Volunteering in Cambodia with Projects Abroad
Cambodia is now one of the must-visit destinations in South East Asia and is an excellent place to volunteer abroad. Projects are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world; whether you are on a gap year, a summer placement, or a career break.
There are numerous projects to choose from. You could join a Care project and work with disadvantaged children - helping to give young Cambodians a brighter future. We also offer volunteer opportunities for teaching English and/or French within the classrooms of the schools that we work with.
Our Medical placements are suitable for students who have completed at least one year of medical studies. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy volunteers are also needed to work in rehabilitation centres with children who have a variety of disabilities and landmine victims.
If you want to explore the culture, language and history of Cambodia, then you should consider joining the Khmer Project which immerses you in the Khmer culture past and present.
Our Conservation project is great for adventurous volunteers interested in learning to scuba dive and taking part in a variety of conservation activities in and out of the water.
Where we are Based in Cambodia
Projects Abroad is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's spirited and charming capital city. Most volunteers live together in shared apartments close to the city centre. Care volunteers mainly work in the Russy Keo district of Phnom Penh, so they are usually based in the Projects Abroad apartments there. Russy Keo is a short tuk-tuk ride from all major areas within Phnom Penh. We also have a small number of host families in Phnom Penh, so please let us know if you have a preference relating to your accommodation.
Phnom Penh is perfectly located to be able to travel to the beautiful beaches or the world famous temples at Angkor Wat.
Our pioneering Conservation Project is based on a small tropical island in a remote and quiet area of Cambodia.
General Information on Cambodia
With its pristine beaches, ancient temples and exotic jungle, it's easy to see why Cambodia’s turbulent history is now becoming an increasingly distant memory. This beautiful country is at peace, and Cambodians are focused on building a positive future. Many areas of Phnom Penh are booming; the city has an elegant riverfront and lively nightlife, and its people are friendly, dignified and optimistic. But it remains hard to escape the poverty and the fact that many Cambodians are still struggling to survive.
At about two-thirds the size of the UK, but one of the least-populated Asian countries, Cambodia is bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. With a coastline on the tropical Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia occupies the heart of South-East Asia and this area was previously home to the mighty Khmer empire.
Much of Cambodia is dissected by the impressive Mekong River, and it is a fertile country, with forests and gemstone mines that will help to build the framework for future growth. If you're interested in overseas voluntary work in an unspoilt, beautiful country, now's certainly the time to see Cambodia.
Travel and Tourism in Cambodia
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery and famous historical landmarks like Angkor Wat. At weekends and during travel time Cambodia offers a huge number of activities. The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors - climbing over huge tree roots to the entrance of partly hidden doorways is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in anyone!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. Go trekking in the jungles, try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville, or take in the sunset with a bottle of Angkor beer at a local beach bar.
Travelling to the neighbouring countries is easy. You can follow the well-trodden tourist trail into Thailand, but border crossings are also accessible into Laos and Vietnam; two more unspoilt countries that are crying out to be visited before the tourist masses discover their charms.
Projects available in Cambodia
Volunteers in Cambodia work with children in placements including kindergartens, disabled centres and day care centres. Help the local staff with basic education, active games and general care activities.
Explore the ancient civilisations and engaging culture of modern Cambodia on our Khmer Projects. Learn some of the Khmer language, cooking and local crafts and visit the main sites of Phnom Penh and the magnificent temples at Angkor Wat.
Join our pioneering marine conservation project in Cambodia's Gulf of Thailand. Learn to dive, join reef studies and help to protect the endangered seahorses abundant in these tropical seas.
Volunteer with one of our partner not-for-profit NGOs and help represent local communities and develop laws that are in the public interest in areas including housing rights and women's rights.
Gain valuable work experience in one of the most charismatic countries in Southeast Asia. It is possible to work in the dentistry department of the State Hospital in Phnom Penh or at a private clinic.
Gain valuable work experience whilst working at a large state hospital, a paediatric hospital or an international private clinic. You have the opportunity to work in a variety of departments.
The number of trained Occupational Therapists in Cambodia is relatively low. You can help though volunteering on this project by working alongside local staff in caring for patients.
If you are wanting a challenging Physiotherapy placement then a volunteer project in Cambodia may be what you are looking for. You will usually work alongside local trained physiotherapists.
Public Health volunteers will take part in supervised home and kindergarten visits, providing basic healthcare and testing in local communities.
Volunteer as a teacher at one of our partnering local NGO schools in Phnom Penh. At most placements you can also spend time with the children outside of the classroom.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Cambodia
Volunteers make a difference in the lives of needy children by dividing their time between running fun educational activities and games and participating in painting and decorating to improve conditions at the center where they are working.
Work a public hospital in Phnom Penh, a health centre in the community and have the chance to learn about traditional Khmer medicine in Cambodia.