28 Day Volunteer Tour Cambodia!

See the best of Cambodia in a responsible way. Visit well-known places in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and experience the traditional culture of the villages. Participate in valuable community projects and integrate into the local way of life while exploring the country in an organised tour with experienced guides.

we need You in Cambodia

  • 90% of Cambodia's poor live in rural areas, which lack quality healthcare and skilled teachers.
  • The majority of the popualtion depends agriculture for basic survival, with a lack of sanitation facilities in rural areas.
  • Many poor familes simply cannot afford to send their children to school. There are also limited resources in many schools.
  • Malnutrition is evident in Cambodia, with around 5% of children under 5 experiencing stunted growth.

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does the 28 Day Volunteer Tour Involve?

  • Travel and volunteer, exploring some of Cambodia's best sights
  • Explore the local areas- walking tours, cultural excursions, temple visits, cooking classes, language lessons & traditional dance shows
  • An evening at Pub Street in Siem Reap and a visit to the night market
  • Work on construction projects in rural Cambodia, helping underprivilaged communities
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Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
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  PROJECT NAME: 28 DAY VOLUNTEER TOUR CAMBODIA

LOCATION: SIEM REAP, SAMRAONG, PHNOM PENH & SIHANOUKVILLE

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE, HOSTEL & HOMESTAY (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: 28 DAYS

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$1425 + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

This unique 28-day adventure will enrich you with cultural, educational and social experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Experience the best of Cambodia and travel together with like minded volunteers wishing to help make a difference in the lives of others. This adventure has a great mix of fun, adventure, volunteering and relaxation as well as main attractions and heaps of off the beaten path experiences. Please check schedule in the dropdown section further down. 

Location

Siem Reap is a backpacker friendly town, situated very close to the famous temple Angkor Wat. Theres plenty of nightlife and things to do such as temples, floating markets and exploring the pretty town. 

Samraong is a rural village, located North of Siem Reap and right on the border with Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer. The rural location allows greater cultural immersion and to really live like a local and gain a deeper travel experience.

Project Tasks

  • To have fun, explore the sights and meet your fellow volunteers
  • To explore some of the local sights and cultural heritage
  • To participate in important community projects

Food & Accommodation

You and your fellow volunteers will stay in mostly in dedicated volunteer guesthouses with also some hostels and small village homestays which can cater well to the needs of volunteer travelers. Rooms are single gender in either twin or dorm style. Accommodation is comfortable and clean with good toilet and bathroom facilities. Please bring sleeping bags as these will not be provided. Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity at times.

All food is included during your volunteer stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.   

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If you’re looking for the full package- travel, meet people and to give back at the same time, this would be a great option. It allows you to explore Cambodia’s best sights, also knowing that you are helping underprivilaged communites and making a lasting impact. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

An arrival airport pick-up from Siem Reap is included in the cost of your placement. The ground coordinator in Cambodia picks up participants at the airport if you arrive during the weekend. The participants will be arranged to stay in Siem Reap overnight if your flight arrives after 14.00 hours as there is no available taxi from Siem Reap to the homestay centre. A Tuk Tuk will be used for transporting from the airport to the Cambodia guest house and/or bus station.

Week 1: Culture week ( Siem Reap + Samraong)
Week 2: Village experience ( Samraong)
Week 3: Central Cambodia Tour ( Siem Reap + Phnom Penh)
Week 4: Beach week ( Sihanouk Ville)

Week 1: Cultural Orientation Week

Enjoy a week to check out the backpackers hot spot of Siem Reap with vibrant night life and world famous temples.   You will have maximum interaction possible with Cambodian people, who will be keen to show you around and welcome you to their home.

This culture week is designed to ease participants into the Cambodian culture and pace of life. You will get to know your new town and your fellow volunteers to help build your confidence in dealing with the locals to get the best out of your experience.

Monday                                                          

  • Visit Wat Thmey, Visit war museum, Artisans D’Angkor
  • Central market, old market, Lucky Mall (super market)
  • Pub Street and night market                                                  
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse in Siem Reap

Tuesday

  • Silk farm, West Baray (Great water reservoir)
  • Souvenir shop, Khmer massage
  • Relax at the swimming pool with dinner and socialising
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse in Siem Reap

Wednesday

  • Leave for Samraong
  • Introduction to projects
  • Walk around the village
  • Overnight stay in our center in Samraong

Thursday

  • Visit local village school
  • Tour around Samraong and visit villages outside Samraong
  • Cambodian language lesson
  • Cambodian culture lesson
  • Cambodian cooking lesson
  • Overnight stay in our center in Samraong

Friday

  • Visit a temple where we will have a Q&A with monks about Buddhism
  • Give gift to monk
  • Overnight stay in our center in Samraong

Saturday/Sunday

  • Free time

Week 2: Village Volunteering Experience

Travel to a local village and stay within a homestay with your fellow volunteers.  You’ll be truly integrated into the lifestyle and culture.   You’ll assist the locals with various tasks depending on the time of year.  During the rainy season from May to November, work in the fields is needed such as assisting with ploughing, planting rice and harvesting,  building dams to control water flow and cutting grass etc.   During the dry season from December to April you’ll assist the locals in general construction to community areas and houses helping to repair damage, build fences, make chicken/duck huts, plant trees and other valuable services.  Your assistance in this area will have a lasting benefit to the local community.

