VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers are accommodated in either volunteer houses or home-stays with other IVHQ volunteers. The volunteer houses have electricity, running water and WiFi access. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, although this generally only includes a bottom sheet and pillow, due to the warm climate. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other volunteers. Home-stays are run by local families who have been approved by our local staff. Living is comfortable and most home-stays have electricity, running water and western bathrooms. Some rural home-stays do not have electricity or running water due to droughts.
Volunteers in Cambodia are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of fruits and baguettes. A typical lunch includes rice or noodles with fried vegetables and meat. Dinner consists of a range of dishes in the volunteer house, or a traditional Khmer meal at your homestay, including dishes of rice, soup, vegetables and meat with sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavours. Fresh fruits, such as mangos or pineapples are served with sticky rice for desert. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Orientation is hosted by our Cambodia team at the volunteer house in Phnom Penh. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cambodia – Introduction to Cambodia, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would is as follows:
7.00 AM Breakfast in the volunteer house or with your host family.
7.45 AM Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project. The volunteer joins with the local staff and will be given a duty roster and plan for work. Work and hours is dependent on the project and location that the volunteer is participating in.
12.00 PM - 2.00 PM Lunch break. In Cambodia all workplaces have a lunch break for about 2 hours. Some start earlier, some later. During this lunch break you are welcome to stay with the children at your Childcare placement or in the office at Teaching/NGO placements and some placements will offer you food.
2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to travel home, sightsee or do shopping.
7.00 PM Dinner in the volunteer house or with the host family.
During the weekend, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore their local town, or other areas of Cambodia, such as the Temples of Angkor Wat (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), various National Parks, or the beaches in the south of Cambodia. During the long public holidays in April, September and November, you may also wish to travel further afield to Laos, Vietnam or Thailand.
See our Cambodia Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Cambodia!