Adventure & Learn Leadership & Sustainable Impact, Volunteer/Internship

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Take the road less traveled & come on an epic adventure! Gain life skills, learn sustainable development practices, explore yourself & your passions while on a guided adventure in a foreign land. On this trip, you will develop your skills to help you be a self-aware individual, a strong team asset & build your confidence in where you can excel professionally while pursuing a path in your life that brings you fulfillment. You will embark on this transformational experience with guides that have lived abroad, speak Khmer/Thai & have made lasting, sustainable impacts in these countries. You can expand your life resume with lessons in ecobuilding, be a part of implementing recycling initiatives while providing free education to incredibly grateful children, contemplate inner peace in a Buddhist meditation retreat, paddle board in mangroves, cave exploration, health& wellness regimens, sustainability workshops, jungle/coral reef conservation, elephant rehabilitation, secret waterfalls....

Highlights
  • Elephants, Waterfall Trek with an Eco-friendly Picnic, Paddleboard through the Mangrove Forest, Kayak, See Islands and Snorkel, Field Trip with the Kids to Beach or River, Yoga Boat Trip on the River, Swimming at Greenhouse, Jungle Trek, Obstacle Course
  • Spa, Arcade Eco-Building Project, Sustainable Development with Organic Farming, Learning to Craft Handmade Products, Plastic Bottle Brick Making, Upcycling Glass, Village Outreach, Prepare Workshop for our Students, Khmer Cooking Classes, Wedding
  • Culture! Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Museums, Angkor Watt, Bantaey Srey, Kulen Waterfall, Nightlife, Massages, Pool Time, and SO MUCH MORE!

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Spencer
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventures in Kampot

I started as just a volunteer in 2015 helping build the school with an awesome group of people. Many of whom I regard as good friends and talk to often. The camaraderie at camp was unmatched and unlike any other volunteer program I've done. It was an amazing experience and I decided to continue on as an intern until 2016. I learned a lot about earthship building techniques and farming in Cambodia. Along with learning Khmer and cooking local delicacies. I miss Kampot pepper pork! Living at The Red Road was a blessing and I loved the simple life that it provided. Helping teach students English was rewarding and playing volleyball with them was even more so. We often went to the river to cool off after a long days work and visit a local sugar cane vendor. The Red Road even lived up to its name. The road leading to the school is made up of vibrant red soil. I cherished the motorcycle rides from Kampot to the school and miss stopping in the various villages for supplies. The people were welcoming and forgiving when it came to the language barrier. I might have learned some Khmer but my pronunciation wasn't great. The weekends I spent in Kampot city were also amazing. Lots of great places to eat and guesthouses to stay at. I recommend you do a sunset cruise on the river.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have stayed longer and visited more often. But life often gets in the way.

Take more pictures :)
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Chamomile
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

True Cambodia

Rachel and The Red Road Foundation are truly one of a kind if you're looking for a direct experience with rural Cambodian culture. I was there in 2018, during monsoon season, and my first introduction to the locals was boarding a small boat with our motorbikes to get across the river to the village! The children were always smiling and laughing and the farm was lush and vibrant. I learned how to cultivate and manufacture turmeric and moringa into capsules, help out with English for the students, and explore the area by bike and by foot. The house is a traditionally built structure, so while it was definitely a cultural shock to me I really enjoyed the humbling experience of an outdoor kitchen and off-grid living. Rachel and the host family were very accommodating for my dietary restrictions and personal needs, and I left the foundation with many new friends and family to return to in future years!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A bowl of ants! They even took me over to where they shook the nest from the tree. Luckily they were cooked and not crawling, but definitely not vegan-friendly!
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Jilaena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Adventure

Cambodia's red dirt, luscious landscapes, and beautiful people will always have a dear place in my heart. I made my way to Kampot, a trendy little Cambodian town full of ex patriots, In Januay of 2020. There were juice bars, sushi, excellent cuisine, and all the fresh fruit and fish you could ever want. I rented a motorbike for $5 a day and made my way down dirt roads to the Red Road Foundation School. I could have hitched a ride in the pickup truck but I couldn't resist renting the bike. As I followed Rachel (also on a sweet little motorcycle) and her volunteers in the truck, I was greeted by smiles from all the people I passed along the way.
The school left a lasting impression. It is amazing what Rachel and her foundation have accomplished. They use absolutely everything, and are industrious about it, creating sustainability and little to no waste. The kids are grateful, and may not be able to attend school if it wasn't for the RRF. It really helps to create a grateful heart and widen your perspective to spend time volunteering at RRF. I highly recommend this life changing adventure. I am still so much more conscientious about waste and single use plastics!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pack lightly, bring a water bottle, DO NOT use single use plastic while you are there. Enjoy and take it in. And take a private cab to Kampot, it is worth the $60!
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Caleb
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my time at the Red Road Foundation

