|Volunteer Abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteering abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Phnom Penh, once considered to be the loveliest of Indochina's French-built cities, was called the "Pearl of Asia". The city has a mix of French colonial and Khmer architecture, and sits at the base of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonlé Sap Rivers. Phnom Penh has a number of Wats (temple-monasteries), museums and other places of interest in and around the city. These can be found in the heart of the city where French villas and street-side cafes border the tree-lined boulevards and outdoor market stands.
For some, the capital city can be quite a shock. Phnom Penh can be a very hot and dusty, the streets are busy with cars, people, motorbikes and street children begging for hand outs. In the past 30 years the country has undergone extreme challenges, war and destruction.
But things are changing, and improvements are growing. The infrastructure is improving rapidly - fewer power outages, streets are paved, traffic is flowing and rubbish is collected more frequently. There are beautiful wide boulevards, fine colonial architecture and a park like riverfront with cafés and restaurants that make Phnom Penh a unique destination.
There is real poverty in Cambodia, especially on the streets of Phnom Penh, where many wary countryside villagers end up in search of a better life. Rural poor people generally have small plots of low-quality land or are landless, and opportunities for off-farm employment are scarce. As the came into the city looking for opportunities they end of living on the streets, begging to make a living and supporting their families. Poor households tend to include more dependants, especially children. Among age groups, poverty disproportionately affects children. Poor people, particularly ethnic minorities, are often uninformed about their rights and lack access to legal assistance, health care and especially education.
Our programs focus on orphan children, rescued from a life on the streets.
Providing a home based, love and support, and some education will help break the vicious poverty cycle that these kids would otherwise be destined for.
We offer the following programs in Phnom Penh:
Orphanage/Child Care Assistance
Program Length: From 1 to 12 weeks
Accommodations: Local Host Family
Meals: Lunch and dinner daily
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 35-40 hours per week.
Requirements: 17 years and up, open-mindedness to new adventures
The orphanage provides a home and education to over 100 children, ages 2yrs to teenagers. All these children are orphans, or have been abandoned by their families.
Most of the children previously worked as garbage pickers at the Steung Mean Chey landfill in Phnom Penh. The children at the orphanage thrive on the attention and love our volunteers can share with them.
This orphanage provides a stable and loving home for the children, as well as to teach them to be good, productive citizens and to give them an education and vocational or university training so that they can become independent. Vocational training includes sewing, tailoring, cooking, car mechanics and other life skills necessary for the children to one day be self-sufficient.
Volunteers are free to tutor the children, organize arts and crafts or sports activities, and help out with basic chores such as feeding the kids, and folding laundry. This is a meaningful way to learn first hand the hardship most children in the world face, and give back to the underprivileged children growing up in a Third World country.
This placement is suitable for volunteers who wish to share their love and compassion for orphans.
The placement is sure to provide numerous opportunities to serve these destitute children.
All activities at the center are related to taking care of these infant children.
Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience and come prepared with creative ideas and games to share with the kids. Program Includes:
Accommodation with a local English speaking host family, private bedroom with ceiling fan, shared bathroom, 2 meals a day provided. Welcome Dinner on arrival. Airport pick up and drop off in Phnom Penh. Our local Project Coordinators will provide welcome orientation including city tour, project introduction and placement and supervision in the program. The project coordinator is available 24/7 in case of emergency, health-related or otherwise. They can assist in arranging sightseeing excursion before, during or after the volunteer program. Location pages: Phnom Penh Cambodia
Tel: 1-215-780-1845 / Toll Free: 1-866-423-3258 / Fax: 1-215-887-0915
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