Volunteer in Cambodia: Most Affordable & Real Impact!

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About

UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Volunteer in one of these world-class projects:

CAREGIVING
-->Caring and teaching for children from poor backgrounds
-->Caring for children with disabilities

EDUCATION
-->Hospitality vocational training
-->Teaching English

CONSTRUCTION
-->Light painting and renovation

MEDICAL
-->Medical assistance

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
-->Advancing women's rights

BUSINESS
-->Microfinance and income generation

LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
-->Advancing community rights

NGO SUPPORT
-->Strengthening NGO capacity

Visit ubelong.org for more detail - the journey of a lifetime starts there!

Highlights
  • **24/7 in-country support
  • **Volunteer on projects that truly need you
  • **Live in the heart of Phnom Penh and enjoy delicious meals every day
  • **Go with a US based organization - legitimacy and peace of mind
  • **The #1 program in Phnom Penh and with the best reviews!

Questions & Answers

Be ready to go with the flow! You don't get much info about where you're working until your first day really (at least for our teaching english to younger kids projects). We also take tuk tuks to work everyday and sometimes the drivers late - I was so stressed that we would look bad showing up to work late, but no one minded. Weekend plans all over the country are sometimes booked last minute and...

Reviews

95%
based on 34 reviews
  • Impact 8.6
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.4
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Sandra
10/10

Meeting all my needs

I had some specific goals in mind when I started looking for volunteering abroad. I wanted not just to help out, I also wanted to make a contribution to society and learn something as well. Therefore, it took me quite some time to find the organisation that met my needs but when I found UBELONG I was convinced right away. Afterwards, I can say it was the best decision I ever made!

How can this program be improved?
The website looked a bit basic at first, but it has improved a lot over the summer with all the pictures and stuff!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Leah
9/10

UBELONG Experience in Phnom Penh

UBELONG was a great program to go through. This was my first time abroad outside the US, so you could imagine my hesitance, worry, and confusion. Beyond all that, my mentor was patient with my many questions and constant emails. UBELONG also had a great online community, especially the Facebook Page, which shared photos and experiences of other volunteers. The program helped to set me up with a project that related to my professional work and background, with I appreciated. I would definitely recommend UBELONG and already have to other colleagues and fellow students who desire a volunteer abroad experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Simon
9/10

Great organization, great experience

UBELONG enables volunteers to engage in meaningful projects in areas such as Human Rights, Microfinance and NGO work in countries all over the world. UBELONG has a well deserved reputation of attracting extremely talented young people from all over the world. It offers great service with a mentor assigned to you that is always available. All at considerably lower prices compared to others organizations which it makes it seem as if money is used with purpose.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Karen
10/10

Experience of a Lifetime

We would repeat our UBELONG experience again and again. We got to see a whole new part of the world and make an impact on the people while there. We loved our project. Through our experience we learned so much about the culture and grew from it. We made lasting friendships with the other volunteers from all over the world. The staff at the volunteer house was extremely helpful with anything you could ask, made great food for all the meals, and kept the house extremely clean and sage. UBELONG and the local staff took great care of us. My only regret is that we didn't stay longer!

How can this program be improved?
This is actually an extremely difficult question. I can't really think of anything I would change about my experience or any ways to improve it. They set it up extremely well and I honestly can't think of any possible improvements.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Rena
9/10

Phnom Penh

UBELONG has changed my aim and the direction I would like to take with my life. I knew that volunteering would change my point of view, but with UBELONG, it was the best experience! After coming back home, I am 100% sure that I will keep on doing volunteering every year, visiting different countries and meeting with terrific people. Living in another country and adapting to a different culture really makes you so much more mature and strengthens up your awareness. With UBELONG, I became a better person, I didn't only help the people in Phnom Penh, but actually was helped and taught a lot by them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Doris
10/10

Volunteering in Cambodia was an incredible opportunity.

