Volunteer with children in Cambodia at a kindergarten or care centre, and fill every day with learning. We work with children from disadvantaged areas, and we need your help to give them the extra support they need. This is a wonderful way for you to give back and gain practical childcare experience at the same time.
As a volunteer, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to support children in Cambodia. You’ll do this by planning and running fun, educational activities to promote early childhood development. For example, you can play a ball game to help kids improve their hand-eye coordination.
The work you do here is important, as many parents who send their children to these centres work full-time. They need a safe place where their children can stay during the day. With a child safely at school, both parents can work, ensuring a bigger income to support their family.
You’ll be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s bustling capital city, and live in an apartment with other volunteers. In your free time, make the most of your time here, and do as much as possible!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
At the Childcare Project in Cambodia, your work focuses on the children and their development. Many of the children we support come from underprivileged backgrounds. Our goal is to give them the same opportunities as other children around the world. Here are a few of the things you will be helping with:
- Organise educational activities with the children to teach early childhood skills
- Make sure children practice good hygiene every day and do monthly health check-ups
- Support local staff and caregivers with their work at care centres in Phnom Penh
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Organise educational activities
In Cambodia, promoting early childhood development is one of our main goals. We want to make sure each child we work with learns the skills they need to succeed at school. You’ll help us work toward this goal by improving literacy and numeracy, and teaching English. You’ll also play games and sports to help children improve their motor skills, like catching and balancing.
Each week, you’ll spend a minimum of five hours teaching English. This is important work, as the children benefit significantly from having an English speaker to practice with.
Hygiene and health initiatives
One of our other goals is to improve hygiene levels of the children. We focus on sharing knowledge with the children, telling them about the benefits of practicing good hygiene everyday. This will help prevent the spread of disease, and improve their overall wellbeing. In Cambodia, we mainly do this through educational campaigns, hands-on demonstrations, and role play activities.
You’ll assist with health check-ups every two weeks. This includes recording if they are at a healthy height and weight. Showing them how to do it first and a good congratulatory cheer at the end will make them grin and encourage them to be first in line next month!
Support local staff
Many of the care centres have reduced their staff to child ratio. This means that each child is able to receive a higher level of attention that is vital during their early years. The local staff are very hands-on, but they need extra support. As a volunteer, you’ll alleviate some of the pressure.
By taking over a few responsibilities, you’ll free up their time for other management tasks. This helps ensure the smooth running of the care centre. You’ll also assist with a few day-to-day activities at the care centres such as setting up of tables, cleaning, and maintenance work.
Our partners in Cambodia
Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Cambodia. Instead, we focus on community-based programmes that allow children to remain within their families.
One such partner placement is Khemara, a long established non-governmental organisation (NGO). Khemara’s goal is to improve the quality of life for Cambodian women and children. Every vulnerable person deserves a chance to improve their lives. The NGO has set out to educate those who have been subject to poverty and abuse, and this is something you will be a part of.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
Our Childcare Project is based in Phnom Penh, a breathtaking city along the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers. Cambodia is rapidly developing and modernising their cities, and even within the course of a few months, you’ll see significant changes around Phnom Penh. The magnificent Angkor Wat Temples, which are unrivaled in size and grandeur, are close enough for a weekend visit.
You’ll work in kindergartens and daycare centres. These placements might be quite different to childcare centres in your home country, due to the more rural areas where they are based. You can expect the facilities to be basic.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
My morning lessons were my favourite part of the day. I managed to teach songs such as ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ as a way of teaching body parts. I also created many posters in my free time at the apartment as gifts to the organisation on my last day.
Volunteer with Children in Cambodia
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