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Volunteer in Cambodia

Explore the heart of SouthEast Asia on International Volunteer HQ’s Cambodia volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Cambodia volunteer projects, including Teaching English, Childcare, Medical, Special Needs Care and Working with NGOs. Volunteer work in Cambodia is based in the historical cities of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 140,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Cambodia.

Highlights:
  • 7 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $430 for 2 weeks
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses and homestays

  • Projects based in the historical sites of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $430
Volunteer from 2 - 24 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap & Battambang
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Discover spectacular temples & culture

Volunteer opportunities in Cambodia

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $450

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Help rescue and care for abandoned cats and dogs in need at shelters in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

Increases access to education

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $430

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Placements in Phnom Penh
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Provide general assistance in childcare centers in Phnom Penh, helping local staff with a range of care and routine tasks.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $880

  • Duration: 4 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in a hospital in Phnom Penh
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in a pediatrics hospital in Phnom Penh assisting and observing local staff in their daily tasks.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $795

  • Duration: 5 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Phnom Penh
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Assist in special needs classes within primary schools in Phnom Penh, enabling teachers to provide more focused care and attention to those with a range of difficulties.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $430

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in a school in Battambang
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Volunteer in local schools in Battambang for students aged between 5-18 years old. Assist a local teacher in English lessons to help improve higher education and career prospects for local children.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $565

  • Duration: 3 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in a school in Siem Reap
  • Volunteers aged 18+ and families

Volunteer in elementary schools or at after school programs in Siem Reap, generally attended by lower-income students. Assist a local teacher or teach independently in English lessons, and occasionally other subjects, for students aged between 5-12 years old.

Supports community development

4-8 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $795

  • Duration: 5 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Volunteers aged 19+

Assist NGOs that focus on important community initiatives in fields including community development, education, health, human rights and environmental issues.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Isabella Jones
06 Jun 2024

Cambodia is definitely a hidden gem. The amount of history and culture that the Khmer people share with foreigners is amazing. My work at the daycare was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. The amount of joy and love the kids gave me is a gift that I am profoundly thankful for. The city of Phnom Penh is busy and loud but very safe. Nights spent with other volunteers exploring and enjoying the nightlife has created friendships that will last long beyond our volunteer periods.

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Steven Waslander
29 May 2024

It was an encouraging experience, to be welcomed so warmly, to be able to work with locals and to help students in a meaningful way. Very happy with the experience.

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Hannah Pruett
01 May 2024

I had ample guidance and preparation resources that allowed the trip to go smoothly, and I travelled to Cambodia with confidence due to the help I received prior to departing. The local team was a friendly and knowledgeable group. They all made sure that we were happy and taught us many things about the local culture and were very time oriented.

This opportunity has made me realize that so much joy comes from volunteering and helping those around you. I will most likely be volunteering with IVHQ again in the future.

I gained confidence, new friends, a better resume, a connection with the students and school, and so much more. If someone is feeling hesitant about joining, they should follow their instincts and think about why they are looking into volunteering abroad. This route is affordable and safe. Traveling abroad this way allows you to have connections with the locals that can speak the language and help you in any situation.

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Barbara Leslie
13 Mar 2024

The Program Guide is very thorough. It was easy to return to sections to double check details. I definitely gained an awareness of the reality for teachers in a third world country. They worked extremely hard with so few resources. I discovered that the Cambodian people with whom I worked with are so very resilient and well intentioned. Their circumstances are so very different from our first world circumstances they have no frame of reference, but were very eager to learn. I benefited tremendously from the experience, more than I anticipated. While I was there to help, which I believe I did, I received much in return.

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Margarita Obarzanski
21 Feb 2024

I am very happy with all the help provided by the IVHQ team. The local team was always available to help with any questions or issues. I did not have any issues and all of my time in Cambodia was great, from the start to the end.

I have given the info about IVHQ to many people, even before I went to Cambodia. I will have no problem telling everyone and showing my experiences in photos.... I loved it!!!

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Sophie Cunningham
31 Jan 2024

I feel like I gained a huge insight into the children in Cambodia, how they struggle and their living conditions - it's very sad but they still all have a huge smile on their faces. I would give the advice that it's an amazing experience and you will meet amazing people too. Working with the children everyday is something that I will treasure for ever.

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