Not only did I get to visit a new country for the first time, but I also formed relationships with local Khmer and volunteers from all over the world. The people, food, and countryside were absolutely beautiful. My only regret was not staying there longer.

How can this program be improved?
Be more clear about the kind of work beforehand, and be more clear about the actual impact and cons with bringing gifts to children at orphanage.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cashet80
10/10

Great experience

I enjoyed my experience volunteering. Everything was painless beforehand so really not much to say. Price was really good and I liked going with an American company. I didn't except much going into the experience so was easy to please, but still came away impressed by the support of all the staff. It was a first time UBELONG experience for me and glad I did it as part of my gap year before freshman year. I signed up to work with disabled children but ended up teaching English. I found the first project to be a bit shocking, the children were in bad shape and I had in trouble adjusting. It was tough to leave but in of itself I learned a lot about myself. I found teaching to be very rewarding and working with the other volunteers very meaningful.

How can this program be improved?
My complaint would be the tuk-tuk drivers who would wait for us outside the house and overcharge us for rides. It took some getting used to but by the end I had my bargaining down.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lacey
8/10

Cambodia, Caring for orphans

Review:
My trip to Phnom, Penh, Cambodia wouldn’t have been successful if it wasn’t for UBELONG Volunteer Organization. UBELONG offered amazing, helpful guidance throughout every step of my trip, starting with meetings before hand to talk about any concerns or questions I had, what to expect from the trip, safety, and even packing details. Traveling across the world, alone, at 19 years young can be a little scary, and frightening, I didn’t know what to expect and was a bit confused on what to do once I arrived in the city. Through UBELONG though all my worries vanished, I arrived at 1am and there was a UBELONG Worker waiting for me at the airport who then transported me to my volunteer stay home, on the way there he informed me of some Cambodian facts, and told me a little bit about the place. I felt so safe, and relieved once I met him and he made me feel so comfortable. The next day I met all the other volunteers and started my journey. UBELONG checked in with me constantly, asking how I was doing, how I liked my project, and if I had any questions throughout the whole trip. They even did a follow up after my trip as well. UBELONG really showed me that they care about their volunteers and that they are passionate about what a UBELONG Volunteer is, they are such caring, positive people and they really helped open my eyes, and take chances on my trip. My trip would not have been the same without the support from UBELONG that I received. Their passion for wanting to be a positive change, help others, and educate other people on their mission really makes volunteering for them all worth it. They have inspired me to want to continue to be a part of the UBELONG community, as I have decided to go on another trip next fall and to stay motivated to be a part of their impact on this world of ours.

How can this program be improved?
Knowing about the interviews and links of other volunteers prior to the trip
Yes, I recommend this program
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Erica
10/10

Amazing Summer in Phnom Penh

My experience with UBELONG was fantastic. I could not have found a more well-organized or better prepared organization through which to volunteer and I'm incredibly appreciative of the support, guidance and encouragement I received along the way.

I chose UBELONG in large part because the organization's mission resonated with me and throughout my time in Phnom Penh, I found that both the UBELONG team and their local partners in Cambodia adhered to the values and practices they promoted in all of their online and printed materials. They encouraged us to be open-minded and gracious at all times and they reminded us of the importance of being volunteers and visitors rather than tourists. UBELONG promotes cultural sensitivity and encourages people to participate who are truly interested in making a positive difference in the world around them. Not only did I enjoy meeting the locals with whom I lived and worked in Phnom Penh, but I also felt a connection right away to the other UBELONG volunteers.

In addition to promoting the type of atmosphere I was seeking in an international volunteer experience, the UBELONG team also provides excellence service to its volunteers. Whenever I had a question or concern, Cedric responded promptly with a thorough response or explanation. Whether I reached out before, during or after my time overseas, I knew who to contact and I trusted that I would be acknowledged, supported and cared for as part of the UBELONG extended family and volunteer team.

Thank you, UBELONG - I could not have asked for a better experience and I look forward to participating again in the future and encouraging others to do the same!

