Make your home among Cambodia’s untouched tropical beaches and explore its rich cultural history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Assist in making a positive change in the community of Phnom Penh when you join a group of like-minded volunteers to teach various subjects and run basic life-skills workshops. Your participation in this project will contribute towards enhancing both the social and educational landscape of the area.
While you work and live in the community of Phnom Penh you will get the opportunity to become truly immersed in this fascinating and friendly community, and get the chance to learn some of the local language, called Khmer, but pronounced as kuh-migh.
- Make a sustainable impact in the the lives of the local children by assisting in transforming their social environment and future prospects
- Live like a local and learn more about the Cambodian culture and learn the local language
- Improve your teaching and presenting skills with hands-on experience
- Visit iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace or the National Museum of Cambodia
- Experience true cultural immersion in the Cambodian way of life
- Contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality Education
"I worked with GVI as a volunteer every summer from 2006 to 2012 and had the opportunity to take part in most inspiring projects where GVI is promoting community development and sustainable livelihoods. Although GVI has been involved in different projects in different continents, all of them were designed to be holistic and focus on people’s needs and resources. This integrated conception of development caught my attention from the beginning, and has taught me that education sits at the center of all efforts to enhance the resilience of fragile communities all over the world."
What's Not Included
The Cambodian life, like many other Southeast Asian countries, is characterised by it’s peaceful nature, warm hospitality and rich traditions.
What can kind of activities can you expect to get involved in? In preparation for the program, all our participants undergo an orientation session covering our health and safety guidelines and we provide you with the necessary training you need to participate in our projects. This will include:
- a basic Khmer language lesson,
- 5 hours of TEFL training,
- a tour of the area you will be working in,
- and meeting our local partners.
The needs of the local community, as determined by our partner organisations, are our main priority and our project outcomes are tailored accordingly. You can however expect to get involved in activities involving community development initiatives that yields on social and educational development. Depending on the needs at the time, in practice this could be:
- Teaching English
- Kindergarten lessons
- Arts & crafts
- Healthcare workshops
- Music & dance
- Sports & exercise
- Maths & Science
All our efforts aim to sustainably equip the community with tools to manage and live a better quality of life and to help them to accomplish their ambitions and live to their full potential.
At the end of each day you will enjoy a meal and socialise with the rest of the team.
Weekends are usually yours to rest up and relax, or perhaps even explore some of the surrounding area, and get to know your fellow volunteers.
Life on the base will be simple island living, you will stay basic dormitory accommodation with your fellow participants with a communal kitchen, living and work area, taking turns with base duties on a rotational basis.
What's Not Included
The exact projects that we get involved in will depend on the needs at that exact time, and as such, participants should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes in the field. Our goal is to:
- develop a sustainable foundation to improve the children’s lives
- provide volunteers to help improve the level of education in Cambodia
- develop the social landscape through teaching basic life skills
How this project makes a difference:
On this project you will help children grow and develop both socially and academically, and in turn, assist them in discovering their full potential and improving their future opportunities.
Cambodia’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
What's Not Included
Welcome to Cambodia, a country in Southern Asia famed for its pristine tropical beaches untouched by tourism and an assortment of cultural attractions.
You will get a chance to experience the magic of Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, and get a chance to see a side of Cambodia that most travellers miss out on.
The Royal Palace is a distinct landmark in Phnom Penh and also the official residence of King Sihamoni. Although a large part of it is not open to the public, be sure to visit the Silver Pagoda, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda got its name from its floor which is covered in five tons of silver! The Emerald Buddha is a human sized, Baccarat-crystal sculpture found in this temple.
When you travel slightly north of the Royal Palace you will find the National Museum of Cambodia, home to an array of the finest Khmer sculptures. Relax in the lush garden in the museum’s courtyard.
Take a walk down memory lane when you visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school that was turned into a prison during the 1970’s. Security Prison 21, an initiative of the Khmer Rouge leaders, tortured and killed over 17 000 people. This museum provides an insight into Cambodia’s history.
Further Travelling Opportunities
If you have time the time and budget to travel before or after your program, we highly recommend you check out these places:
- The Temples of Angkor is a place of national pride and spiritual inspiration is a point of pilgrimage for all Cambodians.
- Cambodia's southern islands are untouched by commercial tourism and provide you with pristine coastlines and rustic accommodation.
- The Mondulkiri Province stands in contrast to the rest of Cambodia. Its name literally means ‘Meeting of the Hills’, and it consist of a combination of mountains, hills and rainforests. You can expect some spectacular wildlife sightings here, including elephants, leopards, monkeys and birds.
- Travel north to Siem Reap to explore the grand Angor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world! You can catch a 40 minute flight to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh.
Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.
When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!