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Affordable Childcare Volunteering in Cambodia
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Affordable Childcare Volunteering in Cambodia

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Childcare at Sieam Reap

Im not a native english speaker, so at first I was concerned volunteering abroad and not being able to understand to the people that worked/lived with me, or the kids. But every concern went away the moment I arrived at the volunteer house. They were really nice people, patient with my english. At my placement they were so nice, and the kids didn't need much english, all they ask for is love. Working with them (I've never worked with little kids before) was one of the most heart warming, amazing, and sobering experiences in my life so far. Life there was incredible too; Sieam Reap is such a nice place, and my daily routine was so peacefull and different from home. The people is nice (they are used to tourist over there so they tend to speak really good english, but you will get to see parts of the city that are not used to tourists and they are so nice and try to help and communicate with you using signs and others), and easy going. I fell in love with Cambodia really fast, and my program worked so good that made it easier to just enjoy and try to help!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review March 21, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    It's awesome to read the comments in your feedback and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Our local team and the staff at your placement are extremely grateful for the help that you were able to provide and I'm sure the children benefited greatly. Thank you again for volunteering with IVHQ. ^Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

I was humbled, challenged and blessed.

I’ve recently returned from a two week volunteer trip in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and I am in awe of my experience.

My accomodation consisted of living with ten other volunteers from across the globe in a shared house. The diversity of the shared house was an experience of its own as you learn from and grow with your fellow volunteers.
The staff at the shared house were outstanding as they provide you with routine (which is flexible), information, guidance and not to mention friendship.
I felt secure, loved, accepted and appreciated at the shared house.

For my volunteer work I was placed at a child care center which was a 15 minute motorbike ride from my accomodation.
The children who attend the child care are aged between 2-7 years old and come from families who live and work in the dump yards. The families who work in the dump yards search through the garbage in hope to find recyclable materials in order to sell for a small amount of income.

The child care staff pick up the children each morning from their homes in a van and take them to the center where they’d showered, fed, educated and entertained.
Not only does the child care provide the children with a safe refuge, they’re given unconditional love, compassion and patience.

When first I entered the child care I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and peace in the atmosphere. I was greeted by a young boy with an unless amount of cuddles and affection which was followed by more children.

The children were cheeky, funny and an absolute blessings to spend time with and to form individual relationships with. They were so appreciative of the smallest gifts including hair gel, hair ties and toys.

I was emotionally challenged from witnessing were the children live and the little to nothing they had. However, each of the children have a endless amount of joy in their hearts which overfollows. I am so proud of each of them.

My entire experience in Cambodia filled my heart with so much joy and love.

If you’re considering volunteering in Cambodia, JUST DO IT. You’ve more to offer the country then you’d believe and the country has a lot to offer you in return.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review March 06, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Hi Hannah, It is wonderful to read the comments in your review and it sounds like Cambodia has left quite an impact on you! I have no doubt that the lives of the children you worked with have been enriched by your visit and our placements are extremely grateful for the help that you and other volunteers have continued to provide. We would love to see you back on our program in the future. ^Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Truly life changing

My experience volunteering with children in Cambodia was truly one of the most heartwarming, eye opening and memorable experiences of my life. Going into it, I really did not have any expectations of how the situation would be. The organisation made it so easy to feel immediately at ease, assured and comfortable. The organisation that I worked for, LRDE, was an incredible organisation that worked tirelessly in improving the childhood of hundreds of severely disadvantaged kids. Being with the children each day and putting a smile on their faces was ever so rewarding and also a lot of fun. My month spent in Cambodia was not without some tricky hurdles, but, IVHQ were there with full support as well as the amazing support from the life long friends made there. Thank you IVHQ and wonderful Cambodia for one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was a wild ride, and one I will never forget.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    What an awesome review, Talia! It is so great to hear your experience in Cambodia and all of your help was very much appreciated by the local community and staff at LRDE.
    Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Childcare in Siem Reap

