Children’s Home


Experience life off the beaten track in rural Cambodia, supporting the education of around 40 young children. Inspire a passion for learning by teaching English, assist in the Nursery with disabled children and young babies or help work on the farmland producing food for the Children’s Home.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: 2 hours south west of Phnom Penh
  • Start dates: First and third Monday of each month
  • Duration: 4 - 12 weeks +
  • Age requirement: 20+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £945 / €1135 / $1275 - see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers at the Children’s Home can get involved with a variety of activities, helping in the nursery with young children and those with disabilities, leading education activities including kindergarten games and activities and informal after-school English lessons or helping on the farm land.

Typical activities could include:

  • English lesson and maths activities
  • Creative activities – arts and crafts
  • Any other specialist subjects you are interested in e.g. music, cookery or vocational skills such as sewing
  • Helping in the Nursery with children aged 0-6
  • Cleaning and general maintenance around the Children’s Home
  • Working on the farmland; clearing land, planting, weeding, composting
  • Caring for animals; poultry and fish

Activities are generally volunteer-led and so we ask that you are proactive and independent and willing to lead in lessons and activities.

In addition if you have skills in areas including physiotherapy, irrigation, permaculture, and hydroponics please let us know as you may be able to help in this specific area.

Working days and hours

Volunteers usually work 5-6 days per week. Working hours can vary however most volunteers work between 8am - 5pm with breaks throughout the day. When working on the farm most volunteers start earlier, around 6am, and have a longer break later to avoid the heat of the day.

Other volunteers

There are usually between 1-3 volunteers at the Children’s Home although they can accept a maximum of 8.

Child protection

Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.

Volunteer Reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Cambodia Children’s Home Volunteering reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

The Children’s Home has a dedicated team of local staff but they are often over-stretched with daily care tasks. Whilst they remain the long term support for children they are often unable to dedicate time to fun games or lessons.

Neither the English lessons nor Kindergarten sessions are able to take place without the support of volunteers. The local team also often do not have time to develop areas of the land for farming and so volunteers are able to support man-power in this area.

By volunteering at the Children’s Home and contributing your time you are able to create fun activities for the children to ensure their free time is used productively and engage them in a positive learning environment.

How is the project making a difference?

The Children’s Home currently cares for around 40 children aged 0-17, many of whom have disabilities. The children all attend local state school however the schooling in rural Cambodia can be of poor quality, particularly in English language.

The onsite classroom gives the children a fun environment to learn after their school day ends and volunteer-led classes are open to everyone, including children from the local village.

Due to their tough start in life, many of the children in Nursery are behind developmentally in their gross and fine motor skills and in some cases also with their speech. Volunteer-led Kindergarten sessions allow them to develop and practice these skills in a safe environment whilst also giving their nannies a rest for an hour.

The project is based on a large area of land and their aim in future is to supply the kitchen with a healthy, balanced food supply. Working on the farm gives the children an opportunity to learn agricultural skills and animal husbandry, both valuable life skills in rural Cambodia.

The Children’s Home also takes in children with difficult medical backgrounds and in the past they have fundraised for urgent medical treatment for children in their care, including cleft palette surgeries, heart surgery and ongoing medical care for a ‘butterfly baby’ in their care who suffers from epidermolysis bullosa.

Where will I be living?

You will live on site at the Children’s Home in a beautiful tropical region of Kampong Speu Province.

Volunteers live in a basic bunk-bed dormitory within the Children’s Home; accommodation is rural and basic. In the volunteer accommodation there are cold water bucket showers and a western-style toilet (bucket-flush). There is a small kitchen area in the accommodation - much like a camp kitchen!

There is internet connection on site but there is a basic connection in the local village. Volunteers can get phone signal on site.

Life in Cambodia is generally slow-paced and so the evenings are very quiet and relaxed. Volunteers can spend their free time reading a book, exploring the local market or visiting Kirirom National Park.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Lucy is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online TEFL course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:

  • Childcare and teaching volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Phnom Penh) and transfer
  • Accommodation - a basic shared room
  • Food - lunch & dinner
  • Induction
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by email and phone
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
4 weeks £945 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £135 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see


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  • Cambodia Children’s Home volunteer – Eva

    “It really is a life changing experience. By volunteering abroad you experience an entirely different culture, get to try new foods, explore Cambodia and really get to know the local people band their way of life.”

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  • Cambodia Children’s Home volunteer – Geoff

    “The kids are friendly and their eagerness to learn could be a lesson to kids at home! It was frustrating, challenging, tiring and I enjoyed it immensely. It is one of the experiences of my life that I shall never forget.”

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  • Cambodia Children’s Home volunteer – Ronan

    "If you’re thinking about going, just go. The experience taught me so much about myself, life, love, communicating with others and much more. I'll be going back to Cambodia, the country is an experience in itself."

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