Volunteer and Intern in Cambodia
- Location: Phnom Penh, Koh Sdach
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments and a limited number of host families, shared volunteer bungalows at Conservation Project
- Local languages: English & Khmer
As one of the poorest countries in the world, Cambodia is a destination where the efforts of Projects Abroad volunteers are vital to aiding those living in high levels of poverty. Volunteer projects and internships are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, whether you are on a gap year, summer vacation, or career break.
Although Cambodia has a growing tourist industry and some new investment, the country still faces numerous challenges and sociopolitical issues that stunt its development as a nation. Cambodia has a horrific past, and it will take a long time to fully recover from it. Today, the average standard of living is very low and one-third of Cambodians live on less than a dollar a day. Poverty, a poor record on human rights, and malnutrition are the main struggles facing Cambodia, and this is where volunteer work can start making a difference.
There are a variety of worthwhile and sustainable projects in Cambodia, where volunteers have the opportunity to make the most significant impact possible through their time and effort. Whether you are caring for children in care homes or day care centers, teaching young Cambodians in charity schools, campaigning for human rights, or participating in marine conservation activities, you will have an important role to play in Cambodia’s development.
“The Projects Abroad team and I would love to welcome you to the magical kingdom of Cambodia. The country has come a long way over the past decade or so, and life is steadily improving for the resilient Khmer people, but we still need help. Volunteers make a big difference working on our projects in Phnom Penh or out in the countryside. You are sure to have a truly unique experience in this country with a turbulent past and a bright future.”
Where You Will Live in Cambodia with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. Volunteers live together in shared apartments close to the city center. Care volunteers mainly work in the Russy Keo district of Phnom Penh, so they are usually based in the Projects Abroad apartments there. Russy Keo is a short tuk-tuk ride from all major areas within Phnom Penh. We also have a small number of host families in Phnom Penh, so please let us know if you have a preference relating to your accommodation.
Many areas of Phnom Penh are booming and the city has an elegant riverfront and lively nightlife. Cambodian people are friendly, dignified, and optimistic, and will make you feel welcome. Still, it remains hard to escape the poverty and the fact that many Cambodians struggle to survive on a daily basis.
Cambodia is about two-thirds the size of the United Kingdom and one of the least populated Asian countries. With a coastline on the tropical Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia occupies the heart of South East Asia and at one time was home to the mighty Khmer empire. Much of Cambodia is dissected by the impressive Mekong River. It is a fertile country with forests and gemstone mines that will help build the framework for future growth.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Cambodia
With its pristine beaches, ancient temples, and exotic jungles, it's easy to see why Cambodia is such a popular destination for travelers. This beautiful country is at peace and Cambodians are focused on building a positive future.
By traveling to Cambodia you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks like Angkor Wat. The world famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must see for all visitors - climbing over huge tree roots to the entrance of partly hidden doorways is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in anyone.
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles, snorkeling, and dolphin watching in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville, or take in the sunset at a local beach restaurant.
Traveling to the neighboring countries is easy. You can follow the well-trodden tourist trail into Thailand, but border crossings are also accessible into Laos and Vietnam. Your travel options are endless.