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Volunteering Cambodia!

Are you seeking a volunteer program in Cambodia that is ethical, reputable and life-changing? Would you like to learn new life and career skills? Accomplish this and more by joining our rewarding Cambodia volunteer programs.

Visit the ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap. Tour the cosmopolitan capital of Phnom Penh and then rest on some of the country's beautiful, unspoiled beaches. Explore jungles, see wildlife, experience busy markets, and eat unique, delicious food. All this and more await you in mysterious Cambodia.

In spite of strong progress in combating poverty since the late 20th century, more than 30 percent of the population in Cambodia still lives in poverty. As is the case in most of the third world, the largest percentage of those impoverished live in rural areas. Lack of education, access to clean water, and decent health care all contribute. The country is still recovering from the brutal Pol Pot regime that murdered millions in the 1970s, which slowed development as well.

Today, Cambodia needs volunteers more than ever.

You can help by joining any of the important volunteer opportunities in Cambodia. Volunteer in an orphanage, teach English in a rural school, work with non-profits providing in-country aid, or support community development. If you have a medical background (professional or educational), you'll find opportunities in general health care placements and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.

Gain new life and career skills and make new friends for life while you work to make life better for those less fortunate. Request information about volunteering in Cambodia and choose a program that speaks to you!


Volunteering Cambodia Programs

Are you thinking about volunteering, but need to find a program that fits your passions best? At Global Crossroad we have a number of different programs, all of which are available to you. You can explore the options here and make a choice that suits you best.

Cambodia is a beautiful country, which unfortunately suffers from poverty, and many of the issues that come from that. Due to the lack of social support and good jobs, Cambodia is continuously facing with the problem of orphaned children. Countless children are forced to take refuge in orphanages every year.

The orphanages, however, suffer from a lack of resources, and are often unable to meet the demands of increasing numbers of orphaned children. The government, alongside various NGOs, strives to provide adequate facilities and care to these children, but it seems that it is never enough to meet the demand.

Participating in Cambodia orphanage volunteer program means giving what you can of yourself to provide care and attention for children who greatly need it. Your role here is to help them learn English, and improve their language skills. In addition, you can organize and participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities to help with their intellectual and emotional growth.

Do you want to fulfill your passion for Orphans? Visit the detailed program page for more information.

The demand of English is growing in Cambodia, as having this skill can mean much greater opportunities for the future. While there certainly are good private schools in the country, however the costs keep them entirely out of the reach of these children. The options available in terms of public education are chronically underfunded, under-resourced, and lack experienced teachers.

Volunteers teaching English in Cambodia will work primarily as English-teachers/instructors. Your primary role is to teach English in public schools, orphanages, and child-care centers. In addition, you will be assisting in extracurricular activities and organizing educational field trips.

Do you want to give children a chance at a better future? Visit the program page for complete information.

Cambodia is developing at a rapid pace, yet a majority of its population still lives below the poverty line. While modernization takes place across the country, far too many rural areas are forgotten, and suffer from very poor living standards. Global Crossroad community development program teams up with local organizations to improve the living conditions of these rural communities.

a volunteer in Cambodia community development project, you will be helping the communities to lead a better life. You will be working with local municipalities and organizations. At times, you may be helping to write grant proposals, project planning, surveying, and assisting with administrative tasks. There is no specific qualification required to be a part of this project.

Do you want to help disadvantaged Cambodians finally put the devastation of the past behind them? Visit the detailed program page for the complete information.

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over its history it has seen its share of political conflict, including a period of genocide. The scars of past crisis are still prevalent, creating ongoing struggle and instability, leaving the country still far too susceptible to corruption and violence.

Over the years many NGOs have lent their support in the effort bring about positive change. But in truth, the goal of fully rebuilding communities and therefore the nation’s hopes still has a long way to go. Global Crossroad Ngo Cambodia volunteer program is proud to be part of this ongoing effort toward hope nonetheless.

As a volunteer with Global Crossroad in Cambodia, you will work in close coordination with municipal governments, and local organizations. You will undoubtedly find the opportunity to make an impact in their lives as per your skills and interest. Daily activities will involve raising funds, writing grant proposals, advancing this work through web design, and information technology.

Do you want to make a difference by helping local NGO’s reach out to and help disadvantaged people in Cambodia? Visit the detailed program page for the complete information.

Joining this healthcare volunteering program in Cambodia will be an eye opening experience for you. As a volunteer, you will be given the chance to help in a manner dependant upon your skills and experiences. Your role here overall will be to help educate about disease prevention, basic health practices, and harmful addictions.

