Volunteer Programs in Cambodia

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities


Cambodia is a country of plains and rivers that lies amid important trade routes, linking China to India and Southeast Asia. Cambodia is actually considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world with diverse ecosystems, plants and animals. The country features fertile plains, mountains, and the famous Mekong River, one of the longest in the world. Cambodia is home to some iconic animal species such as Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, clouded leopards and Irrawaddy dolphins. The Cardamom Mountains and Virachey National Park in particular host high levels of biodiversity.

Cambodia has extensive forests, covering nearly 60% of the country and providing necessary services such as biodiversity conservation, water regulation, carbon sequestration and more. However, Cambodia also has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and development and infrastructure projects.

The predominant religion in Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism which heavily influences the local culture. The Angkor Archaeological Park is home to the ruins of the Khmer Empire and Angkor Wat, found at the centre of the park, is the largest religious monument in the world and is sometimes considered to be the 8th wonder of the world.

Advice before volunteering in Cambodia

Although English may be spoken in urban and tourist areas, learning some basic Khmer phrases will definitely be very useful in connecting with the local communities as well as in showing respect for the local culture. Being culturally sensitive and respecting local traditions and religious practices will benefit your experience as well.

Be sure to look after your health and safety both before you leave and when you arrive at the project. Check with your doctor and the Pasteur Institute for any recommended vaccines and medications. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

Is it safe to volunteer in Cambodia?

The projects are all very safe and there is support, guidance and access to emergency aid 24/7. Nevertheless, you should always exercise caution when in an unfamiliar area. Petty theft and tourist scams can also occur, especially in urban and touristic areas. Take any recommended health and safety precautions as well.

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Requirements to volunteer in Cambodia

In order to volunteer in Cambodia, you must be 18+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance.

Do I need a visa to volunteer in Cambodia?

You do need a visa to volunteer in Cambodia. They are very easily obtained at the airport when you arrive. It is $20 USD for a one-month tourist visa and can be extended for 1 or 3 months at an additional cost. If you prefer, you can also get the visa in advance on the official site.


Discover volunteer programs in Cambodia. Going on a humanitarian trip in Cambodia means working with local communities, but also discovering a welcoming culture and extraordinary landscapes. Our partner organisations are based in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the historical cradle of the country and the temples of Angkor. There are opportunities to help renovate and construct buildings such as education centres. There are also programs focused more on working with the local communities such as teaching or working with small businesses.

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Participants can obtain a one-month tourist visa (US$20) on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports at land border posts, or in advanced on the official site. It is possible to extend the visa at the immigration department, located opposite Phnom Penh airport: US$35 for 1 month and US$65 for 3 months.


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the subscription of a travel insurance including the coverage of accidents, diseases, repatriation and includes civil liability in case of damage to third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers 5% discount with this link. If you subscribe to another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your certificate in English.

For complete protection during studies or an internship abroad, you can subscribe to Cap Student insurance online by following this link. This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity abroad.