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Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities with Community Development Program!

Do you want to help rebuild communities ravaged by strife and poverty? Are you looking for a chance to leave a positive footprint while travelling in this exciting land at an affordable rate? Then you’re an ideal candidate for these Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities with Community Development Program.

Cambodia is a friendly and welcoming country filled with smiles. It’s also famous for its amazingly beautiful religious architecture like Angkor Wat and beautiful natural scenery of beaches, hills and lakes. Countless tourists and travelers come here each year to explore the world-famous wonders of the country.

Sadly, Cambodia has suffered through much strife and conflict in the recent past, and many rural and poor communities are still devastated by the warfare and genocide that plagued the country decades ago. Due to a lack of resources, the Cambodian government has been unable to reach out to these people and rebuild their communities, especially in rural and poor areas.

In order to help these communities, many local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been organizing various community development projects in areas such as education, women's development, peace/justice and child development. All of these organizations aim to rectify the existing, socially crippling situations in Cambodia and focus on the reconstruction of the country and its communities.

As a Cambodia Community Development volunteer, you will work in various community development projects based on your previous experience and skills. The tasks and duties vary with each type of local project. This program would be the perfect choice for those desiring real hands-on experience working in developing country. This experience can be had while simultaneously honing their personal, career-oriented skills directly related to international development agencies.

No matter what skills and services you can offer, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be making a huge difference and positive impact in the lives of people living in these communities.

Are you a kind and respectful person eager to explore an exciting country while rebuilding communities devastated by strife and pain? Then contact IFRE to learn more about this great opportunity!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

Your responsibilities in the community development project depends entirely on your skills, background and interest. Law students can help communities apply for their rights, writers can write reports and proposals, and engineers can help plan infrastructure development within the community. These are just some examples of the wide variety of tasks you can perform in this project.

Regardless of the precise tasks you perform, you will greatly assist communities to thrive and improve, making life better for all the people who live there. You will help them accomplish their goals and daily tasks through many different kinds of work, and the improvements you help come about will remain for years and decades.

Skills and Qualifications:

As your work duties will be customized to your skills and interests, there are no specific requirements in terms of education and experience to join this program. All you need is a kind and patient disposition, and a willingness to be flexible and tackle exciting new challenges on a daily basis. You should also have a deep passion and commitment to helping disadvantaged people and communities thrive.

Due to the nature of the community development project, a minimum of 4 weeks stay is required to take part in the project.

Volunteers must be between 18 to 70 years old

You’ll have a fun and exciting time working in this community development project. Each day will bring with it new challenges that will give you a sense of accomplishment, and the extended nature of your stay will allow you to form lifelong friendships and immerse yourself in the culture of Cambodia.

  • First Day: On your first dayvolunteering in Cambodia project, you will be picked up by your local coordinator at your accommodation and escorted to the placement where you will have the day to familiarize yourself with the facilities and your duties.
  • Weekdays: Your work to improve Cambodian communities starts on the second day of the project, and while your precise duties will vary depending on skillset and placement, a regular day has this schedule:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: A delicious breakfast is served at your accommodation, preparing you for the day ahead and giving you a chance to get to know your fellow guests and hosts better.
  • 7.45 AM: Around this time, you head to your work placement and start a rewarding day of helping improve and develop local communities.
  • 12.00 PM: At noon you will get a break for lunch together with your fellow volunteers and local workers.
  • 3.00 PM: Around this time your workday will usually end, leaving you the rest of the day free to explore and enjoy the nearby area.

Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities with Community Development Program: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

Cambodia programs start on Mondays in the first week and third week of the month.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Weeks Orphanage
  2 Weeks   N/A
  3 Weeks   N/A
  4 Weeks   $720
  5 Weeks   $820
  6 Weeks   $890
  7 Weeks   $1040
  8 Weeks   $1,110
  9 Weeks   $1245
  10 Weeks   $1,380
  11 Weeks   $1,515
  12 Weeks   $1,650

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

During your stay in Cambodia you will stay in our safe and comfortable volunteer house. Here you will have plenty of chances to experience cultural exchange and immersion with your fellow volunteers and the house staff. Bathrooms and bedrooms are comfortable and come with modern equipment and facilities and you will be provided with three delicious meals a day.

