Volunteer in Cambodia, home of the Khmer empire, and immerse yourself in a rich story of ancient history, tragedy and people striving for better futures

    Volunteering in Cambodia

    Spend time exploring the lively streets of Siem Reap, visit the temples of Angkor Wat and enjoy the stunning surrounding countryside with floating villages on the Tonle Sap and the magnificent Phnom Kulen Waterfall.

    Our volunteer projects are based in and around Siem Reap welcome volunteers with a range of interests and experiences.  In particular, if you have healthcare experience in areas such as nutrition and dentistry, physiotherapy or social work, or are interested in education or arts volunteering, Cambodia could be perfect for you!

    Siem Reap is one of Cambodia’s poorest provinces despite the vast number of tourists that visit each year, and in rural and urban areas you will find many locals living in basic conditions, where access to water, education and livelihoods are an issue.  Despite the level of poverty, the Khmer people are extremely friendly and will welcome you with a smile, a list of direct questions and even an invitation to upcoming celebrations!

    In your free time consider taking local excursions such as the night markets, horse riding at sunset through the rice paddies, and riding the bamboo train in Battambong, experiences not to be missed. Food in Siem Reap ranges from local favourites such as amok (curry), over 10 Indian restaurants, cafes reflecting the influence of the French presence in Siem Reap in the past, as well as barbecues and an ice cream parlour.

    Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh is a 5 hour drive from Siem Reap, and is home to the royal palace, a riverfront promenade and museums such as S21, that share the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime.  If you have time, why not head further afield to experience more of this fascinating country, to the salt flats of Kep, the pepper farms of Kampot or the beaches of Sihanoukville.  Whatever your interests, Cambodia is sure to have something to tempt you and will leave a lasting impression.

    Join us at Kaya and volunteer in Siem Reap, where your efforts can make a small difference through working with local staff in the NGOs and communities where it is needed most.


    Here are some important facts about Cambodia:

    • Population 15,708,756 July 2015 estimate
    • Language – Khmer 96.3%, other 3.7%
    • Religion – Buddhist 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8%
    • Currency Cambodian Riel (KHR) and US Dollar is widely accepted
    • Climate – tropical, rainy monsoon season from May to November, dry season from December to April with little seasonal variation in temperature


    NGO and Community Development in Siem Reap
    There are numerous wonderful projects looking for the support of international volunteers to help with NGO and Community Development in Siem Reap.
    Healthcare, Nutrition and Dentistry Projects in Siem Reap
    This is a fantastic role for volunteers with relevant experience to help Healthcare, Nutrition, and Dentistry projects in Siem Reap by building local capacity
    Social Work Volunteering in Cambodia
    Become a Social Work volunteer in Cambodia and use your social work skills to build the capacity of social workers in Siem Reap.
    Teacher and Curriculum Development in Cambodia
    Use your expertise and experience in education and become a volunteer and work on a teacher and curriculum development placement in Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, Siem Reap.
    Music, Drama and Dance Volunteering in Cambodia
    Volunteers with a passion for music, drama or dance are needed in Siem Reap Cambodia to bring joy and new techniques to the eager students at local NGOs
    Building and Garden Volunteer Work in Cambodia
    Volunteers with a passion for the outdoors who are keen to use their physical strength to help to build structures, clear community spaces or assist with agricultural work will enjoy this project.
    Classroom and Child Care Assistant Placements in Siem Reap
    Become a classroom and child care assistant volunteer and work on rewarding educational placements in Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, Siem Reap.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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