Cambodia is a wonderful Southeast Asian destination for travelers who’d like to experience a friendly and warm culture that blends old and new. From ancient temples to bustling modern markets, and from dazzling beaches and islands to the gorgeous Cardamom Mountains, there is so much to see and do here.
While you can find endless ways to explore Cambodia, you may consider combining your travels with volunteering in this beautiful nation, which has suffered to rebuild after the genocide carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Between 1.5 and 3 million Cambodian people were killed during this time, and the country struggles today with poverty, malnourishment, poor education, and high unemployment, as well as the slow development of infrastructure and business.
As a volunteer traveler, there are many ways that you can make a positive impact, find new friends, and explore the diverse beauty of Cambodia.
Volunteer: High unemployment rates and a lack of resources have led to impoverished communities nationwide. You can assist with constructing and renovating homes, leading business development workshops, and much more.
Teach: When children and adults are unable to access quality education, they become stuck in a cycle of poverty. You can volunteer in an NGO-run school to help teachers with their day-to-day work, develop lesson plans and assist with schoolwork, or even lead classrooms on your own.
Intern: Skills-based internships and medical placements allow you to provide care that many impoverished Cambodians might not otherwise access. Inadequate healthcare leads to higher infant mortality rates, as well as incidences of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases.