Local NGO Projects

Work With Local NGO Projects in Cambodia

Volunteer alongside professionals working to improve Cambodia
NGO Projects
  • Have a positive impact on Cambodia
  • Assist with organizations to improve
  • Immerge yourself in a vibrant & colorful culture
  • Volunteer safely & affordably

Project Summary

Cambodia is amongst the poorest countries in world, yet citizens continue to overcome their country's shattered past of the Khmer Rouge government. There are many established NGOs in Cambodia created over the last ten years to support and encourage positive progress. These recognized organizations focus on improving the citizens' living conditions at a grassroots level by creating development programs. Participants involved in our Cambodia NGO volunteer projects will assist communities in every way imaginable. Your skills and creative brainstorming efforts can aid the NGOs with profitable fundraisers and writing reports/proposals. We invite volunteers from all backgrounds in lending their hands and minds as these NGOs continue to enhance the communities of Cambodia.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications required for IFRE's NGO volunteer projects in Cambodia. However, volunteers need to have an interest in and be enthusiastic about community works and projects. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, patient, proactive and "out of the box" thinkers.

Volunteer Responsibilities

IFRE assists numerous local NGOs focused on education/information about: democracy, sustainable development and human rights. As a result, a volunteer's duties vary with the type of project. IFRE customizes the project based on the experience and interest of the volunteer. Those with skills in development work can assist with report writing and fundraiser proposals. Volunteers can also help create profitable activities for the poor and develop programs to help stability/sustainability in a community. In the Pursat province, volunteers possessing skills in land-planning/distribution can offer assistance in establishing land and fishery communities.

Minimum placement time in these NGO projects is 4 weeks. Upon arrival and at the beginning of the program, volunteers receive an overview of the NGOs and the activities they offer as well as their goals. Also at this point, volunteers will receive specific information needed to begin their project's associated activities.


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. 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.


  • Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?

    Volunteer’s accommodations 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 either at the local volunteer house or in 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?

    There are a number of Non-Government Organizations we work with; placement will depend on the volunteer’s background.

  • What are the activities involved in NGO program?

    Volunteering with a NGO in Cambodia mainly involves office work such as writing reports, proposals and other administrative tasks. There may some field visits or training to attend outside of the city as well.

  • How does the NGO project help to the community people?

    Local NGO’s work in varying areas such as education, children and women empowerment programs, they are running a variety of training and educational programs to assist the locals in advancing as a community.

  • Do I need to travel around or is it office-based project?

    As most of the work will be in the office, there will be some work done in the field.

  • Will I be handling the project on my own or will there be someone assisting me while working at this project?

    As a NGO Volunteer in Cambodia, you will be working alongside local staff; however, you may be assigned individual projects that you will complete on your own.

  • How many hours a day do I need to work?

    Volunteers can expect to work 6-8 hours daily.

  • Do I need to bring anything with me?

    Volunteers should bring their personal laptop as they can expect to utilize it for projects within their placement. Also, as you will be representing the organization, it is important to bring formal attire as well.

  • Is this project available all-round the year?

    Yes, with the exception of the month of April.

  • Any important information you want to share about this project.

    Volunteering with a Non-Government Organization in Cambodia requires long-term commitment and volunteers looking for a placement of less than 4 weeks will not accepted. In addition, depending on the placement, you are assigned; volunteers can expect to have quite a workload and should be open to working longer hours if necessary. Volunteers are an important aspect of NGO’s and their service truly influences the effectiveness NGO’s have within their community.