Thailand, Laos + Vietnam
Thailand, Laos + Vietnam
Population = 16 Million People
Currency = Cambodian Riel
Language = Khmer
Enjoy amazing scenery, charming culture and welcoming people when you volunteer in Cambodia with Challenges Abroad. Our volunteers are based in our hub in Battambang, a picturesque riverside city that really feels more like a country town. Here you can visit local cafes and restaurants, ride on the bamboo train, trek to the bat caves and explore some incredible temples in your spare time from volunteering.
You will also have the chance to visit Siem Reap, home to the incredible Angkor Wat temples and just 3 a hour drive from Battambang. After catching the sunrise at Angkor Wat and exploring all that the temple complex has to offer, you can visit the local markets, infamous ‘pub street’ and relaxing spas to wind down and chill out when you’re not volunteering.
Cambodia’s troubled and violent history during the Khmer Rouge regime has created many social and economic challenges that the country is still working to overcome. Even with recent progress, many marginalised groups don’t receive the support they need, living on the poverty line and lacking access to income generation opportunities, quality education and healthcare, which is why we need you to help us make a change.
You can choose from a range of volunteer projects to make an impact in Cambodia with Challenges Abroad, including:
Join our Challenges Abroad Cambodia Facebook group to learn more about our programs in Cambodia and speak to one of our past volunteers about their experience!
In Battambang you will be volunteering with our charity, the FutureSense Foundation. Our FutureSense Cambodia team are based in Battambang year-round and work with the local community to ensure that our volunteer programs are meeting current needs and are part of a long-term plan that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through this model our volunteers are able to make a contribution that will have an ongoing, positive impact in the community.
We are committed to making sure that our volunteer programs in Cambodia and around the world are ethical and sustainable, while safeguarding children that we work with and fostering global citizenship. You can learn more about our sustainable development projects in Cambodia by visiting the FutureSense website.
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
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
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
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