Volunteer in Cambodia

HOW TO VOLUNTEER ABROAD in CAMBODIA

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127 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Cambodia

Affordable Volunteer in Cambodia: Costs from USD 350

Experience the Pearl of Asia, Phnom Penh, with volunteering placements from International Volunteer HQ. In addition to enjoying historical and picturesque architecture and attractions, particanpts have the opportunity to Teach, contribute to Human Rights programs, participate in Orphanage/Childcare work, or assist with Computer Support projects.

Volunteer Abroad in Cambodia
Lend a hand in Cambodia with Love Volunteers

Take the first step to global change through Love Volunteers international service projects in Cambodia. International volunteers can gain an expanded understanding of the world while participating in rewarding projects, including those in the areas of Child Empowerment, Public Education, and Environmental Protection.

Love Volunteers
Volunteer Cambodia Sports Project

Work with Globalteer in Cambodia. Volunteers can help coach sports programs for youth, work with elephants in the jungle, or work on a community health project with the Bunong Hill tribes. Participants can carry out meaningful programs while learning about the culture and Cambodian lifestyle.

Globalteer
Volunteer in Cambodia with Frontier

Explore Cambodia's alluring seascape or trek through its tropical jungles with Frontier. These programs include placements in Marine Conservation, Community Development, and Wildlife Adventures. Volunteers make valuable contributions to local communities and bring home the experience of a lifetime.

Frontier
Volunteer Programs in Cambodia with Projects Abroad

Adapt to Cambodian society while exploring the culture of modern Cambodia as a volunteer with Projects Abroad. Volunteers live in Phnom Penh for at least four weeks and work in a local community helping the less fortunate. This program offers a wide array of service options for international participants, including Community Development, Tourism, and Journalism.

Volunteer Programs in Cambodia for Ages 16 and Up

There are four volunteer program opportunities to choose from in Cambodia with Volunteering Solutions. Participants have the chance to work in an orphanage, teach children, or take part in group volunteer placements in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. All volunteers get the chance to experience life in Cambodia and expand their cultural understanding.

Gapforce

Become part of a rewarding international opportunity and volunteer in Cambodia. Developed by Gapforce, this program takes participants to both Cambodia and neighboring Laos. Volunteers can participate in various community projects involving Childcare, Orphans, or Health care. Programs are open to worldwide participants and typically last for around two to four weeks.

Pacific Discovery-Summer & Semester Programs Abroad

Pacific Discovery offers inspiring educational travel programs to the most amazing places on earth. Our summer, semester and gap year programs combine cultural immersion, volunteer projects in conservation and community development, sustainable adventure travel, personal and leadership development, and tons of fun. Join us on a life-changing adventure!

Volunteer in Cambodia with Cultural Embrace by API

Cultural Embrace by API offers volunteer positions in Siem Reap. Volunteers can choose from many projects, including infant and childcare, teaching or tutoring, medical health and nutrition, and coaching. Volunteer programs include room and board, visa assistance, airport pickup, and medical and travel insurance, among many other services.

Rustic Pathways

Learn about international development, road trip across the country, or volunteer in floating villages on our own Rustic Pathways boat in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Volunteer Abroad in Cambodia with A Broader View!

Explore the Khmer culture while volunteering in Cambodia with A Broader View. Volunteers can take part in meaningful programs including teaching English, giving love and support to orphaned children, and spreading HIV awareness to the street children in Phnom Penh.

Volunteer Cambodia

Volunteer Cambodia offer volunteers the chance to make a real difference in a country that has faced unbelievable hardships. This is also a unique opportunity for you to live in and experience Cambodia first-hand.

Globe Aware

Volunteer with Global Aware in Cambodia. Participants from all over the globe can work alongside locals and other volunteers in Siem Reap. The two week program offers a wide selection of volunteer options such as Human Rights, Community Health, and Construction Projects.

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Volunteer in Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, on your free time.

