The health system in Cambodia is severely under-resourced and under-staffed. There are only approximately 0.014 physicians for every 1000 patients across the country! Combined with a lack of community knowledge about basic hygiene and sanitation, preventing waterborne illness, food safety and sexual/reproductive health we see staggering statistics like maternal mortality rates being above 16% and life expectancy only 65.
As a health volunteer in Cambodia, you will be involved hands-on in our health education program. Working primarily with children in local primary and secondary schools you will be designing and delivering important health workshops that cover topics like:
Water and sanitation
Disease transmission and prevention
Female hygiene and menstruation
Habits for a healthy lifestyle
These workshops will help impact children and their families in Battambang to live healthier and longer lives.
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, visit local health centres 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!
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!
An incredible couple of weeks spending time in health centres, teaching basic first aid to local women and teaching health in a local school. What a wonderful opportunity I will always be incredibly grateful for.Hayley Boxall - Federation University
It is quite daunting going on a trip with people you haven’t met to a foreign country. But at the same time, it’s just amazing that you get to connect with them and make new friends. You’ll learn so much, both from teaching the kids and working with your mates. It’s also wonderful how you could use your own knowledge and capabilities to help a community in need.Long Nguyen - University of Melbourne
I enjoyed my group and made the most amazing memories with them. I literally could not fault my experience with all the amazing people and all the different groups that we got to make our impact with. I loved it. I have changed as a person and would highly encourage any person regardless of their career background to get involved and spread the help that is needed!Jordan Shawyer - Federation University
Cambodia has been such an incredible experience! I am forever grateful to have been part of a team who was able to support the Khmer locals and be part of a greater good. This trip has enabled me to become more grateful for everything.Dounya Abdullatif - Deakin University
*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!