Siem Reap Volunteer Teaching Activities

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In the past several years, volunteer tourism has become increasingly popular among old and young alike. It can make a holiday or vacation worthwhile and rewarding, knowing that you are helping the people in the community you are visiting. It is also a great way to get to know local people and local culture.

There are some 3,000 NGOs (international and local) operating in Cambodia, and many travel companies offer different types of volunteer tours. Most of these tours involve volunteer language teaching, but volunteers can also build classrooms and kitchens for orphanages, dig wells, teach art, provide health care, etc. Volunteer tours can be quite expensive, and unfortunately, not all volunteer tours or activities are well organized, and in some cases, volunteers can be frustrated, and not well utilized.

A few NGOs in Siem Reap that accept volunteers are listed below. However this listing does not imply endorsement, and those considering a volunteer tour are advised to investigate the tour operator and the NGO they will be working with.

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Children and Development Organization (CDO)

This is a small NGO with a big heart. They are an orphanage, and currently provide full-time care for 27 children. While some of the children there are actual orphans, most of the children have been abandoned, or abused. The long-range goal of CDO is to buy land in the village where many of the children come from, and build a community center to provide education and health care to the village. Visitors are always welcome, but please call first to arrange your visit (08:00 to 18:00).

Donations needed: Food, medical supplies, toys, funding.
Volunteer skills needed: Teachers (English), Web Design, Administration, Childcare, Education, Health & Nutrition, Construction.
Volunteer Length: One day to three months.

  • Location: Road to Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Tel: +855(0)12 622 548 (English), +855(0)92 373 767 (Khmer).

Chres Village School and Orphanage (SOCPLSDO)

They provide care for 49 orphans living at the facility, and hold classes for some 500 day students who come to study. They have language classes (English, Chinese, Japanese), computer classes, and hotel and restaurant training.

Donations needed: Food, School supplies, funding.
Volunteer skills needed: Teachers (English, Chinese, Japanese, computer), Health & Nutrition, Construction.
Volunteer Length: Minimum 2 weeks.

  • Location: Chres Village, Kandek Commune, Bakong District (outside of Siem Reap).
  • Tel: +855(0)12 336 207, +855(0)97 733 6207.

Grace House Community Centre

The focus of this NGO is mainly on education, and they provide English classes, and basic education for some 250 children, as well as adult literacy classes. Vocational training includes market gardening, weaving, electrical installation, and sustainable energy. Assistance is also provided to villages to install water pumps, and water filters. They can assist volunteers in finding accommodation. Visitors welcome from 08:00 – 11:00 & 13:00 to 16:00.

Volunteer skills needed: Teachers (English), Electricians, Health Care & Nursing professionals.
Volunteer Length: One week to three months.

  • Location: Road to Tonle Sap Lake, approx. 4kms south of Siem Reap.
  • Tel: +855(0)63 639 2168, +855(0)92 207 852.


This is an NGO that helps support the floating communities of Prek Toal, Peak Kanteil, and other communities of the Tonle Sap Lake. They help protect the environment through ecotourism, community development, and environmental education. They established the Saray water hyacinth weaving project, and they offer trips to the bird sanctuary, and overnight in the Prek Toal floating village. All income is shared by the village for development and education.

  • Location: Street 27 (between Wat Bo Rd. and Achar Sva St,).
  • Tel: +855 (0)12 832 812, +855 (0)63 674 5000.

Pure! For Kids

They operate a an educational and training centre about 10km outside of Siem Reap, and they focus on small local projects. The PURE Dream Centre has English classes, hygiene workshops, computer classes, and sports. So children learn a range of skills. They also work with local schools, daycare centers, and medical clinics.

Note: They do not accept walk-in volunteers. All volunteers are thoroughly screened and provided with training. Office hours 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.
Volunteer skills needed: English teachers, medical care, social support.
Volunteer Length: Minimum 4 weeks.

  • Location: 640 Hup Guan St., near the Angkor Hospital for Children.
  • Tel: +855(0)89 706 411, +855(0)97 968 6230.
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