A home for children.


The outskirts of Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Number of volunteers required?


Other requirements?

The volunteers must be willing to live communally with the children. Interest in child psychology useful. Desire to help develop new rural project.


Accommodation is provided. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn Khmer. There is the possibility to establish a longer term personal commitment to the Centre, through fund-raising initiatives in the volunteer’s home country. Volunteers are hosted through Bridges Across Borders – see the link under ‘Organisations’ (right). This costs $2200 for 6 months. This provides for accommodation, transport to and from place of work, Khmer lessons, country orientation, visas and ongoing support including briefings. This represents excellent value for money.

Minimum length of stay?

At least 6 months.

Volunteer tasks?
Teaching English; helping the Director, Mech Sokha with organizational development, fundraising and administrative matters; playing with the children and providing basic education; doing theatre, art, dance and music according to volunteer’s skills; teaching basic computer skills; living with the children and helping them socially and with homewrok, for example.

Started with a grant from a Japanese foundation with the purpose of taking children off the nearby Stung Meanchey Municipal Waste Dump where over 600 children make their living collecting and selling garbage. CCH provides a home, care, food, basic education and vocational training to 29 children (17 boys and 12 girls9). Most of the children are traumatised by losing their parents to landmines, AIDS or other illnesses and the time they spent working on the dump. The Centre was founded and is directed by Mr Mech Sokha, himself an orphan of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Start date?
August or September

Current volunteers?


Former volunteers?


Ulrika Lindstrom (RCNUWC 04-06)

Mike Ewart (Adriatic 04-06)
Cecilia Stromann (Finland)

2005-2006: Daria Dachs (Adriatic 03-05)

2004-2005: Henrieke Prins (RCNUWC 02-04) Peter Kuylenstierna (RCNUWC 02-04)