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.