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

In Cambodia (9)

Someone will definitely meet you at the airport. It might be a representative from the hotel, your chosen charity or one of our team.

Both SR and PP airport are fairly small and your guide will be obvious. You will be fine.

As a backstop have your hotel booking form. This is where we strongly recommend that you book through a reputable Online Travel Agent for your accommodation for at least the first 2 or 3 weeks of your stay.

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You will find a plethora of ATM’s in major towns; so ensure you have cash if you venture into more remote areas.

ATM’s will dispense USD or Riel.

When withdrawing USD always withdraw an odd number so you have smaller denominations; $90, $190, $290. If you withdraw in 50’s or 100’s you are going to have difficulty in smaller shops and bars.

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Anything that is going to cost more than $5 you should use $USD. Anything less than £1 use Riel. Either for anything in between.

A bit of advice would be not to change $100 into Riel as it takes forever to spend and needs a bag to carry all the notes.

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There are 3 options. The most expensive is using a commercial volunteering company who might charge up to $60.

If you take a taxi from the taxi office at either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh airport into the city you will be charged about $10.

However, most hotels will offer a free pick up service if you have paid for your room and are staying at least 3 days.

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Tipping is not always expected; however, it is truly appreciated. Khmers working in hotels, bars and restaurants could be earning as little as $100 per month for a 6 day working week.

Ensure that your budget allows for regular small tips. 10% with a minimum 50c (2,000 riel).

Tipping early and regularly will do as much good as your charity work.

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Yes you can.

Pop into most of the banks with £100 and your passport and they will open one for you. Not all banks will, but most are eager for foreign exchange deposits.

Canadia (not Canada) bank and ABA are where we hold accounts

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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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We would suggest that you avoid this at all costs. Being in a jail in a foreign country is never good. Do not assume that your country’s representative will drop what they are doing to come to your assistance.

Most of your Khmer acquaintances will try to avoid contact with the authorities; so do not expect them to be front and centre of any help that you need.

Find your embassy and keep a note of it in your passport. There are only 29 representatives in the Kingdom, so you will need to find out who will give you assistance.

UK Embassy

The Embassy of the United States can be telephoned on (855-23) 728-000

Australian Embassy

What is the best way to get around Cambodia?

The best and most convenient way to travel around the Kingdom is by bus. Buses go everywhere, are cheap and can fit your schedule. The two of the best-known companies are Sorya and Capitol; however, there are many others including Mekong Express, Giant Ibis and Rith Mony.

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