Volunteer in Cambodia – Most Affordable Volunteer Programs with Iko Poran
At a glance:
Location: Phnom Penh or Siem Reap
Available all year round
Start dates of the volunteer programs: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
3 different projects to choose from: Teaching, Childcare or NGO Development
Accommodation: Guesthouse or home-stay
Volunteer Program fee includes: airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, 3 meals per day, support from the local staff, 24×7 emergency support
Program fees starting at only $350 for 2 weeks
No transfer fees of top
Volunteer in Cambodia – Overview
Cambodia is one of the most exciting countries in Asia, it stands out for its beautiful landscapes. Rice paddies, sugar palms, beautiful beaches, and a rich cultural heritage make the coutnry unique. So it takes no wonder, that Cambodia has become one of the most popular volunteer abroad destinations in the world. The country is located in Southeast Asia, neighboring Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.
Get in Touch with Culture and Traditions of Cambodia
Volunteering in Cambodia is a great opportunity for you to learn and understand the traditions and behaviors. Getting in touch with this distant culture makes the experience so special.
Discover the Remains of the Khmer Empire, the Temples of Angkor Wat, Capital Phnom Penh
As a Volunteer in Cambodia, you can visit the remains of the once so powerful Khmer Empire, which you can find all over Cambodia. explore the temples of Angkor Wat. Enjoy life at the hippy beach side in Sihanoukville and have a trip to the capital, Phnom Penh, with all its beauty and commotion. If you can make it, the countryside has much more to offer as well. Explore the daily life, stay with the locals, and learn the language, as this will make things far easier. They will always react to your Khmer language skills with a smile.
Khmer is the official Language in Cambodia, however English is widely Spoken
Every year, Cambodia attracts millions of tourists who come to enjoy the country’s breath-taking sights and enter the walls of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The official language spoken by the Cambodians is Khmer, although English is rapidly becoming their second language. The infrastructure on land is very poor. However, with almost 2,000 km of river, the boat is an easy mean of transportation.
Volunteer in Cambodia projects
Teaching in Cambodia
Teaching as a volunteer is an immense privilege. Inspiring young minds and seeing them grow can be one of the most exciting things a person can ever do. Iko Poran – Cambodia makes a range of volunteering programs available which will allow you to make a great experience and use your skills to help children in Cambodia.
Volunteer Educating Children in Cambodia
Volunteers in the educational field work together with local teachers or, in some cases, on their own. At preschool, the volunteer work includes teaching basic English skills, and as well carrying out somee basic childcare duties. At primary and secondary school, you will volunteer teaching core subjects like English, mathematics, science, and may initiate extra-curricular activities after school such as art, music, theatre, sports or gardening. Volunteers may also tutor small and manageable community groups or individual tutoring outside the class room for adults. In some schools, you will prepare tests and exams and even correct exams. The longer you stay the more responsibilities you will receive.
Participants in our Volunteer in Cambodia programs should not count on teaching resources being available and many classes may have large numbers but it is a challenge that is highly rewarding. Please note, volunteers do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on the Teaching project.
Cambodia Childcare – Orphanage Volunteer Program
There is no doubt that helping in an orphanage can be both rewarding and challenging. The mere fact that there are more than 250 orphanages in Cambodia expresses the need for volunteers in itself. Accounting for 8.8% of all children, there are 553,000 single and double orphans in Cambodia. On top of that, an estimated one-third of Cambodian children live below the poverty line, and because of this, many families have turned to orphanages in hopes of providing a better education and therefore a better future for their own children.
This project provides the volunteers a chance to make a difference to such deprived children by helping them on day-to-day work such as sanitation, learning, recreation and extracurricular activities such as drawing, painting, singing, and dancing.
The main objective of this volunteer project is to bring mental, intellectual, physical and social improvement to these kids.
No specific skill or qualification is required while volunteering in Cambodia for orphanage project, but volunteers with interest in social development of children and who love spending time with kids are appreciated.
Volunteer on NGO Development in Cambodia
There are many established Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) struggling to help their communities by offering different types of activities and services to uplift the living conditions of their populations. These NGOs are often very limited in financial and staffing resources.
Volunteers make part of the Staff
Many staff members are volunteers that receive no salary for their work and efforts. Often the organizations lack skills and resources to become powerful players at the local level.
As a volunteer in NGO development project you will work closely with the organization helping them in many different ways. Volunteers may work with general administration, organizational development, writing reports and proposals, developing ideas for income generating activities, IT, teaching English, and others.
Volunteers Improve the NGO’s Results
Volunteers’ work have been helping our partner NGOs to achieve more and better results meeting their goals and broadening their reach in their communities.
Skills needed for NGO Development
Volunteers from any background are welcome in this project. There are different NGOs working in many areas. All projects need help and there is always something you can do, but volunteers will go a much longer way if they can grasp the local language.
Affordable Volunteer Program Fees in Cambodia
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the volunteer in Cambodia program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- Cultural welcome dinner
- Orientation plus city tour
- Accommodation for all projects
- 3 meals per day
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Cambodia.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Cambodia programs normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Volunteer in Cambodia – Locations
PHNOM PENH: vibrant, bustling capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is situated at the confluence of three rivers. The city is full of charm, and is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals. It exudes a kind of provincial charm with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture.
SIEM REAP: Visitors come here to see the temples, but there is plenty to do in and around the city. Siem Reap has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining across a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping, local tours to suit both foodies and adventurers, and a creative cultural scene that includes Cambodia’s leading circus.
Accommodations & Meals
AVN Volunteer House has just renovated to be the most comfortable and convenience for the volunteer to stay where it just feel like their home. The house is located very close to the Russian Market and volunteer can walk just only around 5min.
The volunteer house has electricity, cool & hot water and Wi-Fi access. The bathroom is inside all rooms. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. The house also has a dining area downstairs, a living room with TV & books, and a roof terrace to relax at free time. Volunteers can expect to share a room with one or two other volunteers.
You will have your own room (most likely) or share a room with one other volunteer. The rooms are usually quite simple, the same way your host family lives: a bed and sheets, a fan and maybe a small cupboard to store your clothes. Some rooms might have a private bathroom while others share a bathroom.
Generally, Cambodians are very conscious about cleanliness.
The host family will provide you with three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you prefer to have lunch at work, it might be possible ask your host family to prepare a lunchbox for you.
The Smiley Guesthouse has 27 rooms, all fully furnished with modern conveniences to make sure your stay with us is enjoyable and as easy as possible. The entire building is decorated in a colourful and modern way with a splash of Khmer artistry and style thrown in to make an eye-pleasing environment, add to the fact the place is kept immaculately clean at all times. The owners are also security conscious and have sought to make a safe and secure lodging for your peace of mind.
The Smiley Guesthouse is a family enterprise run by local Khmer who have built the guesthouse up to incorporate everything a customer expects and more. Located in a good place just 10 minutes walking to downtown, the villa is tranquil and serene enough to enjoy a peaceful moment before heading out for a lively evening just around the corner.
Guesthouses in both locations will provide you with 3 meals a day.
Start & Duration
Projects in Cambodia start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Volunteers should arrive on Sundays.
You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks.
Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date and includes a city tour.
Requirements for Volunteers in Cambodia
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your Volunteer in Cambodia placement.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide credentials depending on the chosen program.
Language Skills Required to Volunteer in Cambodia
Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.