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Newsletters from Cambodia

Up until December 2014 our staff in Cambodia regularly put together a newsletter, sent to volunteers working in Cambodia at the time, those signed up to join a project in Cambodia, and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Cambodia, and much more. These destination newsletters are now replaced by a country blog, within If you're considering volunteer work abroad in Cambodia the newsletters and the blog are a great way to gain more information.

736KB Cambodia Newsletter - December 2014
The five weeks I spent in Cambodia were truly amazing. It is an experience I will never forget and one that opened my eyes to different ways of life. It was also a trip that allowed me to meet new people and make lifelong friends. It will always be an experience I will never forget and rate very highly.

720KB Cambodia Newsletter - November 2014
I come from a land that for decades has been referred to as "The Lucky Country". Spoilt with sun, surf and sand I've never doubted this to be true. However, maybe it takes an afternoon such as the one I experienced with Projects Abroad Cambodia this week for it to really be put into perspective.

1,75MB Cambodia Newsletter - October 2014
It had always been a dream of mine to volunteer abroad, ideally with with children. Therefore, the Projects Abroad Two Week Special - Care & Community programme seemed like the perfect opportunity. As an avid traveller, the abundance of countries to choose from made it very difficult to decide on a volunteer destination.

1,46MB Cambodia Newsletter - September 2014
If someone had asked me how I’d spend my summer vacation after finishing 14 years of education, I wouldn’t have guessed that I’d be hurtling through monsoon-soaked central Phnom Penh doing charity work.

2,87MB Cambodia Newsletter - August 2014
The four weeks that i spent in Cambodia changed my life. Having grown up in Denmark, I have every possibility of becoming who i want to be now that i am an adult. However, this is not the case in Cambodia.

1,48MB Cambodia Newsletter - July 2014
In Cambodia, the rainy season starts from early June when mosquitos also come out to play in full force. Dengue fever is a mosquito borne disease that takes the lives of many children, and outbreaks occur annually. Projects Abroad Cambodia, therefore, organized for its volunteers to spend the weekend distributing mosquito nets to students at the Riverkids Foundation. We also held a small workshop on prevention techniques in the hope of protecting as many people as possible from contracting the disease.

1,37MB Cambodia Newsletter - June 2014
As she has a Business Degree and has worked in a variety of marketing and commercial roles across strategy and business operations, she was able to help review and update the communications material including the website and corporate brochure. She also worked on shaping and documenting their 2015-2018 strategic plan involving staff in a series of (translated) workshops across the Khemara offices. Finally, she helped prepare funding proposals and concept notes to secure new funding from existing donors.

961KB Cambodia Newsletter - April 2014
My name is Donna Zahra, I’m 29 years old and I come from Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from university in 2005 and for the past 8 years I have been working as a Registered Nurse in both public and private sectors. Volunteering in a third world country was something I had always wanted to do ever since I was in high school where I learnt that volunteering overseas was a possibility.

1,93MB Cambodia Newsletter - March 2014
I have always had a great passion for helping those less fortunate than myself. Dealing with both disabled children and adults from a very young age, it comes as second nature and I consider myself lucky to have had this opportunity. It is the best thing in the world seeing the difference you make in their lives.

873KB Cambodia Newsletter - February 2014
I will always remember my first impression of Phnom Penh. Jet-lagged and disorientated, I gripped my seat for dear life as the taxicab careened past hoards of motorcyclists and barely missed incoming traffic.

744KB Cambodia Newsletter - January 2014
I was lucky enough to share this experience with my cousin. We both had an amazing time and learnt so much about the culture and practices that took place in Cambodia. I took part in the Care Project at NBIC. Some of my roles at NBIC included teaching the children, playing games with them, changing nappies, singing songs and performing various activities with them. It was such a rewarding experience!

621KB Cambodia Newsletter - December 2013
Mr. Has Sophourn, our co-ordinator, has successfully done his heart operation. He is now back at work and taking some medicine to make sure that all is well.

1,55MB Cambodia Newsletter - November 2013
Cambodia, is off to China with Projects Abroad. “I am planning to spend six months in China with Projects Abroad to volunteer with children. After all this, I plan on studying psychology at University, and I believe that what I have gained from this experience will be a great asset to the subject I am studying,” said Lara.

1,25MB Cambodia Newsletter - October 2013
After the successful 2 Week Special Programme in August, our volunteers who joined with this programme really appreciated our arrangements since the first day until they finished the Project.

1,68MB Cambodia Newsletter - September 2013
I first came to Cambodia as a volunteer through Projects Abroad in November 2011, working on a teaching programme, initially for three months. Before I came here I had read that the Cambodian people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and after quickly being able to form friendships with locals, both from within my workplace and from the local area to where I was living, I found this to be true.

2,21MB Cambodia Newsletter - August 2013
I have just returned from an incredible experience in the summer where I spent two weeks in Cambodia. During my time at the placement we visited and all boys care centre in Phnom Penh. It was a pleasure to be accepted as part of the care centre family for the time I was there.

3,99MB Cambodia Newsletter - July 2013
I wish I had better words than just amazing and unforgettable to describe my month with the Marine Conservation Project on Koh Rong Samloem, but that’s exactly what it was.I arrived in Phnom Penhona Saturday morning and stayed the night waiting for some other diving volunteers to arrive.

828KB Cambodia Newsletter - May 2013
On 13-15 of May 2013, it is the Cambodian King’s Birthday Norodom Sihakmoni in the age of 60 years old. His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni is the current sovereign of Cambodia, who has been serving the country since 29 October, 2004.

869KB Cambodia Newsletter - April 2013
I awoke with a start on an early, humid Monday morning on the 28th of January in Siem Reap. In a couple of hours I would be starting my Care placement at the New Life Centre Organization and I was starting to feel anxious and apprehensive about what I had signed up to do for two months.

869KB Cambodia Newsletter - March 2013
A special donation that we got from our Two Week Special group has been used for providing dental care for 88 students at Home of Hope. Four appointments had been setup with Cambodia World Family (the placement which provides a free dental care) for teeth checking.

842KB Cambodia Newsletter - February 2013
This is my account of how such a small decision has led to one of the best things I've yet to experience. First things first, my name is Clinton Elliott, and I’m a 22-year-old underground electrician from a remote town in central Australia.

1,18MB Cambodia Newsletter - January 2013
On December 8th, 2012 we welcomed our Two Week Special volunteers at Phnom Penh International Airport. With months of preparation spent on the program, we were all keen to get started.

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