🇰🇭 VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA 🇰🇭

Volunteer in Cambodia with Plan My Gap Year – an award-winning, international volunteer abroad organisation with programs based in Cambodia. PMGY provides safe, trusted and affordable programs overseas, with a wide range of volunteer projects in Cambodia, including Childcare & English Teaching opportunities.

PMGY Cambodia have projects located in the rural province of Takeo, which is approximately 1 hour south of Phnom Penh. The Cambodia volunteer programs start on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month. Our projects in Cambodia run across the year and participants can join us from 2-24 weeks. Volunteers in Cambodia are provided with an extensive pre-departure support service, airport pick-up, orientation, breakfast and dinner, accommodation and local support.

KEY FEATURES

PROGRAM FEE FROM 390 USD

PROGRAMS FOR 18+ YEAR OLDS

✓ PRE-DEPARTURE BUDDY LISTS


✓ MEET LIKE-MINDED SOLO TRAVELLERS


✓ VOLUNTEER MON-FRI & TRAVEL SAT-SUN


✓ AVAILABLE TO WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERS


✓ IDEAL FOR EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS

   

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

LOCATED IN TAKEO PROVINCE

1ST & 3RD MONDAY EVERY MONTH

✓ AIRPORT PICKUP


✓ ACCOMMODATION & MEALS


✓ SAFE, SECURE & TRUSTED COUNTRY SETUP


✓ CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION


✓ 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY, UK & US SUPPORT

CAMBODIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

Get involved in a fantastic education initiative that makes an important contribution to the lives of children in the Takeo province.

FROM 390 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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CAMBODIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

Teach English at a community school providing disadvantaged children with the tools to gain meaningful employment and break the cycle of poverty.

FROM 390 USD

2-24 WEEKS

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REAL SOUTH EAST ASIA ENCOUNTER – VIET, CAMBODIA & BALI

If weeks spent volunteering around one of the most colourful parts of the world sounds enticing, then this combo of Vietnam, Cambodia & Bali is ideal.

FROM 1,575 USD

6-12 WEEKS

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ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

An epic journey across 10 enthralling destinations and 4 breathtaking continents. If you are looking for the ultimate trip, then this is your Encounter!

FROM 5,775 USD

20-40 WEEKS

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WHY VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA WITH PMGY?

Most Affordable – PMGY’s programs are accessible to everyone who wants to make a difference, through low fees and high-impact projects.

 

Best Support – Our international and local teams provide extensive around the clock services to assist you every step of your PMGY adventure.

 

Safety Prioritised – With safety a PMGY number-1 priority, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe and structured as possible.

 

Extraordinary Experiences – With PMGY, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in amazing cultural and travel experiences, ensuring you leave with unforgettable memories.

 

Friendships for Life – Your PMGY experience not only opens up a doorway for new experiences and exciting memories, but also life-long friendships when meeting new people from around the world.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

CAMBODIA CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS

As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia with PMGY, you will educate and work with children between the ages of 4-7 years at a time before they begin formal schooling. International volunteers with children in Cambodia help to brighten up the lives of young children in Takeo Province. As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia organise educational activities and games that will positively promote stimulation and productiveness in young ones.

 

Background to the Childcare Program

 

The first few years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. This time is critical for forming the foundation that helps shape their future health, happiness and learning achievement. As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia, you’ll have the opportunity to think and act creatively. As a consequence, you have the chance to make a positive impact on the lives of young ones within the local community.

 

Tourism in Cambodia contributes a tremendous amount to the economy. This means those who are able to converse in English with foreigners have far more prospects than those who do not. Exposure to the English language at a young age helps initiate the development of this life-long skill of multilingualism. Engagement with native English speakers, therefore, provides a great starting point for this. Our PMGY childcare project in Cambodia helps local children develop skills that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives. This includes an introduction to the fundamentals of the English language, assistance with social integration and the development of motor skills.

 

Each day on this childcare volunteer abroad program in Cambodia is different and you will get out of the project what you put in. It is a good idea to join the project well prepared with lots of ideas for activities so that you can get stuck in as soon as possible. Volunteers with children in Cambodia will have the opportunity to think and act creatively. As a consequence, they make a positive impact on the lives of young ones within the local community.

 

Childcare Project Example

 

Hope School – Our main program in Cambodia is based in Takeo Province, south of the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh. The kids attending the childcare program are from villages nearby. The childcare centre is located on the same campus as our team’s teaching English program for older children and teenagers. It is hoped that the younger children will continue their journey with our team in the future. The childcare project, therefore, aims to also help with this eventual transition and integration.

