I volunteered earlier this year (2011) with a friend, and we've already booked our return trip for 2012. We had the most incredible time!
The organisation is a fantastic initiative, and is an important part of the Sihanoukville community, offering not only a fun and creative education to the kids in a safe, welcoming environment, but also supports children with clothing, bikes, nutritious food, as well as well as the family with food, rent assistance and loans.
This is a great program for those wanting to embrace their creative side, to try new things, as well as those wanting to escape to a new, friendly community and with a friendly, rewarding vibe.
The best part of the program is having the ability to work with the Khmer staff to plan and run art classes, activities and teach English. Not to mention the incredibly kids!
Our usual day was:
8am start at the centre with the volunteers and do yoga with the kids
9am Run art program and English Class
11.30am Serve lunch
12noon Lunch break
2pm - Another group of kids come through, run art and english
7.30pm head out to dinner with group/part of - around $2.50-$3.50 for a meal
and the night usually ended with 50c beers on the beach!
The working week was usually 6 days, depending on how many volunteers were there, and Sundays were spent on one of the beautiful beaches or local islands near by!
The accommodation was great, we had access to free wifi and the whole community was incredible.
Sihanoukville is a pretty notorious beach / party town, so there is always a night life, people to meet, experiences to be had and incredible drink specials!
There are also a few great back bars, great for escaping the intensity of the beach scene- to chill out with a glass of wine and some great music. Plus amazing food!
There is so much to love about CCPP, the kids and Sihanoukville, its definitely worth the every minute! Can't wait to go back!