I have recently finished a 3 week program with IVHQ in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This experience was more than I could have ever imagined. For starters, the organization and local staff were extremely helpful and welcoming. They provided us with a clean and safe living environment in the volunteer house. Living with 13 other volunteers was a beautiful way to meet like-minded people from around the world and build lasting friendships. The childcare facility that we were working with was a lovely short bike ride from our home. Each morning we were greeted by the excited, smiling children when we arrived. there was no better feeling that that. The children were always to excited to see us, and being with them, and being able to teach them a few things, was an amazing feeling. The nuns that we were working alongside inspired me to be a better person and to want to lead a more humble life. They were amazing with the children and so thankful that we were there.
If you have the opportunity to take a few weeks out of your life and donate them to others, I would strongly suggest it. The experience will be so meaningful to you, and those that you help.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 23, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Hi Erin, thank you for your awesome review. It is wonderful to hear that you had such a good time on the program and I'm sure your help was very much appreciated by the local community.
    Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Expect the unexpected

I volunteered in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 3 weeks teaching english.
The accommodation was excellent, the food was good and the staff was so friendly. They really tried to make your stay as good as possible and if you had the slightest issue they tried to help you. The kids outside the volunteer house were really cute. We played soccer with them every once in a while. Even though they didn't speak english, we had fun together and they were just the cutest.
We even had our private tuktuk-drivers and they picked you up from anywhere within 10 minutes!
My placement was really good too. Teaching wasn't always easy, but a good challenge and every day it got better. The kids were lovely and it was really sad to leave them. The staff and teachers were really kind to the other volunteers and me and on our last day they took us to the local market and showed us around where they lived, that was really interesting!
On the weekends we did day trips to different sights around Siem Reap with the other volunteers. We all got along really well and had lots of fun. On weekdays we sometimes went out to town and had a drink or just a stroll around.
I didn't know what to expect but I surely wasn't disappointed. It is a once in a lifetime experience and you learn so much out of it. Would do it again anytime!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 13, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Hi Helen, Thanks for sharing. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the accommodation, food and local staff support in Cambodia. Thanks also for making the most of your teaching placement and rising to meet any challenges faced. It has been great to have you volunteer with us and we would love to have you join us again!
    Sam – IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

An unforgettable experience

I had always wanted to volunteer in Cambodia and had planned to do so after completing my university degree, however one night talking it with family made me stop and think why should I wait when I could go now? The next 7 months were a crazy journey preparing for the trip of a lifetime! To say this experience was life changing would be an understatement. I lived with the most beautiful, happy and warm host family who provided us with beautiful accommodation and meals everyday. I was placed at LRDE (Le Restaurant De Enfant) and loved every single minute of it. In 3 weeks I was able to make an impact in my placement and build relationships and develop the children's skills as they were all so eager to learn. I learned so much their culture, and feel so lucky to have been welcomed in to experience it all. I met so many incredible people along the way and have come back to Australia ready to save and do it all over again!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Best decision of my life

Cambodia was a complete shot in the dark for me, and I am so happy to say that it was also the best thing that ever happened to me. From the locals, to the other volunteers, to the IVHQ weekends, to my placement, to the accommodation, everything was unbelievably amazing. I was placed in New Hope for Orphans in Siem Reap and I can't wait to go back again. Everyday at placement was different and I keep so many great memories. Cambodia changed my life in a way that I will always be thankful for and I really help that other people will give Cambodia the same chance I did. If you want to do an affordable IVHQ program and have an unforgettable experience, Cambodia is the place for you! If you've been thinking doing something like this, the best advise I can give you is: just go for it!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review December 05, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Hi Sofia, Thanks for sharing! We are thrilled to hear that you had such an incredible time in Cambodia - I don’t think we could ask for a more glowing review! We really enjoyed having you volunteer with us and we look forward to having you return in the future :)
    Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Volunteer childcare placement in Cambodia

The overall experience was amazing. I felt like I was really immersed in the culture and I managed to make close friends with some locals there. The accommodation was great but the food was a bit bland. It was a family home so I respect that they have opened up their home to us. Maybe just a variety of food choices and have the ability to help cook our meals would be great.

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review November 28, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Biljana, Thanks for sharing. We are happy to hear that you had an amazing experience volunteering in Cambodia and we will be sure to take on your feedback regarding the meals. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
    Sam - IVHQ Cambodia Program Manager