Projects Abroad Teen Volunteer Abroad Program in Cambodia

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Spend 2, 3 or 4 weeks in the summer in Cambodia as a high school student volunteering abroad! Projects Abroad offers three teen volunteer programs in Cambodia:
Care & Community, Conservation & Community, and Public Health.

Get a taste of what it's like to teach young children in orphanages, or dive through warm Cambodian waters to clean coral reefs, or get involved in pubic health education in communities in need. Engage in cross-cultural communication with the Cambodian locals and curious children, and get ready to have an amazing eye-opening volunteer abroad experience. For more details, visit Projects Abroad's site for high school programs!

  • Choose a project you are passionate about that fits your interests
  • Get 24/7 support from our local staff
  • Volunteer with other teenagers from around the world and make lifelong friend
  • Make a difference where it is needed most
  • Have fun exploring the country and its culture over the weekends

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Questions & Answers

Hi Anna. This varies as we have a lot of different group joining us, so it varies depending on the country, project, and even the session in which you decide to join. Some groups are small with around 5 volunteers, and some are as big as 40 volunteers per group!


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Summer 2019

I really enjoyed my expierence, the children were incredible and throughly enjoyed learning new english words. The staff were constantly there to help us translate words when communication got tough or when there was a problem. At the start of the trip they brought lots of drink cans which we could go and get at any point in the day we wanted, to help us in the heat. We took regular breaks when renovating the building and we took afternoons off to explore phonm penh. On the weekend we drove up to Siam Reap, to see Angkor Wat. We made sure to maximise the short 2 weeks we were in this country, I made great freinds all over the world who I am still regularly in touch with. I wouldn’t of wanted to spend my summer any other way, it was an expierence of a lifetime.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first time seeing the children, I wondered if it would be challenging to communicate, but it wasn’t at all.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this excellent review. Projects Abroad and the local community really appreciated your help on the High School Specials Care & Community project in Cambodia. We hope to see you again soon on one of our projects or internships.

Chhoem Boeb, Country Director for Cambodia

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Projects Abroad Teenage specula Cambodia

This was an extremely rewarding experience that really broadened my horizons. Really eye opening and meaningful work carried out, my only criticism would be maybe we could have done a little more work and it felt a little disrespect staying in such good accommodation but I don recognize this was really safe but maybe an option of with a host family could be more grounding and give a more representative interpretation of Cambodian culture. It was so easy and the whole projects abroad community was so helpful with and problems.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
How easy it was traveling alone for the first time I easily transitioned several connecting flights with no hassle and How safe and beautiful the country is was amazing
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Arron,
Thanks for your great review. We strive to meet expectations like yours, we’re happy to hear that we hit the mark for you. Thank you for your contribution towards our ongoing High School Specials Care & Community project in Cambodia - your help is really appreciated. We hope to see you again on one of our projects!

Chhoem Boeb, Country Director for Cambodia

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Care&Community High School Specials, Cambodia

This July I joined many other volunteers from around the world on a Care and Community High School Specials Project with Projects Abroad in Cambodia. During my time on this project, I got to experience many different aspects of the country including their culture and their way of life. I got to spend several days in two remote schools on Silk Island, this was truly a big eyeopener. In these schools I got to teach the kids basic English and create friendships during different activities, such as games, singing and dancing. I also got to leave my mark on the school by doing some renovation work, such as painting and plastering walls and concreting paths just outside of the schools. While working with the kids was our main priority, we also went on many cultural and historical trips to give us a better insight on the country we were working in. We visited land marks such as the Killing Fields and the S-21 Genocide Museum, Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples, The Silk Factory on Silk Island and many more. The staff had us busy every evening, be it taking us out for dinner, planning sessions at the hotel, or showing us around the beautiful city of Phnom Penh. The accommodation was very satisfactory and I experienced no issues. I have made some lifelong friends on this trip and will never forget it. There were a mix of staff from all different countries and every one of them were so friendly and helpful. They made sure we got to experience Cambodia as best we could and really made this the trip of an lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
In my honest opinion, I can't think of any ways this that this programme could be improved. every aspect of my time abroad was a lifer changing experience.
Response from Projects Abroad

Thanks for sharing, Dervla! We understand that you are travelling a long way to get to your project and that you are staying for just a few weeks, which is why we design High School Specials so you are busy with both your project work and exploring the culture around you. We are glad to hear you had such an amazing time in Cambodia with the kids as well as your fellow volunteers and our staff. Hope to see you again in another one of our projects soon.

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Wonderful experience with Projects Abroad!!!

My experience with Projects Abroad was amazing and I can't wait to partake in another trip. I travelled to Cambodia for two weeks to join one of theirCare & Community High School Special volunteer programs. I was given plenty of resources and information prior to my trip in order to prepare and arrange my travels and was provided a lot of support from Projects Abroad in order to make sure that I was given every little detail of information and reassurance that I needed before heading off on the journey of a lifetime.
On my trip I got to experience the unique culture of Cambodia with the help of the Projects Abroad staff that accompanied the school aged volunteer group that I was with. They provided us with resources and materials to use at our placement in the local schools to help teach the children as well as to restore the school facilities.
I got to meet many new people whilst on my trip and made many amazing friends with people from many different countries around the world. A highlight of my trip was spending one of my final days at the school playing games and singing songs with all the smiley children and other volunteers as we had a farewell lunch in the schoolyard.

