The Kids Play Int’l Volunteer Trip is the ideal opportunity to inspire, educate and explore! On this 14-day adventure we’ll be sharing our love of sports with Cambodian children by volunteering at schools, orphanages and community centers along with visiting the famous archeological site of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom along with the National Museum , Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum.
Led by Founder and 3x Olympian, Tracy Evans, each day will bring its share of new experiences and adventures.
When you decide to travel with a purpose with Kids Play Int’l, you’re in for a trip of a lifetime. Get ready to be inspired
The Cambodian Spirit
“Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.” - Lonely Planet
Day 0 Depart U.S.
Day 1 Arrive Siem Reap, Cambodia
Day 2 Volunteer at New Hope Community Center (http://www.newhopecambodia.com)
Day 3,4 Volunteer at Spittler Schools (http://spitlerschool.org)
Day 5 Excursion: Day Trip to Tonle Sap Great Lake
Day 6 Volunteer at New Hope Community Center
Day 7 Visit The David Orphanage Center, founded by Seton and Randa Lee of Transform Asia. (http://missioncambodia2010.blogspot.com/p/david-center-orphanage.html )
Day 8 Excursion: Temple Day: Visit Angkor Wat ,Angkor Thom, and others!
Day 9 Travel to Phnom Penh, Visit National Museum.
DAY 10, 11,12 Volunteer site TBD
Day 13 Visit Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum, Late night departure from Phenom Penh, Cambodia
Day 14 Arrive Home
DETAILED ITINERARY COMING SOON!
- Transportation to and from airport, volunteering sites and excursions.
- Some meals
Trip does NOT Include:
- Airline ticket
- Travel insurance
- Health insurance
- Any personal incidentals
- Some meals
- Bus driver tip to be given at the end of trip.
Trip Leader Founder and 3x Olympian Tracy Evans
Tracy made the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in 1991 and competed in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 Olympic Games, and earned the title of 2002 U.S. National Champion.
In 2008 Tracy was inspired by a volunteer trip she took to Africa. She experienced first hand the positive impact sport had on the youth with whom she worked. Seeing how little access many of these children have to sports, she returned to the United States determined to create a year-round community sports education program for kids in developing countries.
Recognizing the power of sports from her own experience as an Olympic athlete, Evans wanted to start a nonprofit organization that would help educate, empower and teach life lessons in a fun and engaging setting. This desire led to the creation of Kids Play Int’l in December 2008.
Refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most updated list of required and recommended vaccinations. LINK: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/cambodia.htm
* 1 Personal Duffel bag/ Suitcase- please pack conservatively,
* 1 Large Duffel w/ donations to leave behind
* Small backpack/tote for day to day outings
YOU MUST BRING
* 2 copies of Passport/ cc / Travel insurance info
* Immunization record/ yellow health card
* Emergency contact information
* $250 USD Cash Minimum
* Travel Insurance Card and info (IF purchased)
* Money Belt or other safe way to carry money
CLOTHING – Overall you will need light weight clothing.
* Tennis shoes/running shoes or sturdy Teva like sandals, Cotton Socks
* Light Rain Jacket and Sweatshirt
* Long Skirts or long shorts or Capris (to or below knees) for Women
* Guys in shorts just above knee is fine
* Skirts on women and nice pants and a shirt on men are the norms for special occasions
* light sleepwear
* T-shirts (tanks/sleeveless are not recommended in rural areas)
* Volunteer clothes (clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty if we are working on projects in the village, gloves, etc.)
* Jeans/Pants– going out to dinner at night (casual).
* Hat and sunscreen!
* Shampoo/ Conditioner/Soap
* Lotion, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, nail clippers
* Antibiotic Hand wipes / Hand Sanitizer
* Razor, Feminine Products
* Hair bands, Hair brush
* BUG REPELLENT
SUGGESTED MEDICATIONS Check with your own personal physician!
* Personal Medication, vitamins, etc.
* Pepto-Bismol/ Tums
* Anti-itch/ bug bite cream
Kids Play Int’l (KPI) encourages volunteers to begin their volunteering abroad experience with fundraising. Fundraising for your trip not only helps you fulfill your dream of volunteering abroad, it also helps promote awareness of international issues. Every conversation, letter, and event that explains where and why you plan to volunteer shows people your commitment to serving local communities abroad, and broadens communications about international service.
