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Volunteer in Cambodia with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Cambodia

Volunteer in Cambodia with International Volunteer HQ, Britain’s most affordable and trusted volunteer organisation. IVHQ has a wide range of volunteer work available in Cambodia, including Teaching English, Childcare, Medical, Special Needs Care, Computer Support and Working with NGOs. As the world’s most popular and affordable volunteer travel organisation, IVHQ is proud to be the trusted choice for volunteering in Cambodia.

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At a glance…

  • Volunteer in Cambodia year-round from 2 weeks
  • 6 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Accommodation in volunteer houses and homestays
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$360 (approximately £300) for 2 weeks
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
I have been put out of my comfort zone and in return I am more wise, confident and warm. It was an absolute privilege to live with my host family for 2 months. I enjoyed playing with the children and teaching them. I also enjoyed coming home to a delicious meal, eating with the other volunteers, learning Khmer and meeting local people.
IVHQ Volunteer - Annie Rose Bentley
Annie Rose Bentley
Nationality: New Zealander
Age: 21
Destination: Cambodia

Volunteer opportunities in Cambodia

Childcare in Cambodia
Volunteer on the Childcare project with IVHQ in Cambodia
Increases access to education
4-8 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Provide general assistance in childcare centres, helping local staff with a range of care and routine tasks.
Suited to:
Students Early childhood teachers Gap year Solo travelers Mature volunteers

Childcare in

Childcare centres in Cambodia are typically underfunded, and need volunteers to help provide better attention to children. You can lighten the load on local teachers and supervisors by assisting in all aspects of daily duties, helping to entertain and educate children between 2-6 years old.

You can work for up to six hours a day, helping to organise and run activities, games and lessons, as well as assisting with routine tasks such as feeding, cleaning, cooking and administration.

Childcare volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ

Most placements have a focus on education and include classes on Khmer literacy and the English language. Topics such as morality, hygiene and Khmer traditions are also discussed with the children. Some placements organise visits to the beach or local villages.

If you’re someone who loves working with children and are passionate about helping out where your support is most needed, this project will be a great choice for you.

As you will be volunteering alongside local staff, you don’t need to have any specific qualifications.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer in underfunded childcare {% tt terms.centers %} in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh
  • Help to offer general support and nurturing for local children, and assistance for daycare staff
  • Suited to enthusiastic, lively volunteers who work well with children
  • Volunteer for up to 8 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Phnom Penh, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
Also available in Cambodia
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Cambodia Medical Volunteer Program in Cambodia Special Needs Care Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia Volunteer Work with NGOs in Cambodia
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Medical in Cambodia
Volunteer on the Medical project in Cambodia with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Volunteer in a pediatrics hospital in Phnom Penh assisting and observing local staff in their daily tasks.
Suited to:
Medical students Gap year Spring break Solo travelers

Medical in

The healthcare system in Cambodia is quite different to those in other parts of the world, which means if offers a great learning experience for Medical volunteers. You can spend time in a pediatric hospital assisting and learning from local staff as they carry out their routine duties.

You’ll be based in Phnom Penh where your role will be mostly observational, though volunteers who stay longer on the program are more likely to have hands-on tasks. Regardless, you’ll get a much greater understanding of the differences between healthcare in a developing country and your own as you develop your medical knowledge by rubbing shoulders with local professionals.

Medical volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ

This project is well suited to volunteers with medical skills, who are interested in experiencing a new culture and working environment.

Volunteers need to be in medical school, have completed at least two years of study and have some experience in pediatrics. You need to provide a resume and a recommendation letter from your university upon being registered for the program. You also need to bring your own scrubs or lab coat and stethoscope.

This project has a minimum duration of 3 weeks and a maximum duration of 12 weeks. Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before your chosen start date.

There is an initial surcharge of US$200 for the first month and then US$100 for each month thereafter to cover supervision and support from the hospital staff. See the Cambodia fees tab for a full breakdown of prices.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer in a local pediatrics hospital in Phnom Penh
  • Shadow local staff in a mostly observational/assisting capacity
  • Mostly observational volunteer duties
  • Volunteers must be medical students, completed at least two years of study and have some pediatrics experience
  • Additional surcharge of US$200 to cover supervision and support costs
  • 3 week minimum duration, 12 week maximum
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Phnom Penh, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
Also available in Cambodia
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Cambodia Medical Volunteer Program in Cambodia Special Needs Care Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia Volunteer Work with NGOs in Cambodia
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Special Needs Care in Cambodia
Volunteer on the Special Needs Care project with IVHQ in Cambodia
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Assist in special needs classes within primary schools, enabling teachers to provide more focused care and attention to those with a range of difficulties.
Suited to:
Qualified volunteers Teachers College students Solo travelers Mature volunteers Nurses Physical therapists Occupational therapists

Special Needs Care in

Those with disabilities in Cambodia are often rejected by society and can struggle to get access to the help they need to overcome their challenges. Classes are held for them, but without volunteer assistance those helping to run the classes can find it hard to provide focused attention to everyone. Caring, compassionate volunteers help to provide personalised care to children and young adults with a range of special needs.