 

Our team’s community education program was established in 2010. The aim was to provide accessible English classes to children in underprivileged villages. The opportunity to learn and develop English is so low in this rural area that children are prepared to travel 7km each way for a one hour lesson each day. The school usually has over 250 children attending each day. The project has grown so much that in December 2018, our local team opened a new school in a nearby province. This new school in Ang Tasom has allowed our participants to extend the outreach of our team’s overall goal. We now work with an additional 130 kids to whom English is taught. Further growth in this project has allowed our childcare project to open up here, widening our impact within the community.

 

As a volunteer with children in Cambodia, you will be based within a classroom setting. This responsible volunteering project focuses on developing core English skills, promoting social interaction and routines from a young age. Our international participants will work to advocate all of these aspects through itineraries set by the local staff. For volunteer work in Cambodia, there is an office of resources and textbooks that you can use to assist you. A volunteer with children in Cambodia is encouraged to introduce creative and engaging ways to manage the class.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Childcare Day

 

As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia, you will be required to prepare, deliver and lead activities and basic English lessons to support local children. Volunteers with children in Cambodia can expect to spend 3-4 hours on the project each day. The typical hours of work as a childcare volunteer in Cambodia are 1-4pm. Time on the Cambodia volunteer work will include various roles and tasks for the participants.

 

Days will usually begin with a lively and energetic first hour of songs, games and basic hygiene tasks like teeth brushing. After burning off any excess energy, approximately 1 hour will be dedicated to learning. This may include activities such as learning and recognising the alphabet, understanding phonics and the coaching of basic greetings. Combined, these tasks help to familiarise the children with this foreign language. Furthermore, it advances their learning ability for other subjects in the future. The day will usually end with various activities that focus on practising fine motor skills and dexterity, perhaps through arts and crafts or group games.

 

Participants and coordinators have also introduced a Fun Friday aspect to the program. For this, fellow participants can come together to organise entertaining activities for the children. Sometimes participants will organise and fund an afternoon trip outside of the program for the children. Participants usually contribute a small expense to facilitate this, but contributing and participating in Fun Fridays are by no means compulsory.

 

When you volunteer in Cambodia, you should spend time planning for each day. This will allow them to get the most out of their project time. This also provides focussed learning activities for the children. As a childcare volunteer in Cambodia, you will also have the opportunity to assist or lead an older class on our English Teaching project. However, this is optional and not a mandatory requirement of the program.

 

The project is located on the same grounds as the house for participants on our volunteering programs in Cambodia. Participants therefore only have a short walk to project each day. Free time can be used to prepare sessions, chill in the Volunteer House or explore the nearby villages.

 
 

CAMBODIA ENGLISH TEACHING VOLUNTEERS

As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia with PMGY, you will encourage students to develop a skill that will help them achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. This project, therefore, provides the perfect opportunity for a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia to put their leadership skills into practice and make a profound impact in a teaching position.

 

Background to the Teaching Program

 

The reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s devastated the education system in Cambodia. Since then, the Cambodian government has invested a lot of time and money into rebuilding its education system. However, change is slow and Cambodia still has one of the poorest literacy rates in Asia, especially amongst women. High dropout rates, lack of qualified teachers and classroom overcrowding are all significant factors that negatively impact the country’s education system.

 

Cambodia’s economy is shifting from that of traditional sustenance farming to an economy driven by industry and service. This economic change has further enhanced social inequality within the country. This follows the drive of less educated and economically poorer members of society into lower-paid jobs, that rarely offer career development. The demand for skilled labour calls for a greater need for children to develop English language proficiency. This is particularly true within the service sector, to keep up with Cambodia’s growing tourism industry.

 

For many children living in rural villages, learning English is seen as the only way to progress in life. This is since it helps individuals achieve better jobs in Cambodia. Individuals often desire to source jobs in accounting and hotel work, to bring an overall higher standard of living for themselves. As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you’ll help to provide free English lessons to children from low-income families in the region. The children will still attend public school in the mornings. However, in the afternoon, they continue their education at our English education program. Our team’s project provides a key focus on English language development. During your time as a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, it is important to maintain energy, enthusiasm and creativity. Many of the students will benefit from having someone who is fluent in the English language teaching them in Cambodia.

