Project Abroad’s Khmer Project in Cambodia
- Placement locations: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
- Role: Learning about the Khmer culture through a wide range of visits and activities
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Shared apartments, guesthouse, and village
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Explore the engaging culture of modern Cambodia on Projects Abroad’s Khmer Project. The focus of the Khmer Project is to learn about the culture, history, and language of the Cambodian people while being immersed in Cambodian society. On the Khmer Project, you not only get to learn about Khmer culture, past and present, but are also able to experience local communities in this fascinating country through spending a few days living in a traditional, rural village.
Cambodia is among Asia's poorest countries. By taking part in the Khmer Project you are contributing to the economic growth of local communities by living there and spending money on local products. Furthermore, through participating in activities and cultural projects in Cambodia, you are able to learn in depth about Khmer culture in a vivid and stimulating way.
Community Volunteering in Cambodia and Khmer Cultural Classes
The Khmer Project is available for up to four weeks and during this time you take part in a variety of different activities.
When you first arrive in Cambodia on the Khmer Project you will visit many of the main sites of Phnom Penh. Exploring sites like the National Museum and the famous Killing Fields with our Khmer Project supervisor will provide thorough insight into the history and culture of Cambodia and its people.
You will also take part in variety of both practical and observational sessions focusing on cultural activities geared toward gaining a basic understanding of Khmer culture. This may include cooking lessons, puppet-making classes, a copper molding workshop, and traditional music and dance classes. Learning some of the Khmer language is also a useful and integral part of this first stage of the project.
You can then spend a few days living with a rural village community. Depending on the time of year, you may help with the rice harvest or planting. You will also have the option to spend a couple of hours helping the local children with basic English classes.
If you spend four weeks on the project will get to visit the stunning temples close to Siem Reap, including Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm (the temple famous from the film Tomb Raider). While in Siem Reap you’ll also visit a flooded forest and stilt village on the Tonlé Sap Lake.
Our Khmer Project coordinator speaks English and will be able to guide you throughout your time on the Khmer Project.
Many choose to take part in another project following their time on the Khmer Project. With your newly acquired Khmer language skills and a good understanding of the local culture you will certainly be well equipped to teach the local children or help in a care centre in Phnom Penh.
The Khmer Project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.