Skills volunteering, Programme Coordinator

Cambodia (C25) | View map
£17 p.w. *

Price is based on 6 months
6 months

Skills volunteering opportunity in support of NGOs

  • Unique skills volunteering opportunity in Cambodia, on behalf of UK charity
  • Mature volunteer with commercial skills wanted to liaise with local delivery partners in farming and vocational skills projects
  • UK charity provide a contribution to volunteer living costs each month
  • Flexibility to work an estimated 3 days p.w.
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Project summary

This is a unique, part-funded volunteer opportunity, suitable for a career break/retired volunteer wanting to use their commercial experience to support charities and NGOs.

You will be working on behalf of a small UK charity, whose mission is to help disadvantaged communities break out of poverty through sustainable income generation. They do this by funding and supporting local NGO partners who have a proven track record, and who demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. They improve the abject poverty of the poorest remote communities.
  2. They help support self-help through income generating activities.
  3. They cover the basic needs of communities.
  4. They educate, provide vocational training and generally support children and young people.

Currently the focus is on the province of Siem Reap, one of the poorest provinces in Cambodia. Paradoxically, the region is also home to the World Heritage site of Angkor and the flourishing city of Siem Reap. The tourism-led economic growth has not however reached the rural communities who still lack infrastructures, resources and the knowledge to take advantage of the rising opportunities.

Poor subsistence farmers face challenges such as unfertile soil, frequent flooding and drought. The situation is worsening as a result of global warming, with poor irrigation systems and a reliance on rice cultivation. There is only 1 rice harvest per year in this region, a lack of modern agricultural skills and low education level, plus a remoteness from markets and services.

The charity works with 2 NGOs in Siem Reap. The first is an integrated farm project, using skills training and community development to improve the productivity of sustainable farming methods. The second is a vocational skills course, teaching young men mechanical skills to enable them to earn a living from motorbike repairs.

A volunteer is required to support the local NGOs in the oversight and development of these projects, and to liaise with the donors and trustees of the UK charity backing them. It is a volunteer role suitable for a mature and independent volunteer with commercial experience, capable of working with local partners, offering ‘business management’ support to these charitable enterprises.

The volunteer is required for a minimum of 6 months. You are expected to be working 3 days p.w. and the UK charity will contribute to the living costs of the volunteer in Siem Reap.



Volunteer roles and responsibilities

Volunteer in Cambodia

Responsibilities will include:

*   Provide financial management supervision to local counterparts (the Project Manager and Business Manager of the local NGO partners

*  Assist local NGO counterparts to develop project proposals, create reports, etc

*  Monitor the progress and smooth running of those projects funded by the UK charity, through visits to the projects and meetings with partners

*  Report to the UK charity Trustees on a regular basis bringing to their attention any challenges, problems and solutions relating to the projects. Seek joint solutions, together with the Trustees

*  Building successful relationships with Third Party donors to the charity, especially repeat donors; sending frequent updates

*  Provide regular updates to the Trustees for inclusion on the website of the charity

How you can make a difference

Those projects that deliver skills training, education and technical expertise are often the most effective means of addressing long term poverty.

Empowering communities to take control of their food supply and build alternative income streams through new skills provides a lasting difference to the lives of many communities trapped in poverty.

Your role is to provide a direct contribution and ongoing oversight to two projects investing in this goal. Your actions will help improve the outcomes of the projects and satisfy the oversight requirements of the Trustees and donors who are the enablers of this work.

What is distinctive about this project:

This skills volunteering opportunity is a rare part-paid work opportunity; the UK charity is prepared to contribute towards volunteer living costs, meaning your personal budget will go further.

You are expected to work 3 days per week, so there is the flexibility to increase your hours in the project, or work in other projects in Siem Reap – or enjoy a leisurely lifestyle in shadow of Angkor Wat.

Blue Tiger Features:

Being based in Siem Reap means you will never be far from the rural beauty of Cambodia, and the historic temples of Angkor Wat. The town has a range of modern services and activities, albeit on a low scale, so you don’t have to rough it either.

You will need a level of resilience, however, to deal with the local climate, the local culture and the level of independence you will operate in.



This role needs fulfilling as soon as possible. This project operates all year around, except for local holidays and festivals.


English is spoken by the leadership teams in both projects, although knowing a level of Khmer is both respectful and makes for a more engaging time there. Private lessons can be arranged in Phnom Penh.

Experience required:

In order to be an effective support to the local NGO partners, volunteers will need to have a number of years experience in a commercial role, with reasonable experience of building and managing budgets, planning and general management.

You will need to comfortable working independently, with no fixed office or day-to-day itinerary given to you.

You will need to have good communication skills and cultural empathy in order to deal effectively with local Khmer.

You should have strong reporting and analytical skills to keep donors and Trustees well informed, together with good relationship skills in order to develop the long term contribution of donors.


Good to know:

This project requires a minimum commitment of 6 months. You will be volunteering for the UK charity directly – in this instance Outreach International are acting in a recruitment and interim support capacity only.

Outreach International will provide you with all the pre-trip support you need to prepare for your trip. You will be met at the airport by our coordinator and will spend a few days in Phnom Penh becoming acclimatised to the bustle and culture of Cambodia, before going on to Siem Reap.

The Outreach coordinator can offer you support in helping secure your accommodation, offering local advice and will remain a safety net for you throughout your stay in Cambodia.

Price table

6 months

*In this project Outreach International act as a recruitment and support agent only. Your volunteer placement will be managed by the UK charity, who will make a direct contribution to the volunteer for their living costs.

Your volunteer fee to Outreach International includes: volunteer consultation service, pre-trip support, 3 nights self-catering accommodation in Phnom Penh, airport transfer on arrival, welcome orientation meeting, ad hoc support in-country.

Excludes: Flights, visas, vaccinations, in-country transport, accommodation (except the 3 nights in PP), all meals, insurance.

Things to see and do

  • Angkor Wat
  • Toul Sleng Museum
  • Sihanoukville - Beach Resort
  • Street food
Ung Veasnanimol  (Nimol)

Country co-ordinator

Ung Veasnanimol (Nimol)

Nimol has enjoyed looking after volunteers at one of our orphanage projects in Phnom Penh since 2004. In 2013 we were delighted when she accepted the position of Cambodia coordinator for volunteers on all of our projects. She is a foster mother to 6 children, retains an administrative position at the orphanage and is also studying a Bachelors Degree in International Relations.

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