Volunteer with us in Cambodia | ActionAid UK

Volunteer with us in Cambodia

ActionAid volunteers Julia and Abbie play with pupils at a school in Cambodia

Cambodia First Hand Experience 2016

4  – 13 November 2016

Volunteer with us to help build a much-needed classroom for a village primary school in Kampot province, South Cambodia, where poor education and literacy levels remain a huge barrier, especially for women and girls. This promises to be a life-changing experience for you and for the local community.

Registration is now closed for Cambodia First Hand Experience, but get in touch to be the first in line for next year's First Hand Experiences!

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Registration fee: £300
Minimum fundraising amount: £2,999

Prefer to apply by post? You can download an application form here.

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What will I be doing?

You’ll be working alongside local people to build the classroom. You don’t need any building experience to take part - just enthusiasm, motivation and the desire to muck in and help!

Building houses in Mozambique


You could be digging foundations, clearing land or mixing concrete. Don't worry, you don't need any building experience to take part. 

Khmer Cuisine


Khmer cuisine is similar to that of Vietnam, China and Thailand, and includes curries, stir-fries and rice dishes. We can cater for all dietary requirements.

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!

Visit projects

Visiting other ActionAid projects

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

Two Moons Hotel


The group will be staying in the riverside town of Kampot at a locally owned 3* hotel. You will share a twin room with an ensuite and air conditioning.

Welcome from local villagers

Local culture

There will be the opportunity 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 4 November

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

Sat 5 November

Arrive in Phnom Penh in the afternoon. There's time to relax before enjoying a welcome dinner. 

Sun 6 November

Go on a morning sightseeing tour before travelling to Kampot. There will be a team dinner and project briefing in the evening. 

Mon 7 - Thu 10 November

Each morning you will travel to the local school to help build the classrom. During the week we will visit another ActionAid project and enjoy some cultural activities. Each evening we'll head back to the hotel before eating dinner.

Fri 11 November

The final day of the build and an emotional farewell ceremony. We celebrate our achievements with a last meal with new friends.

Sat 12 November

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

Optional extension to Siem Reap – from £285

Great Stupa of Bodnath


Sat 12 November - Tues 15 November

Fly to the vibrant city of 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 magnificent 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.


Why Cambodia?

    people live on less than US$1 a day
  • 18%
    of children are involved in child labour
  • 40
    of women are illiterate compared to 22% of men

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:

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Thank you so much for your incredible support - you are changing lives, for good.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or need more support for your fundraising then please get in touch:

01460 238000

Apply by post

If you would prefer to apply by post, you can download an application form here.

Photos: ActionAid, Hans A. Rosbach