A placement in Cambodia with Project Trust is an incredibly rewarding experience, offering plenty of opportunity to bring your own skills and interests to a project.
Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia and is still dealing with the effects of a long period of war and political instability. The Vietnam War had a huge impact, not only because of its indirect involvement but also the political developments it spawned, resulting in the notorious Pol Pot regime. This led to political and economic isolation and appalling human rights abuses. A shadow still hangs over Cambodia but it is becoming a player in the economic development of South East Asia once again.
Our projects in Cambodia are based in two regions with some Volunteers living in and around Siem Reap, near the breathtaking ancient temples of Angkor, and the others being in the more laid back coastal south. A bicycle is likely to be your mode of transport and you will make your way down dusty roads flanked by paddy fields.
In terms of travel Cambodia has much to offer, you will have plenty opportunity during your year to explore this fascinating country.
This means that as a Volunteer, you will need to be enthusiastic, positive and warm. Speaking English offers many young people the opportunity to work with tourists and really opens doors to your students.
Cambodia Volunteers must be hardworking and pragmatic. You will face challenging situations and work with children who live in poverty. Your students lives may have been impacted by HIV/AIDS and you need to emotionally resilient.
You need to be responsible, acting as a teacher and role model for the young people you work with. Good teaching abilities, sports and creativity are useful.
Nici Gurney | Thailand 06/07Country Coordinator for Cambodia
Nici is a Returned Volunteer (Thailand 06/07) who fell in love with Education and South East Asia in her year with Project Trust. After university she spent six years teaching in the region. She first visited Cambodia in 2008 and was overwhelmed by the warmth and strength of a pragmatic population whose recent history was so brutal.