On this volunteer challenge you will spend two weeks working on a variety of projects aimed at improving education quality in Cambodia. You will be challenged to step outside of your comfort zone and think creatively while immersing yourself in local culture and helping provide local children and their families a brighter future.
If you want to get experience working with children or teaching, are interested in grass-roots community development or are someone who just wants to use their skills to make a difference, the Cambodia Community Challenge is perfect for you!
You will be volunteering in one of our partner schools to teach a range of workshops that supplement the national curriculum and improve education quality. You could be teaching 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 volunteer 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 volunteer 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 volunteering program you can join our optional extension trip for $800, 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 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: