HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness Project
Volunteer in Cambodia to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS
- Be a messenger of awareness on a deadly disease
- Educate Cambodians on the prevention and risks
- Provide comfort and care to infected individuals
- Volunteer abroad safely and affordably
Volunteer in Cambodia in the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Awareness Project and help to prevent and relieve the negative effects from HIV/AIDS. This is a serious and deadly challenge facing many countries in the world. While all demographics are affected, those battling poverty have the hardest time living with the disease. IFRE invites you to volunteer in this project and help improve the quality of life for those infected and educate others to expand prevention.
IFRE is working in collaboration with local organizations to carry out various HIV/AIDS projects promoting awareness and providing comfort to HIV/AIDS-infected patients. Local programs focus on community education, stigma reduction, gender awareness, home visits and community counseling. Sign up today and learn how with your time, dedication and support, you can raise the quality of life for the infected, educate the community about the disease and ultimately, save lives.
There is no specific education, experience, skills and/or qualifications needed to join our fight against HIV/AIDS in a volunteer project. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as well as passionate and have love for the poor and HIV-infected people of Cambodia.
Volunteers will provide care to HIV/AIDS infected patients and engage the community in educational and training activities. As a volunteer in the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Project in Cambodia, volunteer duties may include:
- Counseling infected patients
- Educating locals
- Assisting clinics/hospitals
- Increasing the personal risk perception among Cambodians through active participation in HIV/AIDS preventive education in the community
- Assisting community HIV/AIDS organizations with outreach programs such as hospice care, recreational and educational programs
- Assisting with voluntary HIV counseling and testing
- Organizing and leading educational seminars and conferences about the virus
- Providing friendship to patients
- Assisting local organizations with administrative and organizational tasks
IFRE arranges room, meals and supervision for volunteer for the entire duration of the program. Depending upon the location of the project, volunteers will either stay in our guesthouse or with a host family. Our main guesthouse is located in the center of Phnom Penh 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 (no hot 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 at their project. 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.
Occasionally, volunteers will receive rural placements. These will usually be in the provincial capitals, which are mostly quiet, medium sized cities with necessary resources like traditional Cambodian restaurants, markets and laundries. Unfortunately, communication (internet and international phone calls) is limited with a rural provincial placement and very expensive. Provincial placements are well positioned for weekend travel. Volunteers should try to visit the main attractions of Cambodia – the majestic temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap province and the tropical coconut palm beaches of Sihanoukville. These excursions are best over a minimum of 3-4 days.