Work In An Orphanage In Cambodia

There are many orphans in Cambodia. It is a resource-poor country with thousands of families still living in poverty. There are also a multitude of orphaned children throughout Cambodia because of poverty and a number of other debilitating social circumstances.

Great emphasis has been placed on securing a safe future for orphans by offering them a stable home environment, love and an education. Our volunteer programs in Cambodia collaborate with local orphanages to protect these oppressed children. You will assist them with learning and improving their English, helping with homework or encouraging their involvement in activities that may aid in their development (educationally, socially and creatively). Volunteers are also able to donate their free time performing various administrative duties. Sign up today to become an orphanage volunteer in Cambodia where you will have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the lives of these precious children.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

While there are no specific, qualifications required for volunteering, Cambodia's orphanages need loving, caring and compassionate volunteers to provide much-needed assistance. Volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient as well as possess a passion and love for children.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As an orphanage volunteer in Cambodia, volunteers will teach English to children and help with daily activities. You help them speak, write, draw pictures, sing songs, play sports and fun games, shape clays, dance, etc. Volunteers develop their own creative activities which best suits the needs and interests of the young children.

Room/Food/Daily Life

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 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 individuals 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 at the orphanage. 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 day activities of the volunteers.

    Volunteers generally begin their day around 7:00 am with breakfast and head to the project around 8:00 am. Volunteers generally work 3-4 hours before taking a lunch break at noon and then work an additional 1-3 hours in the afternoon.

  • How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute daily?

    We work with multiple orphanages in Cambodia; therefore, the distance of your daily commute will vary on where you are place. Most projects are within a 20-40 minute ride via local transportation called a Tuk-Tuk with costs $1-2 per day.

  • Could you please send me the contact details of the host family and the project?

    We provide detailed information of the project and host family once you have completed your application.

  • How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?

    We work with several orphanages which have between 20-100 children, 1-18 years old.

  • What are the day-to-day activities in the orphanage project? What I actually do?

    Volunteers participate in a variety of activities in the orphanage including teaching English, assisting with homework, playing games, cleaning and assisting with mealtime. Supervisors in the orphanage welcome suggestions for activities to do with the children.

  • How many hours a day do we work in the orphanage?

    Volunteers work around 4-6 hours per day; 2-3 hours in morning and 1-3 hours following their lunch break.

  • Is the orphanage placement available year-round?

    The orphanage project in Cambodia is available year-round with the exception of the first 2 weeks in April and the last 2 weeks in September.

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

    There are strict regulations for instated by the Cambodian government for individuals working in orphanages; therefore, you must submit a background check prior to attending the project.