Volunteering

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Visit the exotic and alluring Kingdom of Cambodia. Discover stunning scenery, diverse marine life, an amazing culture, incredible temples and a charming local community that needs your support.

  • Live with the local island community
  • Make a significant and long lasting difference
  • Help preserve the beauty and natural habitat of our tropical island

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Conservation is essential to protect and safeguard the stunning natural resources of Cambodia’s tropical islands. Increasing tourism, uncontrolled development and unsustainable fishing practices are threatening to destroy the beautiful environment, which is essential to both Cambodia’s growing economy and communities that rely on the sea for their income.

Our projects work to protect Cambodia’s natural resources. Working with the local communities we assist in ensuring long-term sustainability, in addition to providing much needed healthcare and teaching. You can choose to specialise in one project area or choose a combination of activities to help us achieve our goals

  • Marine Conservation – Reduce unsustainable fishing practices, establish and enforce Marine Protected Areas, introduce coral and fish farms
  • Health & Safety – Improve health education and medical services, educating in prevention of risks and dangers
  • Education – Increase access to English lessons, provide vocational skill training
  • Agriculture – Improve food production and supply, encourage an organic food and composting culture, implement rain collection and irrigation techniques
  • Waste Management – Encourage a culture of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ on the island, implement practical environmentally friendly solutions for the disposal of waste matter
  • Cultural Awareness – Promote Cambodian culture and beliefs, encourage greater interaction

Whether you spend the days teaching the local community, working on the organic farm on the edge of a lush jungle or surveying the stunning marine costal environment, you will have a truly unforgettable experience.

 

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You’re welcome to join the project for as long as you like, although to make a valuable contribution to our work we generally ask you to commit for at least one month (shorter stays can be arranged if you contact us). We aim to keep our volunteer costs low. Currently, volunteers contribute $15 a day, which covers all meals and accommodation. Our volunteers generally join the project at the start of the month – although we can accommodate groups at other times.

If you wish to take part in the Marine Conservation project you will need to be certified to Advanced Open Water or equivalent. We can arrange in country training at a cost of $565 for Open Water and Advanced; or $295 for Advanced only. Please note anyone who participates in the marine conservation project will also receive reef check training and certification (normally valued at approx. $300)

What’s included?

  • Three meals a day (incl. tea/coffee/water)
  • Shared accommodation,
  • Local orientation
  • Project training (excl. PADI)
  • Project equipment
  • Boat transfers to and from Sihanoukville

What’s not included?

Flights – but shop around to get the best deal. The earlier you start looking the cheaper it will be. Travelling around Asia first? AirAsia have some fantastic deals. Travelling from Europe or further afield? Check out Skyscanner - a travel search site with flexible search options means you can browse prices across a whole month, or even a year, allowing you to get the best deals. You book direct with the airline or travel agent, so you get the lowest price with no added commission – we recommend that you check agent/airline reviews before booking

Visas are easy to obtain at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The cost is $20 USD for a tourist visa and $25 for a business visa, both are valid for one-month. One passport photo is a required when purchasing or extending your visa and a small ‘fee’ will be charged if you do not have one.

Both types of visas can be extended easily through travel agents and guesthouses in Sihanoukville. Tourist visas are single entry and can be extended for up to one-month (approx $45). Business visas can be extended for one-month, three-month, six-months or a year and are multiple entry. If you overstay on your visa – you will be charged – the fee is currently $5 a day (2011). Visa fees do tend to vary when crossing into Cambodia by land, please check the Lonely Planet for the latest.

·         Insurance – please purchase suitable insurance for the activities you will be participating in.

In country transit and transit accommodation – If you’re volunteering with us and are travelling from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, please contact us and we can advise on transfers. Most of our volunteers spend a night or two in Sihanoukville before travelling across to the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong (where we are based). If you too are planning a few nights on the mainland, we can arrange accommodation in Sihanoukville to suit all budgets. [/tab] [tab title="FAQs and useful info"]

Where are we based? We are based in the village of Koh Touch on the tropical island of Koh Rong

Why choose CCC? unlike many other projects, we believe volunteering shouldn’t cost the earth. We value your contribution and keep your costs low.

What else is there to do? Get involved in the other projects, jungle trekking, sunset boat trips, cultural evening, volley ball, movie nights, Khmer lessons, teaching vocational skills and so much more…

When to visit? Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The busiest time is over December and January, when the humidity is quite low. Travelfish.org has a great interactive weather map, which allows you to check the conditions in different areas of the country.

Passport info: please ensure your passport is valid for at least six-months and you have several blank pages – visas in Asia tend to take up at least a whole page (with additional space needed for entry and exit stamps).

Language – free audio guide: English is widely spoken on the mainland, however being able to speak a few phrases in Khmer always helps. You can learn the basics with the free WorldNomads Cambodian Language Guide – available as an iPhone app or mp3 podcast.

Vaccinations: Please plan ahead and get medical advice about vaccinations at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. Some vaccinations need to be given well in advance so that they can work properly.

Currency: The national currency is Riel however US Dollars are accepted everywhere and most prices are displayed in US dollars.

Where else to visit? Whether you have four weeks or several months to spend in Cambodia, your trip would not be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat, which is why we include a free tour for all volunteers. Many visitors also enjoy a stay in Phnom Penh, Kep and/or Battambang. Check out Travelfish.org for suggested itineraries and Lonely Planet for additional information.

The best advice we have is keep your travel plans flexible – once you’ve visited Koh Rong you’ll find it very hard to drag yourself away.

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