Cambodia Volunteering

1-6 weeks

from £494

Trip Highlights

  • Live in the shadow of the world famous Angkor Wat temples
  • Choose from teaching, childcare, building, farming or working on projects
  • Our projects directly aid over 15,000 people living third world slums
  • Spend the weekends exploring Cambodia
  • The very best in-country support

Trip Summary

Thinking of doing something worthwhile on your travels? Considering ways that you can offer assistance to communities who are in genuine need of it? Well you need look no further! Come and join us on a variety of different volunteering projects in Cambodia that make a genuine difference to upwards of 15,000 individuals living in the shadow of one of the greatest wonders in the world, Angkor Wat.

The Cambodia project's main aims are to ensure that the locals have a better way of life. With your help we're looking to improve hygiene and general living conditions, cultivate sustainable local produce and provide children with free, inspiring education.

We aren’t expecting you to be a qualified teacher or have experience in building a house or have a degree in water pump installation - all we ask for is enthusiasm, an open mind and a beaming smile! Hard work goes a very long way here in Siem Reap and those who are willing to get stuck in with a project will genuinely make a massive difference to underprivileged communities whilst having a great time along the way.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

In Siem Reap we’re proud to work with a number of different NGOs (non-government organisations), each of whom have a common goal; to provide free resources, free education for the local children and better hygiene and living standards for the communities in the surrounding villages.

Unfortunately public school teachers are heavily underpaid in Cambodia, meaning that the learning environments are often dull and one-on-one care of the students is very rare. The NGO that we work with strives to create a warm and friendly environment where each student is genuinely cared for and inspired. The more volunteers that are at the school, the more time the children have with a teaching assistant.

Due to many of these communities being slums, hygiene is often very poor due to the lack of clean running water. The NGOs are committed to changing this by clean water systems that provide families and villages with clean, fresh water.

As many families and members of these slum communities have little or no income, maintenance of the shacks that they call home is not on their list of priorities – that would be eating! There is an ever growing list of community members who are desperate for home maintenance. With your help however, we won’t just patch up holes, we’ll knock the shack down and build a home!

With our outreach project we also aim to assist these communities by teaching the locals about sustainability and how to grow their own crops. This approach obviously ensures regular access to fresh food for all family members.

The number of individuals that we are supporting is well over 15,000 and this is just in a handful of communities in the shadow of the Angkor Wat temples. With Cambodia being officially classed a ‘third world’ country the work we aim to do is limitless. By joining up to one of Siem Reap volunteering projects however, you’ll be leaving behind a legacy that will be positively affecting individuals, families and entire communities for many years to come.

The work available is so varied and wide ranging that if there’s anything in particular you’d like to do, or if you have any particular skillset that you feel could benefit these communities, don’t hesitate to mention it as we may be able to put it to very good use.

In Siem Reap we have many projects available in several areas. To make sure that our volunteers are working where the help is most needed you will be placed at any one of these projects to ensure that you have the biggest impact during your time as a volunteer.

Teaching

Children in Cambodia’s government schools have almost future. The level of education they face each day is very poor due to teacher’s wages being so low. Many teachers in these schools, in particular those in rural areas, aren’t qualified and are there, more to oversee the day to day.

Two of the NGOs we work with in Siem Reap offer children regular, free and interesting English education. Having even a basic understanding of the English language will open up so many more employment opportunities as these children grow up giving them the chance to escape the never ending cycle of poverty that they find themselves in.

With help, our volunteer teachers will be required to plan exciting lessons to keep the children engaged and will have the chance to teach a full class of children, as well as teaching them on a one-to-one basis. If the thought of teaching a class makes you weak at the knees, we can offer placements as teaching assistants, giving more one on one time with the kids and really making a difference.

(Minimum duration for teaching is 2 weeks) 

Clean Water Campaign

Hygiene levels in Cambodia’s slum communities are almost non-existent because there’s no access to clean water. We’re trying to make a difference with this and bring clean, fresh water to as many homes as possible. You can easily join us and help by picking up a shovel, getting your hands dirty and helping with the installation of clean water pumps for the local community to use.

Previous volunteers have already fitted a number of water pumps and it has made a huge difference to people’s lives, health and hygiene. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know how to get a pump fitted, we’ll show you everything you need to know and you’ll be helping in more ways than you can possibly imagine!

Construction & Development

The NGOs we support have constant work for anybody who is willing to get their hands dirty and know the difference between a hammer and a lightbulb! Whether it’s renovating crumbling buildings, fixing damaged drainage systems or building new family homes from scratch, there is plenty to keep you busy.

Buildings can and often do become damaged and uninhabitable during rainy season. Running repairs are something that keep our teams very busy and are required to keep the family inside, safe and dry.

Depending on the number of volunteers taking part on the construction projects you could have the opportunity to build a family a new, secure and safe home from scratch.

Farming and Development

Individuals and families living in these slum communities are very often poorly nourished and suffering from serious health issues. It’s most likely that these people have never had the opportunity, or been shown how to, grow their own fruit or veg. Here’s another incredible project that you can join that will leave a legacy long after you’ve returned home.

Previous volunteers have helped with building small gardens and vegetable patches, planting fruit and veg and teaching the local community how to look after their patches. For some, once they’ve taken out the produce they need for themselves, anything extra is taken to market and sold giving the grower an income and a fully sustainable food source.

You don’t have to be an experienced farmer or gardener to help out on this project, we just need hard-working volunteers are willing to get their hands dirty.

