After the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge Regime and several years of civil war, Cambodia has many problems to cope with: a weak democracy, rampant corruption and extreme poverty among the largest. Nevertheless, Cambodia’s economy is growing rapidly and plenty of local and international NGOs are working here to help put an end to these issues. We would like to give volunteers the opportunity to learn about those issues right where the are being address – in NGOs, together with the local staff.
The local NGOs usually have only limited financial resources. They often struggle to run their programs and to raise funds from international donors. Many staff members are volunteers themselves and receive no or a very small salary. All NGOs urgently need support from our volunteers to work in fundraising, proposal writing, organizational development, administration, and community development. The responsibility of the volunteers depends on his/her skills and interests and especially the length of the stay. For example: If you only stay a few weeks you will mainly help using your English skills, supporting an organization by writing proposals for fundraising, case studies and reports. You may also help with IT skills, teach English to the staff or do some research on the success of the programs or future plans. Beside this you may visit the fields and projects in the countryside to get to get a first-hand idea of the problems the people are facing. If you stay a number of months (longer than two months) you will have chance to work within the human rights programs. You organize the projects, observe them and evaluate them with the NGO.
Phnom Penh is also a good base for trips through the country as it is very central. Bus tickets to nearby locations are readily available for purchase at your guesthouse, departing to many different locations in Cambodia and neighboring countries at many times throughout the day. These tickets are generally very inexpensive and can range between $8-$12. Common destinations include Angkor Wat and Siem Reap (5-6 hours), the beaches of Sihanoukville (four hours), Kampot (3 hours), and Battambang (5-6 hours).
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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: 4 weeks
Duration: 4-24 weeks
Accommodation: Volunteer Guesthouse
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