 

Teaching Volunteer Placement Example

 

Hope School – On this volunteer teaching English abroad program in Cambodia, you will be based at a community education program, established by our local team in 2010. The aim of the school was to provide accessible English classes to children in underprivileged villages. The opportunity to learn and develop English is so low in this rural area that children are prepared to travel 7km each way for a one hour lesson each day. The school usually has over 250 children attending each day. The project has grown so much that in December 2018, our local team opened an extension of the school in a nearby province. This new set-up in Ang Tasom has allowed our participants to extend the outreach of our team’s overall goal. We now work with an additional 130 kids to whom English is taught.

 

Volunteers teaching English in Cambodia are required to prepare, deliver and lead lessons and learning activities for the children. Classes are divided based on ability and age range and the size can vary from 5-30 children. The children’s ages range from 7-18 years. Younger children tend to come at the start of the afternoon and the older children come late afternoon. There are ten classrooms in total across both school sites. You will usually be based at one of the school sites only during your time.

 

As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you will teach a variety of different classes throughout the day. When each class finishes, the children from that lesson will return to their nearby village. Your next class with different students will then begin. Typically, volunteer work in Cambodia involves teaching four classes per day. Participants may also choose to work one-on-one with students during their 1.5 hour break.

 

Teaching the same classes daily within the same time slots allows you to ingrain structure and build rapport with the children. Furthermore, this enables you to witness the development of the children, from the start of your program to its end. Even after the lessons, you will find a lot of the students stay at the school, to socialise and play games. Some pupils will undertake one-to-one tuition with participants.

 

As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you are encouraged to make your lessons fun and engaging. This may include storytelling, singing songs and arts and crafts activities. There is plenty of outdoor space at the project. Here, participants can take the class out to enjoy some playtime at the end of a lesson. If you have a specific skill as a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you are welcome to teach this to students too. There is an office of resources and textbooks that you can use to assist you. A volunteer with children in Cambodia is encouraged to introduce creative and engaging ways to manage the class.

 

To successfully teach as a volunteer teaching in English in Cambodia, you should spend time planning for each day. This will allow you to get the most out of the project time and will provide focussed learning activity for the children. Ultimately, the more time spent planning, the easier classes will be to run. You can use the mornings before the project or your afternoon break as preparation time. This project is particularly significant when it comes to long-term impact and is therefore recommended for long term volunteers.

 

Your Volunteer Role & Typical Teaching Day

 

As a teaching volunteer in Cambodia, you are required to prepare, deliver and lead lessons for students in Cambodia. The typical working hours are 1pm-7:30pm Monday to Friday. Participants will usually teach 1 hour lessons across this period with a 1.5 hour break in between to rest. As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you will also need to dedicate time to plan your lessons in advance.

 

The school that our team run in Cambodia is located in two regions. The village school is based on the same grounds as the Volunteer House. International volunteers here, therefore, have a short walk to the project. The second school is located a 15 minute tuk-tuk journey from the House. Free time can be used to prepare sessions, chill in the Volunteer House or explore the nearby villages.

 

Participants and coordinators have also introduced a Fun Friday aspect to the program. For this, fellow participants can come together to organise entertaining activities for the children. Sometimes participants will organise and fund an afternoon trip outside of the program for the children. Participants usually contribute a small expense to facilitate this, but contributing and participating in Fun Fridays are by no means compulsory.

FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE

Flights

 

During these times of global uncertainty, it is really important that you book your flights via a respected and reputable company. This provides you with more flexibility and security in the event your plans change at a later date. We recommend you book your flights through the airline’s direct website and to re-confirm your flight details with them 72 hours before you fly.

 

For your volunteer trip to Cambodia, you should book your flights to Phnom Penh International Airport. Volunteers in Cambodia should arrive on Monday anytime up to 7pm. The airport code is PNH.

 

Travel Insurance

 

Having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. It is therefore mandatory for all of our international participants to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. Although most of our participants experience a smooth ride during their time overseas, occasionally things may go wrong. Having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.

 

We recommend you put your travel insurance policy in place as soon as possible once you have confirmed your place with PMGY. This ensures that you have an activated policy in place that may provide some protection for your trip in the event of an unforeseen cancellation (circumstance-dependent).

 

You should make sure that any insurance policy covers you to travel with any international restrictions currently in place. For example, the majority of insurance providers will not provide cover in the event of the FDCO advising against “all but essential travel”.

