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Volunteer Cambodia Orphanage
Do you want to see the many wonders of Cambodia like stunning Angkor Wat and the gorgeous KohRong islands? Do you want to provide relief to orphans still suffering from the effects of a brutal genocide while experiencing a beautiful and warm culture? Then IFRE’s Cambodian orphanage program is perfect for you.
Cambodia is a country with a rich and deep history, filled with amazing sights both natural and historical. Angkor Wat especially is famous for being the world’s largest religious complex, and beautiful scenery can be found
both in the hilly interior and on the sandy beaches of the southern coast. The people are also incredibly warm and friendly, eager to present a new face of Cambodia that is not defined by its tragic past.
Sadly, the effects of the devastating genocide are still felt in every part of Cambodian society. Because of its past, Cambodia is an incredibly resource-poor country compared to its neighbors, and rampant poverty and exploitation has led to a large number of orphaned children.
Orphanages have been established to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, these orphanages are underfunded and understaffed, andthus volunteers are desperately needed. This is where you come in.
By volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia, you can provide love, care and attention to orphans who are otherwise overlooked and neglected by society. Through these efforts, you will greatly motivate and inspire the children to break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives and the lives of future generations.
If you want to provide desperately needed love, hope and care to these orphans, contact IFRE today about becoming an orphanage volunteer in Cambodia!
Skills and Qualifications:
The only qualification for participating in this orphanage project is a strong love and passion for working with children and providing them with care and hope to better equip them for a happy adulthood. While you don’t need any official training or experience, you are expected to be comfortable with and enjoy being around children, and possess a deep passion for providing them what they need.
You should also be a kind and flexible person, with a great degree of patience, especially for children, as well as enjoy tackling new and exciting challenges on a daily basis.
Volunteers must be between 18 to 70 years old
Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:
As an orphanage volunteer in Cambodia,you will help support orphans by teaching them English and assisting with daily activities. You will also help organize creative and extracurricular activities like writing, drawing, singing, dancing, crafts, sports, and games. Furthermore, you willassist the orphanage with various administrative duties when needed.
Through this work you will provide the orphans with the care and attention they crave, inspiring them to pursue exciting lives and helping them find their passion. This will alter their entire outlook on life, and they will carry this positive change with them and spread it to others, greatly increasing your positive impact over time.
Working in an orphanage in Cambodia will be an exciting experience and each day will be fun filled as you tackle new challenges leading to a sense of achievement and get to know the amazing children and local staff.
First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Cambodia in orphanage project, your local coordinator will bring you to your orphanage placement and introduce you to the local staff and your fellow volunteers. The rest of the day will be spent getting to know the kids, the facilities and your tasks for the rest of the project.
Weekdays: Your work at the orphanage begins on the second day of the project, and while each day is sure to bring new and exciting challenges, this is what a day usually looks like:
7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start the day with a wonderful Cambodian breakfast either with your fellow volunteers at the volunteer house, or together with your local host family, both presenting a great chance for some cultural exchange.
7.45 AM: Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast and learned more about your fellow guests and hosts, you set out for a rewarding day of bringing joy to orphans’ lives.
12.00 PM: Around noon you will get a break for lunch, which you brought with you from your accommodation, and this is a great time to get to know your charges and colleagues a little better.
3.00 PM: Your work with the orphans usually ends around this time, and you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore all the local area has to offer.
Volunteer Cambodia Orphanage: Dates and Fees
Cambodia programs start on Mondays in the first week and third week of the month.
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 $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
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:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
While volunteering in Cambodia orphanage you will always be provided with safe and comfortable accommodation, as well as delicious and authentic Cambodian meals three times a day. Whether you stay in our volunteer house or with a local host family, you can rest assured that significant effort will always be made to make sure you always feel safe, secure, comfortable and well-fed.
Read more about our excellent accommodation and meals for volunteers in Cambodia.
Free Time and Weekends:
You will have plenty of time to travel, explore and discover while you volunteer in Cambodia orphanage. Your late afternoons and evenings during the week will be free to explore the city/town you’re placed in, whether it’s Phnom Penh, ,Siem Reap, Battambang or Pursat. Additionally, you’ll have the entire weekend to go on longer trips, and since Cambodia is a small country, this allows you to travel all around and see everything you want to see within its borders.
Learn more about some of the exciting places you can visit during your volunteer project in Cambodia.
