Cambodia September 2020

14th-18th September 2020
Ready to sign up? Complete the expression of interest form here!

Congratulations on taking the step to find out more information about joining the Hair Aid Inc. Cambodia Project in September 2020!

We’d love to have you join us, we are expecting to have 20 on the team! 

Here's the low down on the project

Dates: Project runs from 14th -18th September 2020. You will need to be in Cambodia by Sunday 13th September 2020, for team training and cultural inductions. You can leave after Friday 7pm 18th September 2020. Flights can be extended if you want to stay longer. May I suggest 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 through the traffic.

Where: Training locations will be in and around Phnom Penh, 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.  Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group. 

Costs: $AUD1,800. Payment options are on the website

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 if required.

Payment Options: via credit card or PayPal. The $500 non refundable deposit is due immediately at the time of invoice. You can then either pay in full OR to pay off your trip over time, select 'pay now' on the due dates. The trip fee needs to be finalised 1 month prior to the project start date.

What is included: Seven nights accommodation, which includes the Saturday 24th August  at the Teahouse Hotel, Address: #32, Street 242 Phnom Penh, 12211, Cambodia, resource purchases, ground transport, project insurance, team tshirts & cap/hat, administration and logistics costs (project facilitation and management, graduation certificates, location costs, etc).

What is not covered: Flights to and from your home town, personal medical insurance (must have), food, drink/s, personal items, travel to/from airports at home town. Even though flights are not included you CAN still fundraise for this cost!

What we do there: For those that fly in Saturday we meet together as a team, have a sightseeing day in Phnom Penh (costs are the individual responsibility of each volunteer). Sunday, we wait for everyone that is flying in Sunday, after a lazy lunch we do induction/cultural training and go over the training manual, location teams are formed and resources are packed.  Volunteers are placed in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group.

Monday morning, we eat breakfast at the accommodation and then teams travel to the training location and begin the five day training program. Every day a Tuk Tuk 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 4pm 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 hotel, and enjoy our last debrief and evening meal together. Volunteers can leave anytime after 7pm Friday night to catch flights home. 

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!

Next Steps

Complete the expression of interest form HERE and we will send you everything you need to secure your spot on the project!