What will I do on the Khmer Project in Cambodia?
During this cultural immersion project, you’ll get to experience multiple aspects of Khmer culture, while learning about Cambodian history at the same time. Here are a few of the things you’ll get involved in:
- Find out more about Cambodia’s history and the heartbreaking details of the Khmer Rouge era
- Learn about the Khmer culture through cooking classes, puppet-making classes, dance classes and more
- Spend a few days helping out and learning about the Khmer culture in a traditional, rural village
- Explore the many cities of Cambodia and the unique qualities they each offer
- Learn some useful Khmer words and phrases from the locals living in Cambodia
Your project will focus on the following areas:
Find out more about Cambodia’s history
From 1975-1979, Marxist leader Pol Pot started a civil war, along with the Khmer Rouge. This brutal regime claimed the lives of up to two million people and resulted in one of the worst genocides in history. You’ll visit museums and hear stories from local people. This will give you a deeper insight into the challenges still affecting Cambodia today, like poverty and a lack of education.
Learn about the Khmer culture through various cultural immersion activities
As we teach you about Khmer culture, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get hands-on with it. You’ll do this through activities like:
- Cooking classes
- Traditional puppet-making
- Pottery classes
- Khmer dance and singing classes
Spend a few days in a traditional, rural village
You’ll spend a few days in a traditional Cambodian village. By doing so, you’ll get a better idea of what life is like for families living in more rural areas. You’ll lend a helping hand in the village. Depending on the time of year, you’ll assist with the planting or harvesting of rice, or spend time teaching the local children basic English.
Explore Cambodian cities and the unique sites they offer
Your trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few of the sites that makes Cambodia unique. You can find out why the magnificent Angkor Wat temples were built in Siem Reap. You’ll watch how pepper is harvested in Kampot. And you’ll learn about the pottery trade in Kampong Chhnang.
Learn some Khmer words and phrases
As part of your cultural immersion project, you’ll start off by taking part in a Khmer language lesson. We’ll teach you basic phrases that you can use with local people. This is extremely useful, considering many Cambodian people don’t speak English.
Where in Cambodia will I be completing my project?
Our Khmer Project is based in the capital city of Phnom Penh, situated along the Mekong riverside.
The city is home to over 1.5 million of the most friendly people in Asia. Phnom Penh is rapidly changing to keep up with the demands of growing tourism. As you walk along the riverside or through the busy streets, you’ll see beautiful architecture and interesting historical sites. There are plenty of restaurants where you can sample local Cambodian cuisine.
No day on the project will ever be the same. You’ll visit many of these historical sites and experience life as a local while visiting a small village. Although you’ll spend a lot of time in Phnom Penh, you’ll also visit other cities, like Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, and Kampot.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.
The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.
What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Cambodia
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