How to Volunteer Abroad in Cambodia

Help Local Communities

Cambodia is a thriving, welcoming country coming back from a tragic past. There are opportunities around each corner for those who have a desire to help Cambodians get back on the right track through volunteering. Individuals who choose to volunteer in Cambodia can participate in a range of project areas, from education to advocacy of social justice issues. A variety of opportunities in “Asia’s hidden gem” await eager volunteers from all over the world.

Geography & Demographics

Due to the horrific genocide engineered by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, there is an entire generation missing in Cambodia. Approximately 1.7 million people were killed, and with them disappeared many native trades and skills traditionally passed down through the generations. Creativity, self expression, and knowledge were considered rebellious acts against the Khmer Rouge, so education and all means of making a living were halted. Though the country is rebuilding, broken pieces of the culture still remain and Cambodia is home to some of the most heartbreaking of social justice issues. 

The effects of this genocide remain present in many ways. One is in the staggering unemployment rate, which contributes to the massive poverty. Crippling poverty is a fact of life in Cambodia in many parts, and for some that can be hard to fathom. Many Khmer people live on less than $1 a day, and their futures can seem quite bleak. While a visitor coming to volunteer in Cambodia may feel overwhelmed by this degree of hardship, they must recognize that there is always a way to rebuild. Due to this lack of economic development in the country, there is an extremely low cost of living, so getting by on a tight budget is more than possible for international volunteers.

Volunteering in Cambodia

There are opportunities for volunteering in Cambodia throughout the country. One note of caution: many volunteer organizations in Cambodia ask for a long term commitment, the longer the better. This allows time for the volunteer to become well acquainted with the culture, language, and needs of the people. That’s not to say short-term trips aren’t beneficial; but long-term trips can accomplish more.

While Cambodia is still rebuilding educational systems, volunteers are needed to teach specialty trades and skills. Therefore, Cambodia is in need of English language instruction, and this can be a great volunteer project that has a lasting positive impact. With tourism ever on the rise in Cambodia, business leaders in that country are seeking bilingual staff and volunteers. Opportunities to teach English are available in adult classes, teenager classes, and even preschool settings. Teaching opportunities range from part- to full-time, and from classes, groups, to individual instruction in live-in settings.

Business development is booming and volunteers well versed in marketing, social media, business, economics, finance, and the like are extremely helpful and well received. Micro-finance companies are taking off with great success throughout Cambodia, allowing impoverished applicants to start small businesses. Not only do local program beneficaries have the financial support they need, but they have mentors and instruction to help them keep their businesses successful and thriving. This means of business development forges a community bond and keeps the successful loan program sustainable. Volunteers willing to mentor, finance, and play a role in this community and economic development are invaluable.

Human trafficking is very prevalent throughout a large part of Asia and is very evident in the form of sex trafficking. Volunteers in large part are needed in rehabilitation settings with women, men, and children rescued from forced bondage. Cambodia is home to many organizations working to combat sex trafficking. Two of the leaders in this area are Iris Ministries of Cambodia and Daughters and Sons of Cambodia. Both have options for short- and long-term volunteer opportunities, though “short-term” refers to a period of three to six months. Daughters and Sons of Cambodia will sometimes make an exception for a shorter visit if one possesses a particular skill set needed by the organization. These needs range from skills to help the organization itself (such as business developers, PR and marketing specialists, fundraisers, computer technicians, or to teach skills and classes to the participants (musicians, chefs, artists, photographers, etc.).

If you are looking to volunteer in Cambodia, you don’t need to look too far. There are jobs for every level of experience and all different passions, and you'll find that the benefits of volunteering in Cambodia are insurmountable. While you might need to make a longer-term commitment than in other countries, bear in mind it is always for the better of the company or organization hosting the volunteers; and staying longer than one anticipated only adds to the adventure that is Cambodia.

Polly Dean

Polly Dean lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. with her husband James, her daughters Kadence and Parker, and her son Noah. She writes a monthly column for 605 Magazine, and occasionally enters the blogosphere with her blog Wearing Love. She works as a Coordinator at Embrace Church, and an Assistant for Tapestry International Ministries. When she isn’t working or doing Mommy things, she’s planning her next adventure, reading, and drinking wine… all at the same time.