A new tour outlook

Posted on: June 30, 2009 Posted by: Kaia Smith Comments: 0

A new tour outlook

by PEPY PR Intern Anna Baranova

a volunteer painting a new school buildingWith tourism down and the economy suffering around the world, filling our PEPY tours, an easy task in the past, has been a challenge this year. It’s a good thing challenges have never scared our team before. Instead, we are taking these challenges as an opportunity: An opportunity to re-evaluate our current tour strategy. An opportunity to brainstorm new ideas. A opportunity to find ways to continue supporting our projects at a time when they need us the most.

And here is our answer: An exciting, new, week-long tour for all of you who really want to contribute, while having the adventure of a life-time. At a bargain price-tag of a mere $280 the only question to ask is: Have you booked your flights yet? To bring the costs down and the cultural factor up, this trip has been stripped of all luxuries – those requiring air-conditioning and hot showers need not apply!

This trip will give you the experience of local day-to-day life in a rural Cambodian village. Imagine being sung to sleep by the chirping of crickets outside your window, being woken up by a cow ‘mooing’ as it wanders around your yard, rushing for cover as the rainy season’s daily downpours delivers a cool and refreshing break from the blistering sun, and admiring the brightness of a sky filled with a million stars, untouched by the light pollution of a big city.

Your village experience won’t simply be admiring the scenery. You will have a chance to take part in PEPY’s Child-to-Child clubs, one of PEPY’s most successful community development initiatives, and join in with some of the various activities. You will be working alongside PEPY’s team in Chanleas Dai Commune, a rural area of Siem Reap Province, to help local villagers renovate a school before the new school year begins, and prepare educational materials for the classrooms and libraries. As the trip conveniently falls during summer vacation, the students and local children will be free from class and many will be more than happy to lend a hand. The required fundraising contribution of $1,000 will be channeled directly to programs visited on the tour, thus providing you with the peace of mind that your support will continue to make a difference long after you leave.

Let us take you on a life-changing adventure this August! You can take your first step by visiting our site for the Rural Experiential Tour.