International Development in Cambodia

International Development Work in Cambodia

Quick Overview

Our International Development & Human Rights Intern program in Cambodia is a very important part of the work we do abroad to help poor, disadvantaged communities. We invite students, career breakers and compassionate human rights workers to join us in our mission. Sign up for our internship and make a difference to the local people of Cambodia, whilst adding a competitive edge to your resume and gaining invaluable work experience to enhance your career. Along the way, you’ll meet some incredible people, make friends for life through community living, and you’ll get the chance to travel around in this amazing part of South East Asia. It’s more than just a volunteering project – it’s a life changing and immersive experience. One that you will treasure and look back on forever. We provide a fun, exciting and meaningful internship program and we make it our goal to bring people together for a better, safer world.

And where better to take our program than Cambodia? Following on from the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and the Vietnam War, the country is still in a fragile place of healing and recovery. And whilst Cambodia is improving, there are still many issues to contend with; including a weak democracy, corruption, and the ongoing problems of poverty for many families. As Cambodia develops and the economy grows, it’s important for people like us and caring volunteers like you to come together to tackle these issues with an open mind and open heart. As an intern, you will learn the ins and outs of international development and human rights work, particularly for women and children who have been mistreated, abused and physically violated. You will work closely with NGOs, and you will be helping organisations provide much needed support, education and rehabilitation.

What’s Involved

This program is suitable for anyone who works in or is studying in a related field, such as global or social development. Or for those who are interested in taking a career break, making a career change to help others, or students taking a year out to travel and volunteer abroad. If you’re passionate about human rights and you want to touch the lives of others whilst finding meaning in your own life, our International Development & Human Rights Intern volunteering program is a great step for your next travel adventure.

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to assist, support and shadow human rights workers or field workers within local NGOs. Projects you can get involved in include offering vocational training for women, working with children from slums and orphanages, helping refugee or trafficked women at rehabilitation centres, and assisting with psychological therapy for women in need. Some of the women or children you will come across will have sadly suffered severed mistreatment, and are often highly traumatised. Sympathy, patience and understanding are extremely important traits to be able to work in such a sensitive environment. An intermediate level of English will be required and due to the ever-changing needs of the organisations you will be working with, we do ask all of our interns to be open minded and flexible in participating in different tasks.

For the duration of the program, you will be working in the capital, Phnom Penh. This is a busy city with a great mix of local life, immersive experiences, sightseeing and plenty of important history to be devoured by the curious traveller. Above all else, what will really stand out to you is the kind, gentle people of the country. And we will do everything we can to help you make friends for life through our shared housing for the time that you’re with Volunteering Journeys and our partners in Cambodia.

All The Details

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Siam Rep, Cambodia

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For 2021 You can select any Saturday Start date of every month except April.

All our rates are in USD $. There is a 4 week minimum for this internship

NUMBER OF WEEKS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
USD $ $999.00 $1,149.00 $1,299.00 $1,499.00 $1,649.00 $1,799.00 $1,949.00 $2,099.00 $2,249.00 $2,399.00 $2,549.00
  • Pre-departure information
  • Volunteer placement within one of our partner organizations
  • Airport pick up
  • Welcome package, which includes a volunteer guide and maps and dinner at a traditional Khmer restaurant
  • Food and accommodations (3 meals a day)
  • A fixed contact person from the program who regularly check in with you to ensure you are having an amazing experience
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • One day orientation on Cambodian history, culture and language plus city tour
  • Onsite Coordinator

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Flights
  2. Visa
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Daily project transport
  5. Activities in your down time from the programme

Getting There

  1. The nearest airport for this program is Phnom Penh International Airport ( PNH )
  2. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. For help with flights and insurance fill in this form
  3. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  4. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Cambodia. Goto to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
  5. We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
  6. For support on any of the above email us

Your First Week:

  • Day 1 Arrival day. Meet your fellow travellers and our dedicated team, enjoy the sights and sounds of Cambodia.
  • Day 2 Orientation and City Tour. A great day sightseeing and then spend an evening training for projects
  • Day 3 to 7: After breakfast leave for projects. You will finish volunteering by 3 or 4 PM and free to explore or enjoy the culture of Cambodia. Most volunteers usually bike to the project sites however we can also allow you to take tuktuks at your own expense.
  • Weekends: You are free to enjoy your weekends to explore Cambodia. Our local team can help you organise excursions.

Free Time: Phnom Penh is a fantastic city to be in during your internship. It’s busy, bustling, hectic, fascinating, and completely mesmerising at the same time. Sights such as the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum are not to be missed plus Phnom Penh Central Market is a great place for shopping and street food. At weekends, you can hang out in the many restaurants and bars of the capital or you can explore further afield and head out to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields to learn more about the harrowing history of the Khmer Rouge, spend a day enjoying the beaches of Silk Island, or take a journey to the old capital of Oudong and visit the many temples. If you want to travel even further, head north to Siem Reap and from there, you can take a tuk tuk ride up to the famous Angkor Wat.


What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements for Volunteer in Cambodia:

As with all of our volunteering programs, interns will be based in shared housing for a community-friendly, inclusive, and immersive travel experience. So you can rest assured that you will be placed with likeminded travellers or human rights volunteers just like yourself. Our houses feature shared rooms with everything you need to feel right at home, often with en-suite bathrooms and a fan during the hot summer months. Private rooms with air conditioning can also be arranged in advance should you require a little more privacy. Meals will also be provided daily, which is usually local cuisine – although the city is filled with a great choice of restaurants and cafes should you wish to try something else. You will also be based close to the project site so you can easily get to and from your place of work every day. And for complete peace of mind, there will also be someone from the program checking in on you regularly to make sure you’re happy, comfortable and enjoying every moment in the shared accommodation.

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Health and Safety :

When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.

We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification and a reference checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.



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