Volunteer in CambodiaThe Kingdom of Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia with a population of almost 15 million people. Phnom Penh is the capital city here. Volunteering Solutions has multiple volunteer work opportunities in the city of Phnom Penh. Our international volunteers get to participate in different projects such as teaching, computer education, taking care of children at orphanage and women’s empowerment programs.
VolSol has affordable volunteering programs in Cambodia that fits into the budget of high school students, teenagers, families and corporates alike. For corporate and college groups VolSol has flexible pricing plans depending on group size.
The capital city Phnom Penh offers several cultural and historical attractions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. There are also a wide variety of services including fine international dining, sidewalk noodle shops, neighborhood pubs, international discos and more. So, if you are someone on your Gap year, career break, Cambodia is the place to be.
Volunteer programs in Cambodia are mainly located in the capital city of Phnom Penh as well as in Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, Kampong Cham, Battambang and Pursat.
- Location Phnom Penh
- Arrival airport Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
- Currency Cambodian Riel
- Population 14.86 Million
- Language Khmer
- Time Zone UTC + 07:00
What our Volunteers say
I very much enjoyed my program placement. The staff at the placement made me feel very welcome and the children were also a joy to teach.
Jayakumar Divya Pillai (Singapore)
I liked my program placement. I felt like even though I only stayed for eight weeks, I was able to feel like my presence was very much appreciated and helpful.
Emma Conley (USA)
I could not have done this without the help from the Volunteering Solutions team. What I really appreciated was how flexible they were with me - especially seeing as I planned it at the last minute.
Kris Watts (United Kingdom)
I made some great new friends with other volunteers, spend weekends exploring other areas in Cambodia and made awesome memories making popcorn and having slumber parties with 85 really inspired children.
Robin O Neill (USA)
My coordinator was very helpful and constantly checking in to make sure everything was alright as well as working to make sure that I was having a pleasant experience. I would recommend the Cambodia program.It was wonderful.There are many days back home in the United States when I wish I was in Cam ...Read more
Kirk Laughlin (USA)
There were no problems with the arrival and airport pick up. The Orphanage i was placed to was very well organized with many teachers and other volunteers and my impression was that they don't need any additional help ...Read more
Yulia Vladimirovna Krylova (Russian Federation)
Volunteer Programs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
VolSol has a wide range of volunteer projects available in Cambodia, including Teaching, Orphanage Work, Women Empowerment and Computer Education. Read and find out more about the volunteering opportunities in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh - Cambodia
- Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program
- Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
- Volunteer must be in good health.
For more details visit the FAQ section of our website
Volunteers are also encouraged to teach English to the children and engage the children in different playful activities. You are welcome to use any kind of special skills you possess.
Helping in an orphanage will not only give the Cambodian people opportunities that they may not normally have, but it will also give the volunteer a taste of Cambodian culture and Cambodian life. For all orphanages, it is a great honor to host a foreign volunteer. The volunteer is warmly welcome and will be included in all daily activities of the organization and the staff.
Teaching English Program
To work in the industries in the town areas, English language and basic computer skills proficiency is now a requirement. But in Cambodia the opportunity to learn and study is not available for everybody. So as a result many people are jobless. As a volunteer in Cambodia, you will teach English to support the poor people, mostly in schools, thus improving the employment prospects of these future generations.
Volunteer English teachers are a precious resource and always welcome. Usually volunteers work along side the staff English teachers, sometimes monks, or even lead the classes in improving the pronunciation and conversational skills. Volunteers are welcome to bring in their own ideas!
Depending on the volunteer's skills he/she can help with :-
- Teaching English in the morning or in the afternoon for 3- 6 hours a day or longer
- Preparing lesson plans (if possible)
- Helping with general work which comes up (Reception, translations)
- Preparing tests
- Helping in improving the vocabulary of the students
- Implementation of new ideas and teaching methods (if possible)
Teaching Computer Skills
Depending on the needs of partner organizations, volunteers may be placed with schools, orphanages or NGOs working to educate staff/ public or provide general IT support. As with all placements, the type of placement and degree of involvement will vary due to previous experience and length of stay in Cambodia. Volunteers may be working independently or with a partner depending on the project.
