An alternative schoolies for Year 12 school graduates.
Celebrate your milestone with a heart-warming week in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Adventure Length: 8 days
Departure Dates: 25 November 2017 and 24 November 2018
Departure City: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
Adventure Fee: $3,395 AUD
Deposit Amount: $500 AUD
Group: ~30 school leavers (2017 trip sold out)
Our 2017 trip is SOLD OUT! Enquire above to have your name added to the cancellation list or check out Thrill Out – our schoolies alternative to New Zealand!
If you have an adventurous spirit and a desire to make a difference then Help Out is for you! Spend your mornings exploring the unique attractions of Siem Reap and your afternoons volunteering as a supply teacher at a grass roots community school.
Magnificent temples, bustling markets and charming villages are some of the many sites to explore and discover. Previous travellers will tell you however, what stays with you most is the beautiful people. Their welcoming smiles and genuine happiness make Cambodia the perfect destination for Help Out.
Volunteer as an assistant teacher in Maths or English classes at Feeding Dreams School
Visit the famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park
Journey along the Tonle Sap Lake and see the floating villages
Help the community by distributing meals to local families
Gain an insight into Cambodia’s fascinating history at the Outdoor War Museum
Departing Brisbane or Melbourne we take off bright and early making our way to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Today is all about getting to know your combo of travellers, fellow schoolies and yLead mentors.
First things first: It’s time to discover our home for the week. With a Tuk Tuk tour of the city we gain an insight to the ways of the locals and learn about the country’s fascinating past at the War Museum. The evening is spent at our new home ‘Sidewalk Hotel’ celebrating our arrival with a traditional Khmer BBQ, try local delicacies – eel, snake and crickets if you dare!
It is time to meet the students! Our Tuk Tuk’s will take us to school where we are welcomed by a morning assembly of song and dance. Here at Feeding Dreams you will step into the classroom for your first day as a volunteer teacher aide. Filled with smiles passed on by the students the afternoon is spent exploring the unique floating village of Ton Le Sap Lake.
Have your cameras ready as teaching continues and the relationships with your students build. By now they will know your name and invite you to play before school and at lunch. Today also provides incredible photo opportunities as we explore the temples of Angkor Archaeological Park.
Another adventurous day as we fly through the canopy of the Angkor Park on the Flight of the Gibbon, Asia’s biggest zipline. Tonight we see the sights of the Khmer night markets with over 250 stalls; shopaholics dreams come true.
Today is all about helping out! After teaching our classes we spread the love by distributing new clothes to the students in need. The afternoon is spent preparing and delivering 15kg bags of rice to the families supported by Feeding Dreams. Sophorn Ngin accompanies us on this journey to relay our wishes and heartfelt messages to the families we visit.
Our last day at the Feeding Dreams is celebrated by the annual yLead Soccer match! The energy of the grandstand is just as vibrant as the field while you barrack for your team to take the win! After a sad good bye to all the students we spend a relaxing afternoon swimming at West Baray. The celebrations then continue with a formal evening of dinner and Apsara dance.
It’s time to say goodbye to Cambodia and head for home. This morning we have one last chance to shop the local markets before catching our flight back to Australia.
We believe in making our experiences as inclusive as possible and being completely upfront with any associated costs so you can plan for your big adventure. Your adventure fee includes:
International flights (departing from Brisbane or Melbourne)
Private transfers from airport to our accommodation
All activities as listed in itinerary
Comprehensive Covermore travel insurance
We recommend bringing an additional $200USD as spending money for any little extras you’d like to purchase including a couple of meals when we are out exploring in town. You will also need to purchase a Cambodian entry visa at ~$25USD.
How do I book my trip?
If you’ve already decided you want to join us on one of our travel adventures simply complete the enquiry form and you will receive an information kit with a copy of the registration form and instructions about how to pay your deposit. You can always contact our team if you need any assistance with this process.
Who will be looking after me while I’m there?
Our tour leadership team provide the greatest guarantee of participant safety and well-being. Our carefully selected Australian leaders have vast experience with both travel and working with young people.
Who else will be travelling with me?
Joining you on your adventure will be a group of positive, like-minded school graduates and an experienced yLead tour leadership team.
Is the trip completely drug and alcohol free?
Yes, absolutely, even for the leaders. yLead has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. We sincerely believe in the quality of the young people that choose to join us on this trip and therefore don’t expect there to be any problems. It is important however to know that we are committed to our zero tolerance policy and any breach, regardless of its nature, will jeopardise your participation in the remainder of the trip.
What if I can’t meet the payment schedule deadlines?
We absolutely believe in the value of these trips and would hate for money to be a barrier for you joining us. In the circumstance that you are unable to meet the payment deadlines, please contact us. We can arrange a payment plan that suits your monetary requirements and ours. We will do what we can to help make it possible for you!
Can I talk to people who have done it?
Yes. Just contact us and we will connect you with some of our previous travellers who love to share their experience.
If you have any other questions, simply complete the enquiry form and we will email you an information kit.
There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t enjoy while in Cambodia! From racing through Siem Reap in a tuk tuk to almost being trampled by children rushing up to hug you, Cambodia was truly unforgettable. By the end of it, Cambodia felt like home.Cartiah (2014 Participant), Gympie QLD
I decided to sign up for Help Out as I wasn’t sure what to do for schoolies. I was looking for something that would be memorable, interesting and potentially life changing. Help Out definitely delivered on those fronts, along with completely exceeding all expectations I had!Laura (2014 Participant), Toowoomba QLD
From all accounts, Help Out was extraordinary! My daughter said she didn’t have the words to describe her experience other than to say it was the most amazing and life changing experience of her life. It was an eye-opening experience filled with cultural diversity, charity and fun.Leisa (Parent), QLD