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This activity-packed one-month gap expedition is ideal for volunteers who are keen to take on a challenge and support this very special community project alongside other international volunteers.

This programme gives you the chance to live as part of a Khmer community and work on ongoing projects to improve the standard of living for the villagers.

Current projects involve supporting an orphanage, construction, teaching and sustainable farming initiatives. Camp Cambodia also has a strong cultural and historical element, with trips to ancient temples, the killing fields and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

For those wishing to volunteer for longer than one month, this programme is ideally combined with Camp Borneo for the ultimate Asian gap year volunteering experience.

Camp Beng Mealea was built in late 2010 and is based outside Siem Reap, Cambodia’s second city and the gateway to the fascinating Khmer Empire. It is here that the stunning temples of Angkor Wat and the ancient capital of Angkor Thom can be found.

This part of Cambodia is home to literally hundreds of temples built between 1200 and 800 years ago with many towns and villages springing up originally to support the communities at these temples. The commune of Beng Mealea is no different, the main road lying right next to the entrance of the dramatic Beng Mealea Temple. Our Camp is a short way down this same road, hidden from view by the local school and the beautiful Buddhist Pagoda. The pace of life in Beng Mealea is slow and relaxed and it’s very easy to imagine that it has changed little in hundreds of years.


  • Live as part of a rural community and work on important projects to improve the living standards of a rural community and support a local orphanage
  • Explore ancient temples including the world-famous Angkor Wat
  • Visit the Killing Fields and learn more about Cambodia’s past
  • Combine this with our Borneo 1-2 month programme for the ultimate Asian experience


The Kingdom of Cambodia is an enchanting country, with spectacular natural beauty, awe-inspiring cultural sites and captivating people. With a history that is both inspiring and depressing, Cambodia offers an adventurous, educational and moving experience that casts a spell on many who visit this outstanding part of the world and leaves you wanting more. Cambodia is famed for its impressive collection of ancient temples, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. Many of the scenes from the ‘Tomb Raider’ movie were filmed at the spectacular jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Cambodia provides a great volunteering gap year in Asia.


Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its people. Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia and it is a tough existence for much of the population, yet thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, Cambodians will welcome you with smiling faces, incredible generosity and hospitality that will leave you with nothing but admiration and affection for the people you meet during your expedition.

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  • Location: Cambodia
  • Price: Depending on the length of stay



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