Cambodia Project - February 2020

24th-28th February 2020
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Dates: Project runs from 24th- 28th February 2020. You will need to be in Seim Reap, Cambodia by Sunday morning on the  23rd February 2020, for team training and cultural inductions. You can leave after Friday 7 pm 28th February 2020. Flights can be extended if you want to stay longer. I’m advising that if you choose to fly the Friday night, make it a late flight as you won’t want to miss the graduation celebrations Friday and you need to leave time to get to the airport as well, through heavy traffic.

Where: Training locations will be in and around Siem Reap, within an approximate daily taxi drive of 30 – 40 mins from our accommodation.

Who: Volunteer hairdressers and beauticians and supporters, teaching women in critical poverty how to cut hair and do manicure/pedicures. All volunteers are housed in the same accommodation, shared rooms.  Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group. 

What we do there:

On Sunday 23rd February 2020, we wait for everyone that is flying in, then we  check into the accommodation. Once settled we meet for lunch do induction/cultural training, go over the training manual, and get to know each other a bit better.  Then location teams of 2-4 are formed, and resources are packed.     Location teams will travel to locations daily as a group. 

Monday morning, we eat breakfast as the accommodation and then teams travel to the training location and begin the five day training program. Every day a driver will take Hair Aid teams to and from the locations.  Monday morning we teach how to use hair cutting tools, head shapes, how to section hair and how to do a straight cut.  We work on live models.  We usually gain models from the local community, friends or family, and even workers in local businesses. By the end of the first day, the trainees should have cut 2 – 3 straight cuts. We finish training at 4 pm each day. We take a break for lunch when it suits the trainees.  On day 2,

Tuesday, we teach how to diagonal forward and backward  and layers. Again, we train on live models, so that the trainees are learning on real live people. By Tuesday afternoon the trainees should have cut 2-3 more hair cuts. On

Wednesday we teach graduation/bob cut. 

Thursday is when we teach men’s cuts. This is a wonderful day as many people have gained great skills by now and they can confidently do 2 – 3 men’s cuts in a day! On Friday we demonstrate a few different styles, encouraging the learners to see what they can achieve with more practice. Then we hold a celebration party, and everyone that has completed the training, and can do the haircuts gets a personal certificate from Hair Aid. They then also get a scissor kit, with scissors, clips, comb and a cape all in a closed bag so that they have the tools to begin earning money from hair cutting. We all travel back to the accommodation, celebrate the week, and enjoy our last debrief and evening meal together.

Costs: $AUD1,800 (USD $1,300approx) which includes six nights accommodation (starting Sunday night 23rd February 2020), resource purchases, ground transport, project insurance, team tshirt & cap/hat, administration and logistics costs (project facilitation and management, project transportation, translators, graduation certificates, celebration cakes, location costs, hall hire, etc).

Accommodation: The entire team stays together and If you require your own room, this can be arranged (additional cost). Rooms are shared. If you require your own room, this can be arranged (additional cost).

What is not covered: Flights, personal medical insurance (must have), food, drink/s, personal items, travel to/from airports at home town.

Payment Options: via credit card or PayPal. Deposits of $500 are due on sign up, and are non-refundable. You can then either pay in full OR to pay off your trip over time, select 'pay now' on the due dates. Final payments are due 24th January 2020, which is one month before the project start date. 


Fundraising: Hair Aid Inc. is a registered charity with tax deductible status. Fundraising activities can be conducted to raise the costs of the project.  All types of fundraising can occur from crowdfunding, to events, to raffles! I can send you an overview of what I do to help get you started.

So that’s a bit about the project! Please let me know if there’s any further information you require – happy to have a phone chat!

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