WHY VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA?
Cambodia is one of the most exciting countries in Asia, offering beautiful landscapes with rice paddies, sugar palms, beautiful beaches, and a rich cultural heritage. It is also one of the most popular volunteer abroad destinations in the world. It is located in Southeast Asia, surrounded in the west by Thailand, in the north by Laos, and in the east by Vietnam. Most of Cambodians are very friendly people.
After decades of war, the people are still suffering from the damage and influence which these hard years have caused. Volunteering in Cambodia you will get the chance to learn and understand the traditions and behaviors. This is one of the most exciting things while you are here, as you will never stop exploring and learning.
Volunteers can still see the remains of the powerful Khmer Empire, which are placed all over Cambodia, explore the temples of Angkor Wat, stay at the hippy beach side in Sihanoukville, or explore the capital, Phnom Penh, with all its beauty and commotion. If you can make it, the countryside has much more to offer as well. Explore the daily life, stay with the locals, and learn the language, as this will make things far easier. They will always react to your Khmer language skills with a smile.
Most Cambodians live on the fertile plain of the Mekong River, which divides the country. The primary occupation is agriculture. The country is covered for three quarters with tropical rainforest. One important export product is timber. Illegal logging is therefore a major problem in Cambodia, rapidly reducing the country’s forest coverage. Theraveda Buddhism is the dominant religion in Cambodia. Each year, Cambodia draws millions of tourists who come to enjoy the country's breathtaking sights and enter the walls of Cambodia's Angkor Wat - one of the seven wonders of the world. The official language spoken by the Cambodians is Khmer, although English is rapidly becoming their second language. The infrastructure on land is very poor. However, with almost 2,000 km of river, the boat is an easy means of transportation.