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Placing the hands together and bowing one’s head is the normal greeting in Cambodia, however, many people will now extend their hand to shake yours. Be respectful by going that step further to immerse yourself into the Cambodian culture.
Siem Reap town:
Buddhist Monks are very highly regarded in Cambodia. There are some basic rules when working with or being near Buddhist Monks:
In the Western world we can be hung up on time, with our meetings and schedules. Cambodian people do not stress over time, and it is not uncommon for things to happen later than arranged. Just go with the flow, be flexible and forget the stress, it’s better for you anyway!
English is widely spoken in Siem Reap, but it is always good to know some basic Khmer (Cambodian) language. It would be beneficial to brush up on a few phrases. Here are a few polite ones:
Volunteers in the field need to understand and agree to comply with the following Covid precautions: show proof of vaccination or negative Covid test result; your temperature will be taken upon entry of the work site; hand sanitizer is available for your use; a face mask must be worn at ALL times on the work site and in the countryside.