 

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PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT

Our International Team will work hard to provide extensive levels of support in the build-up to your trip. From our online chat service to email support and telephone conversations, our team are always ready to help. All international volunteers with PMGY will receive a Volunteer Handbook. This detailed hand guide will provide you with all you need to know in the build-up to your trip. From visa guidance to suggested packing lists, this will be the ultimate guide, helping you plan for your volunteer trip abroad.

 

We have Facebook groups for each of our destinations. Here you can find members of our international and local teams, as well as past, present and future participants. These pages, therefore, provide a great forum for volunteers to network, share experiences and community updates year-on-year.

 

Sometimes it can be difficult to picture yourself abroad without yet being there. We, therefore, do our best to further manage expectations before you arrive through a variety of informative and action-packed videos on our PMGY Vimeo channel. These clips help provide you with a visual perspective of what you can expect during your time with us. Our webinars are not to be missed either. Running on selected Tuesdays, at 4pm UK time, our International Team provides invaluable advice for your upcoming trip. Each webinar covers something different. Our pre-departure webinar covers all of the essentials you need to know and do before joining us abroad. Our program preparation webinar is more project-specific, with advice and information for the time you will spend on placement. Finally, our safety webinar offers you some top tips on how to manage your safety and wellbeing across the pond. For those who are simply interested in learning more about PMGY, our team also run an introductory webinar. This provides an introduction to the volunteer organisation, our background, goals and volunteer opportunities overseas.

 

Teaching and childcare participants may wish to take their program preparation even further, through a 60 hour online TEFL course. This is the perfect introductory course for working with children and teaching English abroad. Participation in this course enables international volunteers to acquire key skills whilst working towards an internationally accredited certificate.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DURATION

Our projects and accommodation are based in a rural village called Bakod, around 2 hours away from Phnom Penh Airport. Bakod is a small traditional village, based in the regional province of Takeo. It is a poor, rural area where many locals work the land. Some family members will work away from the village, often in Phnom Penh or even Thailand. They will then send money back to support the community in Bakod. The region is far away from the main tourist trail and backpacker destinations. However, these can still be accessed easily across the weekends.

 

Bakod village is located within Takeo province, around 7km from its centre. Takeo borders the provinces of Kampot to the west, Kampong Speu to the northwest and Kandal to the north and east. Its southern boundary is the international border with Vietnam. The provincial capital, recently known as the provincial town Doun Kaev, is a small city with a population of 40,000. Takeo province is a great way for participants to explore and immerse themselves in the roots of traditional Cambodian life. From mingling with the locals to exploring picturesque paddy fields, living in Bakod village will provide you with a truly traditional experience!

 

Our programs in Cambodia run from 2-24, weeks beginning on the first and third Monday of each month.

PMGY CAMBODIA LOCAL TEAM

PMGY’s volunteer opportunities in Cambodia program are run by our dedicated and experienced in-country local teams.

 

All staff have been fully vetted by our International Team. The committed local community networks provide the structure for your stay with us as a volunteer in Cambodia. Our local team will arrange your accommodation, breakfast and dinner (weekdays), airport pick-up, in-country orientation and 24/7 emergency support. Whether you are teaching English or volunteering with children, our local team will support you. Our team provides a great framework for you to enjoy a unique volunteering experience with us in Cambodia.

ORIENTATION

Your orientation for your volunteer program in Cambodia will usually begin on Tuesday. The local team will teach you about the program setup, ‘dos and don’ts’, the local area and give an idea on what to do on weekends. Your orientation will in Cambodia is quite brisk as it intertwines with a normal project day. It is therefore likely that you will find yourself involved in the day to day of the project from Tuesday onwards. The Tuesday afternoon will therefore provide you with a chance to get your first full taste of how the project works. You will begin to meet your fellow participants, local staff and children that attend the projects. Where possible, our team will look to buddy you with another volunteer for your first couple days at the project. However, there can be occasions where participants must independently take the lead at the project. Although this can appear a little daunting, our local team are always on hand to support you. It doesn’t take long for participants in Cambodia to get to grips with the project life!

 

You can also have the chance to pop into a local town, around 7km away from the project. Here, you will have the chance to visit the local market, go to the ATM, buy a local phone or SIM-card and visit the convenience stores. The cost of a tuk-tuk into town is usually 8 USD. The price of this can be shared between those catching the tuk-tuk at the time.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh on Monday.

