Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Cambodia from $360

Video and Photos

My last day
My last day
Cambodians in the Kratie Province celebrating Eid
Cambodians in the Kratie Province celebrating Eid
Angkor Wat around 6am
Angkor Wat around 6am
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Only 4 out of our 30 kids who stole my heart.
Who needs a snapchat filter when you have this little princess who makes you real flower crowns.
This little light of mine.
Sean (another IVHQ volunteer) and I with 5 of our gorgeous students

About

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Cambodia and 50+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 7 volunteer project options in Cambodia and give back for periods ranging from 2weeks to 24 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house or homestay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Cambodia, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Cambodia program is available year-round, starting on the first and third Monday of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $360 for 2 weeks - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 10-50 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Cambodia each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

Questions & Answers

No not at all :) - the only language requirement for all of the IVHQ programs is being able to speak English. But in saying that, it is great to learn bits and pieces if you can, I really struggled but it didn't inhibit my trip and everyone was grateful if you tried and extremely helpful :)

Reviews

94%
based on 45 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.3
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Gemma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely amazing!!

This was my first solo trip and it was way out of my comfort zone, I wasn't sure what to expect but it topped any expectations I had!
I loved every minute of my time at the Home of Joy orphanage in Siem Reap, it was absolutely amazing and it is actually pretty hard to put into words but it was a life changing experience!
I would recommend this program to everyone, the support post departure and on arrival is great. As I went by myself I was pretty nervous but the accommodation was great and I met so many great like minded people there from all over the world.

I can't recommend this high enough, I have encouraged a few friends to use the program and travel to Nepal next year, I am also super excited to be heading on my second trip with IVHQ to Vietnam in January with 2 of my best friends!! Love love love it, there are so many options and very reasonably price!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gemma, It's great to hear from you and thanks for taking the time out to share your thoughts on your IVHQ volunteer experience in Cambodia. We have similar feedback from so many of our volunteers who travel abroad to one of our programs solo and we are glad that you too benefitted from being able to connect to other volunteers from all over the world. We look forward to having you on our Hanoi program in January. See you soon!

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Tahlia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My volunteer experience

Prior to completing my program I had visited Cambodia twice with my family. We all completely fell in love with the culture and people there however were saddened by the horrific past and the number of people living in poverty. I vowed I would come back and try and help in any way possible. After talking to a few friends I decided to try volunteering, I travelled to Cambodia as part of a 6 week Southeast Asia trip but two weeks was no where near enough time for me! It is hard being a uni student and finding enough time but I still enjoyed every minute of it.

I was placed in the Missionary of Charity orphanage in Siem Reap which was a beautiful little orphanage for babies to 5/6 year olds. Our job mainly consisted of playing with and entertaining the children while making sure they were fed, bathed and looked after. This proved difficult at some times due to the adventurous and brave spirit of the children! The children are all so affectionate and love the attention and the carers and nuns who work there are very caring. There was limited teaching facilities which I was surprised by and I would have loved to try and run some classes however it was near to impossible with none of the children speaking any english.

Siem Reap is an amazing place and the volunteer house and staff there were so great. The house is a short walk from 'Pub Street' which is a street full of bars, clubs and great restaurants. Safe to say we enjoyed the social aspect of the whole thing! Overall I had the most incredible time and seeing the smiling excited faces of the children when we arrived in the morning made it all worth it. I loved it so much that I am returning in a few months! Would highly recommend to everyone interested.

What would you improve about this program?
Discussions among other volunteer companies, there were a few days where there was 6 or 7 volunteer staff to about 20 kids. Even though the kids loved it I thought this was not necessary and that if it was better organised. Some of the volunteers could have gone somewhere else in need.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tahlia, Thanks for sharing a little about your time volunteering with IVHQ in Cambodia. We often hear that our volunteers’ duration is not enough, but the good news is IVHQ offers volunteer programs throughout the year in over 30 different locations so there will always be a chance to do more at another time. Your experience in Cambodia sounds very rewarding and we are glad that we were able to facilitate this opportunity. We hope to see you on another IVHQ program again soon.

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Zita
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience at Joy Day Care

I was placed a Joy Day Care in Cambodia where my responsibilities included showering, feeding, teaching, playing with and cleaning up after children aged 2 to 6 years. The day started at about 9am, when the students were picked up and brought to the centre and ended at about 4pm when they were taken home. The students were divided into 3 'classes' and I worked mostly with the younger students.