The education-based aspect means you will also be able to promote healthy practices and lifestyle choices within families and communities. It is an interactive and progressive role, which will involve the locals in trainings, and allow you to learn as well, as you observe the work of nurses or doctors, often working alongside them. At times you may asked to distribute medicine, and perform basic first aid. To join this program, you do need to be a certified healthcare practitioner, or have a physician’s credentials.

Do you want to gain valuable experience and help save lives? Visit the detailed program page for more information.

The global HIV/AIDS epidemic has created havoc in Cambodia, devastating families, and changing the lives of their children for the worse. Many families subsist on the income of sole bread winners, and when these people fall ill or die, families are forced into poverty. At worst, they fall apart, and children are being orphaned.

Further, people with this disease often face discrimination from the society. As a result they are deprived of equal rights and suffer the negligence of a society that turns its back. Global Crossroad HIVAIDS awareness campaign aims to help the victims of this disease however it can.

By joining this program, you will be providing care to patients infected with the diseases. Your main role will be to assist community HIV/AIDS organizations with outreach programs. Your work will include treating symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, skin diseases, or diarrhea. You will also be assisting with voluntary HIV counselling and testing, as well as educating communities.

Do you want to stop the spread of HIV? Visit the detailed program page for the complete information.


In addition to the above projects, we also offer family Volunteering, alternative spring break, high school volunteering, college/university volunteering and many other programs. Contact Global Crossroad for further information.


Volunteering Cambodia: Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer In Cambodia

All volunteer programs in Cambodia start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Fees:

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.

    Duration Orphanage
Teaching
HIV/AIDS
NGO Work
Community Development
Medical project
  2 Weeks   $380   N/A   $580
  3 Weeks   $489   N/A   $689
  4 Weeks   $595   $595   $795
  5 Weeks   N/A   N/A   N/A
  6 Weeks   $810   $810   $1110
  7 Weeks   N/A   N/A   N/A
  8 Weeks   $1060   $1060   $1360
  9 Weeks   N/A   N/A   N/A
  10 Weeks   $1280   $1280   $1680
  11 Weeks   N/A   N/A   N/A
  12 Weeks   $1460   $1460   $1860

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
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

Accommodations and Meals

Are you concerned about what might be available to you for food and accommodations in Cambodia? At Global Crossroad we want your experience to be as positive for you as it is for others. We take every care in ensuring the safety and comfort of your accommodations, and the food choice you have while volunteering. You will stay in our volunteer house or local host families and will be served three quality home cooked meals a day.

Depending on Cambodia volunteer project location, you may stay in our well managed volunteer house of with carefully selected host families. The volunteer house is located in the center of Phnom Penh City, near the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. It is very comfortable and has a large roof terrace with hammocks, a TV, Internet access, and many amenities nearby.

Staff members for our accommodations are chosen carefully, and most have experience in the realm of hosting international travellers. You can expect to find communal bathroom facility with western style toilets and regular supply of water.

Volunteers placed outside of Phnom Penh city will stay with our warm welcoming host families. The host families are amiable and caring, providing you the best opportunity to plunge in local cultures and traditions. They have comfy rooms furnished with necessary facilities like beddings, fans, mosquito nets, electricity etc.  The bathrooms are communal with western style toilets and regular supply of water.

While volunteering in Cambodia, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include volunteers’ meal plans and accommodations. This includes three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which will consist of local ingredients, and feature traditional cuisine choices for Cambodia. Generally, volunteers have breakfast at a local restaurant or at their accommodations or project. Dinners tend to be at your place of accommodation, while lunch is sometimes offered by the project. Food and drinks outside of meal times are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby to your work and accommodations, which are affordable and accessible to you.

Learn more about your housing and food in Cambodia.


Volunteering Cambodia: FAQS

You’re ready to hop a plane to Bali to volunteer and make a difference during your travels. You probably have a few questions first, and we’ve compiled some commonly asked ones here with helpful answers to make things easier for you:

Where are the projects located?

All our volunteer Programs in Cambodia take place in 4 remarkable cities of  Phnom Penh Battambarg, Siem Reap, and Pursat.

Phnom penh: - Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. It boasts of classical architecture, and is a feast for the senses, and a charming delight. You can pass by the fantastic Royal palace, a breathtaking view for your senses, see the fluttering saffron of the monks, and visit an alluring cafe culture, with bustling bars. With its vibrant street life and its diverse lifestyles, it is an ideal place to relax and ponder its timeless magnificence.