 

Day 1 (Monday) Arrival

 

Welcome to Cambodia You will be met at Phnom Penh airport by a member of our local team or an appointed driver who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Bakod village will take around 1.5 hours, depending on traffic. Upon arrival at the volunteer in Cambodia accommodation, you will be shown around the grounds and have your initial introduction with fellow peers.

 

After getting your bearings, you will have the rest of the day to relax and get to know other volunteers in Cambodia. Depending on what time you arrive on Monday, you may be able to observe and get involved in the project, if you are not too tired!

 

Day 2 (Tuesday) Orientation

 

Your orientation as a volunteer in Cambodia will usually begin on Tuesday. The local team will teach you about the program setup, ‘dos and don’ts’, the local area and give an idea on what to do on weekends. Your orientation will in Cambodia is quite brisk as it intertwines with a normal project day. It is therefore likely that you will find yourself involved in the day to day of the project from Tuesday onwards. The Tuesday afternoon will therefore provide you with a chance to get your first full taste of how the project works. You will begin to meet your fellow volunteers, local staff and children that attend the projects. Where possible, our team will look to buddy you with another volunteer for your first couple days at the project. However, there can be occasions where volunteers must independently take the lead at the project. Although this can appear a little daunting, our local team are always on hand to support you. It doesn’t take long for volunteers in Cambodia to get to grips with the project life!

 

You can also have the chance to pop into a local town, around 7km away from the project. Here, you will have the chance to visit the local market, go to the ATM, buy a local phone or SIM-card and visit the convenience stores. The cost of a tuk-tuk into town is usually 8 USD. The price of this can be shared between those catching the tuk-tuk at the time.

 

Days 3-5 (Wednesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your work as a volunteer in Cambodia more formally on Wednesday. Depending on the number of participants at the time, our team will try and buddy you up with other participants whilst you settle into the program. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away! However, members of the team can always be found walking around or assisting at the project, meaning that there will always be someone on hand to help!

 

Across the evenings, volunteers in Cambodia will often relax around the dinner table, play games, or perhaps organise movie and quiz nights. There is also a local cafe for participants to pop to for a change of scenery.

 

Days 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, exploring magnificent Siem Reap, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience – Cambodia has it all! As a volunteer in Cambodia, our team both welcomes and encourages participants to explore the country’s wonderful treasures. They will be very happy to help you plan your weekend opportunities and outline any travel tips.

 

The Following Weeks

 

Your next week(s) will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it!

 

Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your phone, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Last Day (Sunday)

 

Sunday is your last day as a volunteer in Cambodia with PMGY. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Program Fee.

SAFETY

If you have not travelled much before, it is really hard to know what to expect. When anticipating their time overseas, many international volunteers (and their loved ones) are often concerned about safety and security. Although we can never guarantee experiences to be 100% trouble-free, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure our programs are as safe as possible. Every program that PMGY offers has been personally inspected and selected by a director of PMGY. We have lived in the accommodation, experienced the orientation and worked on the projects. Through our frequent visits and daily communications, we have built strong, trusting relationships with our local staff.

 

In the unlikely event that something was to happen, participants have various layers of support available to them:

 

• Volunteer in Cambodia Local Team
• Project Staff
• PMGY International Team

 

Projects are monitored on an on-going basis to gauge participants’ experiences. With the help of feedback, we are able to continually improve our placements and volunteer opportunities. Security and safety are frequently assessed as part of this. We ask our participants to raise any concerns with our local or International Team. This ensures that these can be addressed and/or resolved as readily and appropriately as possible.

 

Through pre-departure and in-country guidance, we do our best to prepare our international volunteers for their time in Cambodia. All participants are provided with a comprehensive safety briefing during their orientation period. Our local teams will go through everything from project introductions, to emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. During this period, our team also provide participants with a full list of the important contact numbers.

 

Listed below are some general safety tips:

 

• Be modest with the amount of jewellery worn in public
• Do not drink tap water
• Be cautious of beggars or crowds. Incidents can occur when is confusion to distract you.
• Be cautious about removing money in public
• Always try to know where you are going before you attempt long journeys. Be especially careful at night
• Use reputable transport only. Our local staff will be able to recommend some during orientation
• Try to keep in groups at night and never walk alone along dark, empty streets
• The recognised tourist areas can be considered potentially high-risk areas for pickpockets and thieves
• Leave your valuables behind before a night out in the town
• For traffic safety, always keep looking to the left and right and walk slowly when crossing the road
• Do not accept drinks or food from strangers

