evaluate the safety of the project sites to minimize potential hazards. While there is always a potential risk traveling within developing countries, we provide you with a two-day orientation at the beginning of your program to minimize these risks and ensure your EDventure experience is as safe and well structured as possible.
Yes, much of the water is just fine to drink, however, your digestive system may not be accustomed to the natural water at your program’s location. If you are concerned with getting a stomach ache, there will be bottled water available.
Once you have applied to our program, we will send you information and ideas that will help you raise the funds to send you on your next EDventure!