Fundraising can be a fun and creative part of the volunteer abroad experience, and many volunteers who fundraise feel an added sense of fulfillment and dedication to volunteering abroad.
ON-LINE FUNDRAISING, EASY AND MOST EFFECTIVE!
Get Started Now with VOLUNTEER FOREVER, an easy-to-use and free fundraising site. Click Here to start fundraising!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE
- General information about the nonprofit organization you will be traveling with.
- Donations are 100% Tax Deductible!
- Where you are going, for how long and what you will be doing.
- Let people know how much money you need to raise and that their donations are tax deductible.
- How you will share your experience during your trip or upon your return.
Hand-written or Formal Emails or letters
Hand-written letters or personalized emails to potential sponsors can also be effective, because it provides a personal touch especially when reaching out to friends and family, employers and work colleagues, or clubs. A formal letter or email may be best when soliciting clubs, churches or temples, local banks, foundations and charitable organizations in your area, or larger organizations like The Rotary, Lions and Elks Clubs, Junior League, Junior Chamber, and The United Way. OTHER IDEAS: Bake sale, Car wash, etc.
HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISER!
We recommend that you personalize every email/letter that you write with the recipient’s name.
- Make a list of everyone you know and all the local organizations and companies who might be able to donate. This list can include your family, friends, neighbors, contacts, etc., but can also inc lude people from other aspects of your life, such as your place of employment, worship, school, doctors, teachers, neighborhood groups—anyone you think may be able to help sponsor your trip. Many local organizations or companies are eager to donate to causes like yours, so think outside the box! See if the company you are currently working with is willing to “match” what you are able to raise.
- Write out your goals and reasons for volunteering. This will be useful when you are talking to potential sponsors or writing fundraising letters, to explain how a contribution to your volunteer trip will make a positive impact. Learn all you can about issues facing the country and program site you will be visiting, so you can explain why you chose to volunteer there. Stress that this is not a vacation.
- Start early and create benchmarks. As soon as you make your deposit to participate on a volunteer trip, develop a fundraising plan and get started. Look at the total amount of money you need to raise, and set periodic goals that serve as benchmarks to keep you on target, for example, “$1,000 by February, $2,200 by June.”
- Ask for a specific amount of money. When you say “contribution”, some people are thinking $5, while others are thinking $500. Tell people how much you need, and let them know the total amount that you are hoping to fundraise. You may even want to outline the cost per day of your program (divide your total program fee by the number of days you will be gone.) and ask to be sponsored for at least one day.
- Convey a sense of urgency to potential sponsors. This limits their time to forget about giving you a contribution. Give your sponsors a specific date by which to get back to you, preferably at least four weeks before your final trip payment deadline. Put this date in your sponsor request and send them friendly reminders, with a note of how much closer you are to getting toward your goal.
- Recognize your sponsors. Always thank your sponsors; they will appreciate the recognition and praise. Write a personalized thank you note to everyone who contributes. You can also post your sponsors on any of your social media outlets.
- Online BLOG Sites to Get Started: Internet is typically available at most hotels, blogging is a great way to keep people informed about what you are doing during the trip! Here are some suggestions: www.travbuddy.com, www.blogger.com, www.wordpress.com, www.livejournal.com
- Host a get-together when you return and invite all your sponsors. A great way to secure funding from religious organizations, civic groups, alumni associations, and educational institutions is to offer to give a presentation when you return. Highlighting your service abroad and what you learned helps people understand how their contributions made a difference. Photos of you working overseas can speak volumes.
Book Now! Cambodia, Oct. 12-26, 2013
Price: $1999 per person (plus airfare)
- $500 Deposit to secure your spot on the trip
- Rate based on double occupancy
- Single Supplement available
- Please note: Kids under 18 must travel with parent, guardian, or chaperone.
- Read the Booking Terms and Conditions - must agree in order to complete registration.
- Payment options: CREDIT CARD (additional processing fees apply) or CHECK: Please make checks payable to Kids Play International and send to: Tracy Evans 1317 Ptarmigan Loop, Park City, UT 84098.
- Questions? Please Email: email@example.com or Call 435-645-8163