Why do you only accept skilled volunteers? I’m willing to do anything to help.
We are grateful for the enthusiasm and generosity of all those who apply to volunteer, however we have a strict policy that limits volunteering at CCF to roles in program areas that require specific skills and professional experience.
CCF is always on the lookout for local and international volunteers. CCF seeks international volunteers for roles that cannot be filled by Cambodian nationals. Some volunteer roles require people to speak in the Khmer language, and others require native English speakers. The roles can vary a lot!
There are many other ways that you can help CCF even if there are no current volunteer positions suitable for you in Cambodia. We are always on the lookout for volunteers to act as grassroots fundraisers; to hold events sharing the story of CCF and raise much needed funds for our programs. We also have international offices that sometimes require extra hands for specific tasks or on-going assistance. In any event, we are here to provide you with the help you need to be able to support CCF.
Is there a minimum amount of time I can volunteer in Cambodia?
We would need a minimum of 3 months from volunteers in Cambodia. There may be a few projects or positions that require a shorter time in country. Please check the duration written on the volunteer placement description before applying.
Why do you require volunteers to commit such a long time?
At CCF we try to create and maintain a safe and consistent environment for all of the children, families and community people in our care. Short-term volunteers, although with the best of intentions, can be disruptive for our students, and may even have a negative impact on the emotional development of the vulnerable children and people we serve.
When do you accept volunteers?
All year round, just be sure to check the position description in case there are specific time frames a certain project needs to be completed by.
I’m retired, can I volunteer?
Absolutely. CCF looks at experience and abilities, not age.
I’ve just finished school, can I volunteer?
CCF accepts volunteers over the age of 18 years old. Please note that all CCF volunteer roles require commitment, dedication and hard work, and are not always appropriate for those looking for a fun activity during their gap year.
Who do volunteers work with?
Each position has a range of key staff volunteers work with, as well as a Line Manager who will meet with each volunteer regularly. This is highlighted on each position description. Volunteer placements work directly with local staff and some roles have the opportunity to work with the children in our schools and facilities. The Volunteer Team is always available to support at every stage; before, during and after your placement.
I’m interested- when should I apply?
Have you seen a position that interests you and you qualify for on our volunteer page? Apply now! We strongly encourage all volunteers to apply at least 3 months in advance of their planned start date. If your application is successful, there is a lot of preparation work that goes into organising your time with us. You will need to provide us with all required documentation before you arrive, especially a police/working with children check (which can take some time).
What information will you need from me during the application process?
Initially we just ask volunteers to fill out our application form and attach their most recent CV. If accepted, volunteers must comply with our Child Protection Policy by providing us with:
1) A police/ working with children check.
If you are from the USA, this is obtained via the FBI.
If you are from the UK, this is obtained by applying for an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) via the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
If you are from Australia, this is obtained from the Australian Federal Police (or it can be a Working with Children check).
If you are from Cambodia, this is obtained through the Cambodian Ministry of Justice.
2) Two references for additional background checks.
3) A copy of your passport, with at least 6 months remaining.
4) Proof of health (travel) insurance (if international applicant).
Why do I need health insurance?
The medical system in Cambodia is probably not the same as the country you are from, so at CCF we like all our volunteers to be prepared and covered. If you have an accident, you should be covered to be air-lifted to Thailand, Singapore or back to your home country for appropriate treatment. If you are not covered by insurance, you may have to pay thousands of dollars, which is the last thing you want to think about when dealing with an emergency.
What are the costs?
CCF does not require you to pay us anything to volunteer.
You are required to provide your own return airfares, accommodation, visa, health (travel) insurance and to be able to cover living expenses while you are here. CCF provides all volunteers with safe transport to and from scheduled activities, as well as a phone and on-ground support for the duration of your placement.
Living in Cambodia can be extremely cheap and you can survive on $500 - $750 per month. That said, we encourage volunteers to over budget to ensure you are covered for any unexpected expenses and trips you may wish to take on weekends out of the city. We cannot provide financial assistance to volunteers if you run out of funds (with over 2,000 children we have our hands full!).
You can expect:
Bottle of water 50c
Room in a share apartment, or your own flat $200 - $600 per month (depending on whether you want a Western standard)
Tuk tuk $2 - $4 per trip
Coffee 50c - $2
Electricity bills $20 - $100 per month (depending on whether you share a flat or not, and how much you use air conditioning)
Meal at the market $2
Meal at a western style restaurant $4 - $10
Cinema ticket $3
Is it safe in Cambodia?
Cambodia is generally not a violent country, but bag snatching and pickpockets are common - especially in tourist areas and at night. All visitors are encouraged to act with caution at all times and ensure personal belongings are secure, including during travel.
Sometimes there are demonstrations and rallies in and around Phnom Penh, particularly before and during elections. These gatherings can easily be avoided.
Where are your facilities?
CCF has a total of 12 facilities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Most facilities are located in the Steung Meanchey area, where the old dumpsite used to be. It is about a 20 – 30 minute tuk tuk ride from the city centre. Volunteer schedules can include one or some of our facilities, which we discuss with each volunteer closer to their start date. Nevertheless, CCF arranges transport to and from where you live to your placement every day.
Where is a good place to stay during my volunteer placement?
When accepted, we provide each volunteer with our Volunteer Handbook which has a wide range of accommodation options, including guesthouses offering long term rates or sites to find apartments and flat shares.
Volunteers are required to arrange their own accommodation during their stay. We encourage newcomers to stay in some of the areas close to Steung Meanchey, like Toul Tom Poung (also known as the Russian Market), BKK1 or Tonle Basaac, which are popular with many volunteers and staff.
I’m not sure volunteering in Cambodia is right for me. Are there other ways I can be involved and assist CCF?
Definitely! We are always looking for passionate people to be our advocates all over the world. You can share CCF’s story with your friends and family or become one of our treasured fundraisers in your home town, wherever you are. Alternatively, you can sponsor one of our students, or help with other events our international fundraising offices may be holding throughout the year. The list is endless!
Check out this page of our website https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/get-involved/fundraise/
Is there a dress code?
CCF is not a formal workplace requiring a suit and tie! However, all volunteers need to respect local customs by dressing neatly and appropriately. This means ensuring shoulders, midriffs, and knees are covered. Most volunteers wear a t-shirt or shirt, with long trousers or a maxi skirt. We recommend loose-fitting clothing in cool fabrics as facilities can be hot, and slip-on shoes as some facilities are no-shoes. Volunteers in classrooms who have tattoos are asked to keep them covered around students as there are different connotations to tattoos in Cambodia to other countries. We can provide guidance on what to pack before arrival if you want detailed advice.