The volunteer will be based in Battambang but will travel extensively to rural parts of Cambodia, including Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, and Kampong Speu provinces.
The deployment contains 3 components (see description below):
1. mainly engaged within an urban setting of capital/large city;
2. some envisioned travel through rural areas to less urbanized environments;
3. characteristics of living within an area of the tropical region.
1. The volunteer is to be living either in own apartment or in shared accommodation (own room) within a local context, comprising a diverse community of urban dwellers in terms of ethnicity and faith, especially in those countries that have served as reception centres for refugees and migrants. Respect for local customs and manners may result in tension if not sensitively observed. Income levels may vary significantly between rich and poor. Poverty may be very visible in urban areas, both amongst the local populations and in the quality of housing and infrastructure. Urban areas are likely to suffer noticeably high levels of air pollution from traffic and industrial plants. Noise pollution may also be a problem in larger settlements and there may be significant levels of traffic congestion, especially at peak times of the day (mornings and evenings). Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity etc.) may be subject to cuts without warning; telecommunications and internet access may be limited or intermittent. Negotiating with suppliers both in and out of work may be subject to bureaucracy and red tape.
2.If and when deployed on short-term rural area access: the candidate is likely to be accommodated in local hotel or guesthouse possibly in shared room. Respect for local customs and traditions may result in tensions if not sensitively observed. Income levels may in general be very low which is likely to be reflected in the types of housing available and, especially if remote, in the quality of available infrastructure. Sanitation facilities will be adequate but may be very different from those experienced in EU countries. The provision of utilities (water, electricity, telecommunications etc.) may be intermittent and subject to shortages, and easily disrupted by natural hazards, such as extreme weather conditions (storms, rain, winds). Access to urban facilities and social opportunities may be very limited due to remoteness. There will be significant limits in the range and choices of foods available, with few imported products, which may be very expensive. In-land and coastal areas may experience down-stream air, land and water pollution from nearby urban and industrial areas.
3. The volunteer is to be deployed to an area in a tropical region and therefore are likely to experience warm to hot temperatures all year round with high levels of humidity. Some areas will also experience heavy seasonal rainfall. There is little difference between the lengths of day and night, and night time temperatures remain high. Accommodation may be subject to insect infestations, and precautions may be required to guard against ants, flies and cockroaches etc, as well as potentially more harmful intruders such as poisonous spiders, mosquitoes etc. Natural hazards may include storms, hurricanes, flooding, earth tremors etc. which can result in injury, damage to property, infrastructure and crops.
• Accommodation in the cities where deployed will be provided.
• The EU Aid Volunteer shall have a clean lockable room with access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The room shall be located at a reasonable distance from the EU Aid Volunteer's main working location.
• To the extent possible, the accommodation shall facilitate integration of the EU Aid Volunteer in the local community and it will enable the volunteer to interact with the expatriate community.
• The EU Aid Volunteers shall have access to means of communication enabling contact to the hosting and sending organisations as well as the volunteer’s relatives.
• When travelling in-country in other (rural) areas for work, accommodation in local hotels or guesthouses will be provided for.
• Regular working hours shall not exceed 40 hours per week on average, calculated over a four-month period.
• The volunteer shall have access to a dedicated working space in accordance with their task assignment and with agreed-upon safe, secure and healthy working conditions.
• All costs will be covered for the volunteer during deployment, and this includes accommodation in-country for the entire period of deployment, travel, and monthly subsistence payments per month (427 Euros per month).
• A roundtrip flight from/to the home country will be provided.
• The cost of pre-departure preparations, including medical checks, vaccinations, visas, etc., will be covered.
• The volunteer will be covered by a travel insurance plan provided by the sending organization.
• A resettlement package will be provided to the volunteer in which a standard of 100 Euros will be provided for every single month spent in-country upon return to Europe, as well as a group debriefing.