CAHCC (Charity Association Helping Cambodia’s Children) is a registered Cambodian Charity founded on 12th October 2016. Ministry registration number: 6684. Happyland is a CAHCC community centre based in Takeo Province. We work with young people and need volunteers to join the project that will have a positive impact. We take volunteering very seriously, living and working together 24/7.
With whom you'll be working with
The project is maintained and run by volunteers with the help of local Cambodians. You will be working together with local cambodians and other volunteers. Kris Eakins is the program manager and your contact person.
What we expect
There is always a great need for people with enthusiasm, self-motivation, specialist skills, a good work ethic and BIG HEARTS. There are always things to be done and many different ways you can help us to develop our centre. Long term volunteering is one of the best ways to help.
Tasks include but are not limited to, supporting classes (teaching if you stay for a long period), supervising/playing, organising activities, cooking, cleaning, gardening, admin and IT. The main classes we run are English and computer, alongside free play, arts & crafts and general sports. If you want you can also tidy, clean or do some site maintenance to keep the house, spaces and centre well organised. The most important thing is to be recharged and ready for the start of the new week.
What you can expect
It is best to arrive with an open mind and be willing to go with the flow. Nothing is set in stone here, therefore things are changing constantly. Be open to anything and you will have a great time. It might take a couple days to feel comfortable and to find classes/projects that you can lead or assist with. As long as you bring a positive attitude and good energy, you will start to feel comfortable very quickly. It will take some time to get to know the kids, so don’t expect them all to want to play with you immediately. They will warm up to you, but for some of the kids it will take longer than others.
Good to know
Volunteering with us is also suitable for digital nomads, if they are able to work outside of our opening hours. There is a Wifi café close by which is open during the day. Also at an additional cost, mobile internet is available with generally good signal strength.
The temperature is very warm here. Bring loose clothing and expect to sweat. Drink lots of water. Stay in the shade and it’s not bad. It is scientifically proven that complaining only makes you feel hotter! Bring some mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
Dresscode for females:
Tight, revealing or sexy clothing is not acceptable and considered as inappropriate.
All shorts and skirts must be below mid thigh when teaching children and must cover the knees when teaching the monks and police. Shorts or skirts that just cover the buttocks are inappropriate and unacceptable.
All tops must cover bras/ bras straps. Low cut tops showing cleavage, tank tops, shoe string/ spaghetti straps, strapless and see through tops are considered as inappropriate and unacceptable.
Women when swimming should keep covered and not wear bikini. Shorts and t-shirt is considered as appropriate swimming gear.
Dress code for males:
Shorts or pants must be mid thigh. Tight, revealing or sexy clothing is not acceptable and considered as inappropriate.
A t-shirt or shirt must be worn at all times around town and with the children. It is considered offensive for men to not wear tops (unless swimming or for locals within their own family / community) and can cause issues with local authorities.