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Community Development Volunteer Program Cambodia!

Do you want to utilize your skills to improve a community in Cambodia? Are you looking for a chance to learn great teamwork skills while also making a difference and enjoying a life changing adventure?

Then keep reading about this volunteering program in Cambodia to do just that and more.

Cambodia is an amazing country filled with friendly and welcoming people. There is plenty to see and do here, from mystical temples and serene jungles to stunning beaches and lakes.

Its people love to welcome visitors and teach them about their country and culture, and smiles are found everywhere you look.

Sadly, the country’s tragic history with the Khmer Rouge regime and subsequent genocide has left scars that remain to this day. Many communities are still struggling with the effects of this dark time, and due to a lack of resources and support from the government they are in urgent need of assistance from volunteers.

Through your volunteer work in Cambodia with a community development project, you will be able to help repair and reconstruct entire communities, greatly improving the quality of life for its inhabitants. No matter your skills, they will be of great use to these organizations as they work to rebuild their country, and you will be able to make a great impact both on those living there today and for future generations.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

Your responsibilities in this community development volunteering work in Cambodia will vary significantly depending on the needs of the community and the skills and experience you can offer. Law students can help with land rights, those with experience in development work can help write reports and fundraising proposals. Planning and zoning students can assist with organizing land and fishery use or you can help arrange commercial programs or saving initiatives to help the community financially.

No matter your exact skills and responsibilities, your volunteering work will provide great benefit to an entire community. Through your dedicated efforts you will significantly raise the quality of life of those living there and contribute to the reconstruction of the country as a whole.

Skills and Qualifications

This volunteering in Cambodia community program is open to volunteers with a wide range of experiences and education. The most important thing is that you have love and passion for working with and improving disadvantaged communities, and a desire to see improve the quality of life of people living there.

Volunteers must be between 18 to 70 years old

Each day working in community development in Cambodia will bring fresh and exciting experiences and challenges. You will get to explore and discover a beautiful country, culture and people while also providing large scale benefits to an entire community.

On arrival you will be met at the airport by your local coordinator and taken to your accommodation to get settled in.

  • First Day: On your first day of Cambodia community volunteering project, your coordinator will bring you to the work placement and introduce you to the staff. You’ll have the day to get settled in and learn about the work you’ll be doing during your project.
  • Weekdays: Your work begins properly on the second day, and while your schedule will vary depending on the placement and your specific skillset, a regular day looks like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start the day with a delicious and authentic Cambodian breakfast, enjoyed either at your work placement or with your fellow volunteers at the volunteer house.
  • 7.45 AM: At this time you set out for the workplace where you’ll spend the day greatly improving the lives of ravaged communities.
  • 12.00 PM: At midday you get a break for lunch, which is a great chance to get to know your local colleagues and immerse yourself in their culture and way of life.
  • 3.00 PM: Your volunteer work will generally end around this time, and the rest of the day is free to relax, hang out with your fellow volunteers, sightsee or shop.
  • 6.45 PM: Finally, your day ends with an amazing Cambodian dinner at the volunteer house, giving you the chance to do some cultural exchange with your roommates and friends there.

Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities: Dates and Fees


Cambodia programs start on Mondays in the first week and third week of the month.


Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Cambodia volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Cambodia application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Orphanage
  2 Weeks   N/A
  3 Weeks   N/A
  4 Weeks   $720
  5 Weeks   $820
  6 Weeks   $890
  7 Weeks   $1040
  8 Weeks   $1,110
  9 Weeks   $1245
  10 Weeks   $1,380
  11 Weeks   $1,515
  12 Weeks   $1,650

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foo
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Accommodation and Meal

As a volunteer in Cambodia you will be staying in our safe and comfortable volunteer house in Phnom Penh. Here you will share your room equipped with comfortable beds and modern bathroom facilities with volunteers of the same gender. Reception is manned at all times of day for your assistance, and three delicious Cambodian meals will be provided each day. Volunteers working outside of Phnom Penh city will stay with our carefully chosen host families.

