Cambodia

Globalteer

I went to Siem Reap in Cambodia and had a great time at the Helping Hands project. It is in the countryside where the kids really need the projects help. the kids are given breakfast every day, given clean water, education, sports and lots more stuff. the kids really enjoy the project and you can see that it is a really important part of their lives. Siem reap is a really great place to hang out too, lots to do and I made some great friends volunteering.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Dec 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My two weeks of volunteering in the Public Health program in Cambodia through Projects Abroad was hands-down the most amazing experience of my life. During my time there, I practiced hands-on medicine in a way that directly and immediately helped impact the lives of people living in some of the poorest regions of Phnom Penh. We worked with kids in the mornings and adults during the afternoon, and in our free time, most of the volunteers explored the city or even ventured to other cities on the weekends. This program is also an excellent program if you are interested in practicing medicine in a setting outside of a hospital or clinic: we set up temporary free clinics each afternoon where we saw patients from different parts of the city. Sometimes we worked out of an out-of-use clinic, used a day care center belonging to a partner organization, or even worked on the street or out of someone’s house. While this may sound unappealing to some, I will say that it definitely adds something extra to the experience. We one day were working in the street when it started pouring rain, so we ended up being shepherded into someone’s hut. It was literally a single-room home that had barely any extra floor space when the bed was lying on the floor instead of propped on the wall. However, we managed to fit all 6 volunteers/program staff, plus about 5 patients at a time, and we spent nearly 4 hours working with patients and bonding in our small, cramped but oddly cozy ‘clinic’. As simple and potentially insignificant as it may seem, this is one of my favorite memories and one that I know I will remember for many years to come.
While the incredible people I met, the work I did, and the unforgettable memories all play an enormous role in my reflection of this experience, I know that the program itself is to thank for most of this. The volunteers were incredibly well taken care of, and there was never an instance where I felt that the program had been ill-prepared to handle the situation; we always had a safe place to stay, clean/safe food and water, and ample opportunities to communicate with our program leaders if we ever needed extra help or support. Leaving a small town in Alaska to travel to a developing country on a continent I had never been to before was, understandably, only marginally less than terrifying, but the constant support from the Projects Abroad staff—which starts nearly the moment you send in your application—helped alleviate my concerns and was one of the factors that helped me decide to proceed with my volunteer experience. I have no reservations in entirely, whole-heartedly recommending this program to anyone wanting to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Involvement Volunteers International

Highlights of the trip:

To be honest, every single thing I did was a highlight and meant equally as much to me. The whole experience I had in Cambodia is a blessing! If I had to pick out some most significant memories and skills I acquired, it would have to be my new Cambodian high school friends and learning to do brickwork. Although I signed up for the construction project placement, I did take on a bit of teaching for an evening class because the original teacher got in a motorbike accident and I volunteered to take over in the meantime. It was due to this unexpected opportunity that I got to meet several of the local high school students, who are now friends I cherish. On the other hand, I did, as expected, learn construction skills. I had never worked with cement, trench-building, or brickwork before. But with the help of the construction coordinator and the other volunteers, we were able to accomplish a long drainage trench that would prevent puddling in the new school area.

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

The team, food and accommodation all contributed to making this volunteering experience in Cambodia unforgettable. The coordinators and staff at the project site were extremely friendly and easy-going. Not only were they flexible with our various requests, they were also very organized in helping us arrange transportation during the weekends, and providing us any other things/assistance we needed. They made us feel comfortable by acting as our friends and often contributed to our conversations, bringing smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. Moreover, the food was both nutritious and abundant. We always had fruit and enough rice, vegetables and other dishes for everyone. They were able to provide both regular and vegetarian/vegan items based on the requirements of the volunteers. Finally, the accommodation itself was decent. The rooms were large enough for 3-4 people and the beds were comfortable. Most importantly, the owner of the accommodation is extremely friendly. Although he could not speak English, he always cared for us in his way, and showed us incredible hospitality.

