VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA
GVI VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN CAMBODIA
Experience the Kingdom of Cambodia with its captivating cultural history and iconic temples and monuments. The capital city of Phnom Penh is a hive of activity, where ancient architecture abuts cosmopolitan coffee shops and riverside residences, three hours away you will find our base in the riverside town of Kampong Cham. Further out from the cities you can enjoy the stunning natural landscapes, filled with lush greenery, glistening rice paddies and waving sugar palms.
Local non-governmental organisations in Cambodia have made massive strides during the past two decades in uplifting their communities. In 2017, we were contacted by a number of these organisations who focus on sustainable development to ask if we would be able to provide the kind of support they need to make their objectives a reality.
By joining GVI you can volunteer in Cambodia and take an active role in improving the educational and community initiatives in the quaint town of Kampong Cham. We have a variety of programs available where participants can take part in:
- Improving the quality of early development education children in the local community receive by teaching English, running kindergarten drop-in centers and engaging young children in activities, games and fun;
- Improving the opportunities women and girls have in the local community by running English lessons, workshops and awareness raising events;
- Improving the community awareness on health and wellbeing issues by leading workshops and awareness raising events.
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering. We also support ChildSafe, a global child protection initiative, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
We offer a range of volunteering opportunities in Cambodia where we align our programmes with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, we focus on #3, Good Health And Wellbeing, #4, Quality Education, #5, Gender Equality, #8, Decent Work And Economic Growth and #10, Reduced Inequalities
So, if you’ve always dreamt of exploring off the beaten track, why not consider also making an impact while you’re there? No matter where you are at in your academic or professional journey, if you are trying to find out how to volunteer in Cambodia, simply submit an application form requesting to join one of our projects and we will be in touch shortly.
At the heart of South-East Asia, you will find our the GVI base in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. Learn about local cultural practices by working on education programs with Buddhists monks, or conducting preventative healthcare or women’s empowerment workshops in the Kampong Cham community. Famed for its ancient temples and home to the longest bamboo bridge in the world, Cambodia is the top choice for those looking to explore off the beaten track.
In the capital city of Phnom Penh, you can enjoy the electric atmosphere of the bustling riverside, visit the sprawling markets or immerse yourself in the history of the Khmer Rouge with its sights and museums. Travel south down to the many spectacular islands off the Southern tip of Cambodia where you can spend the weekend island hoping to enjoy the stunning beaches, trek through uninhabited jungle or practice your snorkeling and explore the underwater world. Travel north and you will find the 12th century temple ruins from the Khmer Empire, the famous Angkor Wat.
Meet the team - Senior Field Management
Meet Lily our Program Manager at the Hub over in Cambodia. Lily's Masters in International Development and previous work in London on development has provided her with great experience for her role here at the GVI base. Lily is also currently training for London Marathon, although the Cambodian heat stands as an obstacle in the way!
Regional Director for Southeast Asia
Her goal is to visit one country for every year she is alive. The most unusual place she has travelled to is Uzbekistan, on a trip beginning in Europe and ending in Southeast Asia. This is where she fell in love with Laos which began her journey with GVI. She started working for GVI back in 2012 and she is now based in Cambodia.
Meet the team - In-Country Staff
WHERE DOES GVI WORK IN CAMBODIA
We are based just three hours from Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh in Kampong Cham; a bustling countryside town bursting with busy markets and Buddhist festivals with the beautiful Mekong River and Cambodian jungle as its backdrop.
In Kampong Cham you can spend your evenings cycling along the magnificent Mekong river and round the neighboring islands of Koh Penh and Koh Thmey or pick up freshly made coconut pancakes along the bustling riverside promenade. On weekends practice the art of getting lost in the splendor of Kampong Cham’s rural beauty with its many medieval temples and stunning mosques.
HOW VOLUNTEERING IN CAMBODIA ADDS TO YOUR RESUME
Many new graduates do not add their volunteering abroad experience to their resumes. This is a missed opportunity because volunteering abroad helps to build exactly the kind of skills like teamwork and intercultural competency that hiring managers are hoping to find in a great candidate. Volunteering is therefore not only an experience that adds to your personal development, but an activity that will prove itself worthwhile to your professional advancement.
WHAT SKILLS WILL VOLUNTEERING IN CAMBODIA TEACH ME?
Learning to cope in a foreign country is always something that will add to your CV (and your life story). During your time in Cambodia you’ll learn to communicate effectively with persons of all ages, different levels of education, and completely different cultural backgrounds. You’ll also learn to be adaptable and resilient. But, the most important thing you’ll gain is a sense of relatedness to a greater global community, specifically with friends and personal connections in Cambodia.
HOW DO I BOOK?
If you’re excited to make an impact on the community in Cambodia, be sure to check out our volunteer projects kicking off in Kampong Cham in 2018. Our volunteer programs in this rural region are designed to help college students make a difference while being fully immersed in the local Khmer and Cham culture. On the weekends volunteers will be free to explore the capital of Phnom Penh, one two hours away, or take the trip up to Siem Reap where they can explore the famous temple complex of Angkor Wat. Request to join our education, women’s empowerment or healthcare programs, depending on your specific interests.
Download our program brochures