Here are some of our top tips for staying safe while travelling overseas:

Arriving in a foreign country: We recommend that you organise an airport arrival transfer in advance. You may arrive in a foreign city late at night and you may be tired and jet-lagged. Therefore, it is much safer (particularly if you have not been to that country recently) to have someone reputable meet you and transfer you to your pre-booked accommodation. 

Documents and items to take in your hand luggage: Take recent copies of your resume, flight tickets, travel insurance, passport and some spare passport-sized photos with you. Carry some USD cash with you – it is internationally recognised and readily accepted. Wear a money belt for your cash, card and travel documents. No need to take valuable jewellery on your placement – store it safely at home. Carry your medications and a personal first aid kit in your hand luggage. I always pack an empty water bottle in my hand luggage and then refill it regularly on the plane. Read about the country that you are visiting and learn some of the local language.  Download, share and  Read more.

Awesome Things to See and Do in Cambodia

Photo of Angkor Wat Sunrise by Jon Tanner

1. Explore the Angkor Temples: A 12th century temple complex near Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is possibly the largest religious monument in the world and watching the sunrise over the temple is magical. Don’t miss the Bayon temple with its 200 massive faces carved into the stone and the Ta Promh temple that was made famous by the movie Tomb Raider.
2. Stroll through the Streets of Siem Reap: Siem Reap, famous for its ‘Pub Street’, is an ideal town for a promenade along the river side, shopping in the night and day markets and dining alfresco in its many cafes and restaurants.
3. Boat Ride to Battambang: A leisurely way to travel along the Sangker River and view the banyan trees, houses on stilts, life in the floating villages and local fishermen on the Tonie Sap Lake.
4. Explore Battambang by Tuk Tuk: Battambang is a city on the Sangker River and known for its French Colonial architecture. Visit the Bat Caves at sunset,the Crocodile Farm and the Ta Dumbong Statue (the iconic symbol of Battambang.)
5. More sightseeing around Battambang: There are the ancient temples of Wat Banan and Wat Ek Phnom (an 11th-century pagoda with sandstone carvings and a giant Buddha statue.) Take an early morning ride on the Bamboo Train (a train made from bamboo and previously used to transport people, animals, motorcycles and everything else. Admire the White Elephant Pagoda in the heart of the city as well as a lively art and restaurant scene.
6. Check out the Cambodian Circus (Phare:) Fantastic entertainment featuring dance, acrobatic, storytelling and juggling with live music. The performers are young people from local poor families.
7 . Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: An emotional place in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former high school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979 – followed by the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
8. View one of Cambodia’s most amazing buildings: The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is a complex of beautiful buildings which serves as the royal residence of the King of Cambodia. Afterwards, enjoy a sunset drink at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) overlooking the Mekong River.
9. Head to the South Coast Grab your snorkeling gear and head to the beaches of Sihanoukville. Also visit the seaside town of Kampot with its national parks, fishing villages and pepper farms. Enjoy the views from Bokor Mountain and pop into neighbouring Kep for some fresh crabs.
10. Support the NGOs (Non-Government Organisations): These social enterprises provide training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people across Cambodia. Look out for the many cafes, restaurants, craft shops and schools and provide them with the support they need to continue to improve the lives of the local Khmer people.

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