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VolSol has volunteer work opportunities in the city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Participants can also choose to join the Teaching, NGO Support, Medical Project and More from 2 to 24 weeks all year round. On weekend travel to explore the ruins of Angkor Wat
Cambodia - Quick Facts
Start Dates : All Year Round
Duration : 2-24 Weeks
Program Location : Phnom Penh
Minimum Age : 18 years+
Certificate : Offered after Program completion
At a Glance
Currency Used : Cambodian Riel
Language : Khmer
Travel on Weekends to: Angkor Temples, Tonle Sap and Sihanoukville
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Volunteer in Cambodia
Be a Volunteer in Cambodia with Volunteering Solutions on a wide range of affordable volunteer abroad programs including Childcare, Teaching English, NGO Support, etc. Pre-med, nursing, and medical students can join the Medical Volunteering to get exposure to working in an international setup.
Volunteer programs in Cambodia are located in Phnom Penh from 2 to 24 weeks and are best suited for high school and college students, gap year travelers, adult volunteers, and backpackers.
- 4 meaningful project options available year-round
- Projects based in the capital city of Phnom Penh
- Option to choose between guest house, volunteer house and host family accommodation
- Explore the ruins of Angkor Wat or head to Siem Reap on the weekend
- Discover Cambodia’s incredible temples and pagodas
Best Volunteering Opportunities in Cambodia
"I had a truly magnificent time in Cambodia ! VolSol takes great care and devotion in providing all that you could ask for in Cambodia.I have built so many long-lasting connections in Cambodia that I am simply compelled to return again in the future."
Weekend Travel Options
Explore the beauty of the country, and know more about the lifestyle and culture of the locals. Volunteering Solutions can arrange for amazing weekend tours for participants who wish to explore with the local coordinators. Explore Phnom Penh and visit the Killing Fields and the museums, that will tell you the story of Cambodia's dark past.
You can also go for the Mekong River Cruise. You can also head off to Siem Reap for the weekend and explore the Angkor Temple Complex. Other than Siem Reap, & Phnom Penh, you can travel to Sihanoukville, a coastal city in Cambodia which would be perfect for a relaxing weekend retreat.
2 Days Trip to Siem Reap
You must have always wanted to explore and gaze at the ruins of the Angkor Wat that dates back to 900 AD. Walk down the broken walls and admire the beauty of the carvings, soak in the aura of the Buddhism & Hinduism, get awed by the beauty of Bayon and get your perfect shot at Ta Prohm. You can also go for a boat ride on the Tonle Sap river, and see how the people live on the floating villages.
Day Trips in Phnom Penh
Even in the city of Phnom Penh, there’s so much to explore that you can actually make good use of the weekends! Start your day by visiting the Killing Fields - Choeung Ek, a place where millions of Cambodians were killed during the 1970s. Take the audio guided tour, and you’ll get to know about the dark past of the country, in utmost details. From there, head off to S21 Museum and then the National Museum. In the evening, visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Weekend Trip to Sihanoukville
If you’re craving for the beaches in between your volunteering sojourn, then we can arrange a weekend getaway to Sihanoukville for you! It’s just about 4 hours bus ride from Phnom Penh, and you’ll be welcomed by white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
Mekong River Cruise
There is no way better to explore Cambodia - the country of temples, than embarking on a Mekong river cruise. Hop on a cruise and gaze at the cityscape as you pass through Phnom Penh and slowly the views will change as you move outwards. It would be a perfect day trip, and you can indulge in savoring the delicious taste of Amok & steamed rice while onboard.
If you have anything else in your bucket list or planning to go & explore any of the above-mentioned places, you can simply get in touch with our Travel Experts, who can guide you better in planning your weekend tours. Drop us a mail at [email protected] mentioning your choice of weekend adventures, and we shall cater your needs.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ's - Cambodia)
There is no deadline for registering your program. However, as we have limited spots available in our programs and we usually facilitate on first come first serve basis, we strongly recommend all volunteers to book their programs well in advance. We have volunteers booking their programs even one year in advance. So, it is a good idea to book the program as early as possible and reserve your spot. We also allow volunteers to change their program dates if they inform us before 45 days of program’s commencement.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be activated.You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
In Cambodia, the minimum duration of our programs is 2 weeks. Volunteers who choose the NGO Support Program need to participate for a minimum duration of 5 weeks.
You must be 18 years and above when you arrive at your project placement in Cambodia.
Participants enrolled in the Orphanage and Teaching Project need to provide a Criminal Background Check Report as well.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Cambodia is a country of different culture and traditions, though it is modernized but the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering here.
Volunteers should be energetic and enthusiastic to make a difference.
Must be in good health.
Volunteering in a group is always a good idea and it’s highly encouraged. We recommend our volunteers to come with their colleagues, friends or families.
Volunteering in a group improves productivity and it’s also safe when you venture out for sightseeing after your work. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for student groups- college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as a group of colleagues.
The programs in Cambodia start on 1st and 3rd Monday of every month and participants need to arrive on the Sunday prior to that.
Volunteers are picked up from the Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) by the in-country coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Cambodia will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand. Please do inform the in-country coordinator if your? flight is arriving late.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs during your trip, you will have to pay the application fee just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next VolSol program.
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day, however, it is dependent on your program type. You will have the weekends to travel and explore the country.Our in-country coordinator will guide you about the nearby places which you can explore during the weekday evenings as well.
Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day tourist Visa on arrival. You can apply for an E-Visa before going to Cambodia. For volunteers planning to stay in Cambodia for more than 30 days, business Visa is recommended.
Phnom Penh International Airport (Airport Code: PNH) is well connected with flights from major Asian and Middle Eastern destinations.
Most volunteers coming from Europe and North America have a layover in South Korea, Qatar, Vietnam or Thailand and then take a connecting flight to Phnom Penh.
The following carriers operate regular flights to Phnom Penh –
Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Tigerair, Dragon Air, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air China flights, Thai AirAsia and SilkAir.
Cambodia as a whole is a safe place for tourists in general. Our volunteer accommodation and placements are located in a safe and friendly neighborhood in Phnom Penh. However, as in any other big city, you need to be vigilant when venturing out alone and drinking with strangers and also take general safety measures. All volunteers are recommended to follow safety procedures and guidelines provided by the in-country coordinator in the orientation session.
If you are traveling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) transmission, you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination.
Apart from that, travelers are recommended to take the following vaccinations:
Hepatitis A and B
We would also request you to consult your travel doctor before going to Cambodia.
Yes, for all participants it is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider at a very nominal price.
In Cambodia, accommodation is provided in a family run guest house in central Phnom Penh or with a Cambodian host family depending on your preference, availability and the final project allocation.
Staying with a local host family is exciting and a very good opportunity for the volunteers to get to know the traditional customs, culture and ‘way of living’ of Cambodians. Our volunteers usually stay with middle-class families.
All host families are carefully selected and approved by the local staff and have past experience of hosting international volunteers. All accommodations have running water and electricity available.
At guest house accommodation, 2-3 volunteers share a room, on same gender basis. Each room has its own bathroom with western-style facilities and showers. All rooms have fans and a separate bathroom is attached to every room. Air-conditioning is also available for an additional cost.Volunteers can have the opportunity to relax, to eat and to socialize with other volunteers on the second floor of the guest house.
The communal area for the volunteers is set up there.The guest house has a very family friendly atmosphere and participants enjoy their stay there.The house is a great place to meet and interact with other like-minded volunteers from different parts of the world. The accommodation has Wifi service available and laundry service is also available at an additional charge.
Volunteers are provided with three meals a day. Cambodian food is light and healthy and is not very spicy and hot. It is a fusion of different Southeast Asian cuisines and meals usually comprise of Rice, Vegetables, Chicken, Beef, and noodles.
Yes – please do ensure that you inform the local team about your food preference and they can ensure that you are able to order the best food! Also, please do mention your specific food preference in the application form as well.
Your weekends and evenings will be free for you to indulge in some sightseeing and explore in and around Phnom Penh. You can visit the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap city in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns along the southern coast and also the jungle villages along the countryside. (Of course, one just can’t afford to miss visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat when in Cambodia!)
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the Add-on Tours section in your ‘My Account’.
Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country.
Your program fee covers everything - from your food, accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation, pre-departure information, and in-country staff support. You will need to cover your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc.
Local Transportation to the projects is not included in the program fee. You can expect to spend around $5 to $12 per day for the transport. On an average, we recommend around $100 per week for your personal expenses.
You can change money at any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the capital city of Phnom Penh. It is recommended to check and keep yourself updated with the current exchange rates.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group and connect with other participants and our team.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
To view feedback reports and testimonials from Volunteering Solutions Cambodia program participants, click here.