Cambodia Gap Adventure

Cambodia Gap Adventure

Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture, educate young children and go diving with seahorses

¿De qué se trata?

  • Explore the ancient Khmer culture and learn about the country’s history for one week
  • Work with children in a kindergarten to improve their educational development and improve the learning environment through renovation work for four weeks
  • Achieve your PADI Open Water Course and afterwards perform marine surveys of sea horses to improve their environmental protection in Koh Sdach for 3 weeks
  • Weekend trip options to visit the popular tourist attraction including Angkor Wat, Royal Palace, S21 Museum, The Killing Fields, and much more!
  • Seize the opportunity to explore Cambodia in this unique Gap Adventure alongside other gap year students!

Fechas de Inicio: 

Fechas fijas en cualquier época del año

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Duración Mínima: 

8 semanas

Requisitos: 

Cualquiera a partir de los 18 años puede unirse


Is this Cambodia Gap Adventure right for me?

If you’re on your gap year, then this is the perfect mix of culture, people and nature to make it a very special and memorable gap year. You’ll start the trip by immersing yourself amongst the Khmer people and understanding their history and culture.

Then you’ll have the most rewarding experience of working with young children in a kindergarten to enhance their education development and have fun with them.

To finish off the trip, you get to go to the idyllic Koh Sdach island where you can learn to dive, explore marine wildlife and hang out by the beach with your fellow gap volunteers. It really is the ultimate Cambodia gap year experience!

A group of volunteers on a Cambodia Gap Adventure

Here's an overview of what you'll get up to:

Khmer Cultural project

During this cultural immersion project, you’ll get to experience multiple aspects of Khmer culture, while learning about Cambodian history at the same time. Here are a few of the things you’ll get involved in:

  • Find out more about Cambodia’s history and the heartbreaking details of the Khmer Rouge era
  • Learn about the Khmer culture through cooking classes, puppet-making classes, dance classes and more
  • Spend a few days helping out and learning about the Khmer culture in a traditional, rural village
  • Explore the many cities of Cambodia and the unique qualities they each offer
  • Learn some useful Khmer words and phrases from the locals living in Cambodia

Childcare project

At the Childcare Project in Cambodia, your work focuses on the children and their development. Many of the children we support come from underprivileged backgrounds. Our goal is to give them the same opportunities as other children around the world. Here are a few of the things you will be helping with:

  • Organise educational activities
  • Hygiene and health initiatives
  • Support local staff

Diving & Marine Conservation project

As a volunteer on the Diving & Marine Conservation Project in Cambodia, you will contribute to the protection of marine wildlife. The main threat to the marine environment in Cambodia is the lack of regulation and awareness in the fishing industry, which leads to overfishing and destructive fishing practices. You’ll get involved with: 

  • Marine diving surveys, composition and health of the coral reef, seahorse identification and behaviour, and habitat and mapping surveys.
  • Salvage diving in order to collect debris from the ocean
  • Waste management plan: this includes beach clean-ups, dives against debris, and educating locals about recycling and disposing of waste responsibly

Can’t dive yet? Don’t worry, you get to complete the PADI Open Water qualification in the first week and this qualification is included in the price!


Where will I work?

Nom Pen

Your group will work at a kindergarten for children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. The kindergartens we work with are in rural areas, where most families are severely disadvantaged. Most importantly, these kindergartens give children a safe space to learn and develop. The work on the Khmer project is also based in Phnom Penh.

Koh Sdach

Your group will be based in Koh Sdach for the Diving & Marine Conservation work. Also known as King Island, Koh Sdach is located in the Gulf of Thailand. Around 1.5 km off the coast of Botum Sakor national park and it belongs to a small archipelago of 12 islands. It is an idyllic island and a must for any gap year trip to Cambodia. Koh Sdach is a fishing community and roughly 70 % of the working population are fishermen. It’s clear blue waters offer the perfect conditions for diving and also relaxing by the beach.

Recibimiento en el aeropuerto, vuelos y visado

Cuando llegues al aeropuerto, personal de Projects Abroad te estará esperando. Puedes encontrar más detalles sobre tu llegada al aeropuerto, orientación y visado en nuestra página de Procedimientos de Llegada a Camboya.


What are the aims and impact of this trip?

The aim of this trip is to improve early childhood development in a kindergarten in Phnom Penh and to help threatened marine life off the island of Koh Sdach.

Cambodia has a low level of education and many care centres are underfunded. Many families also cannot afford to send their children to daycare centres and kindergartens while they are at work.

As a volunteer with children in Cambodia, you’ll work towards the following goals laid out in our Childcare Management Plan:

  • Promote early childhood development
  • Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
  • Increase English
  • Improve hygiene levels of the children
  • Improve the level of stimulation of each child

On our diving project you will work with our passionate local conservation team to collect data during dives which is with local authorities in the hope of using the information to make positive change.


Planes de gestión

Hemos establecido los objetivos para nuestros proyectos en documentos llamados Planes de Gestión. Los usamos para planificar adecuadamente la labor que realizarás. También nos ayudan a medir y evaluar nuestros logros e impacto cada año.


Básicamente, nuestros Planes de Gestión nos ayudan a mejorar nuestros proyectos. Esto significa que formarás parte de algo que tiene un impacto real donde más se necesita. Lee más sobre nuestros Planes de Gestión.


Midiendo nuestro impacto

Nuestros proyectos trabajan hacia objetivos claros a largo plazo con objetivos anuales específicos. Cada voluntario e interno que enviamos a nuestros proyectos nos ayudan a trabajar para alcanzar estos objetivos, sin importar cuánto tiempo participen en sus proyectos.


Cada año miramos hacia atrás y vemos cuánto hemos progresado hacia esos objetivos. También creamos un Reporte de Impacto Global que documenta nuestros logros. Obtén más información sobre el impacto que logra nuestra comunidad global de voluntarios, internos y personal y lee el último informe.


Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Phnom Penh. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

On Koh Sdach you'll stay in shared accommodation in the heart of this tiny island community.  You'll wake up each morning to the sights of a beautiful sunrise over the nearby ocean.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Actividades de ocio y tiempo libre

Cuando explores Camboya te sorprenderá la mezcla de ciudades vibrantes, increíbles paisajes y famosos sitios históricos. Este país tiene mucho que ofrecerte en tu tiempo libre. 


Los famosos templos cercanos a Siem Reap son una visita obligada para todos los viajeros, especialmente los magníficos Angkor Wat. Subir por enormes raíces de árboles hasta las puertas de templos cubiertos por enredaderas ¡seguro despiertas a tu Indiana Jones interior!


Pero Camboya tiene más que sólo templos antiguos. Puedes practicar senderismo en la selva o hacer snorkel y avistar delfines en los mares que rodean Sihanoukville. Si quieres una tarde tranquila puedes pasar el rato en una hermosa playa. 


Lo mejor es que en Camboya habrá más voluntarios con los que podrás explorar tu alrededores o simplemente hacerlo por tu cuenta.


Seguridad y respaldo de nuestro personal

Tu seguridad es nuestra prioridad. Contamos con procedimientos para asegurar que tengas el apoyo que necesitas para disfrutar tu viaje tranquilamente. Nuestro personal está disponible las 24 horas al día para asegurar que te sientas cómodo en tu alojamiento y programa. Si tienes problemas, ellos te ayudarán en cualquier momento.


Descubre más sobre nuestra estrategia de seguridad y respaldo.

Cuando te registras solo pagas 295€ que se descontarán del precio total. Contamos con opciones de pago flexibles y asesoría de recaudación de fondos.

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