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Cambodia Island Community Development

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Cambodia Island Community Development

Enjoy the beauty of Koh Rong Sanloem while assisting with community development efforts and education.

Prices from US$945

Visit the diverse and exotic country of Cambodia while discovering it's unique combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course, its friendly people. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its enchanting and unique Asian culture, and complex, mystical ambience. You will be staying on the paradise island of Koh Rong Sanloem, fringed with palm trees and white sandy beaches. Let the spirit of Cambodia bewitch you with its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, diverse sea life, and welcoming people.

Despite the Cambodian people's resilience and ingenuity, many still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by Khmer people.

The school where you will be based has many students, few teachers and limited resources, meaning that volunteers are extremely important in contributing to the succesful delivery of educational services to local children. Depending on age and education levels of students, you will be teaching basic ESL skills, while integrating marine conservation practices into the curriculum, reflecting a majority of the local people's livelihoods.





  • Assist children to access their fundamental human right to education
  • Earn a FREE TEFL certificate
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Discover this little-explored island


  • Minimum age of 17 with parental permission


Location Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Teach English and other disciplines
Contribute to conservation efforts through data collection and education
Snorkelling and beach conservation


Airport pickup from Phnom Phen can be arranged for $60
Speed boat from Sihanoukville to the island included

Accommodation Hostel with other volunteers


Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
FREE TEFL certification
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Poverty all too often results in a lack of education for children in Cambodia. This means that many children and families become trapped in a cycle of deprivation that often cause ongoing challenges in their lives and makes them vulnerable to exploitation. Poverty can also result in malnourishment, homelessness, and limits access to effective healthcare and sanitation.You can contribute to breaking poverty cycles like these by helping to improve the educational services children in this community can access.

Providing teaching assistance to children is a practical way to help to enable them to access their fundamental human right to education and the opportunities that come with it. It is also a useful way to build up your own skill base and independence with practical TEFL experience.


Literacy is vitally important in allowing children to realise their goals and aspirations in future education and also in adulthood. As English is the main language of commerce and tourism, good ESL skills allow young Cambodians greater access to high school and college scholarships, and can help them find stable and secure jobs in the future. You will need to use a variety of teaching methods and techniques, as well as playing games and dancing and singing. You will be required to be creative and inspiring with your teaching, using the innovative and fun techniques of TEFL as the basis for your teaching framework.

You will also be required to assist the children with the vegetable garden and other community projects, as well as beach and reef cleanups, coral garden maintenance and other marine, community development activities.


The project start day is a Monday. It is recommended that you arrive in Phnom Penh Sunday morning, before making your way to Sihanoukville for the night. This will mean you'll be able to take the Monday morning ferry to the island. Your Volunteer Coordinator will be able to provide you with advice as to how to make your own way to the Sihanoukville, or alternatively a pickup can be arranged to take you to Sihanoukville for USD$60.


Volunteers stay in the volunteer house on the office site of our local partner organisation. There are usually be shared living spaces, tea and coffee facilities, drinking water and laundry services can be arranged for a small cost.


Food is provided during placements and is a mix of Khmer staples and maybe some western food. Khmer food is a delicious mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese flavours, but is unique in itself and can be both spicy and non-spicy. Many dishes have been adapted for the Western palate! There are also some Western food options on the island. There will be some kitchen facilities available for you to cook simple meals if you'd prefer.

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You may like to take the opportunity to travel in Cambodia before or after your Frontier project. If so you will undoubtedly explore the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, with its beautiful unspoiled monuments, magical atmosphere, and charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Or take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, and catch a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use today. 

In your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim in the sparkling blue waters around the island, or to play football or volleyball on the beach. 

After a long hard day you may prefer to relax with a soda and sway in a hammock, or sit and chat to your new friends beside a roaring beach campfire, under a sky lit up by millions of stars. 

Cambodia's marine life is dazzlingly beautiful and is a snorkeler’s paradise. If you'd like to get closer to the deep reefs during your stay we can arrange scuba diving training or individual dives through a local provider* (prices available on request). As you can see, there is certainly no shortage of fantastic opportunities to join in on!


2 weeks US$1,145

3 weeks US$1,395

4 weeks US$1,545

5 weeks US$1,645

6 weeks US$1,745

7 weeks US$1,795

8 weeks US$1,995

9 weeks US$2,145

10 weeks US$2,295



The project start day is a Monday. It is recommended that you arrive in Phnom Penh Sunday morning, before making your way to Sihanoukville for the night. This will mean you'll be able to take the Monday morning ferry to the island.


From 2 weeks.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support from your volunteer coordinator
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Boat transfer to the island from Sihanoukville
  • Airport pick up and transfer from Phnom Penh Airport available for $60
  • All accommodation during your placement
  • Local orientation & comprehensive project training
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up
  • FREE TEFL qualification


Nearest airport(s): Phnom Penh (PNH)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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