Support NGOs with limited financial resources by improving them with your management skills. Help create a lasting impact.
After the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge Regime and several years of civil war, Cambodia has many problems to cope with: a weak democracy, rampant corruption and extreme poverty among the largest. Nevertheless, Cambodia’s economy is growing rapidly and plenty of local and international NGOs are working here to help put an end to these issues. We would like to give volunteers the opportunity to learn about those issues right where they are being address – in NGOs, together with the local staff. The local NGOs usually have only limited financial resources. They often struggle to run their programs and to raise funds from international donors. Many staff members are volunteers themselves and receive no or a very small salary. All NGOs urgently need support from our volunteers to work in fund-raising, proposal writing, organizational development, administration, and community development. The responsibility of the volunteers depends on his/her skills and interests and especially the length of the stay. For example: If you only stay a few weeks you will mainly help using your English skills, supporting an organization by writing proposals for fund-raising, case studies and reports. You may also help with IT skills, teach English to the staff or do some research on the success of the programs or future plans. Beside this you may visit the fields and projects in the countryside to get to get a first-hand idea of the problems the people are facing. If you stay a number of months (longer than two months) you will have chance to work within the human rights programs. You organize the projects, observe them and evaluate them with the NGO.
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 articles, and especially the riverside is the spot for diplomats, travelers 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.
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.
The guest house is located in the center of City and are within minutes of many of the major tourist attractions. The guest house feature large roof decks for lounging, restaurants servicing local and western cuisine, Wi-Fi, computers, bicycles for free rental, and laundry service. Most volunteers share room with other volunteers, however, private rooms can be booked for those that desire.
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.