A gap year in Cambodia with Project Trust is an incredibly rewarding experience, offering a varied workload with plenty of opportunity to bring your own skills and interests to a project.
Volunteer in Cambodia
Project Trust’s Cambodia Gap Year projects involve aspects of teaching and social care. In Siem Reap Volunteers work as English language teachers in a children’s home. In addition to teaching they run clubs, organise extra-curricular activities and provide support for the children. The Volunteers placed outside Phnom Penh work in a children’s home for children and teenagers living with HIV. Their timetable involves informal lessons, arts and crafts, organising extracurricular activities for the children, and generally getting involved in anything and everything.
Phnom Penh is a chaotic and intriguing place which can feel like an assault on the senses. Wat, often described as one of the wonders of the world, is just outside Siem Reap. Life in the cities can often seem a world away from the realities of day-to-day life in rural Cambodia and seeing both is vital to an in-depth understanding of the country.
Meenakshi, Cambodia Gap Year Volunteer
Why volunteer in Cambodia?
Supporting the care and education of vulnerable children and young people is a demanding but incredibly rewarding role. As a Volunteer in Cambodia you’ll get to see young people build their self esteem, develop confidence and improve their communications skills.
A long-term volunteering placement in Cambodia is a great opportunity if you’re interested in history, language or religion. Cambodia has a fascinating, if challenging, history, from the Khmer empire to the civil war and Pol Pot to the present day. The main language in Cambodia is Khmer, which as a Volunteer you’ll learn so you can communicate better with the young people you are working with. Buddhism is the county’s major religion, giving you a great insight into a different philosophy and way of life.
Explore the streets of Phnom Penh and enjoy an iced-coffee on a street corner.
Take a boat trip on the biggest lake in South East Asia, the Tonle Sap and visit the floating villages and markets.
“The children in the orphanage I was volunteering in need stable presences in their lives. Short-term placements would only damage their stability. Through being at my project long-term I was able to be more productive and saw my teaching improve dramatically.”
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