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Volunteer NGO Cambodia

Do you want to work on exciting local projects in Cambodia designed to benefit the poor and neediest members of society? Do you dream of working and exploring a fascinating country with a deep history and culture, providing a real benefit to the people you meet? Then this local NGO project in Cambodia from IFRE is the perfect fit for you!

Cambodia is a beautiful and friendly country, filled with smiles, welcoming people and beautiful sights and scenery. From massive temples like Angkor Wat, to beautiful lakes like Tonle Sap, there is a great destination around every corner.

Sadly, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, due in large part to their recent tragic history under the Khmer Rouge government. The genocide perpetrated by this regime left crushing and lasting impact on the population, and they are still struggling to rebuild and recover from this gruesome period of their history.

Due to a lack of resources, the government has been unable to provide adequate support for poorer and rural communities to recover from this hard time and NGO’s have been established in the last 10 years to support and encourage positive progress. They focus on improving the living conditions of Cambodians at a grassroots level through developmental programs.

By becoming involved in this Volunteer NGO Cambodia, you will assist communities and the people living there in every way imaginable. Your dedicated efforts will enable the NGO you work with to reach a greater number of people and provide better living conditions all across the country.

Do you want to help improve the lives of countless Cambodians while having the experience of a lifetime? Then contact IFRE about our Volunteer NGO Cambodia program today!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

IFRE works closely with local NGO’s dealing with education about democracy, sustainable development and human rights.

Your responsibilities in the NGO 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.

The work contributed by volunteers is crucial for these NGO’s to operate, and no matter what you end up doing you will directly contribute to creating a better life and future for communities and people in need. You will also provide relief to the local workers allowing them to set out on even greater and more ambitious programs to help even more people.

Skills and Qualifications:

Due to the in-depth work and research required for this project, a minimum stay of 4 weeks is needed to participate.

There are no specific qualifications, education or experience required for IFRE's NGO volunteer projects in Cambodia, as your tasks will be tailored to your capabilities.However, you need to be enthusiastic about community work and have a deep passion for helping other people. You should be a kind and patient person with great love for disadvantaged communities and people, as well as enjoying tackling exciting new tasks and challenges.

Volunteers must be between 18 to 70 years old 

Working with a local NGO in Cambodia is a fun and exciting experience. You’ll get to tackle interesting challenges on a daily basis and form lifelong relationships with locals and like-minded volunteers alike as you improve your skills and gain valuable experience.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Cambodia with NGO, your local coordinator will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the placement to introduce you. You will spend the rest of the day learning about the work you’ll be doing and getting to know the staff.

Weekdays: Your work proper starts on the second day and while your specific tasks will vary depending on placement, skills and day by day, a standard schedule looks like the following:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start the day with a delicious breakfast together with your fellow volunteers at the volunteer house. This is a great chance to get to know them a little better.

7.45 AM: After a great breakfast you set out for a rewarding day of working at a local NGO.

12.00 PM: At noon you’ll get some time for a lunch break together with the local staff, allowing you some cultural immersion by learning about them.

3.00 PM: Around this time, you’ll finish work and be free to spend the rest of the day exploring the amazing capital of Phnom Penh.

Volunteer NGO Cambodia: 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 (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

Accommodation and Meal

When volunteering at our NGO project you will be staying in our volunteer house in Phnom Penh. This is a well maintained, safe and comfortable house with friendly and welcoming staff available at all times. You will share a room with volunteers of the same gender and enjoy modern western bathroom facilities. Staying here will give you plenty of opportunity for cultural exchange both with the lovely staff and your fellow guests and you’ll be provided with three authentic meals a day.

Read more about our amazing volunteer house in Phnom Penh.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have plenty of time to explore and experience Phnom Penh and Cambodia as a whole while volunteering in this project. You will have evenings and afternoons free during the week to explore the city, and your entire weekend to travel around the country.

Learn more about some exciting things you can spend your evenings and weekends on in Cambodia.

