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2014-2015 HouseBuilding Team

For the 9th year in a row, the Rockin4Tabitha team will be organizing a volunteer house building effort for the Tabitha Foundation. Our goal for 2015 is to build an ENTIRE VILLAGE including 25 houses, 100 field wells and one 6-room school!!  However, as a team, we will actually only be physically building 10-15 houses during this trip.

We will once again be building in Preah Vihear province.

What are the dates for the 2015 HouseBuilding?

January 29th - February 5th, 2015

Thursday, January 29th, 2015:  Arrive in Phnom Penh

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - Orientation at Tabitha Foundation office with Janne Ritskes.

Saturday January 31st/Sunday, February 1st 2015 :  Visit of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison for new builders (mandatory).

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - Travel to Tbeang Meanchey, Preah Vihear province (7 hour drive).

Tuesday, February 3rd & Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - House build days.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - return to Phnom Penh or on to various other destinations.

How much fundraising will I have to do?

Each house costs $1100 USD in materials to build.  As a Team, we are responsible for raising all the money for the, plus an additional $1500 for community development. 


In order to build an entire village, we are looking for corporate sponsorship.  We encourage all of our builders to pursue corporate donations for the village project.  Corporate donors will receive recognition and publicity on our webpage, reports, banners, at events, and through various media. 


What expenses can I expect to incur during the Build?

Each Build Team member can expect to incur the following expenses:

1. Airplane ticket to Cambodia (~ $1500-2000)

2. Hotel in Phnom Penh (Billabong, $38/night)

3. Hotel in Tbeang Meanchey ($20/night)

4. Transportation costs (van) to/from build area, ($150/person)

5. Food and water ($20-35 per day)

6. Hammer, work gloves, knee pads ($25-50)
What can I expect on the build?

House building in Cambodia is a very rewarding experience. However, it is a lot of work, physically and mentally, requiring each build team member to put aside any preconceived notions about Cambodia and its people, and to be completely selfless. Each builder is responsible for upholding the good will that the Tabitha Foundation has worked hard to foster within the villages. Cambodia is a country still coming to grips with the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime, a country unsure of the role of Westerners in their world, as well as a country with deep beliefs in the Animist and Buddhist religions. 

General information

Team members must make their own way to Phnom Penh. Team members will stay at a designated hotel in Phnom Penh (Billabong Hotel). All other logistics (transportation between Phnom Penh and the build area) will be organized by the Tabitha Foundation, the costs of which will be covered by the build team members. Each build team member can expect to pay $150 towards van rentals, food, water and costs associated with Tabitha Foundation staff.

While in Preah Vihear, lunch will be on the build site. Team members buy food in advance (in Phnom Penh) to bring for lunch. Bread and water will be provided, the costs of which will later be split between team members.  

There are a number of rules that team members must be aware of and abide by to ensure a positive experience for both the villagers and team members. We will provide these beforehand to those who have committed to the build.