Yes, I recommend this program
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bfri
9/10

UBELONG Cambodia

I volunteered in Cambodia for 3 months at the end of 2012 in the Advancing Community Rights program. UBELONG was able to provide me with my first experience working with NGOs abroad, which has given me some understanding of how development work functions in other parts of the world. Through my volunteering experience with UBELONG I gained some comfort with the procedures NGOs go through to function, such as surveying the sites of beneficiaries, seeking potential donors, and writing important documents like project proposals and concept notes. Living in Cambodia was also extremely useful for gaining some understanding of what life is like in the culture and country of the beneficiaries. Additionally, UBELONG gave me the opportunity to cultivate relationships with likeminded individuals among other volunteers from around the world.

How can this program be improved?
Fast responses to volunteer concerns about partner NGOs
Yes, I recommend this program
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Volunteer5
10/10

Amazing exeperience in Cambodia

Deciding to volunteer abroad can be very overwhelming with all the options that are available, but UBELONG was great in helping me make the decision to volunteer in the Advancing Community Rights project in Phnom Penh for five weeks. UBELONG is a reputable organization that will provide you with all the assistance, information and support that you need to have a positive experience.

I was very impressed with UBELONG and can't speak highly enough about my experience in Cambodia. Thank you to my mentor Cedric and the rest of the UBELONG team for helping me have an experience of a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Charles
10/10

a valuable experience in cambodia

I had a very valuable experience in Cambodia. It was a beautiful opportunity to learn about the country and its people. I volunteered with children with disabilities along with a friend from France for 2 weeks. It was a very real chance to work and give back. Difficult at times but we feel that we helped a lot. We saw the project to be very well run and we appreciated the support from the Ubelong team in the US and Cambodia. Especially for the price we think it is a great value and we hope to someday return.

How can this program be improved?
Most of the other volunteers were English speaking. It was OK for me, I speak English fine, but future volunteers with Ubelong in Cambodia might want to note this if they do not feel comfortable in an English context.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Leonor
10/10

I would do it again without hesitation!

"Willing to do something" It´s not always enough. Sometimes we need tools to do so. Thank you UBELONG for being the tool I needed to achieve the goal of being a Volunteer, and looking after me the 6 amazing weeks I spent in Cambodia! For those who have the will, don't hesitate, I highly recommend you to do it through UBELONG!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jargi
10/10

Awesome experience in Cambodia with UBELONG

I volunteered for 6 weeks in Microfinance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and honestly it has been one of the best decisions I've made. UBELONG and Raul have been extremely helpful every step of the way, and the placement overall exceeded all my expectations, both in terms of the other volunteers I met at the guesthouse and the work I did in Cambodia.

I had the pleasure of meeting Raul and Cedric on a couple of occasions while in Cambodia and received fantastic advice regarding my future career and academic aspirations for which I am very grateful for. I hope to keep in touch with the UBELONG team in the future and I can honestly say that you will not regret going through UBELONG to do any of the volunteering opportunities you're interested in!

A fantastic organisation!

Yes, I recommend this program
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João
10/10

Best choice

I couldn't be happier with my decision of volunteering in Cambodia through UBELONG. When you decide to undertake such a journey, you want to feel you're dealing with people who know what they are doing. And UBELONG does. They provided me with the necessary support, advice and enthusiasm during both pre- and post-departure process, allowing me to make the most of my volunteer experience. Before departure, I received a comprehensive Preparation Briefing and had a safety meeting with my mentor, which really helped me prepare for the trip. None of the volunteers from other organizations I met had anything remotely similar to that. I especially like the fact that UBELONG has a philosophy behind its programs. They talk not only about helping others, but also about stepping out of your comfort zone, building emotional strength and achieving personal growth. I think that helped me keep my mind always open and watch out for the changes that this volunteer experience was operating in myself -- when maybe the natural reaction would be staying on the defensive side.

Yes, I recommend this program

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