Volunteer Cambodia Indigenous People
This project was set up to help the Bunong people of Cambodia protect and preserve their culture and traditional ways of life that are currently under threat from modernization. Volunteers are needed to help support the research & documentation of all aspects of their lifestyles, and motivating the Bunong youth by displaying an interest in their traditional way of life. Read on to get the low down on how you can become a part of this amazing project...
Duration: 2 to 12 weeks
Hours: Mon to Fri, 6-7hrs per day
Activities: Assisting local staff and volunteers with research projects. Offering help in proof-reading their documents, social media training to increase local capacity in distributing information, offering informal computer and English teaching for local Bunong volunteers.
City info: Based near the small town of Sen Monorom, in the Mondulkiri Province
Accommodation: Private room, Guesthouse
Requirements: Aged 18+
Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£630 / US$750
How you will spend your time at the project
Volunteers will be based in the small town of Sen Monorom during their placement. They will be based in a central office which acts as a learning and resource hub for local Bunong. Much of the volunteer’s work will be computer based, transferring written research onto hard copy to increase accessibility for local and international interests.
Some of the essetenial tasks you will be performing at this project include:
- Cataloguing information about the Bunong people previously collected
- Village visits to collect information, stories, photos and videos of the Bunong culture
- Recording stories and songs of the Bunong
- Proofreading English translations of documents, pamphlets, and other material meant for public education
- Assist in English and computer skill classes
- This is a dynamic project in which volunteers’ skills will be used to the best of their abilities to support the project
Why we need volunteers
Volunteers are essential in supporting the research and documentation of all aspects of the Bunong lifestyle, and motivating the Bunong youth by displaying an interest in their traditional way of life.
The Bunong language is founded on oral tradition and until recently had no written form. Bunong students working within the Cambodian education system found they were at an even greater disadvantage to native Cambodians in first having to learn and attain literacy in a second language.
Mondulkiri has the lowest rate of upper secondary school enrolment in Cambodia standing at a mere five percent of males and three percent of females.
Heroic efforts are needed to defend Bunong rights from the threats associated with the contemporary world. Bunong youth are eager to be at the forefront of protecting their way of life, not only by continuing it but by documenting it. Whilst many young Bunong recognise that they will not live in the same way as their ancestors did, they are proud to be from such a unique, incredible culture and are at the forefront of recording every aspect of it. They are balancing new modernisation interests with traditional culture.
”They may not have many material possessions but they have the most warm and open spirits, and they welcomed us into their lives without reservation.”
Mary, Biologist, US
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Volunteer Placement Fee
Your volunteer placement fee covers the following:
- Pick up at Phnom Penh Airport
- One night's pre-transfer stay at guest house in Phnom Penh
- Transfer from Phnom Penh to the project in Mondulkiri
- Ensuite accommodation in Sen Monorom for the duration of your placement
- Local English-speaking support staff at the project
- Return transfer from Mondulkiri to Phnom Penh
- A donation to the project
Volunteers should be advised that this is a small-scale project which can only accept a maximum of 2 volunteers at a time. 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.
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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. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary as we have placements for all skills. 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.
- Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
- Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
- Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
- Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
- Undergo your background check for the safety of the children.
- Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
- Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your project.
- A comprehensive information pack will be sent to you with useful information including a packing list, Cambodian cultural differences, Buddhist Monk etiquette, useful Khmer language phrases, project rules, useful phone contacts and full project information.