Local Team Support
Pre Departure Information Handbook
Meals as per the itinerary
All activities as listed
All entry fees on listed activities (including Angkor Wat passes)
Accommodation on twin share basis throughout
Airport Pickup from Phnom Penh between 6am - 10pm
Three-Week Summer Volunteer Program in Cambodia
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From $1345 USD for 3 Weeks
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18 And Older
There's nothing quite like the experience of exploring a new place for the first time, and the only thing better is getting to make a real difference while you're there. The Cambodia Summer Volunteer Program is a three-week volunteer travel experience that gives you an opportunity to discover a new country and make your mark, and it’s an ideal opportunity for high school and college students, gap year travelers, and backpackers who are looking to have a more meaningful experience while adventuring.
The time you'll spend exploring and volunteering in Cambodia with the summer program will be something you never forget. Along with the positive impact you'll have on the people and communities you'll help, you'll also meet friends that will be with you for life, make memories that will bring a smile to your face for years to come, and gain a better understanding of the world overall.
During your first couple of days in Cambodia, you'll have plenty of time to settle in, explore the nearby areas and markets, rest after your long journey, and start getting to know your fellow volunteers. You'll also go on a guided day tour of the city, which will give you a chance to better familiarize yourself with the place and see famous landmarks like Wat Phnom Temple, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Russian Market, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
On the third day, you'll jump right into your travels and board a comfortable two-deck wooden boat that will take you on a river cruise of Phnom Penh and along the Mekong River. Things you'll see along the way include a local silk weaving village that you'll stop at, an island pagoda and a sandy beach where you can rest for a luxurious riverside lunch before moving along toward Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat, which you'll visit the following day. You'll start the next morning off with a bicycle ride to the temple complex and continue along a loop that will let you see many of the main temples and highlights, such as Angkor Thom, Bayon, and the Terraces of the Elephants and Leper King.
Over the next three days, you'll spend some time volunteering in the area, and use the rest of the time to explore and trek more around Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat complex. You'll even be treated to a buffet dinner and the Apsara Dance Show. On the sixth day of the trip, you'll climb Bakheng Mountain, and stay atop the summit to watch the sun set over the temples below and the West Baray. When you wake up the next morning, you'll be facing a free day that you can use to explore Siem Reap, rest, or adventure out on your own. Talk to your guide about excursion options.
The next day, you'll take your leave of Siem Reap by boat, and then make your way to Kompong Speu by road. Over the next five days, you'll spend your time here volunteering with the teaching project and helping the local students with their English. When your volunteer activities conclude, you'll take a well-deserved break and make for the lively beach town of Sihanoukville for some time in the sun and a dip in the warm sea. The next day will be for exploring the surrounding islands, snorkeling in the sea, and swimming on the beaches. Finally, you'll be treated to lunch on board the boat as you head back to Sihanoukville in the afternoon. Once there, you'll have more time to relax on the beach, explore the town and surrounding areas, and enjoy the coastal atmosphere. The following day, you'll head back to Phnom Penh, where you'll spend a final night before checking out at 11 the next morning and heading off to a new destination or back home.
Arrival and Orientation
You won’t have to worry about a thing from the moment you arrive in Cambodia, and when you disembark from the plane at Phnom Penh International Airport, you'll be greeted by a local coordinator who will also drive you to your accommodation. And if you're arriving in Cambodia via some other means, or are already in the city, you can arrange to be picked up at another location, such as the bus station. The following day, you'll go on a tour with your group that will give you a chance to get to know your fellow volunteers, and an opportunity to get used to the city.
During your time in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville, you'll be staying in twin or triple rooms with other volunteers from your group, and will be afforded luxuries like air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. While you're volunteering with the teaching program in Kompong Speu, you'll stay in a family-run dorm-style community living area that will provide you with all the basic necessities, as well as a feeling of community that you just don’t get from other accommodations. At other times, you may find yourself staying in hotels, hostels, or even with a Cambodian host family.
Some meals will be provided throughout the trip, and when meals aren't available, you'll have an opportunity to expand your palate and try some of the delicious local cuisines of Cambodia. It’s a good idea to budget up to $20 a day for your food, and you can expect tasty and healthy foods like noodles, rice, soups, and meat and vegetable dishes.
Cambodia is a safe country for tourists and travelers to visit, and you won’t have to worry much about your personal safety or your belongings, especially if you follow the advice and guidance of the local coordinators. However, it’s still a good idea to stay in groups with people you know, particularly if you're out exploring the nightlife in the city. To stay healthy while in the country, it’s a good idea to stick to bottled water, which is readily available in most places.
Note about the beach trips: In March and April, the water may be too low to dock at the island beach during the river cruise, and bad weather could mean the boat trip is replaced by a bus tour. Similarly, it’s possible that the beach day near Sihanoukville could be postponed depending on the weather.
In many Asian countries, being fluent in English can open doors and produce opportunities for people that wouldn’t otherwise be available. As such, the five days you spend volunteering with the teaching project at Kompong Speu is invaluable to the students, because it will give them a chance to work on their English and gain a better mastery of the language. Thanks to the time you and fellow volunteers dedicate to these children, they may have more opportunities in the future for work, school, and more. And along with having a positive impact on the community, you'll also gain a unique understanding of rural life in Cambodia, and learn plenty about the region.
LocationKampong Speu, Cambodia
Where you will be volunteeringKampong Speu, Cambodia
Volunteers will spend 5 days teaching English to children.
Where you'll be stayingKampong Speu, Cambodia
Volunteers will be sharing rooms or staying in dormitory-style accommodations.
Nearest AirportPhnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia
The cost listed includes a $250 application fee.
What’s Not Included
Cost of Meals Not Mentioned in the Itinerary
Any Personal Expenses
Project Start Dates
Select Sundays year round.
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To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals ... To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
When arriving at the center you are warmly welcomed and shown around. It is a lot to take in because the center is pretty big and there are a lot of animals.
Working hours are from 8 till 12 and half past 2 till 5, which is a good amount. Every day the animals need to be feed and there cages to be cleaned and when that is done we work on extra work, which is really diverse.
I have loved every day of my stay here and that is partly because of the animals and of the amazing people of yana cocha. +more
It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time. It's a interesting journey. In this journey I tried a lot thing that are first time.
This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with ...
This volunteer experience for me is very meaningful. I was really enjoy the two weeks I spent in Thailand. I knew many new things, the stuffs are all very responsive and the members in our group are very nice. That was a challenge for me to be a volunteer, with their help I made it successfully. I would be thank you for everyone who help me during this journey.
Thanks for you all. +more
The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village ...
The trip was really awesome. It was my first time to go outside Europe and this project was the ideal thing to do for the first time! It is a good combination between different volunteering projects, travelling, and being with international people. The week in Mr. Lee's elephant village and the day in the Khao Yai national park were the absolute highlights for me. Beside that, we had a great tour guide in Kwang. She took care of us really well, arranged everything for us and did literally anything to help us. Big shout out to Kwang! I had an amazing time in Thailand.
Kwang is the best! She really took care of everything. When something went wrong with the beach extension, we had one day less at Koh Phangan, she kept us informed as good as she could.
I enjoyed all the projects actually. The childcare and elephants were the most exciting for me. Luckily we could stay another day in the elephant village, because me and two others decided not to go to Cambodia. It was a pity that the childcare was only two days, those kids were amazing. +more