Cambodia Community Internship 6 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 4 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
You will also spend 2 weeks staying in Camp Beng Mealea. This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune. Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Seasonal food shortages and lack of employment opportunities leave rural young people very vulnerable to continued and increasing poverty. You’ll help by developing a new classroom at the school to tackle overcrowding and lack of resources.
Camp Beng Mealea
This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune. Accommodation is in the form of traditional Khmer stilted longhouses positioned in the shade of large banana and papaya trees. The camp is surrounded by paddy fields and pretty amazing views on all sides. On a clear day you can see the impressive ridge line of the Kulen National Park from your longhouse. And if that isn’t enough, there is the ancient ruined temple of Beng Mealea to explore only a short walk away, as well as a large ornate pagoda where the Buddhist monks live. You’d be hard pushed to find a more authentic Cambodian experience!
Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Composting toilets, cold water showers & wash basins
Power: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice porridge, omelette for breakfast; Chicken & chips, salad, BBQ with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Amok – Mild curry usually eaten with chicken or fish
If you’re feeling brave: Try eating fried crickets or tarantulas (Yuck)!
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.