This is the schoolies trip that is going to make all your friends jealous. Join our most unique service adventure aboard Rustic’s boat in Cambodia. Visit communities where families live and work in homes that float like houseboats. Immerse yourself in daily life during homestays and work alongside these families to repair and build new floating homes for the community. You will learn how to cook traditional meals, local games and maybe even a new dance move for TikToc. Learn about Cambodia’s ancient and modern history as you tour the genocide museums in Phnom Penh and explore the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
Arun-suer-sdey! Arrive into Phnom Penh International Airport where your Schoolies Reimagined leaders will be waiting for you outside of customs. After checking into the hotel and freshening up after a long flight, head out into the city for your first foray into Cambodian food. Over some Khmer Dinner, the group will have their first informal language lesson. While you’ll just cover the basics, making an effort to learn the local language is a great gesture of respect for the local people.
Overnight: Hotel, Phnom Penh
Today will be spent exploring the ancient city of Phnom Penh. Your first destination is Tuol Sleng (S-21), a former school that was used as a prison and has since been converted into a museum to educate visitors about the country’s genocide. You will also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where travellers can walk through the quiet and peaceful fields that played host to mass killings and burials during the genocide. While difficult at times, these sites are important landmarks of Cambodia’s past and allow you to put contemporary Cambodia into historical perspective. Tour the Royal Palace where the King currently resides and visit Olympic Stadium, where Cambodians gather before and after work to exercise and meet up with friends.
Overnight: Hotel, Phnom Penh
This morning, fly up to Siem Reap, home of incredible Angkor Wat! Siem Reap will show you a different side to Cambodia – it’s much more touristy here, and with that comes great food and live music, not to mention the incredible night markets which are perfect for souvenir shopping.
Spend the day preparing for your trip to the floating village of Prek Toal and head to the market to buy supplies for your time on the water.
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
Experience a completely different way of life in Cambodia’s floating villages where families do everything on their boats, from cooking their morning meals to reeling in their fishing nets at the end of the day. Settle into homestays in Prek Toal and explore this unique community before your service work assisting with a housing improvement initiative begins. Spend time getting to know the locals and swapping stories.
Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Floating Villages
Say goodbye to Prek Toal and head back to Siem Reap where you’ll explore the famous night markets for some local souvenirs. Head to the Cambodian circus after dinner for an inspiring show of acrobatics with performers from Phare Ponleu Selpak, an organisation that educates disadvantaged youth through the power of the arts
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
Set out in the blue-grey of the early morning to see the sun rise over the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex in the world. Grab a good spot and get your camera ready for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime view! As you enter the complex to explore the structure, check out the intricate carvings of Angkor’s historical battle scenes. If you’re brave enough to climb the steep steps, the view atop the highest tower is well worth it!
Travel next to see the huge, carved faces of Bayon. After lunch, make your way to the shady and cool tree temple, Ta Prohm. Massive trees have grown up through these ruins making for a spectacular sight. Have fun! This is a great place to check out the hidden passages or duck into a cool spot to collect your thoughts.
You’ll discover a lot about the Khmer Empire today but it’s not over yet. head into town for dinner to share the last evening meal with your Cambodian friends and laugh about all the good times and memories you have just created.
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
Today you will have a final morning to explore Siem Reap and get in some last-minute shopping. There will be a final celebration over lunch with your crew before it’s time to head to the airport. After an emotional farewell you’ll start the journey back to Australia. We hope your time spent in Cambodia will stay with you for a lifetime. Lee-hi! Cambodia will miss you!
Travellers will require a visa to enter Cambodia. It is travellers’ responsibility to obtain the necessary visa. Travellers will be denied access to their destination if they do not have the appropriate paperwork.
E-Visas can be obtained online by visiting the Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at https://www.evisa.gov.kh
The current cost of the visa is US$37, which can be paid online via credit card. You will need to enter passport details and upload a digital passport-size portrait photo. Once processed, you will be emailed an e-Visa that you should print and carry in your passport to Cambodia. Please send a copy to Schoolies Reimagined .
Non-Australian passport holders may need alternative visas for entry into Cambodia. Please contact us for details or check with the appropriate consulate or embassy.
Travellers will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet travellers when they arrive at Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia. We will suggest a flight route from all major cities so travellers can travel together.
No, international flights are not included in the program fee. Please contact our office if you require any assistance with flight arrangements.
Cambodia is 11.5 hours by air from Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne, and 8.5 hours by air from Perth.
No, this program does not include international airfares. Please contact our office if you require any assistance with flight arrangements.
Flights need to be booked into Phnom Penh and out of Siem Reap. Travellers need to arrive into Phnom Penh International Airport no later than 2pm on Saturday 27th November and depart Siem Reap International Airport after 2pm on the 6th December.
This program operates in Phnom Penh, Prek Toal and Siem Reap.
Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Schoolies Reimagined maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 travellers.
You will be with other Australian’s between the ages of 17 – 19. You may find yourself in a smaller, cozier setting or part of a big high-energy crew.
Travellers will have access to clean, safe drinking water (pronounced duk) on this trip at all times. Water in faucets can be used to brush your teeth but is not for drinking. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated!
When you join us on this incredible journey we want you to have as immersive an experience as possible and soak it all in. To do that you are encouraged to take a break from technology and engage with the life on the ground in Cambodia. Leave the lands of social media behind and focus on being present in the moment—don’t worry, it will still be there when you return—we promise!
You will have access to internet in Phnom Penh but throughout the rest of the trip, internet access will be sporadic.
You will be given the phone number to our 24/7 emergency line which is kept open for true emergencies only. One of our awesome staff members will be in charge of this line, and they will pass any necessary information to us on the ground in Cambodia.
Get ready to sweat! Cambodia’s dry season starts in November but you can still get the tail end of the rainy season. Temperatures range from 20 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius at this time. What does that mean for you? Clothes that have synthetic fibers are great because they dry fast (much faster than cotton)! Ponchos can easily be purchased in-country.
You will be staying in hotels and guesthouses with western amenities such as air conditioning and hot water while in Phnom Penh.
In Prek Toal, Travellers will be staying at homestay accommodation, which is nestled in a small local village. Here travellers will have a mattress pad on the floor with a mosquito net. Sleeping arrangements will be separated by gender.
Traditional Khmer food of course! Cambodia is home to many great cuisines due in part to French colonial influence, and you will get a chance to try these out when in major cities. However, you will be encouraged to eat local food as much as possible, after all, you are in Cambodia! Lok-lak, amok, pra-hok— sound familiar? These are some of the most well known dishes in Cambodia. Be sure to tell one of your local Program Leaders that you want to try pra-hok, which will most certainly give them a laugh. It is common for Cambodians to eat rice with every meal- even for breakfast, unless they’re having some yummy noodle soup! Some dishes you can expect are: rice based dishes (especially fried rice, pronounced bai cha in Khmer), noodle soups, grilled pork, stir fried vegetables, various fish dishes, and tons of fresh fruit! Coconuts are plentiful so get ready to crack some open and enjoy the refreshing coconut juice with your meals! We will make every effort to accommodate vegetarian and other special dietary needs as best we can, but please be aware that travellers with seafood or nut allergies cannot be accommodated.
Schoolies Reimagined works with local community leaders and organisations to identify and prioritise the needs of each community. You can expect to lend a helping hand with the most pressing needs of the communities at the time of your visit.
Don’t worry, we won’t tell on you if you wear the same t-shirt twice! Cleanliness is a big part of Asian culture so we keep as clean as we can while traveling. We will have access to laundry facilities at the beginning and end of this program which usually cost around $1/kilogram. Feel free to buy some laundry soap at the local market and learn how to wash your clothes by hand like many Cambodians do during your time in the Kampong Cham!
Please visit International SOS or Smart Traveller for an up to date report on current situations regarding visiting Cambodia. Staff will alert travellers if any changes to safety occur within the country.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunisation and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be travelling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunisations and traveller’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
International SOS is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All travellers traveling with Schoolies Reimagined will have access to International SOS benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member you will have access to International SOS’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travellers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program.
This program can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.
Malaria is present throughout the country of Cambodia. Mosquitos tend to pop up whenever the rain starts, and at night. Please bring a bottle of mosquito repellant with the proper amount of DEET (at least 30% DEET is recommended). Packing a lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants to wear at night for extra protections is also a great idea! Travellers will be provided mosquito nets when in Kampong Cham. Be sure to consult with a travel doctor or your family physician regarding additional precautions to take.
Part of traveling internationally is learning how to be responsible for your belongings. All travellers are responsible for carrying their own personal spending money and you must be prepared for this responsibility. On average, most travellers require a minimum of AUS $100-$150 for incidental expenses (including laundry, any extra snacks, souvenirs, etc.). The night markets in Siem Reap have an amazing variety of crafts, clothing, and unbelievable miscellaneous trinkets. Shopping there is a real treat, so budget more if you’re a big time shopper and less if you’re a go light, less is more, bring home only the memories kind of traveler.
ATMs are widely available in Cambodia, and travellers are encouraged to bring ATM cards to limit the risk of theft as they travel. We suggest bringing $200 AUD in cash and then using an ATM if additional money is needed. Don’t forget to call your financial institution beforehand to let them know you’ll be travelling out of the country and ask about any additional fees!