#DMUglobal volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003058


All students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The minimum number of students for this trip to go ahead will be 12.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details. If you have already received a bursary for an extra-curricular trip in 2018-19 you are still able to participate, but without the #DMUglobal bursary.


DMU students will be participating in the International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) Cambodia (Phnom Penh city) volunteer programme. As part of the programme students will have the opportunity to engage in one of the following projects:

Teaching English

The level of education in Cambodia is considerably low, leading to a high level of poverty and unemployment throughout the country, and many families cannot afford to access education for their children. By Teaching English in Cambodia, you will play an important role in helping increase opportunities for Cambodians to learn the English language, which is a requirement for employment in their futures.

As a Teaching English volunteer in Cambodia, you will assist in developing the English skills of the children within NGO-run schools. You may also teach subjects such as IT, Mathematics and Art when required.

As you will be volunteering alongside local teachers, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

Childcare Volunteering

On the Childcare volunteer project in Cambodia, you will provide assistance within childcare centers in Cambodia which are typically underfunded and in need of volunteer assistance.

Your daily volunteer work may include administration, cooking, cleaning, feeding and caring for the children. You may also help with teaching and homework, as well as arranging activities such as painting, drawing, origami, singing, dancing or sports activities. Most placements have a focus on education and include classes on Khmer literacy and the English language.

As you will be volunteering alongside the local placement staff, you do not need to hold any specific qualifications or experience to participate on this project.

Special Needs Care Volunteering

Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project assist with classes which cater for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years-old with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, deafness and blindness.

Volunteers can assist the local teachers with feeding, washing and dressing the children. As the project is classroom based, there is a focus on education. These lessons are basic and are often flexible depending on the students their needs.

Please note that all volunteers on the Special Needs Care project are required to obtain a health certificate from their doctor prior to starting the program.

Animal Care Volunteering

As a volunteer on the Animal Care project, you will provide support at an animal clinic for abandoned and injured cats and dogs in Phnom Penh. Your main role on the Animal Care project will be supporting the staff at the clinic in providing care to rescued animals. The tasks may include providing medication to animals, cleaning the center, feeding the animals, washing and grooming animals, heading out with the staff to rescue reported sick or injured animals or any other work assigned by the local staff.

As you will be working closely alongside the staff at the clinic, you are not required to have any qualifications to join the Animal Care project. Please note that all volunteers need to have an up-to-date rabies vaccination for this project.

Cultural activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other areas of Cambodia. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield to engage in tourist activities, such as the Temples of Angkor Wat (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), various National Parks, or the beaches in the south of Cambodia

Travel and accommodation

Flights for this opportunity will be booked independently by students and accommodation will be included in programme fee and booked by the volunteering provider.

Contact details

Visa information

For tourist visits of up to 30 days  visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh international airports, for $30. If you wish to get a visa on arrival you should arrive with a passport photograph. However, we strongly recommend to get an eVisa online before you travel.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing.

Visa fees, conditions and photograph requirements are subject to change. Check the Royal Cambodian Embassy, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website for the latest information on fees, conditions and photograph requirements and on how to apply for an e-visa.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 9 June 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel, registration fee and programme fee (which includes accommodation and meals): £1050
  • Students will also be required to pay for UK transfers, visa, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, DBS check, transport to and from your placement if required: £130-160
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am