Volunteering is always a humbling experience. With VBC it becomes one we shall cherish for long. On our second visit in November 2018, we decided to take our Son Ruben, 11 years-old. He was missing school for 5 days for this. What started as a simple way of us keeping him busy on the site by letting him handle the saw here and hammer a nail there, while recording it everyday, turned out to be a lesson worth learning. It made him ask the questions on house building, get to know the family, the country, VBC and its work. He shared it with friends and teachers at school. He loved the attention and we loved the contribution that VBC made in his life lessons. Thank you.
It was a very meaningful (experience) because building a house has such a direct and significant impact on the family, which is something I have not really experienced from my previous volunteering activities. A lot of volunteering tends to be indirect, so building the house by far has been the most rewarding volunteering experience I have had.
Amanda Tan – student, Bachelor of Medical Science, Griffith University, 2018
Our house was the 213th that VBC has built, and was for a lovely mother and her child. The VBC representatives did extensive research in order to determine that this family was the most deserving, and meticulous procedures were applied to ensure that the service was completed in the most ethical way, ensuring that no one was being taken advantage of. VBC spoke to members of the village, discovering that though this family were not rich with money, they were “rich in heart”.
Anneliese McConnell - student, Bachelor of Health Science, Griffith University 2018
I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people in my time there - locals and travellers and I left feeling inspired and that I had helped make a positive difference to the lives of the families that we built for. I loved all of it! It was everything and more than I hoped for.
Leigh Hatwell - New Zealand - November 2015
Building with VBC was very enjoyable, although it as tiring at times. As none of us were familiar with tools, this was a new experience for us. We learnt a lot through our experience, how to appreciate the many blessings we have and how heart-warming it is to give back to society. The smiles on the faces of the villagers was our main motivation to continue. Their joy was priceless. The VBC team took care of us very well, making sure we knew what we were doing as well as making sure we were not dehydrated. They also explained the needs of the families and the importance of the house we were building for them to us very well, allowing us to understand their hardships and making it more of a meaningful experience for us. I hope to come back perhaps for a longer period of time to help out these less privileged families in the near future.
Joanne - Singapore - October 2015
I cannot speak highly enough about Sinn & the team at VBC, they made this a life changing experience. From our first communication to arriving and being given the run down on what to expect they are professional and passionate about helping the people of Cambodia. If you want a life changing experience contact VBC now.
Brendon Yardley - New Zealand - October 2015
Johnny Van Der Wielen
Highly recommend VBC for absolutely anybody! Great experience with lots of hands on work, yet plenty of time for rest.
Johnny Van Der Wielen - Australia - September 2015
VBC are a great operation. Professional and fun, the staff and volunteers ensure the build goes smoothly. You will get so much from the experience - while at the same time you will change significantly the lives of people living in very basic conditions.
Mark Smith - Australia - September 2015
Helping building the house with VBC was a fantastic experience and a lot of fun. It was wonderful to work as a team and see the progression of the house being built. It was a great achievement as it was hard work building and hammering all those nails in the heat but was definitely worth it! Such a brilliant experience.
Sarah Boazman - England - August 2015
Visiting Cambodia? Would you like to make a difference to the daily life of a family or families who are living a subsistence lifestyle with inadequate housing, minimal income and very little or no chance of changing their dire situation? Are you good with your hands, have great hand eye co-ordination, enjoy being part of a team, still want some time to explore, love to laugh and are happiest when you are working up a sweat?
Then Volunteer Building Cambodia is for you. VBC is a fabulous NGO run by Mr Sinn and Jason providing housing for families in need. The family members will work beside you and assist in the build over the course of the 2-6 days until completion. As I was working with the mother of my house project not a word would be spoken between us (me no Khmer and she no English), but together we knew how to complete our set task and share a giggle and smile. I had to very graciously accept the humbled shy look from beautiful sparkling dark eyes that expressed her utmost gratitude to our team for building her a new home. Her family of 7 now had a waterproof roof, a house that would stand tall in the wet season and in addition a well and toilet were to follow.
Don't like getting dirty, being part of a team, having a laugh or sharing a task non-verbally? No problem - you can still make a difference. Fundraising monies are used to purchase the materials to complete the build so this is the job for you.
Words cannot express what an absolute joy it was to be a volunteer for VBC. From the 7am pick up to the midday drop off I can guarantee you will feel appreciated, be treated with utmost respect, be given detailed instruction and leave each day in awe of how much your team has achieved in a few hours. To see the joy on the family's face at the end of each day and at the house blessing is a picture that will be engrained with you forever and one that I know you will not forget - no camera required.
Sue Clifford - Melbourne, Australia - March 2015
I decided to volunteer for VBC, when I spent the usual 3 days of temple visiting in Siem Reap. I worked for a large global bank for 17 years and I felt I need to do something different, giving something back and sharing the experience of doing ‘something good’ with others. VBC was very swift in responding to my first mails and the organizational set-up was found quickly. A first very positive surprise. After arriving in Siem Reap I had a wonderful introductory interview, which helped me properly preparing with what I should expect. VBC was very straight forward: ‘Expect to sweat, get dirty and be tired after 4-5 hours of work’. And basically it was exactly like this. What VBC did not tell me: that volunteering for VBC will be such a valuable and eye- and mind-opening experience. Somehow a game-changer in my life. Work at the building site was tough but also fun and very satisfying. We built wooden houses for carefully selected poor families. Seeing the families happy and thankful after the house completion was absolutely priceless. But it was not just the result that counts. I got to know wonderful people who all share the same passion: helping the poor people of Cambodia. VBC did a wonderful job in organizing everything. None of the people I met including myself had experience with house building. We were carefully introduced to every step, from measuring to chiseling, sawing and nailing. VBC guys were on the building site ensuring that everybody felt comfortable all the time, no one is being bored and work safety is ensured. I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable but enjoyed a wonderful satisfying feeling after finishing every day. My special thanks got to Sinn and Jason, who are such hard working but always happy guys and who make VBC a great experience for all volunteers and a game-changer for all the poor families we build houses for. If you want an experience for life, I would definitely volunteer for VBC. And I know for sure – as my famous Austrian countryman Arnold Schwarzenegger once said – ‘I’ll be back’.
Michael Krinner - Switzerland - December 2014
The time I spent with Volunteer Building Cambodia was a great experience and I can't wait to go again. Mr Sinn and his team really know what they are doing. Every day we started on time and went straight to work, helping to build for a family that was in need. It was clear that the whole team at Volunteer Building Cambodia was plugged into the local community and also well connected with other volunteer groups in Siem Reap. Not only is their heart in the right place, but they know how to bring help specifically to where it is needed the most. I went home knowing that we made a difference and that I had chosen the right group to work with, which is why I am looking forward to the next time! Hope to see you soon!
Mark Vanderkolk - Singapore - June 2014