Safety and in Country Support

We always ensure the safety of our volunteers and have a track-record of more than 22,000 happy volunteers to prove it. Our volunteer house is designed to safe and comfortable for you, and we will support you both prior to departure and during your project through your local coordinator who will be available to assist you 24/7.

Read more about our track-record on safety and in-country support.

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Volunteer NGO Cambodia: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You will have to fly into Phnom Penh International Airport for your volunteer trip in Cambodia. IFRE’s local representative will be there at the airport to pick you up. We suggest that you inform us in advance about yourarrival date and time. Please contact us as soon as possible if your flight is missed or delayed.

We do not offer airport drop off services.


It is compulsory for you to have a visa with you in order to be eligible to participate in our Cambodia volunteer programs. We always suggest volunteers to get a tourist visa before coming to Cambodia. Depending up on your nationality, you may be able obtain a tourist visa upon your arrival at the airport in Cambodia. Please be certain to write ‘Tourist’ in the purpose for travel section.

You can get a visa for Cambodia local NGO volunteer project in the Phnom Penh International Airport after arriving in Cambodia.


For Cambodia, the CDC suggests the standard vaccines for 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. But these risks depend on where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing during your volunteer project, so consult with a medical doctor after booking.

For further readings:


Volunteer Health and Safety

Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

What are the activities involved in NGO program?

Your responsibilities in the 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.

How does the NGO project help people of the community?

Local NGO’s contribute in a variety of ways such as education, empowerment for women and children and running training programs to assist the locals in advancing together as a community.

Will I be handling the NGO volunteer project in Cambodia on my own or will there be someone assisting me while working at this project? Do I need to travel around or is it an office-based project?

As an NGO Volunteer in Cambodia, you will get to collaborate closely with local staff, but may also be assigned personal projects depending on your skills and placement. Most work will be in the office, but there may also be some fieldwork.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Volunteers working in Cambodia NGO projectneed to bring a personal laptop for work within the placement as well as formal attire to wear on workdays.

Any important information you want to share about this project.

Volunteering with a Non-Government Organization in Cambodiais complicated work and thus requires at least 4 weeks of commitment to the project. Additionally, depending on your placement, you need to be ready to work extra hours and handle a heavy workload when necessary. Volunteers are a crucial aspect of NGO’s ability to function, and your work will have a great impact on their success.

Why volunteer in Cambodia Local NGO project?

Working with an NG in Cambodia will be a greatly rewarding experience that allows you to make a huge positive impact while gaining experience in your field and travelling in an amazing country filled with great places to visit.

You will help enrich the life of underprivileged people:

Volunteering abroad in Cambodia with an NGOwill greatly benefit the lives of underprivileged local people. Your involvement will provide essential manpower and resources to your new colleagues and organization.

You will learn teamwork and share your talents with others

Another key benefit of this project is to greatly improve your teamwork skills. You’ll be working with a wide range of people from a variety of different places and this will greatly improve your communication and teamwork skills.

You will get the chance to work in a completely new setting

Joining thisCambodia volunteer project with an NGOis a fantastic way to discover a totally new place to work, as well as derive personal satisfaction from working for a greater cause and making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people and endangered animals.

You will be able to travel through and explore Cambodia:

Not only will you greatly improve the lives of those you work with and help, you will also have plenty of chances to explore Cambodia, learn the language and become immersed in its culture and people. This experience of a different way of life will broaden your horizons and change your perspective on the world.

Other Volunteer Programs in Cambodia

IFRE arranges many different programs where you can make a difference in Cambodia. Such as

Work in an orphanage

Teach English to disadvantaged kids

Help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS

Help with community development

Contact IFRE today to learn what project best suits you!

NGO and Community Development Programs in Other Countries

There are communities ravaged by conflict and poverty all across the globe. NGO’s and community development projects exist everywhere to help these communities thrive, and IFRE works with many of them in many different countries. See the list below for some of our most popular NGO and community development programs.

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