In Cambodia, over 16% of families live below the poverty line. The average literacy rate is 77%, with only 49% of eligible students enrolling in school. Where we work in Battambang, secondary school drop-out rates are over 20% and the successful graduation rate from year 12 is only 13%.
We believe that education is the key to ending the poverty cycle. As a community challenge volunteer you will be helping us drive forward our long-term education goals in our community. Working at a supplementary education centre or government primary and secondary schools, you will be designing and delivering hands-on workshops that supplement the rigid government curriculum and get children excited about going to school.
You could be focusing on:
STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)
Your workshops will teach children important skills like critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork that will engage them in their education and help reduce drop-out rates.
Speak to a CAA representative about this program
When you arrive in Cambodia you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Khmer culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.
Over two weeks, you’ll volunteer Monday – Friday with the weekend free to do your own travel and exploring. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax and explore Battambang or do any required preparation for the next day.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport in Siem Reap or you can join our extension trip overland tour of Cambodia!
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the program!
After your volunteering you can join our optional extension trip for $900, 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 trek across stunning Cambodian scenery and spend the night in a homestay at a local hill tribe village. Finally you'll head to Kratie for a Mekong river boat trip and a chance to see Irrawaddy dolphins!
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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 foreverAndrew Mair - La Trobe University
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
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.Brooke Marcinkowski - University of Wollongong
Definitely the hardest and most rewarding 3 weeks of my life. I've learnt to be grateful for everything that we have in Australia, because there are kids that don't have the educational opportunities we all take for granted. Massive thank you to all the people of Cambodia for being so kind, the friends I've made along this trip and to Challenges Abroad for making this experience possible.Andrew Mudgway - Victoria University
To say my trip was an amazing experience would be a serious understatement. I learnt so much about the world and about myself through my time in Cambodia and I will never forget the generosity and spirit of the people I met along the way.Celine Chong - University of Queensland
The month we spent in Cambodia was beyond amazing both personally and as a group. The time spent in the community working was by far the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life. I can't wait to come back to Cambodia to see the amazing people, and hopefully help further develop areas of their lives such as medical care and education.Georgia Harrison - University of Wollongong
*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, your volunteering program will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: