Women’s Empowerment Volunteering In Cambodia

Contribute to sustainable and long-term gender equality initiatives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

Program Information

Travel to the ancient city of Phnom Penh and contribute to sustainable women’s empowerment efforts in the local community. Teach English lessons and life-skills workshops to help the women develop personally and professionally. Your contribution will play a significant role in increasing the local females’ access to education, while improving their employment opportunities and quality of life. This program is aligned with a number of UN Sustainable Development Goals, with Goal #5 – Gender Equality being the main objective.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Discover Cambodia like you’ve never seen it before on our women’s empowement program! We work alongside local partners in Cambodia to determine the needs within the local communuty. All our women’s empowerment programs aim to increase gender equality in the community through various forms of English lessons, health or life skills classes.

Our program aims to sustainably equip these women with the neccesary skills and tools to help eradicate poverty and increase education levels throughout the country in the long term. While making a difference in the local community you gain valuable skills to develop yourself personally and professionally and improve your own future job prospects.

- Contribute to impactful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives
- Explore Phnom Penh and appreciate all its natural beauty and amazing attractions
- Immerse yourself into the fascinating Cambodian culture and learn the local language
- Experience Cambodia and live like the locals do.
- Visit iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace or the National Museum of Cambodia,
- Make a serious and sustainable difference in the lives of girls and women in the local community
- In your free time you can travel north to explore the grand Angor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world!


Many GVI programs are great working vacations. They will provide you with skills you can use the rest of your life. You will have an amazing experience and meet people you will remember for the rest of your life. You will be working alongside people as young as college ages, to people between jobs and from all walks of life. The settings are often rustic, but turn out more comfortable than you expect.
- Colleen Donavan (Australia)

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Project Life

Upon arrival you will receive an introductory orientation by the staff covering health and safety, a basic local language lesson, a tour of the area you will be working in, an introduction to our local partners and some initial training to prepare you as much as possible for life on the project.

From Monday to Friday you will be working at your women’s empowerment volunteer placement in the local community of Phnom Penh. Volunteers can expect to be involved in numerous facets of our program depending on the needs of the community at that given time and as such, should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes in the field. You can except to be involved in one-on-one educational lessons for girls and women, running alternative income or health workshops around the community, or working in local educational centres.

Weekends as yours to explore Phnom Penh and the surrounding area or simply relax at base with your fellow volunteers, sharing stories of the week gone by and getting to know each other better.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable, centrally located with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the other participants.

Project Details

Working closely with community needs, as identified by our partners, participants on this project will help us achieve our goals by providing the local women access to education around the topics of English, literacy, health or basic life skills.

All our objectives will be geared towards uplifting the women of Cambodia and providing sustainable, long-term solutions to gender imbalance.

How this project makes a difference
Volunteering on our sustainable women’s empowerment program will allow you to meaningfully contribute to our objectives, including:
- promoting gender equality,
- improving equal access to education and
- empowering local females to gain increased skills to improve their employment opportunities in order to break the cycle of poverty and inequality.

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 Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs


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.

Weekend Explorations
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 initiave 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.

The Team

Shayle Havemann

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!

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