Volunteers over 50 learning about the Khmer culture in Cambodia, take part in basic farm work with locals.

Khmer Cultural Project in Cambodia for Volunteers over 50

Immerse yourself in the Khmer culture while learning about Cambodian history with a group your own age

Immerse yourself in the Khmer culture with other volunteers over 50 in Cambodia. You’ll learn about Khmer traditions and Cambodia’s history, and get to know its people. This is a golden opportunity to get a deeper insight into Cambodian culture while travelling and exploring with a group your own age.

Every day will be an adventure. Our staff will take you on a journey, and you’ll learn about a way of life different to your own. You’ll visit places with historical significance and get hands-on with traditional arts and crafts. You’ll take part in cooking classes, learn basic Khmer, and discover the history of the Angkor Wat temples. We also organise activities where you can support local people, like teaching English or working on a farm.

You’ll be based in the bustling capital city of Phnom Penh. However, your itinerary will take you further, to cities like Siem Reap, Battambang, and Kampot. You’ll spend most nights in our shared volunteer apartments. When you’re travelling, you’ll stay at various hotels and guesthouses. Throughout it all, our staff will be there to help and guide you.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01273 007 230 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

Grown-up Specials - Aged 50+, wanting to join a small group of like-minded travellers to give something back and learn about new cultures

Project Name:

Cambodia > Khmer Project

Start Dates:

Fixed dates throughout the year

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Phnom Penh (Read More)


Shared accommodation Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged 50 or over can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Certification of project completion

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a Khmer cultural experience in Cambodia right for me?

If understanding and exploring the depths of a new culture is something that appeals to you, then our cultural immersion project in Cambodia for older adults is for you. You’ll have the opportunity to travel and do something different with a group of people your own age.

This project is perfect for people who are retired, or have taken time off work to travel and give back to a community abroad. You don’t need previous experience to join, as you’ll be focused on learning and experiences. This is a great way to pursue personal enrichment, and to travel safely with a group of likeminded people.

Our Grown-up Special in Cambodia is designed specifically for people over the age of 50. Our staff have put together a two-week itinerary filled with activities and trips. You’ll explore temples, visit museums, and more. You’ll do all of this with a group, and Projects Abroad staff will be with you to offer support.

Volunteers over 50 learning about the Khmer culture in Cambodia, also have the opportunity to explore the local area.

What will I do on the Khmer cultural immersion Grown-up Special in Cambodia?

Seize the opportunity to experience Cambodian culture first-hand, while also giving back to the community. Here are a few of the activities you’ll be involved in:

  • Immerse yourself in the Khmer culture and experience life in Cambodia
  • Learn more about Cambodia and its harrowing history of the Khmer Rouge era
  • Assist locals with English teaching and basic farm work that will benefit the community

Your work will focus on the following main areas:

Immerse yourself in the Khmer culture and experience life in Cambodia

As part of your project, you’ll get to experience the Khmer culture through different activities. You’ll interact with Cambodians every step of the way and learn about their way of life. You’ll learn the art of puppet making, gain skills in traditional Khmer cooking, and we’ll teach you a few basic phrases in Khmer.

Learn more about Cambodia and its harrowing history of the Khmer Rouge era

Cambodia has gone through a significant change since the civil war between 1975 and 1979. This brutal regime claimed the lives of over two million people and resulted in one of the worst genocides in history.

As part of your two-week trip, we have organised trips to places and monuments of historical significance. You’ll visit the genocide and national museums, the famous Angkor Wat temples, and more. This will give you a deeper insight into the challenges Cambodian people face everyday.

Assist locals with English teaching and basic farm work that will benefit the community

This project is primarily learning-based, but you’ll also get involved in volunteer work that benefit the community. You’ll teach basic English to children at a school, and lend a hand on a local farm. At the farm, you’ll work in the fields, assisting with planting and picking crops that will help feed families.

Where in Cambodia will I be working?

Phnom Penh

Our Cultural Immersion Project in Cambodia for older adults is based in and around the bustling capital city of Phnom Penh.

The tourism industry in Cambodia is growing rapidly. Although Phnom Penh is undergoing more development because of influx of tourists, there is still a significant amount of poverty. Many communities remain severely disadvantaged, and access to services like healthcare and education can be limited.

During your project, there will be an assortment of activities. Each one will expose you to a different aspect of Khmer culture and Cambodian history. You’ll also get to lend a hand at a school and a local farm.

Although you’ll be based in Phnom Penh, you’ll also get to visit other cities like Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, and Kampot. You’ll see historical museums, pepper farms, the magnificent Angkor temples, and more.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Cambodia Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of the Khmer cultural immersion project?

The aim of this project is to provide you with a culturally immersive experience in one of Asia’s most fascinating countries. You’ll get an insight into Khmer culture and the challenges Cambodian people face today, and we’ll teach you about their history and traditions. 

This experience goes beyond what you would get as a normal tourist. You’ll engage in cultural exchange, and you’ll do volunteer work that supports our ongoing efforts to help communities develop. This could be something like teaching English, and giving young students the opportunity to practice speaking with you. Speaking English is a skill that can open the door to better employment opportunities in a country where tourism is an growing industry.

Join us and take part in a unique Khmer cultural experience in Cambodia for seniors.

A volunteer over 50 learning about the Khmer culture in Cambodia, wears a traditional mask.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.


You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Phnom Penh. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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