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Questions about volunteering abroad

Here you will find all your questions answered about volunteering abroad. From making the initial flight booking all the way through to arriving in Cambodia. Many of the questions are valid for any project abroad.

frequently asked questions about volunteering abroad

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Most volunteers are aged between 18 and 60. The most common age groups are 24-35 and 50 – 60. This reflects people on GAP years and those on retirement.

Some charities will have age restrictions and we will state these on the individual pages.

A volunteers age is not important when dealing with children. However, younger volunteers will be expected to show respect to elders and acknowledge local customs in dealing with older Khmers.

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There is no set age for volunteering. Most charities will expect you to be at least 18.

The most common ages for volunteers are 25-34 and 45-54. However there are always volunteers on GAP years and more mature volunteers doing something worthwhile.

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It is probably stating the obvious, you will need a skill that matches the job you will do for the charity. You want to be able to assist the charities and fellow volunteers rather than be a hindrance.

The obvious skill for younger native English speakers is to teach English. If you are studying at university or have a degree, find a charity that needs a global understanding of your experience or qualification.

Medical skills are always highly desirable in all fields of medicine and mental health.

Maybe your hobby will be useful. Musical skills. Wildlife and conservation.

 

 

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The answer to this question is both yes and no.

Cambodian charities and most bone fide charities in any country will want to know that you are able to contribute positively. This could be by providing educational qualifications or a verifiable CV.

They might simply ask you some questions about your skills. Do not be upset or worried; the charity simply wants to ensure that you will not be wasting you time or theirs.

 

 

 

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You may think that volunteering should be enough of a contribution. However, many of the charities are run a on a shoe string budget. Making a donation is truly appreciated as is ongoing financial support.

Ask your chosen charity if they require anything. It could be something as simple as stationery or as expensive as a hospital wing.

Always add a donation into your budget. If you are using this website as your resource to volunteering abroad you are saving anything for $300 to $4,000, so please consider making a donation.

Bring cash and do not send beforehand.

 

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Some projects abroad are short term by their nature and others are long term.

If you are involved in simple construction it could be a week or 2. If you are going to teach you should be investing in an entire term of 6 – 12 weeks. On conservation projects or community health you might consider volunteering for 6 – 12 months.

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If you you have regular medication to take; ensure that you have enough for at least twice the length of your stay. Take some on carry on  and some in the hold of the aircraft. If your medication requires to be kept cool let the hotel know that you will require a fridge in the room. If staying in a dorm this will be more of a challenge.  Keeping medication in not secure areas is not recommended.

Ensure that the medication has YOUR name on it and a letter from your doctor will be useful.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have major international hospitals and can deal with most medication requirements.

 

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This will keep you amused – maybe and maybe not. It will depend on how long you will be working with a charity and what work you will be doing. You may not need one at all – check with your charity is the best advice.

You cannot apply for the work permit until your are in Cambodia

However the good news is that it is relatively easy to obtain a work permit should one be required.

The cost will be anything between $200 and $300. The good news is that you can continue with your charitable work whilst the application is in progress.

From personal experience, I have twice required work permits and the process was simple and efficient. However, the physical work permit can take a while to arrive.

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That will depend on what you have volunteered for.

Make sure that your skills are suitable and that you are capable of offering the charity what they require. ASK THEM. Remember, you are not there to study – you are their to contribute your skills.

You might want to consider that your visit is simply a fact finding mission to find a charity to which you can make donations. It is quite possible that it would make more sense to organise charitable donations and funding from your home country.

How to Donate To Charity

Do you want to know how to donate to charity via our platform to help a Cambodia Charity flourish? We firmly believe in asking for nothing for nothing in return. We are not asking you to send us money (although it would be appreciated). What we want from you is to enjoy the information in our website and find the content useful. AND then visit our advertisers; with absolutely no obligation to purchase anything.

Sharing is the best way you can help us. It will guarantee that we will reach the right people at the right time.

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Our commitment to you

We want to ensure that you gain something by visiting our platform and using the information we have gained over many years working abroad and travelling overseas.

If there is something we missed ask us some questions and we will do our best to satisfy your need for knowledge and information about volunteering abroad. With our particular emphasis on Cambodian charities we are second to none in sourcing information about the Kingdom. You can take a shortcut to the website content by visiting our frequently asked questions page.

Our most important sections are probably our planning a volunteer project abroad or how to choose a charity. If you need to know more about us we are quite prepared to speak to you directly.

This is the best way for YOU to donate to any charity in the world.

What will a donation cost you?

To “donate” to us will cost you absolutely zero. WE do not charge fees or commissions of any description to those who want to volunteer abroad or to the charities that appear on the voluntouring website. We fund our missions by allowing advertising (where appropriate) that we believe will be useful to ANYONE planning a trip overseas – for any reason. The prices to anyone using our links are exactly the same as the prices you would pay these brands directly or through 3rd parties. However; when you use our website we will receive a commission which goes to maintaining the voluntouring website or directly to our fish farming charity in Battambang.

