Work With a Community Development Project in Cambodia
Volunteer to improve communities in Cambodia
Cambodia is a developing country with a painful and strife-filled history. Many local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have been organizing various community development projects in areas such as education, women's development, peace/justice and children 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. IFRE's community development volunteer program in Cambodia collaborates with many local NGOs to support their community development efforts.
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 is 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.
There are no specific qualifications required for community development in Cambodia. However, volunteers need to have an interest in and be enthusiastic about community works and projects. Volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient.
IFRE customizes project placements based on a volunteer's experience and interests. For instance, a law student could help a community apply for their land rights; an English writer with skills in development can offer assistance in writing reports and proposals for fundraisers; an engineer can help create a plan for infrastructure development/improvement. Furthermore, volunteers possessing skills in land-planning/distribution can offer their assistance in establishing land and fishery communities in the Pursat province. In summary, your duties depend on your skills, experiences, qualifications and current needs of the project at the time of participants. All volunteers are encouraged to be proactive and flexible.
IFRE arranges room, meals and supervision for volunteer for the entire duration of the program. Depending upon the location of the project, volunteers will stay either in our guesthouse or with a host family. Placements are usually in Phnom Penh or in/close to a provincial capital. Our Phnom Penh guesthouse is located in the center of the city (a notable Cambodian tourist city) near the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. The staff consists of English and French speaking people and they are very kind. There is a large roof terrace with hammocks, a TV and internet access. Nearby there is a restaurant and more services to help make your stay in Cambodia a pleasurable one.
Our host families are very friendly and hospitable. They look forward to learning more about a volunteer's home-country culture and life. Whether you stay in our guesthouse or with host family, IFRE manages clean but simple accommodations with a separate room (occasionally shared with other volunteers), shared bathroom with cold water (usually no hot water is available) and a fan.
IFRE also manages three local meals a day. Usually, volunteers have breakfast in either a small restaurant, with host families or at work. IFRE manages volunteers' food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some volunteers have lunch with project workers. If a volunteer having special eating requirements (e.g. as a vegetarian or vegan), we recommend staying in our guesthouse and not with a host family, as meat is the basis of most daily Cambodian meals.
Please provide a typical activities of the volunteers
As a Cambodian Community Development volunteer, you will work in a rural area focusing on education, microfinance, local agriculture and working to improve the community as a whole. Task may involve office work, such as preparing proposals, reports or cast studies, or volunteers may also work out in the field.
Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?
Accommodations for volunteers depend on the location of their project. For those projects based in a province volunteers will be matched with a local host family
If the organization has an office based in Phnom Penh, volunteer can stay at the local volunteer house or a homestay. Most of the projects in the city are approximately 30-minutes from the volunteer house by local transportation such as Tuk Tuk or moto taxi.
What is the name of the project I would be placed?
Detailed placement details is provided to volunteers once their application is complete.
Do I get to work with the community people?
As a volunteer in the Cambodian Community Development Project, you will be working with a local Non-Government Organization (NGO) and their area staff, which will limit your access with the people native to that area. However, there are opportunities within this project for work out in the field interacting with local people.
Will I be handling the project on my own or will there be someone assisting me while working at this project?
You will be working alongside local staff; however, depending on their needs you may be assigned an independent project during your visit.
How many hours a day do I need to work?
Working hours in the community development project are flexible and vary with each placement, but volunteers will generally work 5-6 hours a day.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
We suggest volunteers to bring their personal laptop as it will be utilized for various project related tasks.
Is this project available all-round the year? If not, when does it close and for how long?
With the exception of April, the project is available year-round.
Any important information you want to share about this project.
Volunteering in the community development project requires long-term commitment and volunteers looking for a placement of less than 4 weeks will not accepted.