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Make an impact at your community development internship in Cambodia
Travel in Cambodia and immerse yourself in the splendor and community of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, while developing projects to improve the lives of the local people.
Named after the Buddhist temple, Wat Phnom, at the center of the city, Phnom Penh has over 600 years of history and culture to unravel. From the temple-building Khmer Empire to colonialist times, from the Khmer Rouge to the restoration of the monarchy, there is so much to understand about Cambodia and its resilient people. You’ll even have the chance to learn the local language, Khmer, as you travel in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh is growing rapidly and faces significant urban development challenges. Your community development internship will target four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Goal #2: Zero Hunger, Goal #4: Quality Education, Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation, and Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities. This internship requires an innovative spirit and passion for service. You will create and build sustainable projects and resources that will underpin the Community Development program beyond the duration of your internship. The main goal of your internship is to empower local people to continue these projects long-term.
Where you’ll stay in Cambodia
Facilities in Phnom Penh will likely be more basic than those to which you’re accustomed. Please travel in Cambodia with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared rooms (usually same sex, unless otherwise requested) with shared bathroom facilities. Bedding (sheets, pillows, pillowcases) will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
There is running water available for cooking, showers, and flush toilet facilities. Food will be cooked in traditional local styles and vegetarians can be accommodated.
Activities & Training
Things to do during your community development internship
Volunteers are welcome to organize side trips during their free time or before and after their internship experience. All associated costs and travel expenses for such trips are not included in the internship fee and must be factored into the volunteer’s own budget.
During the week, you will learn the ins and outs of the project and receive teacher and community training from staff and experienced interns. Your time will be divided between specific projects according to the immediate needs of the community. We have aligned with local partner organizations to help us address current, pressing issues within this community. (Part of learning how to contribute to international development projects is listening carefully to the needs expressed by the local community you hope to serve.)
Weekends are yours to travel in Cambodia! You’ll be free to learn about the local culture and history, visit Siem Reap and the Buddhist and Hindu temples there, and explore tropical beaches and floating villages. (Pro-tip: See the sun rise over Angkor Wat.)
Good to Know
Visa Information for Cambodia
Field staff advise that you enter the country on an E-Class visa. For most nationalities this can be obtained upon arrival and extended in country. You will need one passport-size photo and will need to pay for your visa in US Dollars.
Please be aware that you are responsible for having the correct visa and any costs incurred in obtaining it and that on occasion this may need to be arranged in advance. Check with the immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit.
Health and safety
The nearest emergency medical facilities are located a few miles from the base. In addition, health and safety briefings are given to all volunteers when they arrive. Please note that we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for further information.