Spend six months in Cambodia, serving alongside Tearfund’s partner, the Cambodian Hope Organisation (CHO)

CHO work with communities in and around Poipet on Cambodia’s northwest border with Thailand, an area well known for human trafficking and gambling.

All of their projects work towards trafficking prevention by building strong, hope-filled communities where people’s physical, spiritual and psychological needs are met. CHO do this by raising awareness of the risks of trafficking amongst local people and teaching them how to spot the signs. They also facilitate sustainable change, equipping local people with quality education and livelihoods opportunities which make them less vulnerable to trafficking because they have knowledge and resources to care for themselves and their families.

CHO work alongside the local church, delivering incredibly inspiring projects, using bible-based tools to empower communities to identify the skills and resources they have available 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:

  • Helping local children have access to good quality education through teaching lessons and developing resources for the Safe Haven School and School on a Mat.
  • Supporting CHO’s livelihoods initiatives, including assisting with workshops or researching ideas for the development and expansion of CHO’s businesses, e.g. Destiny Cafe.
  • Facilitating the Smart Youth Leadership Programme which empowers young people to be leaders in their local communities and encouraging them to participate in church-led community development initiatives.
  • Capacity building at CHO’s offices including helping with administration, helping to write newsletters or develop content for CHO’s social media channels.
  • Participating in the life of the local church by supporting the Sunday School and teaching or sharing your testimony as the opportunity arises.
Trip date: 04 Feb 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Cost: £4,000.00 ($5,089.20 approx)
Application deadline: 14 Sep 2018
Pre-departure training: 15 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018 TBC (GB)
Interviews: 28 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018 Tearfund, Teddington (GB

fundraising amount

Placement fundraising amount: £4,000

What’s included?

  • Training and support before, during and after your placement
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Tearfund staff time
  • In-country travel, food and accommodation

What’s not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel to and from UK training events

Although your placement fundraising amount does not include flights, visas or injections, you will receive good advice and support about organising these aspects. As you will need to pay for these yourself, it is important to keep any fundraising for flights, visas and injections separate from the donations you send to Tearfund to pay for the placement (ie this must be done personally and not through JustGiving or an equivalent site, as the fundraising for these elements is not considered to be a charitable donation).

Please note that all costs are subject to change; this is due to the variable nature of overseas travel expenses.

When do you have to pay?

We don’t ask you to pay the whole fundraising amount all at once.

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, your selection event and pre-departure training event.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for remaining UK administrative costs, such as your medical and criminal record checks, in-country and other necessary preparatory costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

Get a £100 fundraising discount

Once you’ve applied, you can join our refer a friend scheme.

Do you have a friend who wants to volunteer with us too? If you refer a friend to come on a Tearfund 3 or 6 month placement in 2019 then both you and your friend will receive a £100 fundraising discount!

The friend you refer has to be a brand new applicant to Tearfund.

They can apply to any of our 3 and 6 month opportunities to volunteer overseas in 2019.

Simply ask your friend to apply before 14th September 2018, then contact us at go@tearfund.org or call on 020 3906 3111 to let us know they are applying. Once we receive their application forms and their deposit we'll apply the discount for both of you.

Fundraising inspiration

As soon as you have completed your application form we will contact you about fundraising and setting up your JustGiving page. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog, giving eight great tips.


You’ll receive all the information you need to know to prepare you for your placement, including: in-depth medical and travel advice, travel insurance information, cultural guidelines, fundraising ideas and advice about involving your local church.

Pre-departure training: You must attend our pre-departure training. This will be the first time you met your team. The event will prepare you to visit a new culture, and help you and your team get to know each other. There will be other sessions on culture, staying healthy, safety and security, information about where you are going, as well as plenty of time to focus on God. We take health and safety very seriously and comply with the Global Connections Code of Best Practise in providing you with adequate insurance cover, 24-hour support whilst overseas and appropriate medical equipment and training.

Debrief: On your return to the UK you will be offered a debrief for your team. This is an excellent opportunity to renew friendships, to review what you've experience, and to thank God for all that He has done and to ensure that it continues to impact your life.

Promotion: If you'd like to promote your placement with the media, contact our communications manager: lucy.pieterse@tearfund.org

Trip FAQs

Worried about costs?

When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you choose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we are normally correct when we say... 

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples:

In Cambodia: Tearfund's partner CHO works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach English, run sports, and lead Bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund's partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God's power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

Sometimes it's hard to navigate your way around new sites, so we'd love to chat to you over the phone or email. 

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