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NGO Support

Volunteers work in a local NGO that advances issues such as access to technology, education, health and women’s empowerment.

In the early 1990s, against the backdrop of the United Nations Peacekeeping mission, a vibrant NGO movement started in Cambodia. Today the Cambodian NGO sector is composed of hundreds of small community organizations that significantly contribute to development efforts and civil society across the country. However, lack of training and technical support, limited human capacity, and scarce financial resources hinder the potential of these organizations.

The projects support small NGOs in Phnom Penh by linking them to volunteers who bring energy, talent and skills. Volunteers help strengthen the operations of organizations and encourage dialogue that leads to effective action. Volunteers live in Phnom Penh and work with organizations throughout the city and surrounding areas.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work in a local NGO that advances issues such as access to technology, education, health and women’s empowerment. Volunteers work closely with the staff to help strengthen the operations of the organization. The activities of volunteers are driven by the needs and goals of each organization, but can include writing reports, designing fundraising drives, fostering local and international alliances, improving bookkeeping and cash management systems and setting up education and marketing campaigns. Computer-related help like creating presentations and maintaining websites is also in high demand, as is helping the local staff improve their English. Volunteers must be very proactive and resourceful, especially as the NGOs are small and generally not very well funded.

Suitable for


Typical day

 There is no typical day or script to follow. Remember, volunteers are serving in the developing world where conditions can change in an instant. Being flexible, open and able think on your feet are crucial characteristics of a good international volunteer. It is each volunteer’s role to fit in with their project and not the other way around. We expect volunteers to contribute wherever the need arises, even if it means being involved in activities they were not expecting to work in. Being able to adapt, adjust and fit in is challenging, but also what makes international volunteering so special.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 21 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
business, computer or NGO-related field at University level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
-The flexibility to participate in many different tasks depending on the ever-changing needs of the organization.
-The creativity and initiative to work in an environment with limited resources.
-Education and/or professional experience in a relevant business, computer or NGO-related field like accounting, fundraising, marketing, non-profit management, finance or web design.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at UBELONG are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

From motorbikes and noisy tuk-tuks whizzing through traffic to monks in saffron robes meditating in old temples, Phnom Penh is a capital at the crossroads of traditional culture and modernization. Phnom Penh is an exciting place to live. A day by the Mekong riverfront mingling with Cambodians and taking in the colorful street life is a great way to experience the relaxed side of Phnom Penh. A visit to Wat Phnom, the city’s famous pagoda that was constructed in 1373, is a must, as is a walk down the wide boulevards lined with French colonial architecture. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former high-school used as a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge period, is another important place to visit. It is a heart-wrenching but necessary reminder of Cambodia’s darkest days. There are restaurants and cafes throughout the city. From street cart vendors to fine dining restaurants serving Cambodian and French fusion cuisine, Phnom Penh is a great place to eat out. The capital also has a vibrant nightlife. Finally, from Phnom Penh you can travel easily to other interesting destinations across the country, including Angkor, Battambang and Siem Reap.

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Included Services

What's included?

The fees include: Reservation Fee, Preparation Booklet, Briefing Meeting, First week extra R&R day, Housing, Food, Airport pick-up, UBELONG Mentor, Orientation, In-country support, Reference letter, Fundraising and networking and United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Not included: Airfare, Insurance and Airport drop off.

Airport Pickup at Phnom Penh International

A driver will pick up at the airport and drop you off at the volunteer house.


You live in a comfortable and welcoming volunteer house. The house is located in the center of Phnom Penh near the Russian Market. There is staff 24/7 at the house to assist volunteers with any needs that may arise. You usually share a bedroom with one to six other volunteers. Single rooms are not available. Each room has a bathroom and all are cleaned on a regular basis. In Phnom Penh, we also have a network of host families.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Cambodian food incorporates many elements of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. It is very tasty and you can expect to eat very well during your placement. Every day, you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. These are usually served buffet style. Cooks prepare a wide-range of local dishes exclusively for the volunteers.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Phnom Penh/Cambodia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. UBELONG 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 UBELONG during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Cambodia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Cambodia. Please check the visa regulations for Cambodia.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Cambodia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Cambodia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Phnom Penh International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.
What can you do in leisure-time in Cambodia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Phnom Penh, Samdech Monireth Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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