Imagine navigating dust with a motorbike, and adventuring to Kampot for exotic fruit from busy markets and a clolorful maze of streets. Heading into the country under the big hot sun where turmeric, moringa, and children grow strong toward clear night skies, contemplating society, counting stars. Resting easy, full of purpose, giving water to roots, recycling plastic, building together, and learning the minimal magic dance of such peaceful memories... this was a life changing & deeply meaningful experience

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go for it ! this is an opportunity to immerse in a different culture & grow in almost every aspect of life while helping make a real difference in the world... you'll never forget it !
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Florian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The perfect experience

I loved my time with the Red Road foundation !

Going to the school to share your culture and your knowledge with these wonderfull children will bring you happiness and love. And most important, this is the best gift you can offer to these kids.

The family living on the farm is absolutely lovely too and Rachel, the founder, is an amazing woman, passionate, that you can trust 100% !

If you are hesitating for choosing a project on gooverseas, I absolutely recommend the Red Road Foundation ! And I promess you won’t regret your choice !

What was your funniest moment?
Playing with the kids, and sharing lunch / dinner with the family.
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Rocco
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So glad I did this!

Coming from the city/suburban life of California, I knew I wanted an experience that I've never had before. Red Road gave me that and so much more. I was able experience harvesting rice, making ecobricks from recycled plastic, repurposing recycled glass bottles, resoiling moringa trees, herding cows, playing with the village kids, and so much more! Every day I got to do something new and different.

Coming from the city though, there is a huge adjustment to living. The living quarters is a wooded hut, the bugs reign the nights, we encountered snakes and scorpions, options to clean yourself are minimal, and if the clicking sounds from the bugs aren't keeping you up at night, your sweat from the hot and humid air will. But all that to say, isn't that the point?? It's a shock and I wouldn't advertise as a glamorous experience but if it was then I wouldn't be getting the experience and growth I sought out after.

What makes this experience so amazing was how sweet, pure, and kind the resident family and locals were, and the fun memories I developed with the fellow volunteers. Luckily, I stayed with 3 others all a year in age apart. We shared travel stories, the culture and languages of our home countries, music, meals, etc.

It's been a year and a half and I still remember it as clear as day. I highly recommend this experience for anyone that has a thirst for something real.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Harvesting rice. For something that sounds not so hard and difficult, it was so hard and difficult. I'm so glad I did this though because it gave me a first-hand glimpse into understanding what the life was like for these villagers. We started cute thinking it would be a nice, fun experience, taking photos, when it quickly became grueling. The other volunteers and I were just laughing hysterically from how hard it was (and how the mother from the resident family was doing this better than us... while pregnant).
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Janie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wholesome life changing experience!

I cannot fully this place. The family, farm and the whole team are amazing. They not only go above and beyond to make you happy but they share invaluable experiences from their cultures! The children are some of the best and well behaved I’ve ever met, they only want to play with you all the time. The farm is gorgeous, space to do yoga and meditate and really feel at one with nature. I learnt so much about sustainability, plastic waste, recycling and zero waste living. This place feels like home.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Just the everyday life of the Khmer families and their culture. They live with so much less than us and are so much happier!
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Garrett
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Epic Vacation w/ an Even Better Purpose

Before I even left for Cambodia the staff was amazing. They helped me plan everything and ensured the best deals for the most affordable vacation volunteering experience. Rachel the founder is amazing, she spoke the language fluently and knew all the amazing spots to go from restaurants to secret jungle waterfalls.

The project is amazing building with new and indicative ways with trash. It’s truly incredible and I met so many amazing people from around the world. I have a family for life there and would highly recommend this experience to anyone trying to travel abroad and make a difference. Sustainability and leadership at its finest.

What would you improve about this program?
Make longer programs, I would love to find a way to volunteer long term.