Read more about our great volunteer house in Phnom Penh.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Not only will your time volunteering reward you by letting you improve the lives of people in poor and rural communities, you will also have plenty of chances to explore Cambodia. During the week you’ll have the latter half of the day free to explore everything Phnom Penh has to offer, and in the weekends, you’ll have plenty of free time to travel all over the country.

Learn more about some exciting destinations you can visit in Cambodia.

Safety and in Country Support

IFRE takes the safety and security of its volunteers very seriously. Our accommodation is all selectedbased on their ability to provide you with a safe and comfortable place to retreat to, and your local coordinator will always be on call to help and support you with any problems or concerns you may have.

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Cambodia Volunteer Opportunities with Community Development Program: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You need to fly into Phnom Penh International Airport for our volunteer work project in Cambodia. A local representative of IFRE will come pick you up at the international airport after your arrival.

However,we don’t offer any airport departure services, so you’ll need to book this yourself or with the assistance of your host family and/or local coordinator.


You need to have a tourist visa to participate in our volunteer programs. All of our participants need to obtain a legitimate tourist visa from the Immigration Department of Cambodia before the start of their volunteer work in Cambodia.

You can obtain a 1-month tourist visa on arrival at the airport, which can be further extended for another month if you wish to continue working in our Cambodia volunteer experience programs.


Japanese encephalitis, Hepatitis A, chickenpox, cholera, hepatitis B, typhoid, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), meningitis, tetanus, shingles, pneumonia and influenza, Rabies vaccine and Yellow fever (YF) vaccine are some of the most recommended vaccines by the CDC and WHO to foreign travelers and volunteers in Cambodia. You should always consult with a medical doctor prior to taking vaccines and departing for your volunteer project.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

Do I get to work with the local people in the community?

As a volunteer in the Cambodian Community Development Project, you will be working with a local Non-Government Organization (NGO) and their localstaff, which means that you won’t be working directly with the communities every day. However, depending on your skillset you may be doing more field work in the community.

Will I be handling the project on my own or will there be someone assisting me while working in Cambodia volunteer project with disadvantaged communities? How many hours a day do I need to work?

You will be working closely with local staff but depending on the needs of the NGO you may be assigned an independent project for you to work on. Working hours are flexible and will vary depending on placement and skillset, but you will generally work 5-6 hours a day.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

You should bring a laptop with you as this will be greatly beneficial in your work.

Any important information you want to share about this volunteer in Cambodia project.

This volunteering project involves in depth work in long term projects and as such is a serious commitment. Thus, only volunteers looking for a placement of more than 4 weeks will be considered.

Why volunteer in Cambodia Community Development project?

This community development project is an amazing opportunity to do rewarding work and gain valuable experience in a wide range of fields while travelling in an exciting country.

Help make a difference in rural and poverty-stricken areas

There are poor and rural communities all over Cambodia that lack proper resources and manpower to improve their infrastructure and other projects due to poverty. You can change this sad reality by working on this volunteer project in Cambodia and use your unique skills to help improve the lives of the people living in these communities.

Help locals develop skills to improve their quality of life

Volunteers participating in this Cambodia volunteer work projectwill get to share their knowledge and skills with local citizens to help enable them to continue the work of community development after you are gone. This will greatly improve not only their quality of life, but of future generations as well.

Work together with local NGO’s on solving various issues

You will work closely with local NGO’s and inspiring people to tackle various systemic social and economic issues affecting these disadvantaged communities within Cambodia. Your help developing plans and programs will greatly help to solve the issues they face in their daily lives.

Promote community development and social awareness in the local region

Another key benefityou will providevolunteering in Cambodiais getting involved in the education of local communities all across the country regarding solutions to the challenges they face that hinder growth and development.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Cambodia

IFRE arranges many different volunteer programs in Cambodia. Such as:

Contact IFRE today to discover which project is right for you!

Community Development Volunteer Programs in Other Countries

There are devastated communities in need of help all over the world. Thus, IFRE arranges projects like this one in many different countries across the globe. For some of our most popular community development projects, take a look at the list below:

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