Childcare Assistant

Parents are often not able to go out to work, as they do not have free and regular childcare for their young children.

By working as a kindergarten assistant and helping the full time staff to make sure the children are both safe and happy at all times, you are allowing the parents to go out and work, make a living and be able to put food on the table.

For those of you who have never volunteered before, you will receive the very best support from our in-country team of project coordinators. You’ll be given everything that you need to be able to hit the ground running on day one, make the most of your time helping others and leave behind something that will benefit others for many years to come.

All we ask is that you are motivated to help, patient and willing to get stuck in and work hard. Not only is volunteering a great way to give back, but it's a fantastic way to learn more about the local culture, meet new friends and have fun abroad.

If you do have a skill that you feel could be utilized in any of the projects mentioned, please let us know. Perhaps you’re a dab hand at D.I.Y. Maybe you’re training to be a builder or plumber. Maybe you’ve taught in a classroom before. Let us know about it. We can’t promise we can utilize that skill but we’ll sure try!

The in-country team will be there with you every step of the way, explaining how you are helping the local community, showing you what you need to do and will be there to ask if you have any questions!

Day 1: Arrive into Siem Reap

Let us know how and when you’re arriving in to Siem Reap and you’ll be picked up by a member of the in-country team. We’ll transfer you to our stunning volunteer house where you’ll be shown to your room and introduced to the other volunteers and staff staying there.

You’ll be given time to get settled in and unpacked before having a quick orientation to run through everything you need to know for your time in Cambodia. We’ll explain the work that the NGO do, the goal they are working to achieve and how you will be helping them achieve it. You’ll also be given a run-down of your itinerary and will have the chance to ask as many questions as you like!

Day 2: Exploring Siem Reap

Before getting stuck in with the hard work, you’ll have a day to explore the local area and make yourself more at home in this incredible city. If you’re up for it we can arrange for you to spend the day getting your Lara Croft on and exploring the 1,200 year old ruins at Angkor Wat. (at an additional cost) This place has to be seen to be believed and is very often voted as the number one traveller destination in the world!

Day 3: Time to Start Volunteering!

Your daily activities will vary, depending on your chosen volunteering project. The in-country team will give you your itinerary during your orientation.

An example of a typical itinerary for the teaching programme is:

At 7am you will be collected from the volunteer house and transferred to the project. Your working day will begin at 7:30am when the first children arrive. Lessons then run to around 10:30am, at which time the children will leave to head to their local government school.

During this break you and the other volunteers can sit down and plan lessons, discuss and create new teaching methods, create teaching materials and games and plan your day to day. We do ask that volunteers have the ability to use their own initiative and come up with ideas that will benefit the school, the NGO and most importantly the children and their education.

Lunch (included) is then served around midday after which you’ll have the opportunity to help with the general maintenance on the school area. This could involve activities such as helping with painting classrooms and furniture, developing and creating signs and working on the schools new recycling policy or even building new classrooms.

The children will then return at around 3pm and lessons will continue until 5pm.At 5pm you’ll be transferred back to the volunteer house where you can freshen up and head out in to town or just relax and prepare for the following day.

We recommend that you get out and explore Siem Reap. It’s one of the coolest cities in South East Asia and has a very laid back backpacker vibe that’s easy to find and fit in with. There’s always a good, cheap party going on and your in-country coordinator will explain the very best places to go, activities to do and restaurants to eat at.

Your accommodation is just a 10 minute walk from the main centre of Siem Reap where you can find supermarkets, restaurants, markets, bars, clubs and much more. There is plenty to keep you busy in the evenings and weekends. We do ask that you save the partying until the weekend, so that you are fresh and motivated to work during the week. It’s also possible to spend a weekend exploring the Capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, if you’re up for an 8 hour coach ride, or in rainy season, a 6 hour boat ride.

If you fancy getting out of Siem Reap and seeing some more of Cambodia, our in-country team will be able to recommend the best places to go and help you make arrangements.

Accommodation & Meals

You’ll be staying in a brand new volunteer house in the heart of Siem Reap. There are four large en-suite bedrooms sleeping 3 to 4 volunteers in each.

The house is furnished throughout and has a fully fitted kitchen, two large sitting areas, a dining area that seats up to 12, a large garden and TV and DVD player. Free WIFI is available at the house.

All bedding will be provided. Each room has a fan and air-conditioning, although the air-con does require a payment of $15 per week, which you’ll be required to pay in-country if you decide to use it. Please bring your own towel. 

During your volunteering days the lunch meal plan will vary. This will be explained to you during your orientation and depends on where you will be volunteering your time. Wherever you are placed your lunch is included during your volunteering days.

Breakfast and Dinner will not be provided, however, the volunteer house is a 10 minute walk to the main centre of Siem Reap, where you’ll find supermarkets, restaurants, markets, street food, even western fast-food take aways!

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this programme is 18 years. 

A current DBS check is required to participate in this programme, we can assist you with this so please contact us for details. You will be required to take a hard copy of your DBS check with you when you travel to Cambodia for this programme. 

Whats Included

  • Accommodation in Volunteer House
  • Arrival Airport Transfer
  • Lunch (On days that you are volunteering only)
  • Daily Return Transport to the NGO
  • All Project Materials
  • Donation to the Project
  • Local in country team and 24hr emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Breakfast, Dinner and Snacks

Flights

You should arrange for your flights to arrive into Siem Reap International Airport (airport code REP) on your programme start date and depart on your programme end date.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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