Volunteer Cambodia Clean Water Project

The Cambodia Clean Water Project saves lives and helps protect livelihoods by giving rural communities access to clean drinking water. Read on for the low down on how you can get involved in this life-changing project.

Duration: 1 to 12 weeks

Hours: Mon to Fri, 6hrs per day

Activities: Building and installing water filters, assisting with well digging, maintenance work, gardening

Location: Cambodia

City info: Siem Reap, small rural town

Accommodation: Private ensuite room, in a friendly modern guesthouse with pool

Requirements: Aged 18+

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£615 / US$730

How you will spend time at the project

Volunteer placements with the Cambodian water filters project are five days a week, and from one to 12 weeks duration. Core hours are from 8am to 2pm, allowing volunteers to spend most afternoons relaxing or sightseeing.
Volunteers spend a minimum of 3 days a week building the filters under the expert supervision of experienced staff at the project HQ. One day a week is spent travelling to local villages to install the filters and instruct villagers on their use. On this day volunteers are required to work a full day.

The fifth day is usually spent in team planning meetings and on general maintenance and upkeep at the project. Longer term volunteers may also be asked to help with well drilling.
Volunteers who are prepared to help with the project's market garden are particularly welcome. A range of produce is grown here and sold to local hotels and restaurants to help provide valuable funding to the project. The work can be physically demanding so a good level of fitness is required for this programme.

Why the project needs volunteers

In Cambodia, 1 in 7 children die before the age of five from preventable diseases such as typhoid, malnutrition, malaria, dengue fever and diarrhoea. Dirty water is the common denominator for all of these conditions, and the direct cause of many.

Moreover, when adults fall victim to such illnesses and are unable to work, it is not long before entire families go without food, and the cost of medicines and treatment can leave a family struggling with debt for years.
The bio-sand water filters used by our partner are a low cost way to provide potable water to impoverished areas from any source (i.e.: pump wells, pit wells, rivers, ponds). Sand filters are a relatively new technology to Cambodia, but are highly effective as they are easy to construct with locally available materials, and simple to install and maintain.

Operation and maintenance is simple and within the capabilities of any user and a single filter provides sufficient water fast enough to keep up with a family’s demand. Each filter can filter 50 - 80 litres of water a day.
With sufficient manpower and funding there is no limit to the impact of this amazing project.

'It is a sustainable project where the progress you make in only 2 weeks can benefit numerous communities for generations'

Yasmeen, Australia

More Information

Read more about the Cambodia Clean Water Project including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

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Volunteer Placement Fee

The volunteer placement fee includes:
Project donation.
Airport pick up from Siem Reap international airport.
Other pick ups possible upon request.
Cambodia orientation on arrival.
Town tour.
Accommodation for the duration of your stay.
Free breakfast.
Free daily transport to the project locations.
Free bicycles for all volunteers.
Free drinking water.
Free stainless steel water bottle
In country support from our volunteer co-ordinator, area manager and Cambodian staff.

The volunteer placement fee does not include food, flights, visas or insurance although we can provide information as required. Air conditioning and extra nights are not included. Free bicycles are provided although with distances and climate it may not be possible for all volunteers to cycle on a daily basis.
Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.

Upgrade accommodation is approximately an additional £108 / US$127 per week which includes aircon.

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old at the time of commencement of the placement. Families are welcome at this project. The project usually attracts a great range of ages: No specific qualifications are necessary as we have placements for most skills. Travel insurance is highly recommended for this project.

Please complete your application as fully as possible to ensure we utilise your skills in the most effective way. Volunteers are required to be respectful and open minded to the cultural differences they will encounter in Cambodia.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form.
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance.
  5. Undergo your background check for the safety of the children.
  6. Research your destination, book your flight, visit your doctor for inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  7. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your placement.
  8. Comprehensive information will be sent to you including a packing list, Cambodia cultural differences, Buddhist Monk etiquette, useful Khmer language phrases, volunteer placement rules, useful phone contacts and full programme information.
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