Disabled Care in Cambodia

Mental Health Volunteer In Cambodia


Our mental health volunteer in Cambodia program will provide you with invaluable, real life experience with special needs children. On this placement you will work in a community centres for disabled children, developing your healthcare knowledge and skills, while working to tackle issues and stigmas in disability care. You will be able to expand your horizons through fulfilling travel whilst providing hugely beneficial psychological help to local children and their families.

Our mental health and psychology volunteer program in Cambodia will allow you to learn about healthcare and psychology on an international level and in often challenging environments. Disabilities in children can prevent many from being able to fully participate in childhood activities, education, community activities and everyday family interactions. This unique program is designed to tackle these issues head on, providing psychological help for children and their families.

Cambodia is a stunning Southeast Asian country, full of friendly people and vibrant experiences. Cambodia is full of ancient temples to visit, situated in beautiful jungle. With its tragic history of the Pol-Pot Regime Cambodia has been left with a lot of poverty and children with medical problems particularly aids. There are not many qualified health professionals and mental health is a social stigma in Cambodia. The costs of treatment are also very high especially for those on a low income. We hope that through our mental health placements you will be able to reduce stigma and bolster current resources. Moreover our mental health placement will allow you to be truly immersed in the culture of Cambodia.

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What is involved

During your time volunteering in Cambodia you will work under the supervision of experienced local professionals at a community centre with disabled and HIV positive children.

Some of these kids are extremely disabled, as the health care in Cambodia is not as good as in Western countries. Discrimination against those kids is a huge problem as well: Cambodia is a Buddhist country and people therefore believe in reincarnation. If a baby is born handicapped, the disability is often seen a sign for something that happened in a former life of the child. The centre provides appropriate living conditions to the children such as housing, food and
nursing. Daily medical care is available. Recreation activities are created to improve the living environment for the children. Play rooms are available. Educational facilities are available for children such as a kindergarten classroom from 4 to 6 years old and special education classrooms for disabled children. Children over six years are
sent to the primary school.
Volunteers will assist with:
 Taking care of children ranging from infants to 6 years old
 Feed children older than 6 years
 Playing with the children
 Taking care of disabled children, assisting with meal times and mobility

Disabled Care Program in Cambodia

Some details

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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.


Physiotherapy care for disabled children
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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