Siem Reap - Community Health & Social Care

Project Description: 

In the tourism hub of Siem Reap near Angkor Wat, this project provides holistic support to families living in extreme economic poverty – offering help from health care and education to income generation and development of sustainable energy systems.

With such a broad and varied programme of community support, the project welcomes volunteers with all kinds of skills and experience. Each placement will be specifically designed to use whatever experience the volunteer brings.

The health care programme needs volunteers with any of the following specialisms:

·         social workers from all disciplines

·         nurses and health practitioners

·         early childhood development 

·         health visitors and nutritionists

·         midwives and geriatric nurses

·         First Aiders

·         preventative medicine practitioners

·         HR practitioners to help with development of the organisation, staff and community members

The project
This project meets the needs of families who are on or just above the poverty line in 3 farming and fishing villages between Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake. Life in these villages still revolves around subsistence farming and fishing.

Every week day, 250 children and young people, aged between 3 and 24, attend the English language programme and 30 young people and adults are learning in the vocational training section. Training is given in domestic electrics, weaving and wood-working skills, supported by adult literacy classes. A crèche is provided for younger siblings and the vocational training students’ children. There is a junior football team who compete in local tournaments.

A programme of health education is being established. This is a new initiative and volunteers are needed to help the local staff and volunteers in developing a programme appropriate for the community they seek to serve. The local community finds it practically impossible to source healthcare support - it is both expensive and remote.

The project has built immense respect within the local community. The challenges are huge - poverty, loss of natural habitat and traditional income, lack of resources, children's need to work, chronic health problems, a violent history. For many, this project offers hope for the future, whether through a child's education or a micro loan to fund a livelihood initiative.

The team's goals for the future:
• develop the health education programme
• increase outreach work with families, disadvantaged young people & the elderly
• open a community library
• build a kitchen to provide a nutritious lunch to 100 needy children
• expand  the art programme
• research & develop effective sustainable energy systems

Each and every volunteer will help this local NGO and grassroots project to achieve their goals.

Siem Reap - a fisherman's family

This project is ongoing and placements are available throughout the year.

Minimum duration - 4 weeks. Volunteers work a 5-day week.

Longer placements will also be welcomed - please ask about this.


Volunteers live in a comfortable locally owned guesthouse. 

You will have a single en-suite room with air conditioning and fans, tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge, TV and wireless internet.

Breakfast is included - evening meals can be arranged in advance or during your stay - however there are a large number of local restaurants within walking distance where you can eat for $6.00 or less. 

We can also arrange accommodation in a local boutique hotel with more facilities - please ask us.


from £1218 for 4 weeks based on bed and breakfast, guesthouse accommodation

Additional weeks are costed at a sliding reducing rate. Please ask for details.

For details of how and where your money is spent, please see the relevant project page.

This Cost Covers...: 

Costs Include:
bed and breakfast guesthouse accommodation

(half board can be arranged, or supper can be purchased for as little as $5.00 per day - and there are many wonderful local eateries - please talk to us about what you would like and we can arrange it)

airport transfers on arrival and departure

full local orientation

community social event

local SIM card or cell phone

project & placement liaison

daily transportation to and from the project

project donation - to facilitate your role & support the work of the project

(Accommodation in an hotel with pool and more extensive facilities can also be arranged for approximately £80 per week extra).

Not included: flights, insurance, visa costs if applicable, personal expenses such as phone calls, medical expenses, etc.

Best Suited For...: 

This project welcomes volunteers with any of a range of skills to suport their holistic community support programme

Short-term or long-term volunteers are welcome - individuals or small groups with appropriate skills and expereince

Volunteers must be 18 or over - there is no upper age limit, so long as volunteers are fit and able to work in the project