Safety and in Country Support
IFRE works hard to ensure the safety of our volunteers. Our accommodation is selected based primarily on the safety and comfort it provides its guests, and we go to significant lengths to support you every step of the way, from the moment you book with us until you finish your volunteer work. Our dedicated in country coordinator will be available to you at any time, night or day, to help you with anything you need or answer any questions you have.
Read more about our safety standards and in country support.
Volunteer Cambodia Orphanage: FAQs
Arrival and departure
You need to fly into Phnom Penh International Airport to participate in our volunteer orphanage project in Cambodia. A local representative of IFRE will come to pick you up at the international airport on arrival.
We do not offer airport drop off services, but your accommodation staff/host family or local coordinator will be happy to help you book this.
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.
You can secure1-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 orphanage volunteer programs. Please visit this link for detailed information.
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 CDC and WHO to foreign travelers and volunteers in Cambodia.
However, you are advised to consult with a medical doctor before taking any vaccines or leaving for Cambodia.
How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?
Depending on which orphanage you are placed with, the commute will vary. However, most our projects are located within 20 to 40 minutes ride via local transportation (tuk-tuk) and will cost you roughly $1-2USD per day.
How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?
IFRE works with several Cambodian orphanages, with the number of children and their age varying. They all have between 20 and 100 children of all ages from 1 to 18 years old.
How many hours a day do we work in the orphanage volunteer program in Cambodia?
Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours a day, usually split into 2-3 hours in the morning and 1-3 hours in the afternoon after a lunch break.
Any important information you want to share about this project.
Volunteers wishing to work in a Cambodian Orphanage are required to undergo a background check due to strict regulations instituted by the government of Cambodia.
Why volunteer in orphanage project in Cambodia?
Volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia is a life-changing experience not only for the kids you will help, but for you the volunteer as well.
Help orphanages in their struggle to look after deprived children
Participating in ourVolunteer Cambodia Orphanageprogram, you will get the chance to provide critically needed relief to overworked and underfunded orphanages in Cambodia. This will allow them to reach out to a greater number of orphans needing help and care.
Create a safe and secure environment for orphans to thrive in
When working in a Cambodian orphanage you will have the chance to provide a safe and secure childhood to orphans who desperately need it. This will have a long-term positive effect on their lives, and also change your own perspective on the world.
Dedicate your time toa humanitarian cause
Participating in orphanage volunteer program in Cambodia will allow you to dedicate your time and passion to a worthy humanitarian cause. By providing love, care and guidance, you will support the kids and create the conditions necessary for them to thrive later in life.
Assist with daily activities in the orphanages
As orphanages in Cambodia are resource poor, you will get to assist and mentor kids from a wide variety of background and provide much needed support and development that without you they would not get. By helping with daily activities, you free up the local staff to reach a greater number of orphans.
Change the lives of orphans by teaching them new and exciting skills
While working in Cambodia orphanage volunteer abroad projects, you will organize creative and extracurricular activities like drawing, singing, dancing, and more. This will help inspire the children and provide them with dreams for their future.
Develop long lasting relationships with children
The love and care you will provide to the children will leave a lasting mark, not just on them but on you as well. Not only will it help the kids lead fruitful lives down the road, it will also let you make deep and lasting connections with them that will live on once you leave.
Other Volunteer Programs in Cambodia
There are many ways of making a difference in Cambodia with IFRE. Such as:
Teach English to disadvantaged kids
Help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS
Help with community development
Contact IFRE today to find out what project suits you!
Orphanage Volunteer Programs Worldwide
Sadly, there are countless orphans all over the world in desperate need of care and love. IFRE organizes orphanage volunteer programs in many different countries to help provide just this, and you can see a list of our most popular programs in the list below:
- India - Work in an Orphanage
- Nepal - Work in an Orphanage
- Sri Lanka - Work in an Orphanage
- Thailand (Ayutthaya) - Childcare Project
- Thailand (Surin) - Childcare Project
- Ghana - Work in an Orphanage
- Kenya - Work in an Orphanage
- South Africa - Work in an Orphanage
- Tanzania - Work in an Orphanage
- Uganda - Work in an Orphanage
- Argentina - Children and Youth Outreach
- Brazil - Childcare Project
- Costa Rica (Cortes) - Childcare
- Costa Rica (San Jose) - Childcare
- Ecuador - Orphanage Project
- Guatemala (Xela) - Work in an Orphanage
- Guatemala (Antigua) - Work in an Orphanage
- Peru - Work in an Orphanage