Battambang:- This place is the second largest town of Cambodia. It is popular and well known for its ancient temples, Buddhist shrines, and bamboos railways. Cambodia's popular singers, actors, and artists all hail from this city. When you find time, you can pay a visit to its hilltop temples, and enchanting villages, perfect for a day trip or a simple hike while volunteering in Cambodia project.

Siem Reap: This endearing place is a gateway to the ancient world. It is a finest blend of ancient and modern day world. You can catch glimpses of ancient, meticulously-carved temples, and of course Angkor Wat; one of the largest and most infamous religious monuments in the world, located on a site measuring 162.6 hectares.

Pursat: This is a provincial town that spans from the Thai border, up to the eastward fishing villages of Tonle Sap Lake. Backpackers often visit this area for its marvel carvers, and picturesque orange farms. You can observe the authentic Cambodian way of life, and take in a day trip to the village of Kompong Luong or Central Cardamoms, both magical destinations of real Cambodia.

Complete details of your project are provided in the placement packet that we send it to you. Beyond that, we strongly encourage you to make use of our website to gather information about the places to which you will be travelling.

Is there any minimum and maximum stay? Can I extend my stay if I choose to?

The minimum that you can stay for Cambodia volunteer programs is 1 week, to a maximum of 12 weeks. Depending upon the nature of the project, your interest, extending your stay is possible. In this case you have to talk to your in -country coordinator who can help you to make arrangements, and to get your visa extended at the nearest embassy or customs office.

Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?

Yes! You will have enough time to have a look around after work and on weekends. You will get a fabulous chance to visit the capital city of Phnom Penh, known for its Royal Palace, Genocide Museum, the hilltop temple, the National museum, Russian market, the historical independence monument, and Phsar Thmei(Central Market). From the shining central golden dome to the classic Khmer roof, everything you see is a part of a historical richness this country has.

Who will guide or support me in the project?

You will be never short of support and guidance on this Cambodia volunteer work. Global Crossroad’s in-country coordinator, along with other project staff will ensure that timely and friendly help is available to you whenever required.

Can I change project if I do not like?

Yes. Although 99% of our volunteers are satisfied with their first choice when they come for volunteer programs in Cambodia we can accommodate changes under some circumstances. If you feel a desire to switch projects, you simply have to contact your in-country coordinator. The coordinator will help you find another spot, depending upon the availability of another position, and the limitations of that project.

What age ranges take part in these projects?

The minimum age range required is 18years and above. If you are a minor and still want to take part in this volunteering program then the authorized permission of your parents is required. The other option available of course is to join the program directly with your parents or guardians, and come as a family, in which case minors are welcome under the supervision of their parents.

Who manages the volunteer projects in Cambodia?

 Our entire volunteer work in Cambodia is managed by our in-country Coordinator. He or she is solely responsible for the different projects and all the participating volunteers.

Will I receive training before the start of the project?

Yes, We provide you with the necessary orientation and training program at the outset. This training is organized and led by our in-country coordinator. This training familiarizes you with the local customs, culture, the language, lifestyle of the people, as well as do’s and don’ts for personal safety and a successful trip.

Is there dress code in the project?

As Cambodia is a conservative country, volunteers are required to dress conservatively when at their assignments. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. However, be aware that you are not allowed to wear short-shorts, and/or tank tops . You should always consider and respect the regional religious beliefs of Cambodia. If in case you are wearing shorts or skirts, please make sure that they are at least knee-length. In keeping with local customs, no one should show their shoulders in public. While these restrictions may seem strange to some, it is part of visiting and respecting another culture during your Cambodia volunteering opportunity.

Why are Global Crossroad’s fees so much more affordable than other volunteer organizations?

Global Crossroad’s fees are affordable than other volunteer organizations because it doesn’t derive any kind of profits. Despite this we always maintain both the quality and the standard of the program too.

Can I get help to raise fund?

Yes. We provide complete support for fundraising by involving you in various volunteering campaigns. In addition, we work in association and coordination with other organizations that incorporate raising funds too. Details for this program can come from your coordinator and support staff once involved in the program.

Can I get tax deduction?

Yes, GLOBAL CROSSROAD does provide tax deduction for all of its volunteer in Cambodia programs. You can get a tax deduction for any of our volunteer programs as we are an American non-profit 501©3 volunteer organization which collaborates with many local orphanages, schools, hospitals and NGOs all across the globe.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

Safety is one thing that can never be taken for granted. While traveling internationally both caution and awareness should be of paramount concern, and we consider the safety of our volunteers to be a top priority. Every kind of support and help is provided to the volunteers from our staff from the time of their arrival through to the completion of their project. We do request that you to consult your own government advisory office back home before arriving for volunteering in Cambodia project. We ideally request you to check out for various travel opinions available online.