What would you improve about this program?
Knowing details of my placement prior to arrival in Cambodia would have been helpful and made me feel more prepared. It would have been helpful to know what work I was going to be doing, the age groups of the children, the needs of the placement and other such information would have been beneficial beforehand.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Zita, it's great to read a little about what your childcare placement was like. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ in Cambodia.

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Mary
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Cambodia Loved Every Minute

For as long as I've known I have always wanted to volunteer overseas and I'm so glad I chose IVHQ and Cambodia as my first trip. It was amazing! So amazing that I wish I was still there! Best time ever!

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been great if I knew the age group of kids I was looking after and given more direction as to exactly what they expect from the volunteers. Also the resources needed prior to leaving for you trip so we can buy from home as well as the country you are volunteering in. More variety in the food provided as well as vegetarian options.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Mary, It’s great to read that you enjoyed your volunteer experience in Cambodia and we appreciate your feedback. Thanks for choosing IVHQ.

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Bella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Missionaries of Charity Memories

Hi all,
I just recently volunteered at the Missionaries of Charity Orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I applied for a two week programme however that is my biggest regret as two weeks was not enough. It was a massive step out of my comfort zone as I had never travelled in a foreign country solo however I would recommend it to anyone. It really gives you perspective on daily life as the experience encourages you to compare the life of the Cambodian locals and the life you live back at home. I learn to appreciate the basic necessities and become less materialistic. It was eye-opening to witness the happiness of the locals and sense of community despite living a very basic life.

I had an absolute blast at the orphanage and woke up very eager to return each day. The nuns were very accommodating and the children were super affectionate. Our role was to assist the workers with the children's daily routines, including bathing, feeding and entertaining. It was really rewarding to see the children smiling and loving the attention. The most difficult part was the language barrier as it was very hard to communicate with 0-5 year olds that obviously could not speak english. Nonetheless, I would definitely return.

The IVHQ programme provided quality accommodation and delicious food which added to smoothness of my experience.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing, it would be more communication between the CVF workers in terms of administrative matters.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Bella, Thanks for the feedback! It’s great reading about your experience and that you enjoyed everything from your placement to the volunteer accommodation. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ!

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Cambodian Adventure

My 4 weeks of volunteering at a disability day care centre in Phnom Penh was a real adventure as it was so different to anything I have ever done before. But it was the best adventure!
Hand of Hope Community looks after 25 children with varying disabilities (including autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities) and ages ranging from 5 to 22 years old. Each child's different and therefore the more individual attention that they receive the better. That is why alongside the 6 staff members at the centre, myself and another volunteer were never without something to do. From helping kids with cerebral palsy practise fine motor movements through educational toys, to drawing picture outlines for kids to colour in, to learning the numbers 1 to 10 with kids with intellectual disabilities, the list goes on. A definite highlight was the first dance party. Seeing the kids faces light up when the music started playing and dancing around the room like it was the only thing that mattered is a memory I will never forget. I want to share my experiences with everyone I meet, but I know the only way anyone would truly understand is if they went on their own adventure.
The support of IVHQ (and CVF in Cambodia) was exceptional and I am already looking at their programs in other countries for my next overseas volunteer adventure.

What would you improve about this program?
The orientation session held by CVF didn't answer all my questions as I thought it would. I understand that with such a large number of volunteers it had to be quite generalised, but it would have been good to find out a little more about our own placement that day so that we were more prepared going to work the next day. In the end it turned out okay and my questions were answered over my first few days at placement.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Anna, It’s great to read a little bit about life as a volunteer in Cambodia - thanks for sharing! It sounds like you had a very memorable experience and we are glad to have been able to facilitate this. We look forward to welcoming you onto another IVHQ program again in the future.

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Shanaz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most Amazing Experience!!

I just spent 2 weeks volunteering at Missionaries of Charities orphanage in Siem Reap and I can easily say it was one of the best experiences of my life! Where we were placed the kids were very young between 0-5 years old so our main role was to play, feed and bath them. They were so beautiful and always had smiles on their faces despite the unfortunate circumstances they have been placed in! I went with a friend and IVHQ did a great job at placing the both of us and we could not have asked for a better experience. We stayed at the volunteer house which personally I really enjoyed as it was really social and a great way to meet all the other volunteers. My only regret is not staying longer as I think Siem Reap is one of the best places I have ever visited so if you can try to be placed here. I would 100% recommend IVHQ and I can't wait for my next adventure!!!

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Jo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Inspiring and Rewarding - Loved it! Planning my next trip

I have now volunteered through IVHQ twice, in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, I was placed with Maryknoll organisation in Phnom Penh for 4 weeks teaching English along with computer skills to children aged between 8 to 16 years. This organisation provided free education and accommodation to these children who were all affected by AIDS. My placement was within walking distance with my day starting at 8am to midday and then back at 2pm- 4pm. On this occasion I stayed with a host family which was fantastic. The meals were great and really enjoyed the experience as I got to experience their family life and got to go visit their home province. I don't think this would of been possible if I stayed in the volunteer guest house.

In 2013, I went to Siem Reap and was accommodated in a volunteer house for approx. 4-5 weeks. I was placed with MOC which is an organisation that takes in children at risk because of family situations for a period of time until the family is in a situation to care for the child. I attended MOC in the morning for approx 3-4 hours. I helped with the washing, folding the clothes, cleaning, feeding the children and playing with them. MOC also supports these families with rice etc. In the afternoon I taught English at AOO, an organisation providing free English and computer lessons to underprivileged children. The children ranged from 3-16 years.

Some of my favourite moments would have to be the eagerness of the children to learn and they are absolutely inspiring. They were always so appreciative, friendly and welcoming. Arriving at MOC each morning and seeing those smiling faces was something I looked forward to each day. I great way to start the day!

Make sure you experience the culture, the people, respect their traditions and religion. You definitely leave a different person.

The IVHQ staff and the local volunteer organisation staff are just fantastic, nothing is a problem. It may not happen like you are used to in your own country but this is Cambodia and things are done differently. Relax and enjoy the experience.

What would you improve about this program?
In Siem Reap, I would recommend a policy of acceptable behaviour in the volunteer house be implemented more strictly, in particular going out partying to all hours and returning late / early hours of the morning.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jo, Thanks for the feedback, it’s great to hear about both of your volunteer experiences in Cambodia. We are looking forward to having you back for a third time.

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Dianne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A most amazing experience

My partner and I, both in our sixties, volunteered for the Cambodian program in September 2013.
Having never done this sort of thing we left Perth with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and a sense of nerviousness. We should never have worried as the whole experience was both sobering, exciting and gratifying.
We stayed in the Volunteer House with about 20 young people who, I have got to say, were some of the most amazing young adults I met in a long time. They embraced their volunteer jobs with enthusiasm and joy and it was fabulous at night, around the dinner table, to all be able to talk about our wonderful (and sometimes sad) daily experiences.
I was lucky enough to be placed in a PIO school near the old dump in Phnom Penh and my partner was the "handyman" for the school and the shelter. These children had very very little but the joy from attending school and also knowing they would be fed daily was a joy to behold.
Even with no teaching experience, this was a wonderful 2 weeks spent with about 32 truely beautiful 8-12yolds who, did not have very much, except their beautiful bright smiles and their thirst for knowledge.
Brian made a huge difference with the things that could be fixed and mended.....a huge list...and the children were so grateful for running water and to be able to watch a newly fixed, very old TV. Things that we, in Australia, just take for granted.
We were sad when our time finished but consider ourselves so lucky to have done what we did, meet the amazing people we met, along with the staff, and I honestly can say I came away learning a lot more than I actually taught.
With all the excitement of our experiences and stories now being told at home I have had at least 3 people...one my 22 year old son, wanting details of the IVHQ program.

What would you improve about this program?
The safety issues at the Volunteer House, but these have been reported and I have been assured are being looked into.
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Some of the most amazing weeks of my life

The three weeks I spent volunteering at an orphange in Phnom Penh are some of the most amazing weeks of my life. IVHQ made the experience a great one with their low cost and supportive staffing. I met other volunteers during my time there and made some great friends. I miss the kids and the workers at the orphange every day and I really hope I can go back one day. I didn't experience any problems, it was smooth sailing, and the in country support was always there.

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Nadine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic experience, Cambodia is now one of my favourite countries

The program I signed up for was computer support, I had no idea what I was going to be doing when I arrived but that was fine. The Cambodian agency that was organising everything was only 2/3 months old and they wanted me to help them create a few databases for their records of staff and volunteers. I was expecting to get out and into the 'field' but helping them was very rewarding as well. The staff were awesome and so helpful. They were very accommodating to the other volunteers and actively sought out new positions if the first one wasn't right for them. The food was great at the house and I felt very at home there. I would recommend this program to everyone I talk to... and I have :)

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Eduard
6/10
No, I don't recommend this program

O.K. but some room for improvement

My girlfriend and I did the IVHQ-Program for 20 weeks.
The IVHQ-Program was quite cheap and altough I never meet a direct employee of IVHQ they know more or less whats going on.
I'm not unsatisfied with my stay in Cambodia but there are a few things I was not particular happy about.

1. IVHQ didn't tell us where we were going to stay ( name and address of the guesthouse ect.) beforehand. They told us that this wasn't possible because of the local organisation. That was not true. They rather want to avoid further work when people want to change accomodation beforehand.
This made us feel unsafe and wortied bofore we left for Cambodia.
The guesthouse they brought us to was ok but not that great either.
We changed it because we didn't want to stay there for 4 months.

2. The partner organisations are not always that great. We were lucky and worked with CCOLT. A really good orphanage. But some were less fortunate.

I am sure that IVHQ is one of the better programs and it's not unsafe or so but there is much you could improve.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thank you for your review. In Cambodia, IVHQ have a number of home stays and more than one guesthouse that our volunteers could be placed in. Volunteer accommodation is organised close to your program start date and is done entirely by our local staff. This is because it is not until close to your arrival date that our local staff will know where you will be working due to demand and availability and in turn what accommodation options are available to that placement. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on your orphanage placement and appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback.

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solberer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing

Cambodia changed my life. Since I have been home, I long to go back each and every day. The country and people and experienced so much heartbreak, yet they still live each and every day to the fullest. I would recommend this program to everyone, however, don't expect to leave Cambodia behind; it will become part of your life forever.

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hannah_
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Went in '11... already planning to return '12

Going to Cambodia was the most incredible experience of my life. Everyday my friend and I were able to teach english to every child in our orphanage school because of the way it was set-up, which was both challenging (alot of kids and classes) but so amazing because we were able to see every child every day.
It didn't take long to get into a nice rhythm of breakfast, class, lunch (and considerable hang out time) class, dinner and more hang out time.
Living in the volunteer house with everyone in Phnom Penh was definitely a highlight, I met so many lovely people and shared so many great experiences of temples, markets and beaches with them.
My expectation of this trip went from being completely daunted in the first 2 hours of landing, to feeling happy at 2.5 hours, comfortable wandering around the city in 2 days, and fine going to the market by myself in 2 weeks.
Bottom line... I want to go back, the people are generous, the children are so joyful even though they have very little and the country is beautiful!!!!!!!!

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Tegan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing experience of my life!

I spent 7 weeks volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was placed in a school through an organisation called the People's Improvement Organisation (PIO). PIO provide free education for underprivelaged children, particularly the children living in the slums and working on the garbage dump.

Each day starts at about 7:30am when the children arrive until 11:00am when there is a 3 hour break for lunch. The children then come back to school for another three hours. At first I hired a tuk tuk to take me to my placement and back home each day. After the first week I wanted a cheaper and more flexible option so I chose to rent a scooter for the remaining 6 weeks of my stay. This gave me greater flexibility, meaning I could leave the school for the three hour break and return for the afternoon shift.

I spent my days teaching the children how to read and write English. I taught children from as young as 3 years to 13 years. We played games, read stories, created artwork and did a lot of reading and writing. The children were amazing and inspiring, I didn't want to leave!

My highlights were:
- Meeting many inspiring people and making some amazing, lifelong friends in the fellow volunteers, the volunteer coordinators, the family owners of the guest house, the children I taught and the teachers I worked with.
- Experiencing the culture of Cambodia; the people, the language, traditions, religions, history.... it was all so amazing, eye opening, heart wrenching and inspiring.
- Travelling! I had a lot of time to travel around and see the sights! Every weekend I caught a bus with other volunteers... we travelled all around Cambodia and experienced so much!