Cambodia Community Internship 4 week
Work alongside the dedicated team at Treak Community Centre, getting involved in a variety of initiatives to create opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for deprived communities. This incredible programme will give you a real insight into the running of an NGO (non-governmental organisation) and valuable hands-on experience to prepare you for a career in teaching, social work, community development and more.
The vision behind the Treak Community Centre is to create opportunity for local people. The centre is run by Cambodians, with a key focus on teaching new skills to children and young adults, whilst also supporting parents and the wider community.
The village of Treak is situated 4km south of Siem Reap. There are around 2,000 people who make up 330 families, living in the village. 20% of families are on the government poverty list with individuals earning less that 50 cents per day. 30 families live in extreme poverty with no land, job, savings or help from family members.
As an intern you will spend your first 2 weeks supporting the team in their existing programmes including:
- Building a new school for the village
- English classes for nearly 400 children and young adults
- Kindergarten level education for almost 100 pre-school children
- IT classes for children
- Library access for all children
- Community garden to train villagers in sustainable practices and to secure nutritious food sources
You’ll also help to develop other areas, such as:
- Environment & sustainability awareness
- Basic science workshops and classes
- Arts & crafts workshops
- Basic health, hygiene and nutrition workshops
Your final 2 weeks will be spent staying in Camp Beng Pae, based in a lovely woodland retreat located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. You’ll play an important role in helping to reforest damaged parts of this landscape to encourage some of the world’s most endangered wildlife to return. You’ll also help us build homes for needy families in the village.
Camp Beng Pae
Beng Pae is a lovely woodland retreat located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded on three sides by a very impressive pine forest, the camp is designed and built in the local hill tribe house style.
The camp is set at the edge of the village and so all your project sites are only a short walk away, allowing you to become a local in no time!
Location: 220 km (3 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Composting toilets, bucket showers & wash basins
Power: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice porridge, omelette for breakfast; curry, sweet & sour chicken, salad, BBQ with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Beef Loklak
If you’re feeling brave: Try the local fermented palm juice!
Social: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
The man that can. One of our camp managers, Han is well respected by our volunteers and the local community, who have him pegged as the future chief of the village. He’s very passionate about our re-forestation programme, green fingered Han can grow anything anywhere. He also supports nine children from the local village. Han will stay in your heart long after you leave Cambodia.
Please note, lunch and dinner is not included so you have the freedom to sample a variety of eateries and explore different places within Siem Reap.
Don’t forget… flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations. Please note, you must be over 18 years old at time of departure.