Volunteer in Cambodia – June/July 2020
I went away with the hope I would help those less fortunate than myself,
only to realise that they gave me more than anyone could understand.
-Previous Team Member
Volunteer in Cambodia in 2020 with volunteers from across Ireland to support Habitat’s work; improving the living conditions of families in Battambang.
Cambodia is home to 15 million people; more than a quarter live below the poverty line. The country is emerging from decades of conflict and inequalities still persist.
Too many families live in poorly built homes without access to secure tenure or basic facilities, such as proper toilets and clean water.
Since 2003, Habitat Cambodia has been working to develop sustainable communities, serving more than 90,000 people.
Funds raised in Ireland support Habitat Cambodia’s home repair and water and sanitation work in rural areas, transforming lives of people like Chen Phon and his neighbours:
Volunteer in Cambodia next summer with volunteers from across Ireland to support this life-changing work. This is a unique opportunity to experience grassroots development and the warmth of the Cambodian people. Volunteers will:
SEE the shocking reality of poverty housing
SERVE families in need
SPEAK out for the cause of safe, decent housing when they return home
Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.
Day 1-2: Depart Ireland, arrive in Cambodia & orientation
Day 3-9: Build and closing celebration with the community
Day 10-12: Cultural activity & depart
Dates & itinerary dependent on flight availability.
Supporting Habitat’s Work
The budget to take part is €2,800 per person (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum donation towards Habitat’s work).
There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.
Need to know
Where will I stay?
Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest house. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.
What will I eat?
You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.
What will I be doing?
There are a variety of tasks you could be laying bricks, mixing cement, moving materials, installing doors and windows or put up the roof.
Whatever you do, you will build relationships and new hope for the future. You don’t need any previous experience; in-country Habitat staff will be delighted to welcome you and all sites are fully supervised.
What age do I have to be to take part?
You must be 16 and over to join the team. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or can join a Youth Build. If you are older than 75, get in touch to discuss insurance.