Save Cambodian Marine Life

Conservation and Community Support

Sihanoukville, Cambodia show on map

Help with projects from our working on land and snorkelling in shallow waters to beach cleans and community development

At SCML, we are grateful to have an extraordinarily strong volunteer base! We invite you to join our community of enthusiastic volunteers who share a passion for protecting open space and the environment. As a small, grassroots organization, volunteers are integral to our success. You can help with projects from our working on land and snorkelling in shallow waters to beach cleans and community development.

 PROJECTS

  • School development:

Our main concern is the younger generation. Once we can help the local children to learn more, we can create a whole new possibilities for a better future, more educated, more ecological, more prepared. In the village there is one simple local school, built by another NGO in 2008 and managed by the villagers. At the moment the school provides only basic primary education for children between 5 and 12 years old. After 12 the only option for those children is move to Sihanoukville, but most of local families here cannot afford all the expenses to send their youngsters away. Most of them quit school and start to work. Our plan is to expand the school. Fixing, painting, changing furniture and learning materials, donating computers, musical instruments, art equipment. Expand the school into a high school, where the pupils will stay longer at the school and learn more about English, music, arts, information technology, biology and the environment.

  • Plastic Police Patrol (PPP):

On a monthly basis we organize the school children to clean the beach and village with us. Is a beautiful moment of fun, education, and conservation.

  • Plastic Recycling System:

We are raising funds to build in the village a proper recycling plant where we can recycle all the waste plastic on island. This project will also create three jobs for locals. Basically the villagers will bring us all the waste plastic, we buy it, we recycle it, we turn it into objects and souvenirs and sell it back to tourists, making money to pay our staff and buy more plastic, and therefore creating a synergic cycle.

  • Rubbish Management:

At the moment the village is hiring a boat to take the rubbish to the main land, but many locals are still following the old fashion solution to burn it all. We are planning to build an incinerator, we will then teach the locals how to operate it properly and we will then turn part of this trash into electricity for the village. Maybe enough for community lighting.


Typical day

Daily events can vary seasonally due to weather, however on a daily basis we can be involved with the school regeneration program, beach cleaning, cleaning the village areas, snorkel tours and in water cleaning, and as soon as we have finished raising the funds we will be running the plastic recycling plant.

Details on Arrival

 we are open all year round, starts are preferred on a Monday however to give flight flexibility we are flexible but Saturday PM and Sunday are rest days

Free-time activities

The bay is great for swimming, snorkelling and just hanging out. You can go on a trek around the island, and there is a private waterfall to visit on your days off. 

You can just relax and socialise or spend time out on the beach. It is a quite village however there are restaurants and bars open at night. There are shops and internet. If you bring Cambodian sim card, make sure it is a Smart phone card as no others work on the island.

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Program Requirements

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, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Save Cambodian Marine Life

fees include all activities associated with the land based project, Accommodation and 3 meals per day, tea, coffee and water are included in the fees.

Accommodation

situated in the heart of the village is a hostel called Lazy bones this is where all our volunteers stay

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast lunch and dinner are included in our fees as are water, tea and coffee

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$340.00
2 weeks
$680.00
3 weeks
$1,020.00
4 weeks
$1,360.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,720.00
Average fees
$340.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Sihanoukville/Cambodia between 1 week and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Save Cambodian Marine Life will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.
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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Cambodia  Sihanoukville, Koh rong samlouem village

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