- Choose from a range of volunteer projects in Cambodia
- Help improve living conditions for the local community
- Give children the inspiration to learn and better their future prospects
- Learn new skills and gain experience working on different community projects
- Explore Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in your time off
- Meet new people and have unforgettable experiences!
If it's meaningful travel you're after, there's no better experience than volunteer work in a community setting. Our teams in Siem Reap work tirelessly to help communities in desperate need, and are always looking for willing volunteers to help out and offer their support – so this is your time to shine! You'll get to choose from a range of projects, from building homes and general repairs to assisting in the classroom and teaching English to children. You'll stay in shared accommodation in Siem Reap where you’ll meet like-minded volunteers, and in your downtime you'll get to explore the wonders of beautiful Cambodia, including the incredible Angkor Wat. Enjoy a full-on travel experience and a make a real difference in a local Cambodian community!
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What to expect at the project
When you land in Siem Reap, you’ll be picked up by a member of the in-country team. They’ll transfer you to your homely 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.
The following day, you’ll have chance to explore the local area and make yourself more at home in this incredible city. Opt to explore the markets, try out the local restaurants or even check out the spectacular Angkor Wat Temple Complex.
On day 3, your volunteer programme will begin.
Day in the life
Your daily activities will vary, depending on your chosen volunteer project. The in-country team will give you an overview of your itinerary during your orientation.
There are two main projects that you will get involved in:
Teaching. The NGOs we work with in Siem Reap offer children regular, free and engaging English education. Having even a basic understanding of the English language will open up a huge number of employment opportunities for young people. As a volunteer teacher, you will plan exciting activities to keep the children engaged and deliver interesting and fun English lessons that’ll broaden the horizons of your pupils.
Construction & Development. 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 become damaged and uninhabitable during rainy season. Running repairs are something that keep our teams very busy and are vital in order to keep the family safe and dry.
You will generally volunteer in the morning, between 8am and 10am, and in the afternoon, between 2pm and 4pm. Your evening is then free to relax, plan lessons, explore the town and chill out with your fellow volunteers.
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. We do ask that you save the partying until the weekend, so that you are fresh and motivated to work during the week!
Purpose and aim of the programme and how do you benefit the programme
The project works with a number of NGOs (non-government organisations) in Siem Reap, all of whom share a common goal; to provide free education for the local children and better hygiene and living standards for the communities in the surrounding villages. 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.
Unfortunately, public school teachers are heavily underpaid in Cambodia, meaning that the learning environments are often dull and individual support 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. This motivates students and encourages them to achieve their full potential.
There is also an ever-growing list of community members who are desperate for home maintenance. This project supports the maintenance of community homes and even builds much-needed new homes and community facilities. There is often a lack of sanitary infrastructure in the rural communities which is something that can be fixed with your hard work and contribution. Building a toilet block for families with small children can save lives - it really is that simple!
As a volunteer on this project you will make a real difference in the lives of local people. As a volunteer teacher, you will nurture the talent and language skills of children, giving them new confidence and opening up a wider range of opportunities in later life. Siem Reap is a town built on tourism and the opportunities for a better life are out there for the young adults with the right skills. Meanwhile, construction and development projects give you the satisfaction of making a practical difference with your hands – you’ll see the physical results of your hard work at the end of the day as you repair or help construct new buildings. Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience, and there’s no greater feeling than doing something good in the world.
Volunteering also looks great on a CV! If you are hoping for a career in education or community development, these projects will give you fantastic experience in a unique setting. Even if you are looking for a career in an unrelated field, volunteering shows that you are hard-working, selfless and able to work as part of a team – all key skills that can make a CV stand out from the crowd.
- Arrival airport transfer
- Breakfast each day
- 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
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Return airport transfer
- Optional activities and excursions
- Dinner, drinks and snacks
- Lunches on non-volunteering days
You'll be staying in a well located hotel in Siem Reap during your stay in Cambodia. The hotel is clean and comfortable and is well located for exploring Siem Reap during your free time. Accommodation is on a twin-share basis and have both A/C and wifi available.
The hotel has a pool, bar and restaurant (open 4pm-8pm). Free tuk tuk shuttles are available from the hotel into town (one way only) between 6:30-7:30pm, you will need to arrange your own transport from town back to the hotel.
Breakfast is included each day at the hotel. 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.
Dinner will not be provided but this is a great opportunity to get out and explore Siem Reap and try some delicious local Cambodian dishes from restaurants, markets and street food stalls. If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, please let us know.
To get a flight quote simply use the form below, or contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.
Get A Flight Quote
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.
The minimum age for this programme is 18 years. You may be volunteering with people who are different ages to yourself.
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.
You will need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can obtain a visa online before travelling or on arrival at the airport (where you will need to pay the 30USD fee). If you are planning on extending your stay it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa for the duration of your stay, or obtain any necessary visa extensions while you are in Cambodia. Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain an e-visa for Cambodia, this can be applied for online.
How Many Other Volunteers Will I Be With?
For this particular project there is no minimum number. You will usually find you are in a group of 2 to 5 volunteers.
Can I Visit Angkor Wat?
Yes of course! You are based in Siem Reap, and Angkor Wat is very close by so you can easily visit at the weekend!
Is An Airport Pick Up Included?
Yes, if you arrive on the programme start date an airport pick up is included and a member of the local team will be there to meet you.
Can I Choose More Than One Project Option?
For this programme you will need to choose one of the options to volunteer at during your time in Cambodia.