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Project report

Repair the Balang Village School, Siem Reap Cambodia , RUN BY: World Expeditions | STATUS: COMPLETED

Photo: courtesy of World Expeditions

This project is 100% Funded



USD 4,127

Raised from 1,735 people

The central aim of this project was to provide an positive learning environment through the upgrade of the school in the village of Balang just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Over 4 days (from 5th-8th November 2008 ) the project included the painting of the school rooms internally and externally, general maintenance of roof and windows and the construction of a small kitchen attached to the school for daily school meals.


The project aims were met by the 17 participants on the World Expeditions group who physically worked together, in challenging conditions, to help complete the work tasks that were identified. There were a few tasks left outstanding by the time the participants left and it is reported that these have been completed by local skilled labour. 

A decision to build a small kitchen at the end of the classroom was made in addition to the planned renovations, the materials for which were paid for by the participants.

Additionally, a donation of US$1190 has been made to the school to fund the local teacher’s salary for 1 year.


The conditions during the project were notably strenuous with high humidity and excessive rain fall. Communication was at times difficult between the skilled local labour and participants.

(Update posted 13 May 2009)

How was it this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads USA
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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is one of the world’s original adventure travel companies. They have earned an impeccable reputation through the unique experiences they provide in the field, through an environmental philosophy of minimal impact travel, and for the special quality of giving something back to the communities visited.  Footprints partners with World Expeditions' on selected community travel projects to provide funding for materials.