Experience the heartwarming hospitality of the Khmer people while providing life-changing opportunities for them! Volunteer in Cambodia in the Community Development project and help disadvantaged communities develop to their full potential.
Many NGOs in Cambodia are initiated to organize community development projects in the areas of education, women’s development, peace and justice and children development.
These projects work to improve the social structure and economic conditions of the local people. New Hope partners up with such organizations to improve the living conditions of the rural communities of Cambodia.
As a volunteer, you’ll be helping these organizations reach their goal quicker, and the communities get to live better lives. There is a wide array of activities volunteers can help with, depending on your expertise or area of interest too.
While immersed in your program, live like a true local and be mesmerized by the Angkor Wat and the many temples in your free time!
Volunteers will be working with local municipalities and organizations which are active in community development. All placements will be designed to suit the volunteer’s area of expertise and interests. Your daily activities may involve, but are not limited to:
- Writing grant proposals
- Aiding organizations with web design and information technology
- Project planning
- Building and maintaining databases
- Supporting with organizations’ accounting
- Teaching English, health, math, science, nutrition, etc
- Assisting with administrative tasks
- Organizing events and trainings
- Assisting the public library
- Teaching basic business skills
- Promoting community health and sanitation
- Supporting schools
- Helping community centers
- Organizing recreational and extracurricular activities
- Aiding institutional development and networking with local governments
How You Can Make a Difference
Volunteers will be placed with local NGO that aid rural communities. These organizations often do not have adequate resources, and are always in need of volunteers that can further their causes.
Your role as a volunteer in Cambodia is to fill in these gaps and help the NGOs reach out better to their communities. This could also come as a good practical experience if you are seeking a career in community service and development.
Depending on your skills and interests, there is bound to be an initiative that you can enjoy, such as providing assistance to needy families, making better healthcare accessible, women empowerment and micro-financing help. Ultimately, your help will benefit the communities and let them realize their fullest potential.
Skills and Qualifications
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and interested to lend your skills working in a rural community. This project is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of gaps in local NGOs.
To volunteer in Community Development Volunteer Project in Cambodia applicants must have some experience of international volunteering, or experience of developmental work in developing country, or must have studied international development or something related to it.
You will also need to submit your resume when applying for the program. While volunteers with any background are encouraged to apply, there is a stronger need for those with experiences in: social sciences, social work, psychology, sociology, development, economics, management, marketing, political science, international relations, humanities, arts, tourism and communications. Interested individuals must be enthusiastic, motivated and proactive.
Volunteers must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 5 weeks.
This project is located in Phnom Penh. Chaotic yet charismatic, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Amid the apparent poverty and depravity of the people, lies a historical treasure trove worth exploring.
For an eye-opening experience, visit The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison) and The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, relics of the plight and the suffering of the people under the hand of the Khmer Rouge. The magnificent Royal Palace, The National Museum of Cambodia and Wat Phnom are less-disheartening visits.
Amidst the chaos, lies a laidback culture. Volunteers can take a pleasant stroll along the park-like riverfront, where plenty of cafes and restaurants are located - idyllic settings for you to kick back, relax and absorb the local culture.