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  • Location: Phnom Penh, Koh Sdach
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments and a limited number of host families, shared volunteer bungalows at Conservation Project 
  • Local languages: English & Khmer
Country Info

As one of the poorest countries in the world, Cambodia is a destination where the efforts of Projects Abroad volunteers are vital to aiding those living in high levels of poverty. Volunteer projects and internships are available for anyone interested in volunteering in the developing world, whether you are on a gap year, summer vacation, or career break.

Although Cambodia has a growing tourist industry and some new investment, the country still faces numerous challenges and socio-political issues that stunt its development as a nation. Cambodia has a horrific past, and it will take a long time to fully recover from it. Today, the average standard of living is very low and one-third of Cambodians live on less than a dollar a day. Poverty, a poor record on human rights, and malnutrition are the main struggles facing Cambodia, and this is where volunteer work can start making a difference.

There are a variety of worthwhile and sustainable projects in Cambodia, where volunteers have the opportunity to make the most significant impact possible through their time and effort. Whether you are caring for children in care homes or day care centres, teaching young Cambodians in charity schools, campaigning for human rights, or participating in marine conservation activities, you will have an important role to play in Cambodia’s development.

Where You Will Live in Cambodia with Projects Abroad

A group of Projects Abroad volunteers enjoy a local meal during free time in Cambodia

Projects Abroad is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. Volunteers live together in shared apartments close to the city centre. Care volunteers mainly work in the Russy Keo district of Phnom Penh, so they are usually based in the Projects Abroad apartments there. Russy Keo is a short tuk-tuk ride from all major areas within Phnom Penh.

Many areas of Phnom Penh are booming and the city has an elegant riverfront and lively nightlife. Cambodian people are friendly, dignified, and optimistic, and will make you feel welcome. Still, it remains hard to escape the poverty and the fact that many Cambodians struggle to survive on a daily basis.

Cambodia is about two-thirds the size of the United Kingdom and one of the least populated Asian countries. With a coastline on the tropical Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia occupies the heart of South East Asia and at one time was home to the mighty Khmer empire. Much of Cambodia is dissected by the impressive Mekong River. It is a fertile country with forests and gemstone mines that will help build the framework for future growth.

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Cambodia

Angkor Wat, a local tourist attraction at the Projects Abroad placement in Cambodia, Asia

With its pristine beaches, ancient temples, and exotic jungles, it's easy to see why Cambodia is such a popular destination for travellers. This beautiful country is at peace and Cambodians are focused on building a positive future.

By travelling to Cambodia you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks like Angkor Wat. The world famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must see for all visitors - climbing over huge tree roots to the entrance of partly hidden doorways is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in anyone.

However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles, snorkelling, and dolphin watching in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville, or take in the sunset at a local beach restaurant.

Travelling to the neighbouring countries is easy. You can follow the well-trodden tourist trail into Thailand, but border crossings are also accessible into Laos and Vietnam. Your travel options are endless.

Projects for All Ages in Cambodia

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Most recent blogs from Cambodia

Weekly Report by Danielle Dong December 27- January 3

December 27 - January 3This week started off with a concert event that came to the island, where volunteers enjoyed performances and street food. Throughout the rest of the week, Danielle worked on her confined and open water dives to gain her scuba certification, while Scott, Chris, and Adrian had a ...

Wednesday 23 November 2016 – Tuesday 29 November 2016 Report by Chris Foot

Wednesday 23 November 2016 Single dive in the morning. Will and Flavia started their Underwater Water Photography course, highlight find being an Octopus. Marion, Matt, Julia and Chris completed a Sea Horse Survey. The afternoon was taken up by Khmer Cooking Class by Staff Member Sea’s family. Firstly ...

Report 2. November - 8 November 2016 My first week on the island. By Flavia Hodel

Wednesday 02.11 The fist day on the island was brain lasting.I had my introduction into the program, meaning what is all done in this conservation project, wich was pretty interesting. Then a long learning session started. I watched the first three sections of diving theory, plus made the quizzes ...

Weekly Report by Julia Shutler October 26th - November 1st

My second week on Koh Sdach Tuesday I did the last two dives needed to complete my open water course! I'm really enjoying the diving, even though the visibility has not been brilliant every day. I'm really getting the hang of everything and I don't have to think too much about what I'm doing. Wednesday ...

Weekly Report by Gitte Sorensen October 19th -25th

This week has been all about illness, as several of the people volunteers and staff have been down with a virus of some sort, which meant a lot of bedtime, sleep and rest for the infected persons. But not all was bad, we also had 2 new volunteers arrive on Monday, Julia and Gitte, both whom are increasing ...

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