6 months: Cambodia 18
Trip date: 20 Jan 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
Cost: £4,000.00 ($5,147.20 approx)
Application deadline: 01 Sep 2017
Pre-departure training: 17 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017 Tearfund (GB)
Interviews: 29 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 Tearfund (GB)
Two Cambodian school children playing with ball

Spend six incredible months in Cambodia with our Tearfund partner, the Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO).

You’ll be based in Poipet, an area located on the Thai-Cambodian border, well known for trafficking and gambling.

CHO believe they have been called by God to bring hope to the local community and facilitate sustainable change. They are busy building a network of strong, hope-filled communities where people’s physical, spiritual and psychological needs are met.

All the projects they run are geared towards equipping the local church to strengthen the quality of life of disadvantaged rural people. They encourage families to become self-reliant through income generating projects.

When families can generate their own income, they are less vulnerable to trafficking and labour exploitation because they have adequate resources to provide themselves with food, shelter, clothing and education for their children. This makes them less likely to buy into false promises of jobs or a better life from traffickers which lead to situations of exploitation.

The work of CHO is incredibly inspiring as they help the local church to equip their own community to lift themselves out of poverty.

‘The impact CHO are having feels refreshingly immediate as I visited projects, finding nothing but joy, which had risen from unimaginable suffering. From creating jobs in Destiny café and providing education at the stunning Safe Haven School within the city, to assisting farmers, running anti-trafficking workshops and Church and community led transformation in the surrounding villages.’ - Hudson, CHO volunteer

Watch this video to find out more about the work CHO is doing:

So, are you ready?

Six months in Cambodia will both challenge you personally and stretch your faith. You will experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice and have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.

‘I learnt that it isn’t me transforming Poipet. It’s God and it always has been God. He doesn’t need me to be excellent at my job. Neither does he expect me to have perfect plans. He needs me to be available. He needs me to surrender to him and let him unfold his plan.' Louise, CHO volunteer

Who are we looking for?

Individuals who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend six months living in Cambodia, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and CHO staff.

What will you be doing?

You could find yourself involved in a variety of opportunities:

  • Leading class sessions at School on a Mat, an initiative providing non-formal education to rural children
  • Participating in the life of the local church - attending services, teaching the children and preaching
  • Helping to lead classes at Safe Haven school which provides full-time education for vulnerable children
  • Helping with food security initiatives - including agricultural projects & animal husbandry workshops
  • Participating and supporting the self-help groups
  • Joining in the work at the Destiny Cafe, providing skills, training and jobs to underprivileged people in Poipet
  • Supporting the work at the Higher Education Destiny Institute
  • Teaching English to CHO staff
  • Leading morning devotions with CHO

*Please note…

The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.
Please note, flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.

For more information about additional costs, check out our ‘All you need to know’ section.

Interested in this trip? Apply Now


My time spent in Cambodia is one that I will never forget. I was affected most by the relationships that I formed with my team and CHO staff. They have been amazing and the experiences we have shared together have made us bond like no other friendship I have had before.

Jess Loomes

Amazing 5 months where I made some amazing friends. I grew personally in so many ways and have come home with a renewed attitude to serving God and fighting poverty at home.

Dave Burt

Being in Malawi has challenged me spiritually and it has made me look at the world through the way God sees the world. I have, along with my team, seen issues of injustice and poverty and believe that God has put a passion in our hearts, as a team, to want to do something about it.

Tim Perkin
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