Women play a key role in the family and society. Not only in Cambodia, but all over the world women are the ones raising the children, caring about the family and often generating the family’s income. The program volunteers will work at improving social and gender equality through advocacy and the promotion of information sharing and communication. Women's Empowerment for Social Change is designed to help women exercise their rights in a balanced way and can build competence to become self-sufficient, with improved women's participation in social, economic and political life.
Due to reduced availability of education and resources, at-risk women often rely on the support of local NGOs for assistance. Empowerment of women is seen as a key issue both on a federal and local scale. There continues to be a dramatically positive shift in support of women’s rights. Education is seen as the most powerful tool against injustices.
Each program is different, so when it comes to different placement options we will make sure to provide you plenty of information. Volunteers must be comfortable working with as a team and independently. Volunteers looking to play a role in this exciting change can expect a variety of experiences. The type of work each volunteer does is directly related to their previous experience, skill set, availability and the needs of the placement organization. People with additional knowledge or those planning to stay more than two months are often given specific projects, arrange campaigns or implement new initiatives relating to education and public awareness. Volunteers with less experience and less time often assist with proofreading, emails, writing proposals and general office assistance. English is often the most valuable skill that organizations urgently seek. Many organizations offer a chance to visit their field work as well. If you are working in the provinces you are more likely to visit the field every week.
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia with a population of about 1.5 million people. Phnom Penh is a very international city, with a lot of diplomats, travelers and international NGO-workers so you will find a lot of western restaurants, bars. Despite the international influence, Cambodian culture remains strong and it evident in almost all aspects of the city. Walk around the different markets, try the food of the food stalls at the street or just walk around the streets, there is really always something to explore.
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Set in North West Cambodia, Siem Reap is best known for being home to the incredible Angkor ruins with the magnificent Angkor Wat as the focal point. While the complex is surely one of the globe's most amazing historical sites, the Siem Reap province is also home to an array of other ruins, such as Beng Mealea and Bantaey Srei.
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Start Dates: Every first and third Monday of the month
Minimum Stay: 5 weeks
Duration: 5-24 weeks
Accommodation: Volunteer Guesthouse
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