Special Needs Care volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ

When you volunteer with disabled people, you’ll be based in special needs classes within primary schools, helping local teachers with special education, basic activities of daily living, social and community skills, physical rehabilitation and psychological support. Those with relevant skills and experience can also help with therapeutic treatments and work one-on-one with special needs children.

You can help those with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual disabilities. When helping with classes, volunteers enable them to be divided into smaller groups where individual needs can be better catered for. Volunteers may also take part on outreach work, where they visit the homes of students who cannot attend class.

This project is well suited to volunteers who care about helping those less fortunate. All Special Needs Care volunteers are required to obtain a health certificate from your doctor prior to starting, declaring you fit to work with individuals with special needs.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer in special needs classes within primary schools in Phnom Penh
  • Help to provide focused care and attention to children and young adults with a range of special needs
  • Suited to caring and compassionate volunteers
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Phnom Penh, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
Also available in Cambodia
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Cambodia Medical Volunteer Program in Cambodia Special Needs Care Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia Volunteer Work with NGOs in Cambodia
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Teaching English in Cambodia
Volunteer on the Teaching English project in Cambodia with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Guided volunteer experience
Volunteer in NGO-run schools, generally attended by lower-income students. Assist a local teacher in English lessons, and occasionally other subjects, for students aged between 5-16 years old.
Suited to:
Teachers Solo travelers Qualified volunteers Mature volunteers Gap year

Teaching English in

The general level of education in Cambodia is considerably lower than other countries, leading to a high level of poverty and unemployment, and many families not being able to afford to education. As a volunteer English teacher in Cambodia, you’ll play an important role in helping increase opportunities for locals to learn the English language, which is a requirement for employment in many industries.

You’ll be placed in primary schools or after school education centres, assisting local staff in lessons for students who range in age from 5-16 years old. While your focus will be on teaching English, you may also help with IT, math and art tuition if required.

Teaching volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ

This project is well suited to creative-thinking volunteers who are self driven. It’s expected you’ll spend some time each day preparing your lessons, and the longer you spend on the project, the more responsibility you may be given.

If you want to volunteer for less than 4 weeks you’ll be placed in Siem Reap. Those staying longer than 4 weeks will volunteer in Phnom Penh.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teachers to participate, however we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognised TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer in schools, with students aged between 5-16
  • Help to teach English and occasionally other subjects
  • Assist local staff or act as lead teacher
  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English
  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Phnom Penh, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
Also available in Cambodia
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Cambodia Medical Volunteer Program in Cambodia Special Needs Care Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia Volunteer Work with NGOs in Cambodia
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
Working with NGOs in Cambodia
Volunteer on the Working with NGOs project with IVHQ in Cambodia
Supports community development
4-8 hours volunteering per day
Tasks that match your experience
Assist NGOs that focus on important community initiatives in fields including community development, education, health, human rights and environmental issues.
Suited to:
College students Solo travelers Mature volunteers Independent volunteers

Working with NGOs in

NGOs play an important role assisting vulnerable people in Cambodia, despite only having limited financial resources and relying heavily on international funding drives. As a volunteer, you’re able to work at the heart of a range of initiatives to enable them to make the biggest difference possible in the community.

NGO volunteers can assist with projects that focus on fields of community development, human rights, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, gender issues, environmental issues and education. Placements are decided based on a mixture of your skills and interests, and where there is the most need for help at the time.

Working with NGOs in Cambodia with IVHQ

While on your project, your duties will reflect your own strengths and what your NGO needs most. It can include assisting with fundraising, reporting, teaching English, organisational development, administration, research and providing IT assistance. Longer term volunteers who are on the project for more than eight weeks are more likely to gain more independence, and can even help with field research.

The Working with NGOs project is open to volunteers over the age of 19. You’re required to have with relevant experience in the field you wish to work in. There is a minimum duration requirement of five weeks and you will need to bring your own laptop.

Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $360 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer with NGOs that focus on important community initiatives, despite their limited resources
  • Help NGOs that focus on a range of causes including community development, health, human rights and environmental issues
  • Placements decided based on your skills and interests, as well as local need
  • Suited to caring volunteers who want to help vulnerable people
  • Minimum duration requirement of 5 weeks
  • Volunteer for up to 8 hours per day
Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Phnom Penh, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a volunteer house
  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month
Also available in Cambodia
Our project options
Childcare Volunteer Program in Cambodia Medical Volunteer Program in Cambodia Special Needs Care Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia Volunteer Work with NGOs in Cambodia
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Asia
Bali Cambodia China India Laos Nepal Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Vietnam All Asia
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Cambodia to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Cambodia will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Cambodia with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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