What Our Volunteers Are Saying...
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’.
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.