Baking, Biking, and Building at our beach community in Cambodia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi we are Kristin (from Iceland) and Adrian (from UK) we came to Otres Village, Cambodia after many years living in New York City, and we fell in love with the people and place. Recently there has been a huge influx of Chinese development that has displaced our ex-pat and local community and forced closure of many businesses but we are hanging in there!

    UPDATE JAN 2020

    After having our home and business demolished as part of a land grab, we have relocated to the beach and are taking over a beach-front resort together with another local business and starting up our bakery again.
    We need plenty of help to reconstruct and build up our business! Our dorm beds now have sea view, and breakfast can be taken on sun loungers ocean-side!
    We will post new pics soon - a lot of Chinese businesses have already left the area as online gambling was declared illegal in Cambodia at the end of 2019 and our area was a hotbed of such activity.


    UPDATE DEC 2019 We have had massive changes here in the last 6 months even, lots of destruction and displacement due to China investment in the area. The recent volunteers have enjoyed their time here but I ask everyone to review the recent news about this place before applying.


    We opened a Bakery project right here in the village, minutes walk away from Otres Beach. In our three years of operation we are happy to have created jobs for 6 Cambodian people.

    Our main business is our packaged soft baked cookies that are sold around Cambodia, these are made each morning during the high season by our Cambodian staff. Our Cambodia kitchen crew; Srey Roat, Srey Mach, Srey Yura and YeYe - they come in early in the morning before most of us wake up and are done baking by our breakfast time. Work-a-way volunteers will not be baking these cookies as they are made by our Cambodian staff. The kitchen is full of packaged cookies and our Cambodian manager Mr Sambat arrives and starts to ship out the cookies to our distribution staff, including Cambodian Mr Pach in Siem Reap.

    We also have a Cooking / Baking recipe ideas exchange, where if volunteers have particular dishes or items that they want to demonstrate to the others then they are welcome to do so. Perhaps these will be popular items in the future and we would then teach the Cambodian staff how to make!
    We also encourage group meals where chefs and food lovers share recipes from their diverse cultures.

    We encourage our volunteers to be a self-managing collective, where the work schedule, days off, and responsibilities can be decided by the group.

    If volunteers have cooking / baking skills we are happy to have them join our team and add to our menu! If you want to learn baking skills we will let you practice after the kitchen is finished for the day.
    However please be prepared to undertake general maintenance and cleaning tasks. Construction, plumbing, electrician experience always a plus!

    We can provide you and teach you to ride a manual motorbike.

    Leftover unsold baked items we ask our volunteers to distribute among the local families in the Village, or to our local school, an NGO that we work with. We try to have each volunteer visit the school at least once during their stay.

    Southern Cambodia is undergoing transition at the moment and our village is seeing increased construction these days however once we are sitting at the beach or boating to a nearby island, life is still wonderful.
    Otres is 25 minutes from Sihanoukville, a city experiencing major changes due to the influx of Chinese development.
    Our distance from town helps to keep Otres less developed however there are large hotels now being built.

    Please note well: Cambodia is a tropical & developing country with mosquitoes, power cuts, water cuts, and dust - if these factors will be a problem for you please do not apply.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visiting the local village to distribute excess food items.
    Taking products to local school - all excess cookies etc are sent here and volunteers will visit the school
    Opportunity to learn Khmer language with our staff, our Manager Mr. Sambat speaks English and is happy to teach you some basic Khmer Language.
    How to source local products and interact with local Khmer vendors.
    You can learn how to ride a manual motorbike as we will provide motorbike when needed.
    Basic motorbike maintenance skills can be learnt at our bike exchange.
    The fundamentals of baking can also be taught.
    Optional group dinner everyday for $1 donation, each volunteer has chance to be the chef for the day and will visit local market, choose recipe and cook for the staff and volunteer crew.

  • Help

    Help

    If you love baking we let you practice your skills in our bakery oven, we can share the results in our communal meals.
    People people - we will have some guest rooms this season so meeting and greeting / hospitality experience would be useful.
    We need help with the maintenance of our building and garden.
    General building / carpentry / electrical/ plumbing skills would be great. We are building decks and walkways right now.
    If you are handy with mechanics we have motorbikes in various states of repair - we lend these out to our volunteers.
    Any chefs who would like to suggest their creations to us and help feed our whole crew would be welcomed.
    We organize group boat trips to the nearby island, Koh ta kiev.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Icelandic, Khmer

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared dorm room with wifi, fan.Pillows mattress and bed-sheets towels etc.
    Back-packer style accommodation, no private couple rooms are available.
    Access to kitchen to cook own meals when kitchen is not busy. Local breakfast provided, or cook your own from our kitchen, and coffee and baked goods everyday!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are now located directly on the beach at Otres 2 beach, Ream National Park and Waterfalls are nearby.
    Local food and transport is very inexpensive.
    We have motorbikes for our volunteers to borrow free of charge
    We organize a group boat trip to the nearby islands when we have a full house of volunteers, snorkeling and cliff jumping and a visit to Koh ta Kiev for the afternoon.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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