Cambodia Volunteer Holiday Work Programs from GroundRocks
Become a part of local Khmer culture and engage with a rural community on one of our Cambodia volunteering programs aimed at students looking for a unique travel experience. Through our Cambodia gap year programs students have the opportunity to travel to far-flung corners of the country where they can take part in one of our ongoing community development projects – learning to solve practical challenges and adapting to different customs and environments through Cambodia volunteer work.
Experience Culture & Suitability with Our Cambodia Volunteering Gap Year Programs
Volunteering is a great way for young people to become empowered, build resilience and strengthen their leadership skills. Each of our Cambodia gap year programs includes key elements where students learn to understand and work with people from different cultures, while at the same time demonstrating through practical implementation the importance of sustainable community-based development through Cambodia voluntary work.
Why Volunteer in Cambodia? To Experience the Abundance of Diversity, History and Culture
Cambodia lies at the heart of Southeast Asia, with Thailand bordering it to the west and north, Laos to the north and Vietnam to the east. Despite two decades of war and the brutal communist regime of the Khmer Rouge, it has managed to retain its unique Khmer identity – customs and traditions that predate its Southeast Asian neighbors – originating from the Indian subcontinent.
Cambodia’s roots lie in the Khmer empire, which at the height of its power in the 10th century dominated the heart of Southeast Asia and its culture. It ruled much of the region we now know as Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, from the ancient political center of Angkor, a city that remained its seat of power for over 500 years.
Experience the Beauty, History and Culture of Angkor Wat with our Cambodian Gap Year Programs
Today the ruins of Angkor, just outside the town of Siem Reap, draw thousands of tourists from around the world annually – a testament to their grandeur unmatched by any other historical site in the region. Those who have never visited its site tend to think of Angkor as only one monument – Angkor Wat – but in fact, Angkor covers an area of approximately 200 km2 in northwestern Cambodia. Sadly though, most of the buildings and temples of this former dynasty have vanished over the centuries, leaving only traces of their ruins and foundations that continue to be discovered to this day. Join one of our Cambodia volunteer programs and explore the beauty of Angkor!
Much poorer and less developed than most of its neighbors, Cambodia has a population of just over 15 million, roughly twice that of Laos. Theravada Buddhism is the official religion and like Thailand and Laos it is practiced by more than 90 percent of the population and permeates every aspect of daily life. Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is the political, economic and cultural center of the country and while the city has a population of only 1.5 million, it is still the Kingdom’s largest city.
Located on the confluence of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers, Phnom Penh has been the capital since Cambodia became a French protectorate in 1867. It was later integrated into the French Indochina union in 1887, along with Vietnam. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia,’ Phnom Penh was admired as one of the most beautiful cities of French Indochina, and to this day still retains its share of elegant French colonial architecture along its boulevards, avenues and riverfront. If you are doing a Cambodia gap year we can help arrange excursions to Phnom Penh and beyond.
Find Out More About GroundRocks Volunteering and Gap Year Programs in Cambodia
So why not join us on a Cambodia volunteer holiday for one of our student travel programs – an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! At GROUNDRocks we understand the value of cross-cultural sharing and providing an environment in which our educational tours and student travel programs can help you grow and mature intellectually – setting you up for life, ready to lead the next generation into a healthier, cleaner and safer place for our children and future generations.