This essential program works with communities located in rural Cambodia. These rural populations have suffered greatly from human rights abuses, discrimination, poverty, health issues and from low education levels. The Community Development Program aims to work with these communities to build a fairer, more egalitarian society, reducing poverty, and building education and confidence levels. Volunteers can find themselves working on a multitude of extremely worthwhile tasks, including helping to monitor the human rights situation and investigating violations; protecting the rights of children and women; teaching English and human rights in local schools, helping to develop new teaching methods; visiting the relevant communities and participating in organizing events and training sessions designed to improve the situation in the community. This is a massive undertaking, and various projects and initiatives are underway to help these populations achieve a fairer society. For volunteers who really want to help those who have been marginalized in society – this program offers an amazing opportunity to help communities who have suffered greatly.
Goals of this Project:
- Build a fairer, more just society for the impoverished people of Cambodia
- Improve the future prospects of Cambodia’s most marginalized citizens
- Increase gender equality and the understanding of human rights
- Create inter-cultural understanding which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
This program provides volunteers to work with program staff among the rural communities of Cambodia. Volunteers will spend their time working on programs and initiatives that will benefit these marginalized communities and work to right the wrongs that have been committed against them. Participants in this program will gain a greater understanding of the history of what happened during the Pol Pot era, while working on projects that help to break the poverty cycle and improve education and health levels among local populations. Volunteers will find this to be a hugely educational program for themselves, and will teach them much about the history and culture of this wonderful country. Community Development placements are mainly in rural areas, where accommodation is traditional, and the level of cultural immersion is high. For volunteers who wish to experience Cambodian life and culture while helping its marginalized communities – this program will deliver.
Volunteers on this program will participate in a variety of tasks and can expect to;
- Work with local communities on building human rights awareness
- Educate children and communities on new teaching methods and on human rights
- Organize events and workshops
- Assist program staff with administration and program development
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A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:00am Breakfast at the Volunteer House
7:30am Walk or Tuk-Tuk to the project site
8:00am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor
8:15am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
Lunch is provided in the Volunteer House or can be purchased from eateries near to the project site.
4:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
4:45pm De-brief with the project supervisor
5:00pm Travel back to the Volunteer House
6:30pm Dinner at the Volunteer House
Evenings Free time to relax, stay in touch with friends and family and explore Phnom Penh
Volunteers are met on arrival into Phnom Penh and taken to the Volunteer House to meet with the hosts and other volunteers and settle in to the new environment. An orientation session will take place the following day which covers the local area, public transport, amenities, customs, rules and recommendations and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This provides a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow volunteers and ask any last questions you may have.
- Arrival Day: SUNDAY
- Departure Day: SUNDAY
- Arrival Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Code: PNH)
Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a large, comfortable and well-equipped Volunteer House in central Phnom Penh. A great way to connect with other volunteers in a safe and social environment!
Rooms are shared by up to 4 volunteers, split by gender and each room has its own bathroom with western-style facilities and hot showers. Fans are available for comfort in the summer months and bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries and towels.
The ground floor of the house has been set up as a spacious communal area volunteers can utilize to relax and socialize. WiFi is available free of charge in all areas of the house and laundry services are available for a small charge. Easy!
Volunteers can also request to stay with a local host family who have been carefully selected and are experienced in caring for international volunteers. Host family members will speak some English and provide comfortable, private rooms. Lockable storage will be available for valuables.
Volunteers on our wonderful programs in Phnom Penh are well catered for with breakfast, lunch and dinner available daily at the Volunteer House. Depending on the placement location, volunteers may opt to take lunch at their project site during the week.
Breakfast will consist of a self-serve offering of coffee, tea and juice, bread, crackers, jam and fruit. Depending on your volunteer schedule you can either eat-in or have items wrapped to take with you.
Lunch is typically eaten at the project site, either provided by the placement or eaten out at any of the affordable and accessible local eateries. A great way to sample delicious local fare! Lunch is also available daily at the Volunteer House.
Dinner is a time to relax and socialize with other volunteers and share experiences in the comfort of the Volunteer House. Meals normally include a soup or salad with a main dish of rice, noodles, fresh vegetables, chicken, beef, fish or pork and a small dessert.
If you have special dietary requirements please let us know ahead of time so that we can advise the local team. Vegetarianism can be a strange concept to people in Cambodia and, although we are happy to host vegetarians, it is difficult to guarantee a completely vegetarian diet. Strict vegetarians and vegans should consider this when preparing and be ready to help with the cooking and shop for additional items if necessary.
Please note that all meals provided in the volunteer house are included in the program fees. When eating out it is the volunteer’s responsibility to cover the costs.
Also note that transportation to and from the placement is not included in the program fee. The cost can range from $6 per day to $15 per day. If you are staying for an extended period it may be possible to work from ‘home’ for some of the time to keep the cost reasonable. Simply discuss this with the local team on arrival.
Registration Fee: The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the Trip Planner.
Requirements: We welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for people living in marginalized communities of Cambodia. While this project is best suited to those pursuing a career in the fields of anthropology, social work, social entrepreneurship and/or economics, volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Project Location: Cambodia’s vibrant capital has overcome the hardships of a violent past to once again become a “Pearl of Asia”. Whilst tourists are still drawn by the memory of the Khmer Rouge and their horrific Killing Fields (and rightly so, this should never be forgotten), the city itself is taking a cue from it’s majestic river and moving on. Chic, bustling bars and restaurants line the riverfront and streets beyond with patrons watching boats cruising, motorbikes and tuk-tuks buzzing and pedestrians strolling on by. The Cambodian people are courageous and incredibly hospitable and a stay in this city is not to be forgotten.
Start Dates & Duration: This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd week of every month with volunteers arriving on SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 4 weeks to 12 weeks.