, Cambodia (PressExposure) November 04, 2008 -- Today PEPY Tours announces 2009 dates for its volunteer vacations in Cambodia. Volunteers that want toget away from the masses, buthey also want a unique travel experiencewill enjoy PEPY's tours which are designed to engage the participant,lake them think, and get them involved in the community Currently, the average length of stay for those visiting Cambodia is less than three days.
Most tourists come to see the wondrous temples Angkor (which can no longer be considered "off-the-beaten path"),perhaps spend a day at the historical sites around the capital of PhnomPenh, and then move on to their next destination without exploring therest of this magnificent country. And while the increased number ofvisitors to Angkor each year is good for the nation's tourism industry,the benefits do not always reach a broad range of people. The influx oftourists can also have negative consequences for Cambodia's environment,society, and culture.
Obviously no trip to Cambodia could be complete without a visit to Angkor, so called "the heart and soul of the nation." However, PEPY Tours takes you beyond these sites-you can volunteer for a few days witha PEPY partner, cycle back roads through rice paddies, visit a riverdolphin conservation project on the Mekong, or check out a women's development center and their silk production initiative. PEPY Tourstakes you into the real heart of Cambodia, giving you an opportunity to interact with its magnificent people.
PEPY Tours' offerings should be viewed as adventures first and volunteer opportunities second. PEPY wants travellers to experience a true adventure and also have a chance togive back to the magnificent people and areas they visit. With PEPY Tours, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the programs and projects of our partner organizations first-hand as well as to join activities that are part of our PEPY's overall goal: improving education.
PEPY Tours' volunteer vacations in Cambodia for 2009 include:
March Siam Reap Experiential Tour, March 22 - 28, 2009 One of the highlights of the PEPY calendar is the annual March visit to the PEPY Ride School. This tour providestravelers with the opportunityto get involved with work at the school and spend valuable time with thestudents. You will also have the opportunity to stay overnight on theschool grounds in the small village of Chanleas Dai. For moreinformation on this volunteer vacation in Cambodia visit:[http://www.pepytours.com/join-the-adventure/41upcoming-trips/196-march-2009-siem-reap-experiential-tour]
August Rural Cambodia Experiential Tour, August 8-16, 2009
PEPY's Rural Experiential Tour is designed to give short-term travelersa chance to support long-term development. Each Rural Experiential touris unique in that it is designed to give travelers a chance to learnabout and support a current need in the area we are visiting. Travelerswill start the tour with a visit to Cambodia's vibrant capital, Phnom Penh. Simply walking around the streets of this energetic city, watchingthe cyclos and motos weave around in the traffic and joining in theorganized chaos yourself, is an exciting welcome to Cambodia. Spend thefirst day strolling past street sellers on the pavement, taking in thebeauty of the Royal Palace, and enjoying the sunset over the Tonle Sap River.
PEPY Ride V, December 20, 2009 -January 10, 2010
From the Angkor temples to the southern coast, the PEPY team will visitand learn about Cambodian life today and have the chance to cross a country with human power. By riding with PEPY, travelers can be assuredthat the impact from their time and funding will support long-term development projects in the area. Be inspired during your visit to the PEPY Ride School when you spend time with our energetic teaching staff.Throw yourself into exploring vibrant Phnom Penh, Cambodia's hustling and bustling capitol filled with old Colonial charm. Enjoy a welldeserved relaxing day on the beach after biking down to the southerncoast. Be amazed at the grandeur of Angkor Wat as you explore the areaby bike, and pay homage to the ancient Khmer civilization which created these temple cities.
This 5th year is going to be our best ride yet aseach year we are able to offer more opportunities to meet with, and be apart of, the organizations we have gotten to know and work with throughout Cambodia! http://www.pepytours.com/join-the-adventure/pepy-ride-v#overview