Cambodia

Projects Abroad

I would highly recommend Projects Abroad. I did the public health program in Cambodia. The staff support was excellent. All queries were answered quickly prior to my program. The staff was very friendly and did everything from airport pick up, settling into apartment, and orientation. The apartment was clean with excellent food. During my time I was able to work in several areas in Cambodia including a week long homestay. The homestay was with a Cambodian family who was extremely welcoming. The staff tries very hard to make sure you experience everything you wanted to. It was occasionally disorganized as far as scheduling for public health placements and where we would be working each week but it worked out in the end. It was an amazing experience and the support from projects abroad was great.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 14, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
6

Frontier

Volunteering with Frontier gives you the potential to really immerse yourself into a community. It gives you the opportunity to not only engage in your project (teaching) but allows you to get to know the wider community involved in the project.
Due to the accomodation being closely connected to the project site, this allows you to gain a deeper meaning and understanding of the country and the local culture.
When you're out in the field and have any uncertainties, Frontier provide guidance and support whilst encouraging you to use your own initiative and develop life skills.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Honestly these past 2 weeks have been tough but is all the more rewarding knowing my efforts are making a difference to the lives of many children.
I can't wait to see what the next week brings...

Program: TEFL
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Jul 16, 2016
Overall:
6
Support:
8
Value:
6

Frontier

Currently two weeks into the teaching project in Siem Reap and I'm having an amazing time. The local people are so friendly and the other volunteers are also great. I feel like
I really have value at the school and helping children learn English is super rewarding. I can't wait for the rest of my time here.

Program: TEFL
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Jul 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

VolunteerAbroad.ca

I have found the project extremely enjoyable. I have learnt a lot from teaching the Khmer children English. Improving the children's English skills is important in enabling them to get jobs.

Program: TEFL
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Jul 15, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Original Volunteers

I joined Original Volunteers Cambodia in August 2013 after graduated from University of Liverpool. I heard about this program from a friend in UK while I was studying abroad. The project that I joined in Cambodia is Hope Agency and it is coordinated by a local guy name Jason Han. I enjoyed my stay there teaching English in the school, doing voluntary paintings on the wall, visiting to nearby orphanage and food bank delivery to the needy families in the village. It was a once in a life time experience I would say. The most satisfying moment was I designed a two wall paintings on occupation and traveled to a local market which is 30 minutes away from the school just to buy paintbrushes, paints, and stationery as well as organizing a small class party during my last day at Hope Agency. I remembered paying GBP 150 as a contribution to Original Volunteers (though I am certain that such contribution goes into the OV Company and not helping the kids directly) and USD 4 per day to Jason Han upon arrival. That USD 4 includes accommodation, food that we can order anytime from the kitchen, clean water for drinking and toilet rolls. I miss my friends that I've made in the local village, the fun times teaching and playing with the kids and little bit of rice planting in the field every morning.

These memories made me to work on a fundraising event so that I can afford to visit back Hope Agency 2 years later. I was so grateful that the managing partner in the law firm that I worked at Malaysia decided to sponsor all 4 staffs (including myself) as a Corporate Social Responsibility Project on behalf of the firm. Thus on 19 October 2015, me and my other 3 colleague managed to outsource stationery, workbooks, 100 toothbrushes, toys, gifts, etc to bring along to Hope Agency. I believe that charity should be voluntary and can be contributed in any form either through time, or money. It should not be "imposed" on the volunteers on the minimum amount of donation in cash that we have to give nor the compulsory helping out with the plantations, construction sites or feeding the animals as according to the work instructed by the Project Director. In 2015, I felt like it's a military program where I must wake up at 8.00 AM to do the extra activity besides than teaching English as the core volunteering work in Hope Agency. In 2013, there's no such mandate on volunteers and I did the classroom painting out from goodwill. I was very disappointed when the Project Director insisted us to pay $250/ person upon arrival as contribution and said that the cash contribution is compulsory whereas all the stationery items donated are "very cheap stuff and can easily obtain from the local market". It was very ungrateful of him to say that as I was a returning volunteer. Besides the students do not brush their teeth everyday after class anymore (they used to have it in 2013). Furthermore, the contribution that we paid do not cover all 3 proper meals that I used to have back in 2013. It has changed into a pay as you order from the kitchen for meals besides dinner. Honestly, the dinner prepared wasn't a proper meal and I can get better food with cheaper price from the local market. I felt that something wasn't right whereby the cost of living has increased that much on volunteers. The Project Director even contacted some of the past volunteers whether they have plans of returning to Hope Agency and keep asking for cash contribution :( I felt pity for the kids as they have not benefit much from the contribution given by the volunteers, instead it was used to build more construction buildings, plantations around and purchase of goat,ducks, chickens in the school which will be sold off in the future. I did not enjoy my stay as much as I do in 2013 and will not recommend this place to new volunteers based on my real experience recently. Many volunteers had shorten their stay in Hope Agency after knowing how expensive is the cost upon arrival.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Dec 7, 2015
Overall:
3
Support:
3
Value:
3

