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Travel to the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover a land of dramatic landscapes, diverse marine life, captivating cultural and historical heritage. Live within a local island community, working on both diving and research projects as well as providing community care and helping develop basic local amenities. Assist in monitoring the marine ecosystem, working with the local population to contribute to the maintenance of the marine biodiversity for years to come. Visitors from around the world have fallen in love with Cambodia, charmed by its culture and captivated by its serene and agreeable people.

     
 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make a significant and lasting difference to local communities
  • Discover this wondrous, little explored, corner of the world
  • Help preserve the precious diversity of coral reefs, sea grass beds, and marine life

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
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FAST FACTS
Location Cambodia
Activities Marine conservation
Scuba diving
Community development
Teaching and awareness raising
Transport Airport pick-up $50 paid in-country
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up $50 paid in-country
Food
Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training (not including SCUBA)
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Wildlife conservation in Cambodia is in its infancy, but an increasing human population and the demands of a growing economy threaten the country's natural resources, both terrestrial and marine. Uncontrolled development, unregulated tourism activities and destructive unsustainable fishing methods threaten to upset the balance that benefits Cambodia and the communities that rely on the sea for their livelihood. The project works to safeguard these natural marine resources, working side by side with the local community assisting in the management and sustainable use of the resources within the established community fishing area, as well as providing much needed teaching resources and care work for the community itself.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The project incorporates a number of different elements, all of which combine to not only give you an insight into the workings of the local community and economy, but also lend a hand in protecting rapidly diminishing species.

The marine project involves joining a scuba diving research team that monitors the marine ecosystem by collecting data on the health status of the reefs and sea grass beds which provide a coastal breeding ground for seahorses and other marine life. This data is then used to help maintain a proactive conservation strategy, and directly influence decision making on fishing and mooring regulation in an increasingly popular area. Volunteers will learn about seahorse and invertebrate species, as well as collect valuable data from seahorse surveys. 

In addition to this, volunteers may have the opportunity to assist with educational awareness programmes for local communities by providing them with workshops on responsibility and helping in island and beach clean-up days.

To participate in the scuba diving project work you will need to be qualified to Advanced Open Water or equivalent, with training available in-country at the project site. Please see the extended project cost information for prices for dive training in the warm tropical seas of Cambodia!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

In order to make it to Kep in time to catch the boat, it is highly recommended that you arrive in Phnom Penh on the Saturday. You will then be met at the airport by local staff (speak with your volunteer coordinator about this option) and taken to Kep for the night, before making your way to the island Sunday afternoon ready to start work bright and early on Monday. You can also make your own way to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a shared beach bungalows based at the project location, with small but comfortable rooms. The house has basic facilities including a bucket shower, and limited electricity subject to power cuts. There is no washing machine so be prepared to wash your clothes by hand. You will soon feel very much at home and part of the community.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive three meals a day, consisting of basic local Khmer cuisine, and vegetarian diets can be catered for. This gives you the chance to try out dishes such as delicately spiced curries, fresh local market produce, and delicious meat, fish and vegetables. Bottled water will also be provided.
 

I CAN'T SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH ABOUT CAMBODIA  | 1 Oct 2014
I can't speak highly enough of this project. The staff are excellent, the facilities are exce...

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I AM HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE  | 17 Mar 2014
I know it is ridiculous when you see a review with full stars on every aspect of the project, but...

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A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!  | 9 Oct 2013
It had started. When we arrived we were given an overview of the aims of the research of the Camb...

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ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER DONE!  | 26 Sep 2013
I really enjoyed my week on Koh Smach, so much so I wished I had stayed longer. The staff here on...

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A very special experience  | 7 Mar 2013
During my four months of travelling through Southeast Asia I had the best time and gathered the m...

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CAMBODIA IS UNFORGETTABLY UNIQUE  | 1 Feb 2013
The best way to describe the Frontier Cambodia marine project is unforgettably unique. When arriv...

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NEW YEAR, NEW ADVENTURES  | 9 Jan 2013
  Warm tropical wishes from Camp Dong Charran in Cambodia for the New Year! Celebra...

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MY TIME ON KOAH RUNG  | 3 Sep 2012
My time on Koah Rung has come to an end and I would like to thank you for giving me the opportuni...

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"We have to go back...!"  | 5 May 2012
I spent three months in Cambodia at the start of 2012 and spent six weeks volunteering with Front...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you are spoilt for choice with activities to enjoy. You can swim in sparkling waters, snorkel along the reefs, hire a boat to visit one of the uninhabited neighbouring islands, or play sports with the local children on the beach. On mainland Cambodia, explore the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoiled monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, and catch a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, with one of the extensive bird sanctuaries or fishing villages as your final destination.

Please be aware that the costs of any additional activities are not covered by your project contribution.

COSTS

2 weeks £ 839

4 weeks £ 1,479

Extra week £ 269

PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water training £400
PADI Advanced Open Water training £240
Reef Pod Deployment £40

DEPARTURE DATES

This project is not available during July and August 2016!

Project start day is every Sunday. Please arrive in Phnom Penh on the Saturday.

DURATION

Volunteers can stay for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of a year.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pick-up $50 paid in-country
  • Three meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training (not SCUBA)
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Phnom Penh (PNH)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.