Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

Volunteering with Children in Cambodia for Teens

Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

Work together with other teenage volunteers and help underprivileged children in Cambodia learn through play. You’ll work in kindergartens, primary schools, or care centres and support the teachers. This is a great way to get childcare experience, which could help your future career.

Many of the children have parents who work full-time. By providing the children with a safe place to learn during the day, their parents can focus on work and earning an income. You’ll focus on doing educational activities that will teach children important skills. You’ll teach them English words through songs and help them learn colours during arts and crafts. You can even go outside to help kids improve their balance and hand-eye coordination through playing sports.

You’ll also help renovate the schools or care centres, which will help improve the children’s learning environment. Add a touch of paint, create educational materials and posters for the walls, repair equipment, and more.  

You’ll be based in the bustling city of Phnom Penh, and stay in a hotel or guest house with the other teenagers your age. We’ll have supervised activities planned for evenings and weekends where you can learn more about Cambodian culture.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone

Project Name:

Cambodia > Childcare & Community Work

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school break

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Phnom Penh (Read More)


Various options Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Visa support and advice

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Organized weekend tourism trips

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is volunteer work with children in Cambodia for teenagers right for me?

This project is perfect for teenagers who enjoy working with children and want to travel at the same time.

You’ll learn more about childcare and do hands-on renovation work. You’ll also develop important personal skills, like leadership and planning. You’ll add value to your CV, and have plenty to talk about in applications and interviews.

You don’t need any experience to join, but you should be interested in working with children. You’ll have Projects Abroad supervisors with you every step of the way. If you need help, they’ll be there to guide you. 

When you aren’t working, you’ll get to travel around Cambodia with the other teenage volunteers and our staff.

This High School Special runs over fixed dates during the summer holidays, and you can join from between two to four weeks.

A teenage volunteer working with children in Cambodia gives a young child a high-five in the classroom.

Here are the activities you’ll be involved in:

Work with the children at a kindergarten, primary school, or care centre

You’ll work with the other volunteers and help make learning fun for the children. You can teach them basic English words and phrases through songs, pictures, or role play games. Or, play a football game outside and run arts and crafts lessons where they can unleash their creativity. Your supervisor will also be able to help if you need any assistance.

Help improve the schools and centres through renovation work

During your project in Cambodia, you’ll spend some time making improvements to the placement where you’ll be working. You can help with renovation work where you’ll dig and build flower beds. Or, you can help renovate the classrooms by adding a coat of paint and painting educational wall murals.

Explore Cambodia with other teenagers

On your High School Special, you’ll be working with volunteers your own age. Use this opportunity to build friendships with teenagers from around the world as you work and explore together.

After your volunteer work, you’ll get to experience Khmer culture by watching Apsara dances, talking with the locals, and eating traditional Cambodian cuisine. Your supervisors will also take you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples, historical museums, and Buddhist temples.

Where will I be working in Cambodia?

Phnom Penh

You’ll live and work in the beautiful capital city of Phnom Penh. Even with Cambodia’s history of war, the city is rapidly developing to keep up with an expanding population and growing tourism industry. There is much to see and do in Phnom Penh, and we’ll show you as much as possible when you’re there.

As a volunteer, you’ll work at a kindergarten, primary, school, or a care centre in the more rural areas of Phnom Penh. Many of the placements are overcrowded. With your support, the local teachers will be able to provide the children with more individualised attention.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Cambodia Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is help disadvantaged Cambodian children learn through play and support local teachers. We also aim to give teenagers the chance to learn about a different country and culture. 

With Cambodia’s harrowing history of war and genocide, many communities have yet to recover. Although Phnom Penh is rapidly developing, many people still live in poverty and are unable to afford a basic education.

By working with children and encouraging them to learn, you’ll be building a solid educational foundation that will benefit them later in life. This also helps children at kindergartens learn the skills they’ll need to thrive when they start the first grade.

Along with our partner, the Khemara Organisation, and other NGOs, we are working to improve the standard of care and learning the children receive. We support the schools and care centres run by our partners, both financially and by sending volunteers to help. The care centres also provide opportunities for the children’s parents to focus on work without worrying about their children.

Do community volunteer work for teenagers in Cambodia and help us work towards our long-term goals to help disadvantaged children.

A teenage volunteer working with children in Cambodia helps a child with his English animal and fruit sight words.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.


You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Phnom Penh. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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