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What to expect in Cambodia

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006.

It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war. Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

Where do we operate programs in Cambodia

What type of programs can you do in Cambodia

VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN CAMBODIA

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Cambodia program is located in Samraong.

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Our Cambodia Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN CAMBODIA

Cambodia is a beautiful and culturally rich country with a variety of activities to enjoy during your spare time. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply relaxing, here’s a list of things to do in Cambodia:

  • Explore Angkor Wat: Visit the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to witness the stunning ancient architecture and learn about Cambodia’s history.
  • Relax on the beaches: Head to the coastal towns of Sihanoukville or Kep to enjoy the sandy beaches, clear waters, and fresh seafood.
  • Take a boat trip to Tonle Sap Lake: Visit the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and experience the floating villages and unique ecosystem.
  • Wildlife experiences: Explore the wildlife sanctuaries like Koh Kong, Mondulkiri, or the Cardamom Mountains to encounter elephants, gibbons, and various bird species.

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Cambodia FAQs

Is Cambodia a Developing Country?

Cambodia is considered a developing country due to its low Human Development Index. This index measures life expectancy, education, and per capita income. The country has a high poverty rate. However, according to the World Bank, Cambodia sees prospects for a growing economy with a 5.2% increase in 2022.

What is Cambodia Known for?

Cambodia is known for its breathtaking ancient temples, such as the famous Angkor Wat temple, and its rich cultural heritage. It is also known for its expansive natural beauty, from its beautiful beaches to its lush jungles and diverse wildlife, as well as its vibrant nightlife and tasty cuisine.

Is Cambodia Safe for Travel?

Cambodia is generally safe, but caution is needed. It has improved safety, stable politics, and tourism growth. Petty theft and scams can occur in crowded areas. Secure belongings, be cautious at night, follow laws, and check travel advisories before visiting.

Where is Cambodia Located?

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia, in the southern part of the Indochinese Peninsula. Thailand borders it to the west and northwest, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the south.

What Language do They Speak in Cambodia?

The official language of Cambodia is Khmer, often referred to as Cambodian. Khmer is the country’s most widely spoken language in government, education, the media, and daily communication. While Khmer is the dominant language, some Cambodians also speak other languages and dialects. English has gained popularity as a second language, especially among the younger generation and in urban areas.

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How to apply

You’ve decided to go abroad – amazing! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

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STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
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