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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, Animal Care 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…

  • Available year-round
  • 7 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 for 2 weeks (approximately £277)
  • Between 30 and 60 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
  • 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.

The IVHQ Cambodia volunteer program has volunteer placements located in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang. When choosing a volunteer’s placement and location, we carefully consider the needs of the local institutions we work with, whilst taking into account the background, experience and skills of the volunteer. Volunteers are placed where the most assistance is needed at the time of their volunteer program and volunteers are ultimately assigned with the projects that will benefit both the volunteer and the local institution.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 24 weeks.

Volunteers are required to fly into Phnom Penh International, which is a 13 hour flight from most major airports in Britain.

Teaching English in Cambodia

The level of education in Cambodia is considerably low, leading to a high level of poverty and unemployment throughout the country, and many families cannot afford to access education for their children. By Teaching English in Cambodia, you will play an important role in helping increase opportunities for Cambodians to learn the English language, which is a requirement for employment in their futures.

As a Teaching English volunteer in Cambodia, you will assist in developing the English skills of the children within NGO-run schools. You may also teach subjects such as IT, Mathematics and Art when required. You will need to invest some time each day preparing lessons for your next class and the longer you participate on this project, the more responsibility you will be given.

If you’re a creative thinker who is self-driven and fluent in English, this project will be a good fit for you.

As you will be volunteering alongside local teachers, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate. We do encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training such as 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.

Please note that the schools where volunteers are placed run throughout the year and only close on public holidays. This means that you can participate on the Teaching English project throughout the year without being interrupted by long school holidays.

Childcare Volunteering in Cambodia

On the Childcare volunteer project in Cambodia, you will provide assistance within childcare centres in Cambodia which are typically underfunded and in need of volunteer assistance.

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 a Childcare volunteer in Cambodia, you will work between 4 to 8 hours per day and have a 2-hour lunch break, which can be spent at your placement or the volunteer accommodation. Your daily volunteer work may include administration, cooking, cleaning, feeding and caring for the children. You may also help with teaching and homework, as well as arranging activities such as painting, drawing, origami, singing, dancing or sports activities. 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.

As you will be volunteering alongside the local placement staff, you do not need to hold any specific qualifications or experience to participate on this project.

Working with NGOs in Cambodia

As a volunteer on the Working with NGOs project, you will play an important role in assisting NGOs in Cambodia who generally have limited financial resources and often struggle to run their projects and raise funds from international donors.

This project is well suited to hard-working individuals who are interested in sharing their relevant experience with NGOs in the fields of community development, human rights, health and HIV/AIDS awareness, gender issues, environmental issues, and education.

Your volunteer work may include writing proposals for fundraising, preparing case studies and reports, teaching English to staff, organisational development, administration, research and providing IT assistance. You can expect to work between 3 and 8 hours per day and your tasks will depend on your individual skills and interests, as well as your program duration. If you stay longer than 2 months, you will have the chance to work more independently and gain deeper involvement within the NGO, and may have the opportunity to participate in field-based research.

The Working with NGOs project in Cambodia is open to volunteers over the age of 19 years-old with relevant experience in the field they wish to work in.

Please note that you will be assigned to the NGO that has the most need for assistance and is the most suitable match based on your educational background, experience and interests. This project has a minimum duration requirement of 5 weeks and you will need to bring your own laptop.

Medical Volunteering in Cambodia

As a Medical volunteer in Cambodia, you will contribute to and learn about the healthcare environment in Cambodia while gaining a greater understanding of the differences between the medical system in Cambodia and your own country.

This project is well suited to volunteers who are interested in experiencing a new culture and working environment, while simultaneously developing their specialised medical knowledge.

Medical volunteers are placed in a pediatric hospital in Phnom Penh where volunteer work is primarily observational, however there may be some hands-on tasks you can do, depending on your project duration.

This project is open to 4th year medical students who have had experience or training in pediatrics.

Project Requirements:

  • There is a minimum duration of 3 weeks and a maximum duration of 12 weeks.
  • There is an initial surcharge of US$200 for the first month and then US$100 for each month thereafter which covers support you receive from the hospital staff.
  • Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before your chosen start date.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Students need to be in their 4th year of medical school with training or experience in pediatrics.
  • You will need to provide your resume and a recommendation letter from your university upon being registered for the program
  • You will need to bring your own scrubs or lab coat and a stethoscope.

Computer Support Volunteering in Cambodia

Computer Support volunteers in Cambodia provide valuable assistance within local NGOs to implement, maintain and improve in-house computer systems to maximise the effectiveness of their communications and help educate staff and children.

As IT training opportunities in Cambodia are very limited and expensive, this project is well suited to volunteers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with local NGOs.

Volunteer work on the Computer Support project may include developing websites and social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Experience with Microsoft Office, website development or basic Windows operating systems are strongly sought after. Additionally, knowledge of LAN and printer administration or security practices is also very useful on this project. Some placements require volunteers who can teach classes of adults or children to use basic tools in Microsoft Word and Excel, and website design. In addition to these tasks, you may also be required to assist in report or proposal writing.

This project is open to volunteers who have studied in a related field or have advanced knowledge of the software mentioned above.

Please note that you will need to bring your own laptop, and volunteer work on this project is typically between 4 and 8 hours each day.

