Volunteer in Cambodia | ActionAid UK

Volunteer in Cambodia

What will I be doing?

You’ll be working alongside local people to build new classrooms to help improve access to education for children living in Pursat. You don’t need any building experience to take part — just enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and the desire to make a difference!

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You’ll get stuck in with digging foundations, mixing cerment and laying bricks. Don’t worry, you don’t need any building experience to take part.  

Cambodian Food


Cambodian cuisine is typicaly bright in colour and inspired by neighbouring countries Vietnam and Thailand. You can expect plenty of soups, rice, vegetables and fresh water fish! 

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Making friends

Whether you sign up on your own or with a friend, you’ll meet lots of amazing people from the community and great volunteers of all ages!

Children in Battambang

Visiting other ActionAid projects

During the week you will have the opportunity to visit another nearby project, to gain a broader insight into ActionAid’s work in Cambodia.

KM Hotel


The group will be staying in the KM hotel in Pursat. You will share an ensuite twin or triple  room with air conditioning.  

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Local culture

There will be plenty of opportunities to experience traditional Cambodian culture at the welcome ceremony, on the project visit and sight-seeing tour of Phnom Penh.

What’s the itinerary?

Fri 6 November/ 13 November

Meet your team at London’s Heathrow Airport and take an overnight flight to Phnom Penh. 

Sat 7 November/ 14 November

Arrive in Phnom Penh and travel to your hotel. There will be free time for relaxing before a welcome dinner.

Sun 8 November/ 15 November 

Enjoy a morning of sightseeing in Phnom Penh before travelling to Pursat. In the evening there will be a team dinner and briefing about the week ahead.

Mon 9 - Thur 12 November/ Mon 16 - Thur 19 November  

Each morning you will travel to Put Tream school to help build the classrooms. During the week you’ll also visit another ActionAid project and enjoy Cambodian food each evening. There’ll be plenty of time for you to get to know the community and find out what life is like for the locals.

Fri 13 November/ 20 November 

The final day of the build and an emotional farewell ceremony. You’ll celebrate the group’s achievements with a last meal with new friends in Pursat.

Sat 14 - Sun 15 November/ Sat 21 - Sun 22 November

Transfer to the airport in Phnom Penh on Saturday for the return flight back to London, arriving Sunday morning.

Optional extension 1 — Siem Reap from £390 (based on a minimum of 10 participants)

Angkor Wat


Sat 14 Nov- Wed 18 Nov/ Sat 21 Nov- Wed 25 Nov


Visit Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples, where you will spend three days exploring the famous temples and surrounding area. Among the one thousand temples is the jaw-dropping Angkor Watt, said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. You will also visit the temple of Ta Prohm, which was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider.


When you are not exploring the temples, you will have time to enjoy the relaxed Cambodian pace of life and soak up the magic of the country.



Optional extension 2 - Battambang from £420 (based on a minimum of 10 participants) 



Sat 14 Nov- Wed 18 Nov/ Sat 21 Nov- Wed 25 Nov


Despite Battambang being Cambodia’s second-largest city, it has much more of a small town feel and is full Cambodian charm. Climb the Wat Phnom Banan temple and reap the rewards of stunning views of the Sangker river, rolling rice fields and sugar palm trees when you reach the top. You’ll also have a chance to visit Phnom Sampeau and the famous bat caves! 


When you are not riding the bamboo train, there will be time to relax by the tranquil river and perhaps catch an unmissable performance by the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus. 



Why Cambodia?

  • 29%
    29% of women are illiterate compared to 15% of men
  • 33%
    One third of the population lives on less than US$1 a day 
  • 18%
    18% of children are involved in child labour

What’s included in my trip?

  • International flights
  • All meals and drinking water
  • First aid trained team leader
  • Accommodation
  • Transport within Cambodia

What’s not included

You’ll need to organise some items yourself, and pay for a few things during your time in Cambodia. These include:

Contact us

If you have any questions or need support with your fundraising, please get in touch. Email events@actionaid.org or call 01460 238 000.


Page updated 31 January 2020