Any improvements to help us be better:

I really enjoyed the program and could think of few things that need improvement. The one thing was that I did not know that we could leave the program site during the weekends and come back on Sunday evening. Many of the other volunteers left to spend the weekend in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and other places, which allowed them to combine volunteer work with spare time/sight-seeing. I think it would be good if the welcome pack could include a few sentences about this, and that the local coordinators helped to arrange the transportation/taxis, so that future volunteers could make better plans for their stay in Cambodia.

Thank you,

Angela

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 19, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Globalteer

Great project, lots of support and the Helping Hands project was fantastic. Lots to do and Siem Reap is such a wonderful place to volunteer. We worked as assistants to the Cambodian teachers in English classes but there was loads of things to do with the kids. The project is in the countryside and you can tell how important it is to the kids and community. Globalteer have a big office in Siem Reap next to the hotel so we always had support and help. The hotel was really nice and even had a pool. I would definitely recommend this project and will be back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I really enjoyed this opportunity to work abroad. This is my second time using Projects Abroad with my first experience being a nursing internship in Nepal. This time around was a Public Health internship in the capital city of Phnom Penh. I traveled with my wife who was working with English Education and Projects Abroad was able to accommodate us with our lodging as well as transportation so that we were able to stay together during our time there. I had an excellent experience working in different districts in and around Phnom Penh, and I was able to truly experience the culture in the short time that I was there. The work mostly consisted of distributing medications to individuals as well as providing health education and giving cursory physical assessments. While I greatly enjoyed the work, we also had a great time traveling around Cambodia to such places as Koh Rong Samleoum, Siem Reap (Ankor Wat), and Sihnoukville. We were also able to tour the S-21 and the Killing Fields which are essential pieces to an important time in the development of the country. I highly recommend traveling with Projects Abroad for a safe and inclusive experience as well as traveling to Cambodia both to discover more about the past and yourself!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 7, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have recently finished a 3 week program with IVHQ in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This experience was more than I could have ever imagined. For starters, the organization and local staff were extremely helpful and welcoming. They provided us with a clean and safe living environment in the volunteer house. Living with 13 other volunteers was a beautiful way to meet like-minded people from around the world and build lasting friendships. The childcare facility that we were working with was a lovely short bike ride from our home. Each morning we were greeted by the excited, smiling children when we arrived. there was no better feeling that that. The children were always to excited to see us, and being with them, and being able to teach them a few things, was an amazing feeling. The nuns that we were working alongside inspired me to be a better person and to want to lead a more humble life. They were amazing with the children and so thankful that we were there.
If you have the opportunity to take a few weeks out of your life and donate them to others, I would strongly suggest it. The experience will be so meaningful to you, and those that you help.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Oct 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Having to teach English to kids it's always hard if you don't have any language in common. They don't completely understand you, but when you finally think of a game with which they can both enjoy and learn English, you and the kids begin laughing and playing, as well as learning.
Honestly, I didn't had the opportunity to feel that because I'm very bad at teaching and talking, and for me it's very difficult to be funny and play with kids. But despite that, everytime I took the camera and the kids saw me, all of them went to surround me so I could take them (lovely) pictures. That feeling that you have when you see the kid smiling and laughing with his friends when you show him the picture you just took them in priceless. I don't think I will feel this anymore, unless I go back.
I want to share some of that pictures, including a special one: Our Local Coordinator's birthday celebration.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz5w-lCV582bWTVLSkxPXzlfNzQ

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 21, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Sep 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad Cambodia Human Rights Project

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 18, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

I loved teaching English as a Second Language in Cambodia with Projects Abroad! I got my certification in TESL at my college and Projects Abroad not only gave me the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge that I had gained through that program, but it also reminded me why I fell in love with TESL in the first place and rekindled my passion for teaching in that way someday. At all times I felt supported and encouraged by the Projects Abroad staff as well as the staff at my placement. I greatly enjoyed getting to know my students and miss them dearly. I can't wait to take what I learned through my project with them and help similar students in a similar way.

Program: TEFL
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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