Week 3: Central Cambodia Touring

Cambodia is known across the world for it’s ancient temples.   Travel into the heart of Cambodia with a group of volunteers and see all the key sites.  Bayon Temple, Taprom Temple with trees and once a library for the ancients, Angkor Wat (the largest Khmer temple complex in the entire world) and the Wat Thmei Temple, infamous for its fashioning from human skulls as instigated by Pol Pot under his Communist guerrilla regime.

You’ll see everything from floating villages to the Royal Palace and leading historical archaeological museums to the Cheung Ek killing fields notorious for its display of human skulls.

Week 4: Beach Week

Relax, reflect and unwind on the beaches of Sihanouk Ville with all the usual beachy options like swimming, snorkeling, fishing and fun in the sun.

Here are a few things to do in Cambodia…

Angkor Wat

You can’t make a trip to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat. This is a stunning temple. Head there for sunrise to get the reflection over the water. Angkor Wat can easily be reached from the friendly backpacker town of Siem Reap. 

Rabbit Island

Koh Tonsay or ‘rabbit island’ is situated a 30 boat ride from the town of Kep. This small paradise island has no wifi, only a handful of cafes and that’s about it! All the accommodation are simple wooden beach bungalows, which just adds to the simple way of living. This is a great chance to get away from the crowds, enjoy the sunset over the ocean and to really and truly relax. 

S21 Prison & Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge era was a tragic and horrific few years in Cambodia’s past, where millions of people were killed or sent away to work at various camps. Visit the S21 prison, where people were held as prisoners. This is quite a saddening visit but one that allows a better insight and understanding into exactly what happened during this time. The killing fields are situated just out from the capital. Again, a sad but very humbling visit. 

Sihanoukville

This beachside town is popular with backpackers, for its lovely beaches and great nightlife. The best beaches are found off from the mainland, where there are plenty of island-hopping tours. 

Siem Reap

The main town closest to Angkor Wat, this is very backpacker friendly, with plenty of cheap places to stay of you want to visit on a weekend. There are many bars, clubs and entertainment in the evenings. During the day you can visit the nearby temples, floating markets, get a fish pedicure in town or a relaxing massage. 

Jungle Trekking

There are plenty of hiking and trekking trails available in Cambodia. There’s lush jungle, gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. You can head into the Cardamon mountains, Mondulkiri province or head to natural waterfalls on the outskirts of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

Battambang

This countryside town is known for it’s colonial buildings and artsy vibes. While still quite rural, the town has lots of cafes and western places to eat, as well as markets of all kinds. Head out into the country and check out the bamboo train. This used to be a very basic wooden panel which you sat on to ride through the countryside. It has now been updated with proper seats but still a fun and unique thing to do!

*No special requirements needed for this program   

Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The average salary in Cambodia is less than US$1.50 a day, and around a third of people live below the national poverty line. Poor living conditions are particularly  prevalent in rural parts, where access to safe drinking water is barely above half.  Human traffickers exploit the vulnerable with heart-breaking cruelty.

Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are  in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood.  Two thirds of the Cambodia’s 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food  shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 30 per cent of household  expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other  income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid..

Involvement Volunteers programs in Cambodia enable you to experience Cambodia as a local, participating in their daily activities while offering yourself in the benefit of those less fortunate. All the projects are grass rooted; working with local people for local people. Within all the projects we value the education factor and the intercultural exchange very highly delivering an educational experience for volunteers.

Cambodia is warm and tropical throughout the year, with a wet and dry season and temperatures ranging from 21 to 35 °C. 

December to Febuary are considered the best months to visit, due to the cooler climate (although still warm).

March to June is very hot, sometimes over 40 degrees but it’s usually dry.

June to September is hot, humid and monsoon season. The positive of travelling in this season is that everything is so grean, prices are cheaper and there are less tourists.

October and November also have showers but the weather is slightly cooler. Showers are usually predictable and happen for short bursts in the afternoons. 

Cambodia has a rich culture, with around 97% of the population following the Buddhist religion. They have many great temples, including the most famous one, Angkor Wat, which is a must visit. Cambodian people have a great respect for their elders and put an importance on having a strong family unit. They are very kind, a little shy but very friendly and will be eager to learn about your culture back home. Cambodia also has a dark past and you will see many reminders of the Khmer Rouge era where millions of innocent people were captured and killed. Despite this, Cambodia nowadays has a relaxed, friendly and welcoming vibe, with lots of arts and culture. 

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.
 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

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