Home to over 15 million people and boasting impressive temples, including Angkor Wat - the largest religious monument in the world, delicious noodles and charismatic cities, Cambodia is a collision of ancient and modern worlds that make the South Asian nation a hotspot for volunteers. There are many opportunities for volunteers in education, community development and non-governmental organisations. Volunteers will learn about Cambodia’s past and help to shape a better future for the locals.
fast Facts about Cambodia
Most famous for ?
Angkor Wok - largest religious monument in the world
interesting fact ?
Cambodians eat tarantulas as a snack!
Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital and its largest city, home to 1 in every 10 of Cambodia’s residents, meaning as a volunteer you will meet individuals from all walks of life. The city’s riverfront makes for a relaxing afternoon walk, or the National Museum featuring artists from all over the country or architecturally stunning Silver Pagoda will produce a culturally enriching experience. A sombre visit to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek can be made by those undertaking voluntary work in Cambodia to help volunteers understand the country’s tumultuous history, and those visiting in May can attend an annual memorial.
Siem Reap is the town at the entrance to Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world and a World Heritage Sight. You can gain an insight into rich Cambodian culture by viewing a traditional Apsara dance performance, or simply take in the sights of the impressive Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter.
Rabbit Island is as intriguing as its name; located two miles from the country’s southern coast in the Gulf of Thailand, this island is only accessible by boat which makes it refreshingly calm in comparison to the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. Volunteers can enjoy the white sandy beaches and relaxing atmosphere on offer, assisting the researchers and ecologists that flock to study the wildlife and surrounding coral reefs.
Volunteering in Cambodia
Voluntary work in Cambodia can be as diverse as it is rewarding, and depending on whether you are keen to learn the Khmer, the local language, or stick to English there are plenty of stunning destinations that will suit your needs.
Teaching English is a great way to volunteer in Cambodia and make a sustainable impact, as the country rebuilds its education systems and skills, trades and languages are on the rise. Business leaders seek English speaking volunteers to teach adults, teenagers and children, as tourism rises and the country connects with communities globally.
Community development and business skills are booming, so voluntary work in Cambodia is beginning to include volunteers with knowledge of marketing, social media and finance are increasingly sought after. Volunteers who can mentor and contribute to small businesses and self-employed individuals are of immense value to the development and future of the locals.