Mangrove Environmental Conservation Cambodia

founded in 1989
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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
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Create positive and meaningful change to the local ecosystems
Challenge your skills and knowledge in a new and demanding environment
Meet likeminded individuals and lifelong friends in fun and challenging scenarios
Experience the historically complex and diverse Cambodian culture
Explore incredible landscapes and tourist locations such as Angkor Wat and Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in your free time
Help reverse the trend of severe deforestation through conservation activities in the beautiful coastal regions of Kampot. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Kampot, situated in south western region of Cambodia is becoming very popular due to it’s abundance of natural beauty and french cultural heritage. This area is often viewed as the place which reflects the true Cambodia.  Slow paced, relaxed yet vibrant with a beautiful environment and landscape.

The French architectural legacy still remains in many parts of this town. It is often viewed as a place which truly reflects rural Cambodia. With its slow paced, relaxed and vibrant environment intertwined with its beautiful landscape, it offers a truly unforgettable experience. Of the town’s 2,500 inhabitants, over 80% are directly dependent on the region’s long-standing fishing industry.
A vital necessity for this is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from the river banks. Instead, many locals favour salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province.

The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations. The objective is to reverse the trend of removing mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years as local salt farms have taken precedence.  This can realistically only be achieved through the education of younger generations, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.

Typical day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. This will include tours of the local area, Khmer cultural lessons to guide you through the do's and don'ts and language basics. On an average, you will be working for about 6 hours in a day on the project.  On Mondays, you will start planning the project with the coordinator assigned to you, after having breakfast. Once you plan the project and receive the relevant information, you can have lunch and then leave to work at the community location on your volunteer mangrove conservation program. Once your work for the day is complete, you can then return to the centre and attend a meeting where you can provide feedback regarding the first day at your placement.

From Tuesday to Friday, your day will begin a bit early. You will be taken to the project site and assigned with particular tasks for the day. A support coordinator  will be around for you during the project. Then, in the afternoon after lunch, you will work at the conservation location where the mangrove restoration is taking place.

Modest clothing (covering your legs and shoulders) is requested outside of the accommodation for respect of the community.

Free-time activities

Weekend participants are always free to relax at the accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many sites and beaches in and around Kampot. The option is provided to volunteers to continue aiding the community by distributing second hand clothes to the poorest in the village, clothes provided. However, if you have some that you wish to donate they are always welcome.There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with their advice.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Phnom Penh International Airport
Our friendly driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive welcome experience to the program. Please ensure to keep your volunteer manager up to date with your travel information.

Volunteers stay in traditional riverside community bungalow. Bedrooms will be shared between 1 to 2 people per room on a single-gender basis. You will be provided with three delicious and nutritious meals per day, with traditional local flavourings. This project allows for an authentic traditional Cambodian experience.

The bathrooms are shared, with cold showers and authentic toilets (bucket style!).
For the more adventurous participants, we can offer an open-plan riverside accommodation. Whilst this is the best way to see the nature of the two options, bringing a mosquito net is a must for this.
Numerous ATMs can be found in the town (ANZ Royal Bank and Canadia Bank) which is 8km by tuk-tuk.

Kampot accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day included
  • Free beverages
  • 2 persons p/room
  • No Wifi in public areas
  • No Laundry facilities
  • No Safety deposit box
  • No Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • No Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • No Fans (no air-con)

There is almost no 3G reception or WiFi on site. The nearest town is 8kms away, where you can find numerous internet cafes.

Food & Beverages
All food is included during your volunteer stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cambodia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cambodia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This program runs weekly starting on the Monday, volunteers are advised to arrive the weekend before.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$556 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Mangrove Environmental Conservation Cambodia

Help reverse the trend of severe deforestation through conservation activities in the beautiful coastal regions of Kampot.


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