There is currently a need for volunteers in Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap or Pursat. Most placements are eight hours on weekdays with an extended lunch break.
Volunteers are recommended to bring a laptop to their placement if possible, as most organizations lack funding to provide a computer for every volunteer.
NGO Support Program
Therefore you are able to support us with any skills you may have. Our local Cambodian partner has contacts all over the country to Organizations working in many different areas. Under the NGO Support Program, volunteers are provided the type of placement matching their interests and qualifications.
For example: A waiter or hair dresser would be able to support a vocational training center. Someone who has worked in the area of tourism would support an ecological tourism project to develop their structure. A lawyer may support a human right Organization with the development or their human rights programs (such as awareness rising). Someone who has studied art or music would bring these skills to woman or children who are supported by a local Organization working in this area.A finance professional or student can volunteer in a Micro finance Project.
Whoever you are and whatever you have studied,there is in most cases a great chance to transfer some of the skills to vulnerable people. Volunteers participating in this program work in the local NGO sector which is comprised of many NGO's working for different causes for the Cambodian society.
Start Date / Arrival Dates
Volunteers can begin their project placement on 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Volunteers should book their flights to arrive on the dates mentioned below.
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Cambodia Program Cost
Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.
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What are you Paying For?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Pick up from the airport
- 2 day intensive orientation
- Accommodation in a host family or guesthouse
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
What's NOT Included?
- Return Trip to Airport
- Local Transportation
- Visa Fees
Living and Other Arrangements
Volunteering Solutions is an international volunteer placement match organization and hence all our living arrangements meet international standards. Our Volunteers have to literally arrive with their bags packed and that is it. We provide the best possible stay to our volunteers.
Airport Receive/ TransferVolunteers are picked up from the Phnom Penh International Airport by the local 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.
OrientationA two day intensive orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety and volunteer placements are given during the orientation. Volunteers are given a local tour of Phnom Penh city as well as welcome dinner.
Volunteers are provided with an option to live with a host family or in volunteer house. You can let us know about your preference and requirements in the application form and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.
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 life of Cambodians. Our volunteers usually stay with middle class families. All volunteers are provided with separate rooms in most cases. However, in a rare case you would be sharing the room with a fellow volunteer. All host families are carefully selected and approved by the local staff and have past experience oh hosting international volunteers. All accommodations have running water and electricity available.
The Volunteer house accommodation is centrally located and close to most of the popular tourist sites in Phnom Penh.Volunteers share a room with other volunteers. The house is a great place to meet and interact with other like minded volunteers from different parts of the world. Internet facility is available for volunteers use and laundry facility is also available at extra cost.
MealsThree meals per day are provided to the volunteers. Lunch and dinner will be rice, a bowl of soup, fried meat (chicken, beef. pork or fish) and a lot of vegetables. Breakfast usually comprises of Tea, Bread, Coffee, Jam and fruits. Cambodian food is light and healthy and is not very spicy and hot. The Cambodian cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from other countries in South East Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand.
During your Free TimePhnom Penh has a lot to offer and you will always find something of interest to do and see during your free time. There are a lot of temples, museums and historic sites to visit such as Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Royal Palace, National Museum and Wat Phnom. You can also join the local Khmer cuisine cooking classes if that interests you! You will have longer free time available on the weekends where you can visit the nearby beaches and zoo.
Frequently asked questions
Application and Program Details
VolSol recommends all its international volunteers to apply well in advance. Our major booking seasons are between January to July and September to December. We receive the maximum number of volunteers for the Cambodia programs during the Summer months of May – Aug. These are very busy months and to avoid losing your spot in the volunteer placement, book in advance.
How long does it take to process my application? Will my application be accepted ?
Our staff including the project placement takes about 10-12 working days to process the application. The process includes receiving and verifying all documents with the placement as well as internal documentation and matching your placement choice as per your preference given in your application.
Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Cambodia volunteer programs?
The minimum program duration requirement for Cambodia programs is 2 weeks. Volunteers participating in the NGO Support Program need to participate for a minimum duration of 5 weeks.As on the date, you arrive to begin your project placement in Cambodia, you must be at least 18 years old. Participants enrolled in the Orphanage and Teaching Project, need to provide a Criminal Background Check Report as well.
Can I volunteer as part of a Group?
Volunteering in a group is always a good idea. In fact, we recommend our volunteers to come with their colleagues, friends or families. Volunteering in a group improves productivity and also is safe when you venture out for sightseeing after your work. We welcome families, high school groups, corporate groups and university groups in the Cambodia program.
When do I need to arrive in Cambodia for my program? What will happen once I arrive here?
The Cambodia programs start on 1st and 3rd Monday of every month and participants need to arrive on the Sunday prior to that. To view the arrival dates, please click here
Volunteers are picked up from the Phnom Penh International Airport by the local 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.
Flights and Visa
Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day business visa when you arrive in Cambodia. The fee is usually US$25 and you can extend your visa when you are in Cambodia. You can also apply for an E-visa before going to Cambodia.
What are the recommended inexpensive airline options to fly to Cambodia in?
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 Thailand, 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, Tiger Air, Dragon Air, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air China flights, Thai AirAsia and SilkAir.
Health & Safety
Cambodia and Phnom Penh is a fairly safe place for tourists. Our volunteer accommodations are safe. However as in any other big city you need to be vigilant about venturing out alone and drinking with strangers and also take general safety measures. You will be told more about it during the intensive orientation on your first day of the program.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need for travelling to Cambodia?
If you are travelling 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 travellers 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.
Do I need to buy health insurance?
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. To view the coverage details, please click here
Accommodation and Living
VolSol volunteers are provided accommodation from the program start/arrival date to end date of the program. Accommodation is provided with in the volunteer house or in a Cambodian host family depending on your preference, availability and the final project allocation.
The volunteer house is centrally located and the local staff office is also located there. The coordinators are available to assist the volunteers in case of any need. Rooms are shared with usually 2-4 other volunteers. The house has wireless internet available for volunteers use as well as a common area where you can socialize with other volunteers.
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 South East Asian cuisines and meals usually comprises of Rice, Vegetables, Chicken, Beef and noodles.
Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, however you must inform us in advance and also mention about any dietary requirement in your application form.
Would I have free time during my program? Can I do sightseeing during my program?
Your weekends and evenings would be free and you can venture out for some sightseeing and city trips. You can visit the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap city in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns on along the southern coast and also the jungle villages along the countryside.
Are there more expenses once I arrive in Cambodia?
Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. Traveling within Cambodia is cheap; however, you should carry around $50 - 60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as snacks,water, local transport, phone etc.
What hours will I volunteer every day?
VolSol volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program type. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends.
Where can I change my money in Phnom Penh? Are there ATMs in Phnom Penh?
You can change money in any bank or at the Cambodia airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the capital city, Phnom Penh.
Connect with Past Volunteers
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 Community Page as well as Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page to meet other participants.
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
Volunteer in Cambodia
Cambodia - STAFF PROFILE
Samphors was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has obtained a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration from Preston University in 2006. Samphors has been working for an NGO for more than 20years and has many experiences in working in multicultural project. She has very strong knowledge in community Development through her work experienc e. She has attended many training oversea such as Thailand, Philippine and Germany. Samphors will provide general support to volunteers in Cambodia along with other local team. Samphors is looking forward to welcome every volunteer who comes to Cambodia ...Read more