Have you always dreamt of wandering off the beaten track? Well, why not also make an impact while you’re there? Famed for its iconic temples, beautiful natural landscapes, and rich ancient history, by volunteering in Cambodia you take an active role in improving local community initiatives while having a rich and rewarding cultural experience.
You will find our GVI base in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Siem Reap is a hive of activity, where mediaeval architecture abuts lively markets, restaurants and riverside hangouts. Further out from the city you can enjoy stunning natural landscapes, filled with lush greenery, glistening rice paddies and waving sugar palms.
Local non-governmental organisations in Cambodia have made massive strides during the past two decades in uplifting their communities. In 2017, we were contacted by a number of these organisations who focus on sustainable development to ask if we would be able to provide the kind of support they need to make their objectives a reality.
We have a variety of programs available where participants can take part in:
GVI does not support orphanage volunteering. For more information see our stance on orphanage volunteering, and regularly review our comprehensive Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection policy. All our staff and participants are required to complete a police background check before arrival on the program, and on-site child protection training is provided once they arrive in the host country. We also protect children from cyber and real-world threats by ensuring that our marketing follows child protection best practices.
In Siem Reap we offer a range of volunteering opportunities where we align our programmes with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, we focus on #3, Good Health And Wellbeing, #4, Quality Education, #5, Gender Equality, #8, Decent Work And Economic Growth and #10, Reduced Inequalities.
No matter where you are in your academic or professional journey, if you are trying to find out how to volunteer in Cambodia, simply submit an application form requesting to join one of our projects and we will be in touch shortly.
In Siem Reap, you can enjoy the electric atmosphere of the bustling streets, visit the sprawling markets or immerse yourself in the history of the country with its sights and museums. Volunteers can see all the wonders that Cambodia has to offer by spending their evenings and weekends visiting national parks, the floating market, waterfalls, taking part in cooking or pottery classes, and seeing what’s on offer in the bustling markets. If they wish, they can travel away from Siem Reap to Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh, Kampong Khleang, Battambang, or Banteay Srei and see a different side to Cambodia.
GVI’s community development project is based in northwestern Cambodia, in Siem Reap which is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. It is frequented by both foreigners and locals as there are many things to do in Siem Reap. It is also a gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The city itself has colonial and Chinese-style architecture and is bursting with Cambodian heritage that is captivating. Volunteers can find themselves immersed in Cambodia’s captivating cultural history, iconic temples and monuments, whilst helping us to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Many new graduates do not add their volunteering abroad experience to their resumes. This is a missed opportunity because volunteering abroad helps to build exactly the kind of skills like teamwork and intercultural competency that hiring managers are hoping to find in a great candidate. Volunteering is therefore not only an experience that adds to your personal development but an activity that will prove itself worthwhile to your professional advancement.
Learning to cope in a foreign country is always something that will add to your CV (and your life story). During your time in Cambodia you’ll learn to communicate effectively with persons of all ages, different levels of education, and completely different cultural backgrounds. You’ll also learn to be adaptable and resilient. But, the most important thing you’ll gain is a sense of relatedness to a greater global community, specifically with friends and personal connections in Cambodia.
If you’re excited to make an impact on the community in Cambodia, get in touch with us and we can help you to book onto one of our programs. Our volunteer programs are designed to help volunteers make a difference whilst learning about the history of Cambodia, including the Khmer Rouge era. Request to join our education, women’s empowerment or public health programs, depending on your specific interests.
Learn to cook traditional Cambodian dishes
Visit a 9th century temple with a tuk tuk
Join a chanting session with monks
Bike around Siem Riep's traditional countryside
Visit one of Siem Reap's floating villages
Learn how HeroRATs detect landmines
Take an ox cart ride through rice paddies
Sleep under the stars alongside Asian elephants