What would you improve about this program?
This project was amazing and I could not fault one aspect of my trip or experience with Projects Abroad.
Response from Projects Abroad

Dear Kali,
It's great to hear you had such an amazing time in Cambodia! We do understand that you are traveling very far away to a distant culture - often for the first time and on your own - which is why our staff members work hard to prepare you for your trip with all the necessary information before you leave and keep that support up throughout your entire stay. We are happy to hear you had such a rewarding experience with the kids you helped with and with the other volunteers. Hope to see you again in another one of our projects soon!

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Great support for adventurous teen

I took the leap at the young age of 16 and decided to fly half way around the world to volunteer with Projects Abroad. I signed up for their High School Projects without evening knowing where Cambodia was!!! Projects abroad helped and assisted me with everything. My trip leader was beyond amazing, a real support buddy and I later learned that the team did an incredible job at supporting my Mum with all her nervous questions!!

The Staff at Projects Abroad were there to support us 24/7 in country and back Home. It was a well run program and I felt I was in safe hands. I recommended this program to someone else and they had an experience very like my own which was great to hear. It’s great to know that the team at Projects Abroad believe in what they do.

Accommodation was great, basic but very comfortable. I had my own bed, shared bathroom and space for my suitcase at the end of my bed to store my belongings. Accommodation was always clean, neat and tidy. Drinking water was always available. At night there was a night guard although it did feel it was in a pretty safe area.

I am so glad that I went with Projects Abroad for this trip and couldn't imagine having gone with anyone else.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was well thought out.
Response from Projects Abroad

Hi Natalie. It is wonderful to hear you had such an amazing time in Cambodia. A fantastic aspect of our High School Specials is that we organize every activity for you so you can really seize the day and be as helpful as you can with the community, while also getting to explore everything they have to offer. It is also a great way to meet friends from around the world who share the same perspective as you, which is always refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

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Volunteering in Cambodia - High School Special

I volunteered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 2 weeks in December 2015. I was 17 years old at the time and have never traveled outside of the United States, so all of it was totally new to me. There were 13 volunteers and we were from 4 different countries, and we all got along great. We stayed in a nice hotel and the hotel staff was very friendly. During the week we would go to our placement which was a daycare center and a kindergarten on an island, located about an hour from our hotel. During the weekend we traveled to Siem Reap, which was about an 8 hour bus ride on a bumpy, dirt road. We ended up getting a flat tire and had to stand in the 95 degree weather for about 45 minutes. But it was definitely part of the experience. While in Siem Reap we visited the temples and went to the night markets. The second week we went back to the placements and finished our work of painting, gardening, and making resources.
The staff definitely made me feel safe and welcomed the entire trip. Without them or the other volunteers my experience would have been totally different. This was one of the best decisions I've ever made and it definitely helped me grow as a person.

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The Summer Of My Life

The summer of 2014 I participated in the High School Special program in Cambodia for Care & Community. The previous summer I went to Europe for my first time and realized that I absolutely love traveling and seeing new places. For this summer I wanted to see someplace new but I also wanted to get involved. Projects Abroad gave me exactly what I was looking for. Over the course of two weeks I worked alongside nine other volunteers at a day care center for children 3-6 years old. Projects Abroad was beyond helpful from the planning process to the return home. After talking back and forth with some staff and attending an online information session my parents happily put me on a plane to Cambodia. There was never a moment where I felt nervous or unsafe during my trip. As soon as I stepped off the plane I was met with a staff member and a car to transport me to my placement house. Everything was very organized and easy. I stayed in an apartment with the other volunteers and the outstanding project supervisors. My supervisor was very friendly and had answers to any and all of my questions. We were building a garden and a playground at the daycare, which was something I had never done before. Any of my concerns washed away as soon as we got there. We arrived to two friendly staff members who had all the tools necessary and the guidance we needed. During the two weeks Projects Abroad organized different activities where we got to experience the Cambodian culture. We traveled to Angkor Wat to visit the ancient temples, we toured S-21 and the Killing Fields to learn about the country’s history, and we went out to eat at local restaurants. I made lifelong friends with the other volunteers during my trip and I am planning on doing another volunteer abroad experience with this company. The staff at Projects Abroad are all very impressive and on top of every detail. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to volunteer abroad. Volunteering abroad, helping underprivileged children, meeting so many different people, and getting to see the world are just a few of the wonderful opportunities Projects Abroad provides you with. I will always remember my time in Cambodia!!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change about this program is the cost. Yes you are paying for room and board and an experience of a lifetime. But the cost doesn't include airfare and you are paying to volunteer. If the cost was a little cheaper I would be doing them all the time.