- Official Language(s)
- 15.5 million
- % of Population Below Poverty
- 20% (3.1 million people)
- GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
- $2,60 (Canada = $43,100)
- UN's Human Development Index (?)
Why volunteer in Cambodia?
Cambodia is rich in natural resources; however, decades of war and internal conflict have left it amongst the world’s poorest countries with deep social and economic scars. During the Vietnam War, two million rural Cambodians were made refugees who fled to the capital, Phnom Pehn. Then, in 1975, the Khmer Rouge rose to power and in three years killed between one and three million Cambodians, most of those living in the capital. We want you to help these people by being a volunteer in Cambodia.
Volunteers work on projects in the rural Phnom Voar area of the Kep municipality, which is located on the south coast of Cambodia, roughly three hours by car from Phnom Penh. Despite Kep’s charm and natural beauty, which has made it an increasingly popular tourist destination, it still lacks basic infrastructure and remains one of the poorest and least developed regions of Cambodia. Phnom Voar is a notorious place in Cambodia, known for being one of the fiercest battlegrounds between the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian government during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s. This area was one the final stands for the Khmer Rouge resistance, with fighting lasting until 1994. The area is still largely populated by former Khmer Rouge families, who have spent the past fifteen years or so years focused on peaceful development.
Volunteers work side-by-side with Cambodians on locally driven community development projects in the Kep area. Our in-country partner, Equitable Cambodia, is a local non-government organization whose goal is to increase the standard of living in the community by improving health, education, and livelihoods of rural farmers and their families. In recent years, our volunteers have built more than 25 dream homes for families in the village of Chamcar Bei who previously had inadequate shacks as homes. Volunteers assist with various water projects, including building latrines, dams and water gates, digging wells and installing irrigation pipes, around the community of Odong. No special skills are required.
Choose your trip
ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and includes in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with our partner. It does not include airfare. However, the entire trip cost, including airfare if paid through DWC, is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
HIGH SCHOOL TRIPS: A two-week High School trip varies in price and is often based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors.
Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered to volunteer in Cambodia so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.
See our volunteers in action!
Have 30 seconds? Watch a time lapse video of an entire dream home being built by a team of DWC volunteers and locals:
When can I go?
|PROJECT DATES||COMMUNITY||IN-COUNTRY PARTNER||DETAILS|
March 16 - March 30, 2019
Mar 16 - Mar 30, 2019
|Odong, Kep province||Equitable Cambodia||Explore Trip »|
November 23 - December 7, 2019
Nov 23 - Dec 7, 2019
|Odong, Kep Province||Equitable Cambodia||Explore Trip »|
Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.
How much does it cost?
We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Cambodian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.
After you are done volunteering, we recommend you take in Cambodia’s rich culture by visiting Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap and the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. Once known as the Pearl of Asia, Phnom Penh is famous for its pagodas, museums and French-influenced and traditional Khmer architecture. Visit the French Quarter, silk farms, bird sanctuary and craft shops of Siem Reap. Travel by ferry along the coast of Tonle Sap (Sap Lake) to view the floating villages and one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world.