Cambodian Orphanage projects
Our orphanage projects are based in the rural town of Takeo, 50 miles south of Phnom Penh. The orphanage we work with has about 60 children of a mixture of different ages. The orphanage was established by two university graduates who had fought for their right to be educated. They are so concerned about the lack of free education in rural Cambodia that they set up 10 schools and one orphanage in their home town.
The work you will do varies and depends which age group you will work with. Younger children simply need someone to get them dressed, feed them and play with them as this is something that the staff just don't have time to do.
The older children go to school during the day and they are particularly keen to have someone teach them English. The ability to speak just little English gives them access to so many more employment opportunities and increases their chances of escaping the poverty trap.
In the afternoons when the children come home, if you have a keen interest in sport, music, drama, etc please bring these interests to the orphanage as they are great after school activities.
The orphanage is also desperate to have women who can act as role models for the teenage girls at the orphanage. Many of the teenage girls are about to leave and enter the job market. Many of them have had a very sheltered upbringing and so the orphanage is keen to have female volunteers who can teach the young women life skills, employment skills and help make the girls more self sufficient.
Female volunteers who would like to act as role models and teach employment skills, particularly ICT, are very welcome.What's Included
- UK support (including predeparture information on your placement and accommodation)
- Airport pick-up
- Local induction
- Culture and language course (where applicable)
- Local overseas support
- Food (in project accommodation)
Accommodation on your project will be with either local families or in group accommodation that we rent. You exact accommodation depends on the number of volunteers and your project.
All accommodation is checked by our overseas staff and host families vetted. If you don’t feel comfortable in your accommodation, do please let us know as soon as possible and our overseas staff will do their best to make you more comfortable.
However, please keep in mind that you will be living in lesser economically developed countries so please don’t expect the same standards as home. Access to running water, electricity and other things that we take for granted WILL be limited but we’ll do our best to make sure you have the best that’s possible.Weekends
The cost of the programme in Cambodia includes language lessons. Language is an integral part of Cambodian culture so learning a bit about the language will give you more of an insight into the Cambodian way of life.
Weekends are free and volunteers are usually based in the same area around Takeo which means that you can easily go travelling at weekends. Our main base in Takeo is only a short distance away from the capital City Phnom Penh and some other fantastic weekend trips.
All the time
This placement would suit:
people who want to help out overworked staff and spend time brightening the lives of the children.
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
food, airport pickup
Joining Global Volunteer Projects is as much about learning as it is about giving. As well as gaining work experience on journalism and medical projects, you’ll learn the local language and immerse in the local culture - maybe drumming in Ghana, or yoga in India. Teaching, conservation, orphanage placements also available.