Volunteer Cambodia Food and Farming Project

The Cambodia Food & Farming Project works with communities around Siem Reap to help them move away from the hand to mouth existence of subsistence farming and fishing. Volunteers are always needed so read on to find out how you can help.

Duration: 1 to 12 weeks

Hours: Mon to Fri, 6hrs per day

Activities: Preparing ground for planting, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, harvesting crops or gathering organic materials for compost. 

Location: Cambodia

City info: Siem Reap, small rural town

Accommodation: Private ensuite room, in a friendly modern guesthouse with pool

Requirements: Aged 18+

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£615 / US$730

How you will spend time at the project

Volunteers working on these sustainable food programmes will be primarily assisting local and project staff in the maintenance and upkeep of the market gardens, farms and fish farms run by our partner projects.

You could find yourself digging the ground in preparation for planting, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, harvesting crops or even gathering organic materials for compost. If you have relevant qualifications you may also help in training local staff in your particular skill area.

The work on this programme can be quite physical and the weather is usually hot sand humid so does require a good level of fitness. But there is nothing quite like the satisfaction you will feel just knowing that you are helping to grow food and keep our communities on the road to sustainability! 

Daily volunteer schedule

Placements are normally for 1 to 12 weeks. You will be required to be available for 6 hours per day with 2 days free time per week on Saturday and Sunday. The earliest start is usually 8am and the latest finish 5pm, although exact times can vary.

The projects break for lunch during which time you can go into town for lunch or to do some shopping, or just take advantage of the down time to relax at the project or back at the guesthouse! Due to the nature of the work on this programme a flexible approach to your work is indispensable.

Our farming programmes are attached to the community projects we work with so you may also get the opportunity to assist with teaching or help out with other duties with the construction and installation of water filters and other duties if you would like to.

Why the project needs volunteers

Day to day subsistence leaves people particularly susceptible to food shortages caused by extreme weather, sickness and even market conditions which can push prices up beyond many people’s reach.
Having a reliable food source not only ensures that families do not go hungry, it also means that children can keep up regular school attendance rather than be forced to work, or worse still take to the streets to beg in order to feed their families. 

In addition to providing food for impoverished families, these exciting projects also teach villagers valuable and practical new skills as well as being a means of generating income for the projects’ other programmes. 

A wide range of seasonal produce is grown and includes mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, water spinach, bananas, mung beans, long beans and cucumbers.

“What Globalteer is doing in Siem Reap is amazing, all of the projects don’t just help the kids but the families and the wider community too”

More Information

Read more about the Cambodia Food & Farming Project including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

Read More about the Project

Child Protection Policy

All volunteers for this project will be required to undergo a background check in accordance with Globalteer's Child Protection Policy.

Volunteer Placement Fee

The volunteer placement fee includes:
Project donation
Airport pick up from Siem Reap international airport.
Other pick ups possible upon request.
Cambodia orientation on arrival.
Town tour.
Accommodation for the duration of your stay.
Free breakfast.
Free daily transport to the project locations.
Free bicycles for all volunteers.
Free stainless steel water bottle
Free drinking water.
Exclusive Globalteer discounts around Siem Reap
In country support from our volunteer co-ordinator, area manager and Cambodian staff.

The volunteer placement fee does not include food, flights, visas or insurance although we can provide information as required. Air conditioning and extra nights are not included. Free bicycles are provided although with distances and climate it may not be possible for all volunteers to cycle on a daily basis.
Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.

Upgrade accommodation is approximately an additional £108 / US$127 per week which includes aircon.

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old at the time of commencement of the placement. Families are welcome at this project. The project usually attracts a great range of ages: No specific qualifications are necessary as we have placements for most skills. Travel insurance is highly recommended for this project.

Please complete your application as fully as possible to ensure we utilise your skills in the most effective way. Volunteers are required to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Cambodia.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
  5. Undergo your background check for the safety of the children.
  6. Research your destination, book your flight, visit your doctor for inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  7. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your placement.
  8. Comprehensive information will be sent to you including a packing list, Cambodia cultural differences, Buddhist Monk etiquette, useful Khmer language phrases, volunteer placement rules, useful phone contacts and full programme information.
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