:: Volunteer

Why Volunteer?

Don’t just make a living - make a difference, as well.

There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from making a difference to people in your local community. Volunteering offers many other rewards too. You can learn new skills and gain valuable experience in a wide range of areas that may or may not be related to your paid work. It's also a great way to meet new people who share your interests.

What placements can we offer?

We are currently looking for:

  • Qualified native-speaking English teachers to work with the local staff at the Foreign Language School.
  • English/arts teachers and social workers to work at the Children's Developmet Village (should be able to drive a motorbike or arrange your own transport).
  • Sports/arts/qualified English speaking teachers and training specialists in organic agriculture to work at the Bark Angrout Village Primary School (should be able to drive a motorbike/ tuk tuk/ taxi-car or arrange your own transport).

If you have other skills or interests, please contact us email address: sanvan@cbavc.org /info@cbavc.org and we will try to find a placement based on your background.

What is the application process?

Please, send us your CV and indicate what activities you would be interested in.

For how long are you expected to commit?

It is totally up to you how much time you would be able and willing to give. Long-term volunteers are always preferred, however, we understand that you may have other commitments and or may not have sufficient resources for that.

Why volunteer at CBAVC?

  • You will work with Cambodian Buddhist monks at CBAVC school, or you may talk with monks in the temple - a life-time experience.
  • The organization is based in the countryside and central location, only 500 meters from our monastery, Wat Polangka, and 7km from the famous temples of Angkor Wat.
  • It is a well-established organization is operating 2 districts as Siem Reap district and Chi Kraeng district in Siem Reap province and benefiting hundreds of disadvantaged Cambodian people.
  • As contrary to many volunteering programs, CBAVC does not charge any fee to its volunteers. It is completely free.
  • Volunteers are welcome to share their knowledge and skills and take initiatives. Their opinion and recommendations are always taken into serious consideration.
  • Cheap living. You can get a bed for as little as $2 and a meal for $1. Can it get cheaper than that?

What are the working hours of CBAVC?

Working days, CBAVC is open from Monday to Friday. Working hours: 7:30 to 11: 30 (am) and 1:00 to 5:00 (pm).       

Where can you stay?

There are many guest houses and hostels in the Siem Reap town. You can get a bed in a dormitory for $2 and a private room for $4.

Discounts for volunteers may be available as well as a free pick-up from the Siem Reap airport.

You can find more accommodation in Siem Reap at hotel or guesthouse. CBAVC is located nearby Wat Polangka and only 500 from our monastery, so you may look for something within a walking distance from the Old Market and Pub Street.

If you are planning to stay for a longer time, you may consider renting an apartment.

Where can you eat?

In the Old Market, you can get a meal for as little as $1 or $ 2.  Some of the better restaurants include Sugar Palm, Abacus, Mr. Grill, Australian BBQ, Soup 89, Silk Lounge, Viroth, and Touich.

What can you do in your free time in Siem Reap?

Go to visit at Angkor Wat temples

Watch APSARA dancing in a local restaurant or orphanage

Go to see the waterfall on the Kulen Mount and the river of 1,000 Lingas

Visit the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake and Kampong Phluk

Go to see the 'bird sanctuary' at the Prek Toal core area of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve has been called "the single most important breeding ground in Southeast Asia for globally threatened large water birds”

Visiting at the countryside and see beautiful landscapes and smiling people

What other Cambodian cities can you visit?

You can also visit the capital Phnom Penh (Royal Palace, Wat Phnom Temple, National Museum of Cambodia, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) or rest on a beach in Sihanoukville.

What should you know about Cambodia fact file/general situation?

  • County name: Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Motto: Nation- Religion-King
  • Capital city: Phnom Penh
  • International airport: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airport
  • Language: Khmer
  • Ethnic groups: Khmer (90%), ethnic Vietnamese, ethnic Chinese, ethnic Cham  as well as ethno-linguistic minority (Hill Tribes) in the northeast of the country
  • Religion: Theravada Buddhism (95%)
  • Total populations: 13.1 millions (in 2001)
  • Land areas: 181.035 km2 
  • Currency: Riel (4000R=$1.00)
  • Voltage: 220v/50Hz
  • Business hours: 7:30 to 11: 30 (am) and 2:00 to 5:00 (pm)
  • Working days: Monday to Saturday afternoon                                                                                                                    

     Weather and Seasons: 4

      1. Nov to Feb (cool and dry), 2. Mar to May (hot/dry), 3. June to Aug. (hot/wet), 4. Sept to Oct (cool/wet), the hottest days of the hot season rarely climb above 35°c. The avarage temperatures for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap can be found here...

Where can you use the Internet?

The wireless Internet connection is available at Internet Cafes, Blue Pumpkin, KFC, and Pub Street.

What language is spoken in Cambodia?

The local language is Khmer. Many people speak at least some English, so it is quite easy to get around.

What currency is used?

The local currency is Cambodian riel. The U.S. dollars are also accepted. US$1 is equal to 4,000 riel. The ATMs are widely available.