Work together with other teenage volunteers and help underprivileged children in Cambodia learn through play. You’ll work in kindergartens, primary schools, or care centres and support the teachers. This is a great way to get childcare experience, which could help your future career.
Many of the children have parents who work full-time. By providing the children with a safe place to learn during the day, their parents can focus on work and earning an income. You’ll focus on doing educational activities that will teach children important skills. You’ll teach them English words through songs and help them learn colours during arts and crafts. You can even go outside to help kids improve their balance and hand-eye coordination through playing sports.
You’ll also help renovate the schools or care centres, which will help improve the children’s learning environment. Add a touch of paint, create educational materials and posters for the walls, repair equipment, and more.
You’ll be based in the bustling city of Phnom Penh, and stay in a hotel or guest house with the other teenagers your age. We’ll have supervised activities planned for evenings and weekends where you can learn more about Cambodian culture.
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.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Transport to and from your work placement
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Visa support and advice
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
A free cultural awareness course
Organised weekend tourism trips
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I be doing during my project in Cambodia?
In Cambodia, you’ll be working with children at kindergartens, primary schools, or care centres in disadvantaged communities. Here are a few of the activities you’ll be involved in:
- Teach the children basic English words and phrases
- Organise fun, educational games with the children that will help them learn skills through play
- Assist with renovation work around the schools and care centres
- Learn about the history and culture of Cambodia through social and weekend activities
Here are the activities you’ll be involved in:
Work with the children at a kindergarten, primary school, or care centre
You’ll work with the other volunteers and help make learning fun for the children. You can teach them basic English words and phrases through songs, pictures, or role play games. Or, play a football game outside and run arts and crafts lessons where they can unleash their creativity. Your supervisor will also be able to help if you need any assistance.
Help improve the schools and centres through renovation work
During your project in Cambodia, you’ll spend some time making improvements to the placement where you’ll be working. You can help with renovation work where you’ll dig and build flower beds. Or, you can help renovate the classrooms by adding a coat of paint and painting educational wall murals.
Explore Cambodia with other teenagers
On your High School Special, you’ll be working with volunteers your own age. Use this opportunity to build friendships with teenagers from around the world as you work and explore together.
After your volunteer work, you’ll get to experience Khmer culture by watching Apsara dances, talking with the locals, and eating traditional Cambodian cuisine. Your supervisors will also take you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples, historical museums, and Buddhist temples.
Where will I be working in Cambodia?
You’ll live and work in the beautiful capital city of Phnom Penh. Even with Cambodia’s history of war, the city is rapidly developing to keep up with an expanding population and growing tourism industry. There is much to see and do in Phnom Penh, and we’ll show you as much as possible when you’re there.
As a volunteer, you’ll work at a kindergarten, primary, school, or a care centre in the more rural areas of Phnom Penh. Many of the placements are overcrowded. With your support, the local teachers will be able to provide the children with more individualised attention.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
I loved spending time at the placement and it was great to get to know the teachers and all the students. Also, to see the impact we had on them over the two weeks with their English improving and the childcare centre looking a lot more decorated.
Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
Although Cambodia has a troubled past, it is in stark contrast to the gentle and kind ways of the people themselves. The whole experience was a sobering lesson in appreciating what we have when so many have so little.
Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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