Kindly make note of the following links to collect more travel information:

British Foreign Office Advice
American State Department Advice
Australian Government Advice

What are safety measures you take for the volunteers?

The moment you arrive at the airport you will be met, and taken to your destination safely. Once here you will be briefed through an informative orientation program, which includes a detailed discussion of safety measures, and what you can do to be mindful and aware. This orientation is conducted at your in country office and is given by our in country coordinator.

Orientation: This orientation is an extremely important aspect of your entire volunteering in Cambodia program. It contains all the trip details, placement concerns and the safety measures as well. You will have the opportunity to familiarize with the Cambodian culture, customs, language, lifestyle which would help you to adjust well.

What happens if I get sick?

Sickness is one thing that cannot be anticipated in advance. There is always a chance of you getting sick, however there is nothing to worry about, as timely medical attention and care is provided without delay, whenever required. You will be carefully attended by our in house coordinator along with support staff. All adequate steps will be taken to properly address your health conditions.

What Vaccination Do I need to take?

We request you to use the Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations (www.cdc.gov.) and get needed vaccination before heading to Cambodia for volunteering. Here is the list of recommended vaccinations mentioned by CDC for Cambodia which are typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, rabies, polio, meningococcal meningitis, or Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B. diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid fever.

For more readings
Vaccination
Health and Safety

How can I apply to volunteer program in Cambodia?

There are two ways of applying for volunteer work in Cambodia.  You can either apply online, or download the application form from our website and mail it in.  Along with the completed application form, you need to send $269 as an application fees.

What happens once I submit my documents and application?

Once you submit your complete document, Global Crossroad Volunteers receives and reviews your filled application thoroughly. Next it is forwarded to our in-country coordinator in Cambodia. He/she will then assign you to a relevant Project based on your qualifications, experience, and requests. Finally all the necessary details will be sent to you at the address you provide.

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

The only document that is required for joining Cambodia volunteer work is your completely filled application form, which is available online

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer programs?

You need to be 18 years of age to participate. There are no specific requirements other than that for most programs. However if you are taking part in Health care projects, physician's credentials are required. If you are a part of NGO and community development projects, some experience of developmental work is required. Other than that you only need to have open-mind, a willingness to teach and a passion to help the needy is enough.

What kind of visa do I need to work as a volunteer?

For volunteering in Cambodia you need to get a tourist visa. You can apply for a tourist visa and get it from the Cambodian Embassy. For many travellers arriving in Cambodia 30 days visa are allocated.  learn more about visa fees and extension

We suggest you to completely understand and fulfill the requirements before you leave your home country.

Can I extend my visa while I am in the country? Can you help me on this?

Yes you can always extend your visa. The tourist visa can be extended at the Immigration department for up to a month. However for extending your visa, you have to either apply online or visit the nearest immigration office yourself.

Placements while volunteering in Cambodia are available in Phnom Penh, Pursat and several other provinces. Phnom Penh is a charming, yet rapidly developing city, situated where three great rivers come together (the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac rivers). The town offers many tourist attractions such as the Royal Palace, National Museum, Wat Phnom, and the ToulSleng Genocide Museum. It is a perfect base for afternoon, day, or weekend trips to the other provinces, and the coast.

Phnom Penh has a wide range of international restaurants, colorful markets, internet cafés, and a wealth of other interesting places. In the other provinces, volunteers will usually stay in the provincial capitals, which are mostly quiet, medium-sized cities with basic amenities like traditional Cambodian restaurants, markets, and laundries.

Pursat, for example is a peaceful provincial capital of Pursat Province, which has at present 270,000 residents living on the banks of the Stung Pursat River. The city is located on the main railway line, and the main bus route from Phnom Penh to Battambang. The bus trip to Phnom Penh takes around 4 hours and 3 hours to Battambang. These cities offer worthwhile and easy weekend-trips during your volunteer trip to Cambodia.

Over long weekends, you will have the opportunity to explore the country and should take some time to visit the main attractions of Cambodia, particularly the majestic temples of Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap province, and the beautiful coconut beaches of Sihanoukville. For this trip, a minimum of 3 or 4 days should be planned.

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

Page updated: 12th August, 2019