Special Needs Care Volunteering in Cambodia

The Special Needs Care project in Cambodia is best suited to volunteers who are passionate about education and are looking for a more challenging project, which focuses on providing personalised care and attention to children with special needs.

Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project assist with classes which cater for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years-old with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, deafness and blindness. Classes are often divided into smaller groups to allow for more individualised teaching and supervision of the children.

Volunteers can assist the local teachers with feeding, washing and dressing the children. As the project is classroom based, there is a focus on education. These lessons are basic and are often flexible depending on the students their needs. Volunteers with skills and experience in therapeutic treatments are also welcome on this project and can work one-on-one with children at the special needs centre. As disabled people are often rejected in Cambodian society, international volunteers are always highly valued on this project.

Please note that all volunteers on the Special Needs Care project are required to obtain a health certificate from their doctor prior to starting the program.

Animal Care Volunteering in Cambodia

As a volunteer on the Animal Care project, you will provide support at an animal clinic for abandoned and injured cats and dogs in Phnom Penh. These centres take in and care for neglected animals, which would otherwise be without help. This project is well suited to volunteers who love animals and are passionate about animal rights. If you are looking for a project where you can provide hands-on care and if you are comfortable being around a large number of animals, your support will be highly valued on this project.

Your main role on the Animal Care project will be supporting the staff at the clinic in providing care to rescued animals. The tasks may include providing medication to animals, cleaning the centre, feeding the animals, washing and grooming animals, heading out with the staff to rescue reported sick or injured animals or any other work assigned by the local staff. Practicing vets or veterinary students may also have the opportunity to assist with injections and minor surgeries.

As you will be working closely alongside the staff at the clinic, you are not required to have any qualifications to join the Animal Care project, however it is a great chance for volunteers within the animal care or veterinary field to gain hands-on experience and offer their skills. Please note that all volunteers need to have an up-to-date rabies vaccination for this project.

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of the month and volunteers need to arrive in Phnom Penh anytime on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Phnom Penh. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Sunday night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Cambodia prior to your volunteer program, our local team can pick you up on Sunday from any hostel or hotel within Phnom Penh.

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 socialising.

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.

Volunteers are accommodated in either a volunteer house or homestay and you can expect to share a room with one to two other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, which includes a bottom sheet, blanket and pillow. Due to the heat, electric fans are provided in each room. Please note that there isn’t air conditioning in the accommodations.

Volunteer houses are located in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The volunteer houses have electricity and running water and the majority of rooms have private bathrooms. In each volunteer house, there is a sitting area, dining area, television and WiFi.

Homestays are located in Phnom Penh and the Cambodian province of Pursat. Staying with a host family provides a unique opportunity to learn about the Cambodian way of life, meet local people, sample traditional cuisine and engage in local customs and traditions. Living is basic, however all homestays have electricity, WiFi and running water (some rural homestays may not have electricity or running water during times of drought). All homestays have been inspected by our local team and selected because of their safety and security.

In Battambang, you will stay onsite at the school where the placement is located. You will have a separate room which you will share with up to one other volunteer. Electricity, running water, western bathrooms and WiFi are provided.

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.

“My volunteer experience was nothing short of amazing and I am so thankful for all the kindness and helpfulness from both IVHQ and the local staff. I look forward to returning to Cambodia as this experience greatly enriched my love for the country and volunteering. I felt most connected to the country through my in-office volunteer work and out of office bonding time with my colleagues and Cambodian friends that I met while I was there.” - Anna Jung (Working with NGOs Volunteer in Cambodia)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Cambodia here

Cambodia

Length of program Program Fee $USD
2 weeks $360
3 weeks $475
4 weeks $570
5 weeks $665
6 weeks $760
8 weeks $950
10 weeks $1,140
12 weeks $1,325
16 weeks $1,685
20 weeks $2,045
24 weeks $2,405
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa (US$30-35), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check (mandatory), souvenirs, in-country trips or tours, transport to and from your placement ($30-$60 per week), trips and tours in-country.
  • Transfer back to the airport at the conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Cambodia generally find US$30 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

Cambodia: Medical Project

Length of program Program Fee $USD
3 weeks $675
4 weeks $770
5 weeks $965
6 weeks $1,060
8 weeks $1,250
10 weeks $1,540
12 weeks $1,725
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
    Registration Fee
    What it covers
    • Most affordable program fees
    • Dedicated support from a volunteer expert
    • Complete MyIVHQ account access
    • Online volunteer training
    • Comprehensive program guide
    • Deals on flights and travel insurance
    • IVHQ alumni membership
    Program Fee
    What it covers
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • Airport pick-up
    • Program orientation
    • Volunteer placement
    • Accommodation
    • Meals

    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!

    Capital Phnom Penh
    Population 14.86 million
    Languages Khmer
    Currency Cambodian Riel (KHR)
    Time zone UTC+07:00

    Weather and climate: Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22°C (71.6°F) and is generally accompanied by high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April and temperatures can rise up to 40°C (104°F ) around April.

    Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 24 weeks.

    Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Cambodia. Additional requirements apply for Medical, Working with NGOs and Computer Support volunteers, please read the project descriptions for details.

    Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

    How to get started

    Pick a destination + project and apply for free
    Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
    Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
    Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!