With forests, paddies and a floating village, and the spiritual monuments of the Angkor Wat temple complex, Siem Reap provides an extraordinary setting to join education, public health and women’s empowerment projects
GVI’s community development project is based in northwestern Cambodia, in Siem Reap which is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. It is a well-frequented destination for both foreigners and locals as there are many things to do in Siem Reap. It is a gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. In Siem Reap volunteers will find many opportunities to immerse themselves in Cambodia’s captivating cultural history, iconic temples and monuments while helping us to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
From our base in central Siem Reap, Cambodia, volunteers can choose to assist teaching centres with child development, teach English to Buddhist monks, provide preventative public health training, or support women’s empowerment organisations, all of which help to increase opportunities within the community. In the past two decades, local NGOs have made a huge difference in uplifting their communities, and as an organisation, we work to support these NGOs in order to make their objectives a reality. By having strong partnerships we can use our skills and provide sustainable programmes that are community-driven. Our vision is for community members, staff and volunteers to unite and create continually improving partnerships in order to make a difference within Siem Reap on a daily basis.
Volunteers can see all the wonders that Cambodia has to offer by spending their evenings and weekends visiting national parks, the floating market, waterfalls, taking part in cooking or pottery classes, and seeing what’s on offer in the bustling markets. If they wish they can travel away from Siem Reap to Tonle Sap Lake, Phnom Penh, Kampong Khleang, Battambang, or Banteay Srei and see a different side to Cambodia.
Learn to cook traditional Cambodian dishes
Visit a 9th century temple with a tuk tuk
Join a chanting session with monks
Bike around Siem Riep's traditional countryside
Visit one of Siem Reap's floating villages
Learn how HeroRATs detect landmines
Take an ox cart ride through rice paddies
Sleep under the stars alongside Asian elephants