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had one of the best experiences of my life volunteering with IVHQ in Cambodia! The information and help pre-departure from the IVHQ team was extremely helpful and made me feel very comfortable with the decision I had made to volunteer abroad! The team on the ground in Cambodia were so lovely and welcoming! The accommodation was also so nice, as were the meals. I felt like it was exceptional value for money and a very authentic experience! I loved the volunteering experience and was also made to feel very welcome by the Cambodian teachers I worked with. The children were amazing students and made me wish I could stay longer! I made life long friends with fellow IVHQ volunteers and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend volunteering with IVHQ to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Dec 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thanks for sharing a little from your time volunteering with IVHQ in Cambodia. It's great to hear that you felt well prepared by IVHQ before your departure and supported by our local team when in Cambodia. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had an amazing time in Cambodia, it was my first trip overseas and I was very nervous. Luckily for me the co ordinators were helpful and friendly and I felt completely supported before and during my month volunteering.
What an amazing, eye opening and humbling experience.
Thank you Cambodia and thank you Volunteer IHQ for an incredible, life changing month.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Dec 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi Chloe, It's great to hear from you! We are glad to hear that you had such a positive first trip overseas and volunteer experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to see you again on another IVHQ program.

Projects Abroad

My experience in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would absolutely go back in a heart beat. Traveling through Projects Abroad worked out very well for me. My travel itinerary was organized, all I had to do was show up at the airport and be able to navigate my way through. My arrival in Cambodia was just as organized. After obtaining my visa and important customs documents, I was met by a staff member and driver who helped me with my luggage. They took me to my accommodation where I immediately felt safe. I arrived in Phnom Penh late in the evening. The staff member responsible for getting me from the airport to my apartment provided me with a detailed itinerary for the next day's induction day. Induction day was completely focused on showing me the city, my project (the school) and familiarizing me with the Projects Abroad office and personnel in Phnom Penh. I was absolutely pleased with the travel side of Projects Abroad.

My accommodation was not the greatest but I feel that was at little fault of Projects Abroad. Volunteers traveling to Cambodia must first understand the meaning of a third world country. Do not go to this country expecting life to be comfortable. The country is generally hot, the apartments and schools do not have air conditioning. The water is not safe for foreigners to drink UNLESS provided by Projects Abroad (which they did an outstanding job of providing clean water for volunteers). Do not be expecting warm showers at the apartment. These are not every day amenities for the people of Cambodia. If you are coming to their country, do not expect to bring yours with you. Leave it at home, that's why you are traveling.

Projects Abroad does everything possible on their end to ensure that their volunteers feel safe, worthy and taken care of not only in the accommodation, but as well as in their projects and in their general health and safety while traveling with Projects Abroad. I can say only great things about this company.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 15, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

For the past two years I have been researching for the perfect program and organization to volunteer abroad. I finally made the decision to travel to Cambodia as it is one of the poorest countries in Asia in need of English speaking volunteers. This trip turned out to be everything I expected it to be. The Projects Abroad staff was helpful and available every step of the way, the volunteer apartments were comfortable and very clean, the food was delicious, and every individual I met while volunteering was grateful for the work I and other volunteers were doing. In just two weeks it felt as if I completed a month’s worth of things on the Khmer Project. I not only was able to help a family in the rice fields and teach English in a school; but, I also learned about Cambodian culture through making a traditional Khmer puppet, cooking traditional Cambodian food, learning traditional Khmer dancing, learning the basics of the Khmer language, visiting the national museum, visiting the ancient temples in Siem Reap, visiting a floating village, meditating in a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, and visiting the areas of Cambodia that were used during the devastating Khmer Rouge. All of which was covered in my expenses. The experience was life changing in the way I was able to make friends with volunteers from all over the world, learn about Cambodia first-hand from my Cambodian coordinator who was with me every day, and most importantly how I was immediately exposed to the unfortunate circumstances of this very poor country by teaching young children and simply travelling around the country.
Volunteering is the best way to travel and the only way to truly understand and empathize with the inequalities of this world. As a student studying to become a social worker, this experience gives me an advantage on my resume, as well as the confidence to broaden my career goals to a global level. I left Cambodia an even greater advocate for change and I am already planning my next volunteer trip with Projects Abroad as my trip would not have been what it was without them!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 30, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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