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High School Specials - Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone
Cambodia > Childcare & Community Work
Fixed dates during school holidays
Phnom Penh (Read More)
Various options Read More
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Transport to and from your work placement
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Visa support and advice
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
A cultural awareness course
Organised weekend tourism trips
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteer work with children in Cambodia for teenagers right for me?
This project is perfect for teenagers who enjoy working with children and want to travel at the same time.
You’ll learn more about childcare and do hands-on renovation work. You’ll also develop important personal skills, like leadership and planning. You’ll add value to your CV, and have plenty to talk about in applications and interviews.
You don’t need any experience to join, but you should be interested in working with children. You’ll have Projects Abroad supervisors with you every step of the way. If you need help, they’ll be there to guide you.
When you aren’t working, you’ll get to travel around Cambodia with the other teenage volunteers and our staff.
This High School Special runs over fixed dates during the summer holidays, and you can join from between two to four weeks.
Here are the activities you’ll be involved in:
Work with the children at a kindergarten, primary school, or care centre
You’ll work with the other volunteers and help make learning fun for the children. You can teach them basic English words and phrases through songs, pictures, or role play games. Or, play a football game outside and run arts and crafts lessons where they can unleash their creativity. Your supervisor will also be able to help if you need any assistance.
Help improve the schools and centres through renovation work
During your project in Cambodia, you’ll spend some time making improvements to the placement where you’ll be working. You can help with renovation work where you’ll dig and build flower beds. Or, you can help renovate the classrooms by adding a coat of paint and painting educational wall murals.
Explore Cambodia with other teenagers
On your High School Special, you’ll be working with volunteers your own age. Use this opportunity to build friendships with teenagers from around the world as you work and explore together.
After your volunteer work, you’ll get to experience Khmer culture by watching Apsara dances, talking with the locals, and eating traditional Cambodian cuisine. Your supervisors will also take you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples, historical museums, and Buddhist temples.
Where will I be working in Cambodia?
You’ll live and work in the beautiful capital city of Phnom Penh. Even with Cambodia’s history of war, the city is rapidly developing to keep up with an expanding population and growing tourism industry. There is much to see and do in Phnom Penh, and we’ll show you as much as possible when you’re there.
As a volunteer, you’ll work at a kindergarten, primary, school, or a care centre in the more rural areas of Phnom Penh. Many of the placements are overcrowded. With your support, the local teachers will be able to provide the children with more individualised attention.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is help disadvantaged Cambodian children learn through play and support local teachers. We also aim to give teenagers the chance to learn about a different country and culture.
With Cambodia’s harrowing history of war and genocide, many communities have yet to recover. Although Phnom Penh is rapidly developing, many people still live in poverty and are unable to afford a basic education.
By working with children and encouraging them to learn, you’ll be building a solid educational foundation that will benefit them later in life. This also helps children at kindergartens learn the skills they’ll need to thrive when they start the first grade.
Along with our partner, the Khemara Organisation, and other NGOs, we are working to improve the standard of care and learning the children receive. We support the schools and care centres run by our partners, both financially and by sending volunteers to help. The care centres also provide opportunities for the children’s parents to focus on work without worrying about their children.
Do community volunteer work for teenagers in Cambodia and help us work towards our long-term goals to help disadvantaged children.
I loved spending time at the placement and it was great to get to know the teachers and all the students. Also, to see the impact we had on them over the two weeks with their English improving and the childcare centre looking a lot more decorated.
Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
Although Cambodia has a troubled past, it is in stark contrast to the gentle and kind ways of the people themselves. The whole experience was a sobering lesson in appreciating what we have when so many have so little.
Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Meet the team in Cambodia
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