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 organizations provide much needed support, education and rehabilitation.

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What is 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.

Internship in Cambodia

Some details

2024 2025
Jan 20,27 Jan 4,11, 18, 25
Feb 3,10,17,24 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 2,9, 16, 23, 30 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 6,13, 20, 27 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
May 4,11,18, 25 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 6,13, 20, 27 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 3,10, 17, 24 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 21, 28 Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 5,12,19,26 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 7, 14 Dec 6, 13, 20

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing and project training before we take you in for your program.


Volunteer in Cambodia getting local tour
Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. Two meals breakfast, and dinner will be the accommodation and lunch is generally at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Volunteer in Cambodia on weekend excursions
Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Cambodia. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other volunteers.

Weekend activities

Angkor Wat

The ruins of Angkor, located in thick jungle, are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must do when in Cambodia.

Apsara Dance

Cambodia Apsara Dance
For the lovers of art, theatrics, & dance, the Apsara Show, or the traditional Khmer performance is an experience.

Otres Beach

Cambodia Otres Beach
Cambodia has some of the most relaxed, laid-back beaches in Southeast Asia. Otres beach is one of the popular beaches

Tuol Sleng

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
The War Museum in Tuol Sleng, though not exactly a cheerful place, is a place to visit for its gruesome history.

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Choose an Inspiring Volunteering Destination

Cambodia will allow you to explore the heart of Southeast Asia, a nation replete with lush natural landscapes from dense forests to rice paddy fields, bustling cities, and the majestic architectural remnants of the great Khmer empire dotting every bit of the country.

The charming city of Phnom Penh is the capital and also serves as our base of volunteer operations. Volunteering Journeys Cambodia volunteer abroad projects include Teaching English, Working with NGO’s, helping Special Needs individuals, and Medical & Nursing Internships. Whether you are a gap year student, career breaker or a family or a mature volunteer, you can apply to any of our volunteer in Cambodia projects.

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