Is volunteering with children in Cambodia with a group right for me?
This project is the perfect fit if you enjoy working with kids and want to team up with other people to support a local community. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. Together, you and your group will become part of our ongoing efforts to improve early childhood education at disadvantaged care centres. It’s a great way to make a difference while meeting new people.
You don’t have to worry about organising anything in Cambodia, as you’ll follow an itinerary. From the moment you arrive at the airport in Phnom Penh, we’ll plan everything. You and your group will have a full schedule of volunteer work, cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip. You’ll visit the Killing Fields, Wat Phnom, Angkor Wat, and more.
You don’t need any previous experience to join, as you’ll be working alongside teachers and caregivers. Projects Abroad staff are also there to help and guide you if you need it. Not only will you be helping, you’ll also gain childcare experience and develop your personal skills.
This trip runs on fixed dates throughout the year for two weeks at a time. You can choose the dates which fit your schedule best. Then, all you need to do is sign-up!
What will I be doing?
Your main role will be to work with your group to support children at a care centre. You’ll also get involved with light renovation work. You’ll get involved with activities such as:
- Support local staff at the daycare centres and encourage early childhood development
- Do light renovation work like painting or building a vegetable garden in the community
- Explore attractions and experience living in Phnom Penh with your group
Here are some of the things you will do during this project:
Support staff at daycare centres
In Cambodia, we partner with a local NGO, Khemara, to run daycare centres for children. Most of the children come from disadvantaged families, where both parents have to work during the day. With your group, you’ll work with teachers to make sure kids learn the skills they need. The skills they learn in their early years will help them cope when they start formal schooling. You can do this through:
- Planning and running educational and creative activities, like arts and crafts
- Playing fun games that teach a skill, like playing English Bingo to learn basic vocabulary
- Going outside to play a ball game to improve hand-eye coordination
You’ll also help make sure that the children practice good hygiene everyday. This could be something as simple as ensuring that each child washes their hands before eating.
Do light renovation work in the community
A big part of our work to support education in Cambodia involves improving learning environments. The community volunteer work you do as a group in Cambodia depends on the centre’s needs at the time. So, you could find yourself:
- Painting a mural in a classroom
- Building playground equipment
- Planting a vegetable garden.
This is a wonderful way to give back as a group. In the short time you’re in Cambodia together, you’ll be able to accomplish a lot and create something that will benefit your placement for years to come.
Explore Phnom Penh
Along with giving back to the community, we also want to give you time to relax and have fun! When you’re not working, you can look forward to cultural and social activities in the evenings, like a night bus tour and traditional puppet show. Over the weekend, we’ll take you and your group to Siem Reap. During all of these activities, Projects Abroad staff will be close at hand, in case you need us.
Our Project Partners in Cambodia
We’ve partnered with the Khemara Organisation and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cambodia. All of our work with children is built around community-based care. We do not work with children in orphanages. Instead, we focus on programmes that allows the children to remain with their families.
Khemara is a well-established local NGO that aims to improve the quality of life for Cambodian women and children. The NGO has set up kindergartens, schools, and care centres in disadvantaged communities for the children who have been subject to poverty and abuse. Here, they have a safe place to learn and grow.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
Your group will work at a daycare centre for children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. The care centres we work with are in rural areas, where most families are severely disadvantaged. Most importantly, these centres give children a safe space to learn and grow during the day. In turn, this gives their parents the opportunity to seek full-time employment, so they can support their families.
When you’re not volunteering, you’ll explore Cambodia with your group and Projects Abroad staff at your side. Each night, you will return to a guesthouse or hotel with your group.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to bring like-minded people together to help support early childhood education in Cambodia.
With Cambodia’s harrowing history of war and genocide, many communities have yet to recover. Although Phnom Penh is rapidly developing, many people still live in poverty. Most are unable to afford even a basic education.
Along with our partner, the Khemara Organisation, and other NGOs, we are working to improve the standard of care and learning children receive. We support the schools and care centres run by our partners, both financially and by sending volunteers like you to help. The care centres also provide opportunities for the children’s parents to focus on work without worrying about their children.
By teaming up with other volunteers, you’ll encourage children to learn and give them the skills they need to thrive when they start school. As a group, you’ll also be able to do a lot of renovation work in a short period of time. The results of your work will benefit the care centre for years after your group leaves.
Join our Childcare & Community Work Team Trip in Cambodia and help us work towards our long-term goals to help disadvantaged children.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, 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 the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Cambodia
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