Despite its charming culture, Cambodia faces a range of social and economic issues, with many families not receiving the support they need to thrive. On this Challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving education quality in the region to provide local children and their families a brighter future.
You will be working in one of our partner schools to deliver a range of workshops that supplement the national curriculum. Our in-country team has worked closely with local partners to determine the areas in which local children’s education can be enhanced, and you could be running sessions that focus on conversational English, STEM, life skills, creative arts and sports! We encourage our volunteers to be creative and deliver fun workshops that will engage the children and allow them to learn hands-on.
You will also have the chance to work on a renovation project at one of our partner schools with the aim of creating a safer and more inspiring learning environment. You could be painting an educational mural, renovating a playground, creating a library, installing a hand-washing station and more!
Following an induction and orientation when you arrive, your project days will be Monday-Friday with the weekend free to travel and explore. We recommend heading to Siem Reap to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat temple complex, an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
After your challenge you can join our optional extension trip, where you'll spend a week touring some of Cambodia's most beautiful natural landscapes and important cultural sites. Your journey starts in Phnom Penh where you'll explore Toul Sleng, the Killing Fields and the Royal Palace. Next you'll head to Sen Monorom where you'll be trekking across stunning Cambodian scenery with hill tribe home stays and discovering elephants, waterfalls and much more along the way! Finally you'll head to Kratie for a Mekong river boat trip and a chance to see Irrawaddy dolphins!
It’s amazing to see how the playground we built and the English and STEM skills we taught can make such a visible difference in the lives of these kids and their community, but the impact these little legends had on me, with their constant smiles, resourcefulness and eagerness to learn, will change the way I tackle life forever”Andrew Mair - La Trobe University student
Without fail, every day all of our students ran up to us with the biggest smiles, open arms and their books in their hands ready to learn. These moments, coupled with the biggest goodbye hugs not only made me so excited to go to school everyday but also made my heart so full.Sarah Young - University of Wollongong student
When I signed up to this trip, I though I was signing up to teach. Now I realise I have learnt just as much, as well as learning the importance of being a Global Citizen. It's easy to take a blind eye to the disparities around us but it takes courage and empathy to be aware of and understand the wider world.Brokke Marcinkowski - University of Wollongong student
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!
In Cambodia, we are working towards the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work on the Cambodia Community Challenge, you will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: