Camp Cambodia

The shimmering sapphire of South East Asia, Camp Cambodia is the perfect blend of work and play.

Whether you’re sampling the nightlife in Phnom Penh, discovering ancient temples or lapping up the spectacular scenery at Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia’s range of stunning sites will leave you mesmerised.

Snap elephant selfies whilst volunteering at a local elephant sanctuary, teach English in local schools, partake in local community projects and come nightfall, head into the bustling boulevards to immerse yourself amongst local culture.

Visit the sites of Siem Reap, the capital city of the Siem Reap province and enter a gateway to ancient territory; Siem Reap is inundated with stunning architecture and is one of the prime cultural hotspot of Cambodia; with a host of delectable cuisine, stunning spas and a burgeoning creative cultural scene, visitors will be hard-pressed to find faults with this diverse gem.

Visitors with an appetite for history simply must make time to visit Angkor Wat, the most recognisable and celebrated temple in Cambodia, featured in Tomb Raider! The awe-inspiring structure evokes the history and tradition of Cambodia, while emitting a mysterious aura that continues to draw flocks of visitors annually.

A truly magical country, you’ll be spellbound by the country known affectionately as the Land of Smiles.

Camp Highlights

 
Elephants
Teaching
Accommodation
Amazing Activities
 

Testimonials

Laura 5

Unbelievable Experience!

Camp Cambodia was undoubtedly the best experience of my life. The friends I made will last forever, I have memories that will last a life time and best of all I know that I have made a truly positive impact on the local community. I urge you to go and live this amazing experience!

 

Jenny 5

Mind-blowing…

Camp Cambodia was an enthralling experience – I loved every minute and met so many incredible people! Seeing the Angkor Wat was magical, I’d recommend the program to anybody!

Conor 5

Didn’t let me down…

Before leaving for Cambodia, I’d read so much about how beautiful the country was, how nice the people were and how perfect things were in comparison to back home, so much so, that I began to question whether things would live up to the hype and expectation. Thankfully, there was absolutely NO reason to enter the trip with any element of doubt in my mind – Cambodia was an experience I’ll treasure for the rest of my life, a sun-soaked paradise that I’d happily run back to tomorrow! I’m already planning my trip to another part of the world, but one things for sure – I have VERY lofty expectations!

Itinerary

Day 1
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Arrive in Phnom Penh for 4:00pm airport pick up. Great time to start making friends before a night in Phnom Penh

Day 2
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Full day sight seeing in Phnom Penh

Day 3
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Full day sight seeing in Phnom Penh. In the evening take one of the infamous night bus’ to Siem Reap, your home for the next 3 weeks!

Day 4
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Free day, relax at the incredible pool at your accommodation or even explore Siem Reap and everything it has to offer!

Day 5
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Teacher Training and Khmer Language Lesson

Day 6
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Visit the Elephant Sanctuary for a 2-day and 1-night stay. Get up close with these incredible creatures. Bathe them in a local river and feed them, such an amazing experience! Time to get some elephant selfies…

Day 7
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Visit the Elephant Sanctuary for a 2-day and 1-night stay. Get up close with these incredible creatures. Bathe them in a local river and feed them, such an amazing experience! Time to get some elephant selfies…

Day 8
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Teach English in the the near by school to the local orphanage children

Day 9
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Teach English in the the near by school to the local orphanage children

Day 10
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Time to visit Angkor Watt at sunrise. Get up early, travel to the infamous Angkor Watt and sit in awe as the sun rises above the temple. Such a beautiful view and a perfect picture opportunity. After the sunrise, experience a full-guided tour of the temple.

Day 11
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Free day. Go out and explore the local villages by bike or relax by the pool.

Day 12
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Teacher training and then visit one of Cambodia’s amazing waterfalls and pools!

Day 13
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Visit “My Grandfathers school” in our home stay experience. You will get to Teach English in Camp Cambodia’s local school, such a rewarding experience.

Day 14
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Visit “My Grandfathers school” in our home stay experience. You will get to Teach English in Camp Cambodia’s local school, such a rewarding experience.

Day 15
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Visit “My Grandfathers school” in our home stay experience. You will get to Teach English in Camp Cambodia’s local school, such a rewarding experience.

Day 16
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Visit “My Grandfathers school” in our home stay experience. You will get to Teach English in Camp Cambodia’s local school, such a rewarding experience.

Day 17
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Tuk Tuk tour of Siem Reap! Explore all the area has to offer by Tuk Tuk, visiting temples, place of the Monk and enjoy a boat ride to the floating villages of Cambodia.

Day 18
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Free day to explore or soak up the sun! Why try some yoga?

Day 19
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Cycle to a local Cambodian Silk Village. We will take you on a tour of the village and you will get to meet some of the locals, a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Cambodian culture.

Day 20
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Teach at the villages Self Help Community Center or Dr Vuthy’s School. Meet some incredible Cambodian children and make a difference!

Day 21
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Free day, your final chance to soak up the sun, work on your tan or explore Siem Reap

Day 22
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Finishing Day of the Program, get a coach back to Phnom Penh and say bye to all your new friends OR book onto our Sihanoukville Beach Tour and explore another side of Cambodia for 4 days

Available Tours & Extras
Island Hopping Tour Day 1 Post graduation and after all the fun of your last night you are on the bus early at 1am, it’s a bus ride through the night to the coastal town of Sihanoukville where we will arrive around 9am. After a few hours of rest and relaxation either in your a/c room or by the pool it’s down to the beach for our Booze Cruise around the coast of Sihanoukville, so get your party shoes/sea legs on! Day 2 We check out of our accommodation at 10am to head down to the pier to catch our ferry to the beautiful remote island of Koh Rong Samloen where we stay in what can only be described as our own private beachside backpacker playground. Hammocks out on the ocean, cocktails, coral reefs and white sandy beaches. Today we spend taking in the absolute paradise that surrounds us. Day 3 Today we jump on a boat trip around the island of Koh Rong Sanloem, we spend the afternoon snorkelling around the tropical reefs and taking in the beautiful sights of the island, fishing ‘Khmer style’ off the side of the boat and everything we catch we grill up on a deserted beach and eat for lunch, fresh as you like! Day 4 Sadly today we have to say goodbye to the island life and head back to the mainland to catch our bus back to the big city of Phnom Penh and say our final goodbyes to each other, but never fear your group leader is on hand to help you with any onward travel you may need. Included: Transport from Camp, during the tour and back to Phnom Penh. Accommodation Snorkeling Trip Pub crawl Trip to Koh Rong Cost: $350

Something to Consider

Camp Cambodia is not a typical idea of a holiday and it’s not always relaxing; at times you may find yourself in testing circumstances, as you would when experiencing any new culture. There may be bad weather, mosquitos, long journeys, slow Wi-Fi and limited food options.

However, here at Camp Cambodia, we thoroughly enjoy stepping out of the comfort zone, embracing new cultures and learning how people live in other countries! Every year, we have a fantastic time, as have thousands of previous Camp Cambodia attendees. Though we personally love the experience, we realise that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. As such, prior to your application, please make sure that you understand that this is a cultural experience, not a luxury holiday; our aim is to make a positive impact in the community – this is a product of hard work and dedication!

While we cannot guarantee that you will have a relaxing time, we fully recommend that you come to Camp Cambodia with a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the experience – ultimately, there is only one person who will dictate how much you enjoy Camp and that’s you! We provide the setup and infrastructure for you to have a genuinely incredible time that many would love to be involved with; the rest of the package comes from you and your commitment to the cause.

It is no coincidence that our best participants on the program immerse themselves in the activities each day; if you work with passion, your enthusiasm will not only be appreciated by us here at Camp Cambodia, but the locals who you are helping will be grateful for your help. We present the opportunity to partake in some of the most unbelievable life experiences, including teaching in communities in local schools and getting up close and personal with Thailand’s elephants, while making friends for life.

Additional Costs

Criminal Background Check
Medical Form (Your GP may charge you for completion)
Any additional tours or EP elective you wish to join
Flights and Insurance
Program Requirements
  • 18+
  • A clear Criminal Background Check completed by Camp Cambodia
  • Valid Passport
  • Native English speaking
  • You must also be outgoing, friendly and good with kids!
FAQ's
Am I responsible for booking my own flights?

Once you have paid your deposit our flight partners will be in contact to help you with this process. They have some great deals of flights on offer, and can provide flexi pass tickets.

What sort of accommodation will I be staying in at Camp Cambodia?

Your accommodation is beautiful, with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and pool table. It is usually bunk bed style, with 3 or 4 to a room. There is a private bathroom and shower for each room.

Is WiFi Available at Camp Cambodia?

Yes, WiFi is available in all rooms and in the restaurant and bar, so you will be able to Skype and keep in contact with your family. Bare in mind that you will be in Cambodia and sometimes the wifi may be slow. If you want reliable internet access we suggest bringing an unlocked phone so you can purchase a local sim card with internet. These are usually very cheap and data packages can be purchased for as little as 5-10 USD.

Are meals at Camp Cambodia included in the program fee?

Meals are not included. However, Cambodia is very cheap, and you can get a main meal for only a few dollars.

Are there washing machines on hand at our accommodation?

Yes there is a laundry service you can use. 1 kilo of washing is usually as little as 1 USD.

Do I get any time off from working at Camp?

You will work in the English Camps 3 or 4 days a week. We will then run activities on your day off, but give you will have a free day each week. On this day you will have independent time to explore and our reps are always available to help you plan any additional excursions you may wish to get involved in.

Will I get time to travel after Camp?

Yes! We will be running the Sihanoukville Beach Tour which you can join, or you can go and explore other areas of Cambodia or beyond! With Vietnam, Laos and Thailand on your doorstep, there’s so much to go and see. Our Camp Cambodia team are passionate travellers so we’d be happy to advise on some great places to visit!

How much spending money will I need?

All of the essentials will be included in your program fee’s, such as accommodation, in country transport and an activity each week. You will just need enough to cover your food and drink, and any extras you wish to partake on during your day off. It’s difficult to advise on a specific budget as it does change from person to person. We advise an average of $210 per week, however you can spend less or more, depending on your budgeting limitations.

Will I make friends at Camp Cambodia?

Of course! From the moment you land you will be making friends who will last a lifetime. We will also put you in touch with each other before you fly to Cambodia. Some people do travel with friends but the majority of people go alone, so everyone is in the same boat as you.

What should I pack for Camp Cambodia?

You will need all the essentials; light clothing for hot weather, backpack, sun cream, appropriate clothing for temples, swim ware, trainers or walking boots. Before you leave to Cambodia we will be sending you an information pack with a full packing list.

Should I bring a suitcase or a backpack for Camp Cambodia?

This is a common debate, and there are benefits to both. We personally vote backpacks, as it is easier to transport around. Don’t worry about this too much though as you can unpack when you arrive.

Do I need any vaccinations/inoculations for Camp Cambodia?

Yes you will need to get certain vaccinations. We will be in touch to advise, but we recommend going to see your nurse or GP at least 12 weeks before you fly.

Do I need a passport and a visa?

Yes you will need a valid passport. You will need to get a visa when you arrive at the airport in Cambodia, costing $30-40USD. You will also need a spare passport photo for your visa application.

What should I wear when I am working in a school?

We will provide you with a free Camp Cambodia t shirt which you can wear in the schools.

What happens if I can’t come to Camp Cambodia once I have booked my place?

Deposits are non refundable, but we can defer your place to a future intake.