An integral part of your local Cambodian experience at CESHEO is the lodging. Volunteers live on the school grounds and amongst some of the homeless students that have found refuge at CESHEO. Located in the middle of a long dirt road in the Cambodian countryside, the school grounds feels like its own little society of both people and free range animals.
Surrounded by rice paddy fields, it is quite save the occasional funeral chants, parties and the sounds of cricket chirps at night. Throughout the day, from 7am to 9pm, children are all over the school grounds and thus, your living space. Therefore, please be prepared to be surrounded by children at all times of the day.
Depending on availability, you will have one of two types of accommodation: (1) In a stilt house- Living in a typical Cambodian style stilt house, you will live right next to a similar looking house that houses the homeless students. In the house, there are two single beds with mosquito nets with a fan for each bed. The bathrooms are downstairs and shared.
(2) Volunteer Rooms- Volunteer Rooms either have a queen size bed or a double bed covered by mosquito bed and a fan. The bathrooms are shared and are just around the corner from the rooms. Be sure to bring your own lock for your door! Living in the Cambodian countryside is both picturesque and surreally beautiful. However, it is important to keep in mind that you are not staying at a five-star hotel. With cold showers and manually flushing toilets, living at CESHEO can be considered basic, but is absolutely the authentic local Cambodian experience.