WEATHER

It is always hot and humid in Cambodia, with the time of year determining whether it is wet or dry! The dry season is December-May and the rainy season is usually June-November. The rain usually comes in short sharp bursts. All-day rain is also rare, so don’t let the monsoon season put you off coming to Cambodia! In fact, the rainy season is quite refreshing as it brings some respite from the heat. Furthermore, the countryside is far greener and lush during the wet season. You should therefore be prepared for some spectacular views, especially at Angkor Wat. January to April is definitely the hottest time of year, with temperatures soaring over 35-degrees Celsius at times. The most moderate weather can be found between October and December when it is relatively cool, dry and not too humid.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

ACCOMMODATION

Volunteer House

 

On the Cambodia volunteer program, you will live on our Volunteer House. Our accommodation is based in the remote village of Bakod, around a 20 minute tuk-tuk ride from Takeo. In Takeo, you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. Our main volunteer projects in Cambodia are based on the same site as the Volunteer House. You’ll be living and working with other international volunteers from around the world.

 

The accommodation is very basic. Bedrooms usually conform to a single-sex dorm-style setup, with up to 16 people per room. Within each room are fans, and each bed will have its own mosquito nets. Participants are advised to note that mattresses are not provided due to hygiene issues and come with a wooden bottom, thin duvet sheet and pillow. On a volunteer trip to Cambodia, you are therefore welcome to bring your own mats, travel pillows or blow up mattresses if you want some extra comfort. Bathrooms at the accommodation are communal. There is no hot water, however, this shouldn’t be a problem as Cambodia is hot and humid all-year-round! The bathrooms are separate from the bedrooms.

 

There is no Wi-Fi within the accommodation. There are internet cafes in town 20 minutes away where you can access the internet for around 1 USD per hour. However, participants are recommended purchasing a local SIM card in-country to use with an unlocked mobile phone. There are several communal areas across the accommodation where participants in Cambodia can relax and socialise. There is also a small cafe just offsite of the accommodation. There is a local laundry service available, with a cost per person usually only a couple of dollars. Alternatively, hand-washing can be performed on-site at the accommodation. Each participant is provided with a trunk to place their items. These trunks can be locked, and participants should bring a small padlock for these. Alternatively, valuables can be stored with our local team in their private area. Volunteers are advised to note that cupboard space is not available within the dorm. Please note that the accommodation participants live in is within very close proximity to a lot of animals, including dogs, cats, cows and chickens.

 

The Volunteer House is located on the same campus where our local coordinators live. Although participants have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our local team who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Cambodian culture and practise your new-found language skills! Most of our volunteer work in Cambodia is also based on the same grounds as the accommodation. If you are based in our second project location, our local team will transport you to and from the project each day. The cost of this service is included in your Program Fee. Transport to our volunteering opportunities in Cambodia may be via tuk-tuk or mini-van.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

During your volunteer trip to Cambodia, you will be served with breakfast and dinner from Monday-Friday at the accommodation. For breakfast, you’ll be provided with toast, eggs, jam, noodles, coffee, tea. In the evening you will be provided with a traditional Cambodian dish with the odd western meal. Filtered drinking water is available free of charge for you to help yourself as you please.

 

You will need to purchase your own lunch during your time on the Cambodia volunteer project. Participants are advised to budget around 2 GBP each day for lunch. Participants will usually head into town/the local market a couple of times a week and stock up on lunch supplies such as noodles, pasta or snacks to bring back and store at the accommodation. Alternatively, a few meals can be prepared at the accommodation and purchased at a small fee. Some food is also available from the local cafe just off-site of the accommodation.

 

Across the weekend, you are welcome to stay at the accommodation. However, you are asked to note that during this time, local staff may not be available on site. This means that no meals will be provided across these days. Meals will need to, therefore, be prepared/purchased at participant’s own expense. However, in most cases, participants will travel across this time anyhow.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.

TRANSPORT TO PROJECT

Transport to and from your project is included in your Program Fee. However, the main project is located on the same grounds as the house for participants on our volunteering programs in Cambodia. Participants therefore only have a short walk to project each day. In some cases, volunteers in Cambodia are required to catch a tuk-tuk to project, when based at our second project location.

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VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA REQUIREMENTS

PMGY welcome participants of all nationalities and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 years and there is no upper age limit. All participants need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You do not need to speak Khmer. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Cambodia will go a long way!

 

All participants must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation!

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY program, you need to pay your Registration Fee of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.

 

Please check out our Application Process for more info on how to join our volunteer projects overseas.