Microfinance and Business Development

Asia Volunteer Network
Ask A Question
Coordinator | Brem
Coordinator | Brem
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.

High­lights

Volunteer and help with the processing of business activities
Make use of your English skills to support the staffs in writing proposals and correcting reports
Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom or National Museum in the weekend
Travel by bus to visit many provinces on weekends or during national holiday
Try the food of the food stalls at the street to discover a part of the Cambodian culture
Volunteers help making business plans, assisting the program directors, visiting the beneficiaries of the loans and interviewing communities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

35% of the Cambodian population lives under the poverty line ($1.25/day) – in order to strengthen the private sector and local economy, NGOs have begun setting up microfinance and microloan projects. Microfinance instutitions ("MFIs") lend money out to the poor (primarily women) in the form of microloans. Microloans are small loans that are given to an individual with very little income and almost no collateral in the hopes that he or she will use this money to start or expand their current businesses. Based off of the Nobel Prize winning model used by Mohammed Yunnus and the Grameen Bank, microfinance centers primarily around education. Potential applicants must go through a serious of trainings on topics ranging from financial literacy to health and hygiene. They are then split into groups with other individuals from their communities and are responsible for paying back the loans of those of those within their groups, should they default. This model of lending has resulted in almost perfect repayment rates that are much higher than their western counterparts. 

Volunteers help with making business plans, proposal writing, assisting the program directors, visiting the beneficiaries of the loans and interviewing communities that are part of the project. Depending on local needs, volunteers may also become involved in providing business consultations and trainings on opening savings accounts, running small businesses, evaluating loan applications, performing risk analyses, monitoring projects and overseeing repayment. Volunteers may also help to implement community

Typical day

The volunteer will assist the local staff in writing reports and success stories, visit the beneficiaries, help to select new participants and use their English skills to support the staffs in writing proposals and correcting reports. The volunteers can do survey with local staff by interviewing the local people. After they collect the data, the volunteer will do data entry. 

Free-time activities

Every volunteers will get the weekend off. There are many places volunteers can visit at the weekend including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, National Museum, Killing Field... Volunteers can also travel by bus to visit many provinces at weekend or during national holiday such as to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, the famous historical place or Sihahouk Vill and Kampot to see beaches. Phnom Penh is a very international city, you will find a lot of western bars, supermarkets offer western articels, and especially the riverside is the spot for diplomats, travellers and international ngo-workers. But of course, you will also find the Cambodian Culture everywhere in the city. Walk around the different markets, try the food of the food stalls at the street or just walk around the streets, there is really always something to explore. Phnom Penh is a good base for trips through the country as it is very central.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 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 (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Science at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Having obtained training in some areas or has some work experience in the related field is also helpful.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Asia Volunteer Network

What's Included

  • Pre-departure information
  • Airport pick up
  • Welcome package; which includes a volunteer guide and maps, welcome dinner at a traditional Khmer restaurant,
  • Food and accommodations (3 meals a day),
  • 24 hour emergency contact,
  • One day orientation plus a city tour. 

What's Included

  • Flight to and from Home
  • All local transportation to and from project
  • Travel Insurance

Airport Pickup at Phnom Penh International Airport

One of our team will wait you at the airport. When you arrived at the arrivals area please look for a sign with your name written on it. We will bring you to our volunteer guest house and usually it take around 30 minute from the airport. On the way our team will explain you about safety and what prepare for tomorrow orientation.

Accommodation

Volunteer House

The Volunteer House is located in the center of city and are within minutes of many of the major tourist attractions. The Volunteer House has Wi-Fi, computers, bicycles , and laundry machine. Most volunteers share room with other volunteers, however, private rooms can be booked for those that desire.

Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner at each of our guest houses. Khmer cuisine shares many commonalities with the food of neighboring Thailand and Vietnam and commonly contains rice, vegetables, or noodles. Breakfast typically includes coffee, tea, and juice with bread or eggs. Lunch and dinner meals typically consist of rice, noodles, soup, vegetables, beef, fish, pork and fruit.

Internet Access
Good 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Throughout the year. The program start date every 1st and 3nd week of each month.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$518
3 weeks
$627
4 weeks
$736
5 weeks
$845
6 weeks
$955
7 weeks
$1,064
8 weeks
$1,173
9 weeks
$1,282
24 weeks (max. stay)
$2,921
Average fees
$190 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Asia Volunteer Network will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Asia Volunteer Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if Asia Volunteer Network cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Asia Volunteer Network.

What are people saying about Volunteer World?

Microfinance and Business Development

Volunteers help making business plans, assisting the program directors, visiting the beneficiaries of the loans and interviewing communities.

$190/week

You might be also interested in

Renovation and Painting Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
Cambodia's framework is incredibly poor. Many structure are still not revamped following the difficult long periods of common war. Quite a bit of offices, schools.. etc.
Intern in Local Social Enterprise Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
Work with local Entrepreneur to research development, markets, and processing capabilities of the project.
English Teacher to Buddhist Monks Siem Reap, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
We need volunteers to help us teaching English to monks in Siem Reap province. Most of monks are young and really want to learn English.
Media & Journalist Supporter Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
Media and Journalism are playing a very important role to strengthen good governance, democracy and freedom of speech.
Human Rights Supporter Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
This project plays a very important role in order to improved people's participation in social, economic and political life.
Animal Rescue Phnom Penh, Cambodia Asia Volunteer Network
Volunteers will have a good time and experience with animals in Cambodia by Working with poor animals and providing them with love and care and play with them.
Brochure

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home