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Volunteer Overseas

Khmer Cultural Volunteer Projects in Cambodia

  • Placement location: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Role: Learning about the Khmer culture through a wide range of visits and activities
  • Accommodation: Shared apartments, guesthouse and village
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 1 week
  • Start dates: Flexible

Explore the engaging culture of modern Cambodia on our Khmer Project. On the Khmer Project, you not only get to learn about Khmer culture, past and present, but are also able to experience local communities in this truly fascinating country through spending a few days in a traditional, rural village.

Cambodia is among Asia's poorest countries; by taking part in the Khmer Project you are contributing to the economic growth of local communities, by living there and spending money on local products. Furthermore, while carrying out visits, activities and cultural projects in Cambodia, you are able to learn in depth about Khmer culture in a vivid and stimulating way.

Community Volunteering and Khmer Cultural Classes

A Khmer project volunteer does metal work in Cambodia

During your first couple of weeks in Cambodia on the Khmer Project, you will visit many of the main sites of Phnom Penh. Discovering sites like the National Museum and the Killing Fields with our Khmer Projects supervisor gives a thorough insight into the history and culture of Cambodia and its people.

You will also take part in a variety of both practical and observational sessions which may include puppet-making classes, cookery lessons, a copper moulding workshop, traditional music and dance classes. Learning some of the Khmer language is also a useful and integral part of this first stage of the project.

You may also spend a few days living with a rural village community, where depending on the time of year, you may help with the rice harvest or planting and you will have the option to spend a couple of hours helping the local children with basic English classes.

Volunteers spending one month on the project will also get to visit the stunning temples close to Siem Reap, including Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm (the temple famous from the film Tomb Raider). While in Siem Reap you’ll also visit a flooded forest and stilt village on the Tonlé Sap Lake.

English will be the main language of communication with the Khmer Project coordinator.

You could choose to take part in another project following your month on the Khmer Project. With your newly acquired Khmer language skills and a good understanding of the local culture you will certainly then be well equipped to teach the local children or help in an care centre in Phnom Penh.

You can join the Khmer project in Cambodia for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

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