We say again: It will cost you Nothing, Zero,

Not a Penny to help us achieve our mission.

Does the purpose of your trip matter?

It matters not a jot if you are travelling for a holiday, visiting Angkor Wat, business or to take part in a charitable project abroad. If it involves travel and accommodation, our charities can benefit from your choice to use our website to complete your travel plans and bookings. Every booking will contribute to a Cambodian charity. Just as an example; a 2 week stay in a hotel could buy 800+ fish fry for our fish farm project – that is 800 family meals. A holiday for a group of 4 would pay for an administrator in Siem Reap or Battambang for 1 month. You book a holiday and we employ someone!

Qatar Airways | Different Class

Booking a flight to Cambodia or any global destination will guarantee you a 5 star service. Qatar Airways always deliver on service. With one of the worlds most modern fleets it offers unrivaled reliability. If you can afford to push the boat out book a business class ticket. Be amazed.


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Etihad Flights |Book flights To Anywhere

Etihad offer great value for money and regular routes with modern aircraft.


How does it feel to fly with the best ?

Flights | Skyscanner

Our information about flights holds good for most destinations. Almost all flights are operated through a GDS system of one description or another. We suggest Skyscanner; however, as we bring on more advertisers we will give you more options. Our advice is always to book your flight first; there are more hotel rooms available than there are flights.


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Accommodation | Online Travel Agents

As someone who worked in the hospitality industry, I believe that you might as well opt for one of the top 3 online travel agents (OTA). Visit our information page on the secrets of how to book a great hotel room. Our information is particularly relevant if you are booking accommodation in Siem Reap. However much of the advice stands good for any location. Unlike the accommodation aggregators you see on the TV, the big 3 OTA’s have some influence on the hotels they advertise.

Booking.com

Their tried and trusted model is to book your accommodation today and pay on arrival (or departure). Which is good if you want to guarantee a great room, but do not want to fork out a lump of cash. They have a sophisticated yet easy to use filter tool to help you get the exact hotel you want.


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Agoda

Their booking model is pay now, which is great if you want to get the expense out of the way and focus on spending money. They have a no nonsense refund guarantee. If you have a problem with a hotel they are quite aggressive in obtaining a refund for you. They do this by simply paying (or not) the hotel once you have checked out at the end of your stay. If you complain before the end of your stay they do not pay the hotel. The hotel is not prepaid – it is kept in escrow. Far safer than paying a hotel in advance.

Expedia

Their booking process focuses on the whole shebang; flight, hotel and car hire. Another great way of paying for the biggest expense and focusing on spending money. As with Agoda any payment made to them is held in escrow until you check out. We will donate the commission received to our charitable work in Cambodia

Get Great Deals at Expedia!

Travel Insurance | World Nomads

We believe that travel insurance is essential. by the by even if you do not use our recommendation; invest in travel insurance. All to often you will hear horror stories of travellers who though it was not really required. Our choice of travel insurance is World Nomad as we believe they understand the independent traveler and those who are on volunteering missions.

Airport Lounges

Using airport lounges are a great way to start or end a journey. Get yourself and your group away from the hustle bustle of the main airport concourse. Less queues means less hassle. Whilst you are enjoying complimentary drinks and snacks you are actually making a donation to our mission and charity. How cool is it to donate to charity by relaxing. A win/win situation for everyone!

Meet And Greet and Lounges

How cool would it be to be met at the airport and be whisked through immigration? Or relax and enjoy First Class service instead of the manic conditions in some airports? YOU DESERVE IT. It is a lot cheaper than you might think.


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An awesome way to donate even more!

help cambodian charities by volunteering abroad

Really simple and super easy. Copy the URL and send it to your friends, family and colleagues; maybe one of them needs a holiday or wants to volunteer abroad. Visit the Voluntouring Abroad Facebook page and follow us. Now your contacts can donate to our missions by enjoying a much needed holiday abroad or at home. Go on a vacation or enjoy a staycation!

If you can think of a better way to donate to charity please send me an email or call me.

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Most charities would like to know something about you. They might ask you to send your CV or fill out  a questionnaire. You could be asked to write a few words about why you wish to volunteer. It should be remembered that the charity is not there to take care of you; they expect you to be contributing without hindering their daily function.

If you are working with children they may ask for suitable references, reasons for which we are sure you will understand.

The organisation you are volunteering may ask where you will stay during your period with them and how you will fund your trip. Charities might wish to know that you have suitable medical insurance cover: the last thing they need is to pay for medical expenses for volunteers.

Charities have to be sure that you are physically fit and able to carry out any duties required of you.

 

 

 

 

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