Read more about our accommodation and meals in Cambodia.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Not only will you provide great benefit by joining Cambodia community volunteering opportunity, but you’ll also have plenty of free time to discover and explore everything Cambodia has to offer. During the week you can spend your evenings enjoying Phnom Penh and the surrounding area, and on the weekends, you can go on longer tours all over Cambodia to famous sites like Angkor Wat, Kampot and Otres Beach.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration while in Cambodia.

Safety and In Country Support

When you join Cambodia Volunteer program, we always make sure that our volunteers feel safe and secure during their project. All our placements, accommodation and facilities are carefully vetted and regularly inspected to ensure they meet our strict safety requirements, and your local coordinator will always be available by phone should you need anything.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You have to fly into Phnom Penh International Airport for our community development volunteer program in Cambodia. We recommend flying into Cambodia one day before the start date of our volunteer projects.

Global Crossroad does not provide airport transfer services after the completion of its orphanage volunteer projects. So, you must arrange your transport to the airport yourself. You also have to inform us about flight delays and missed/cancelled flights so that we can adjust the schedule.


A tourist visa is needed for a volunteer trip to Cambodia. There is on-arrival-visa offered at the Phnom Penh International Airport. If you’re a citizen of the USA, Canada, UK or Australia then you can apply for visa-on-arrival with your passport and a couple of photos. A single entry tourist visa will last for 30 days. You can learn more about visa requirements for Cambodia on this website


You need to get vaccinated for Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies, Routine vaccines, and Measles.

You can learn more about these vaccinations here:

What kind of work will I be conducting?

Volunteers will be involved in writing proposals, reports, or cast studies as well as occasional field work. You will work in the countryside and focus on improving the community as a whole with a daily schedule that depends entirely on the needs of the community and your specific skills.

Am I going to be engaging people from the community when I work in Cambodia volunteer project focused on community development?

You will be working for a local NGO and closely with the local staff there. There will also be occasions where you get to work directly with the local inhabitants of the community.

Why Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities?

Volunteering in a community development project is an incredibly rewarding experience as you get to work on large-scale issues that affect an entire town or village. This means that you’ll get to create significant benefit for a large group of people while also enjoying a lifechanging experience in a fascinating country.

Make a huge difference in rural and poverty-stricken areas

There are many communities in Cambodia all over the country that lack proper resources and manpower to pull themselves out of poverty. Through this volunteer project in Cambodia you will utilize your skills to change this fact and work for the betterment of disadvantaged communities.

Provide support to poor children and families

Through your volunteer work you will provide amazing support to families and children in poor economic circumstances living in rural parts of the country. As the local governments have been unable to help these people your support is critically needed to improve their lives.

Help locals develop skills to improve their quality of life

As part of this Cambodia volunteer work project you will share your knowledge, skills and expertise in your field with locals so that they can use this knowledge themselves in the future to further build on the positive impact you have made.

Work together with local NGO’s on solving various issues

Through collaboration with local NGO’s you will get to directly tackle various social and economic problems plaguing rural areas of Cambodia. You will help create plans and systems for eradicating many of the issues that they face on a daily basis.

Promote community development and social awareness in the region

Another great part of volunteering in Cambodia is the opportunity it gives you to educate local communities all over the country about the issues and challenges they face that hinder their growth and development.

Other Volunteering Projects in Cambodia

If you want to volunteer in Cambodia but are unsure whether your skillset will be of use in community development, there are plenty of other volunteering opportunities in the country for you to consider. You can
work in an orphanage,
teach English,
raise awareness of HIV/AIDS,
work with a local NGO,
do medical work and much more.

Other Community Development Programs

Global Crossroad arranges community development programs in a large number of countries all across the world. If you’re interested in this kind of work, have a look at the list below for some of our most popular programs in this genre: