At a glance
- Learn about the world of business from professionals and empower local entrepreneurs in Cambodia with other high school students.
- Because of poverty and low incomes, many local families cannot reinvest in their business. Together with the Khemara organisation, you'll help us provide business training and interest-free loans to these families which will boost their businesses
- You’ll live with the other volunteers in a hotel in the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh and your supervisor will be by your side throughout your stay.
Fixed dates during school breakSee Dates
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Interview and screen potential loan beneficiaries
Before interest-free loans can be handed out to entrepreneurs, their business idea and plan needs to be as strong as possible. The better their preparation, the higher their chances of a successful business. You’ll get to sit in on the interview and selection process as candidates are chosen to receive loans. You’ll also be able to assist other entrepreneurs who require extra help developing and improving their business plans so they can qualify too.
Share business trainings with beneficiaries
Regular training sessions equip beneficiaries with the knowledge they need to successfully manage their business. Your project supervisor will provide you with all the necessary materials and resources needed to deliver informative workshops. You’ll cover various topics including:
- Basic accounting practices
- Customer service
- Project management
Monitor and support entrepreneurs with their businesses
Your work will extend beyond the handing out of loans. You’ll follow up with beneficiaries to see how their businesses are performing. By doing so, we’ll know which entrepreneurs need extra training or additional assistance when it comes to the management of their businesses.
Learn about the history and culture of Cambodia through social and weekend activities
As a high school volunteer, we want you to experience more than just the business side of Cambodia. Your supervisor will take you to explore the country, including the magnificent Angkor Wat Temples and historical museums. You’ll learn more about the history of the country and sample the most fragrant dishes while making friends with other interns from around the world.
Our project partners in Cambodia
We partner with the Khemara NGO for several of our projects in Cambodia, including our Micro-finance placement.
Established in 1991, Khemara works directly with vulnerable communities tackling issues such as gender discrimination and poverty. Together, we provide interest-free loans to entrepreneurs looking to start their own businesses. We provide them with all the training they need to become successful and independent business owners.
Where in Cambodia will I work?
You and the other interns will be living in the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh. Your project supervisor will accompany you each day to the office of our partner organisation in the northern part of the city.
When you aren’t assisting with business trainings or loan repayments, you’ll be taken around the city to explore. You’ll get to experience the buzz of the city, dive into history at local museums and sample some of the most fragrant dishes in Asia. You’ll also find yourself bartering at local markets and exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat Temples.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.