Cambodia is certainly a top priority for many around the world who are looking for exciting volunteer opportunities. It attracts many across the age and professional spectrum ranging from students to middle aged participants looking for ways of giving back to the community and also doing something worthwhile while they are holidaying in the SE Asian country. But what is it really like volunteering in this unique and beautiful country with a sometimes sad past? You can discover more of this through the Bamboo Cambodia travel and volunteering program.
What motivates people to volunteer in Cambodia?
There are a lot of factors that attract people to Cambodia. Some love its ancient history and unique culture along with friendly people who are always very kind to strangers. Cambodia is also one of the poorest Asian countries making it an instant magnet for many volunteers around the world.
There is a great support network for volunteers through a network of Cambodian NGOs which offer you plenty of exciting and innovative opportunities to make a difference in a really big way. Through programs such as the Bamboo Cambodia travel and volunteering network, you can access innovative and practical volun-tourism projects that will keep you engaged and also cost you less.
There are cultural reasons, too, why some volunteers are drawn to Cambodia. Students of Buddhism and Asian cultures will likely look for a deeply Buddhist country such as Cambodia or Nepal in order to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions.
If you are interested in volunteering in an Asian country with deep French roots, you can also pay a visit to Cambodia in order to discover its French colonial heritage. Cambodia was once a part of a federation of colonies controlled by France then known as the French Indochina. You will particularly discover a deep French imprint in its capital Phnom Penh.
What volunteer opportunities are available in Cambodia?
A lot of volunteers heading to this SE Asian nation always think mainly of teaching English or working in some way or another with the Cambodian kids. This is mainly due to the availability factor. These are the most available volunteer positions in the country although it is also possible to find other specialized positions.
It is important to note that volunteering in Cambodia is now a business niche in its own right and there are many businesses that have joined the fray to cash in from or rip off well-intentioned volunteers who want to make a difference in the country.
There are even cases where kids with parents are placed in “orphanages” in order to cater for a Western volunteer clientele eager to “make a difference” in one way or another in the country. Given this potential for scams, you need to carry out proper due diligence and work only with volunteer agencies such as Bamboo Cambodia travel and volunteering which will plug you in to the right programs in the country.
The most impactful volunteer programs are those that are usually long term. If you are however intent on doing something worthwhile over any duration of time, check out the Bamboo volunteer company in Thailand which also serves Cambodia and even Laos. The Bamboo Project offers more than just your run-of-the-mill teach English volunteer programs.
You will discover more Bamboo volunteer abroad Thailand and Cambodia programs where you can do some community development work, build capacity and engage in conservation efforts in the so called elephant villages in Cambodia and Thailand amongst many others.