Rose Trott – Review


Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to visit Asia and many of the other companies were too expensive. I found this project online by accident whilst searching online.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
The work done by the volunteers is truly astonishing. There are not a lot of resources but the books you use are really good and help the children to learn English really quickly. The project director explained that if the children can learn good English they will have a chance to get scholarships like he did to good colleges in the capital and perhaps even University. It was incredible to think that we were all a part of that for the children.

What did you do for fun?
We stayed at the school most evenings, a few went into town to the bars. But it was just as much fun at the school. There were about 20 of us when I was there but I heard there are far more in the summer so I don’t think you really need to leave the school for entertainment elsewhere.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
I think you need to have an open heart – you can’t just sit back and watch and expect everything to be like it is as home.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
If they really want to help then you have to just do it. Some of the volunteers were there just for the beach and did not get involved too much on the teaching side of things but I think you can miss out on a lot in that way. One of the girls was crying when she left, it is an emotional rollercoaster and like nothing else I have ever experience. It would have been easy to cry as well when I left because you are also leaving LOTS of new friends amongst the other volunteers too!

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
A mosquito net!!!!

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Amy Martin – Blog post with photos


I have recently come back from the Cambodian project through original Volunteers and wanted to take the time out to say how fantastic it was.
After arrival in the capital, we drove for about 2 hours into the Cambodian countryside until we arrived at hope school. As we drove through the gates I noticed the 3 classrooms on site and another building. I was greeted by all the volunteers who were so friendly and happy to show me to me bed.

Here are some photos and the rest of my story….

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Daisy – Blog post with photos


My name is Daisy and I travelled to Cambodia with Original Volunteers this summer; and I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I will never forget the fantastic, life changing trip I had.

When we first arrived it was quite a shock as me and my friend Tabby sat in silence as the taxi driver drove us to the project; he drove like a mad man! We later realised that this is how everyone drives in Cambodia!

Here are some of my experiences with some photos, hope they’re helpful to others.

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Islay Leefe Griffiths Cambodia


Why did you want to volunteer?

To experience a foreign culture and country through the eyes of the local people rather than a tourist.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
To some extent, I wish I had gone for longer.

What did you do for fun?
The other volunteers were fun, as were the kids and the locals. The atmosphere was brilliant.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
The entire experience was unforgettable.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
I made friends with other volunteers because they were friendly and welcoming.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
11 Happy in Phnom Penh and just at the school, because of the people there.

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
I was happy because it was relatively clean and comfortable, although the shower wasn’t as strong as I would have liked.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Absolutely, to get a feel of more diverse countries around the world.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
I would say have a look on Original volunteer’s website for ideas of where to go.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
The list supplied by Original volunteers is pretty extensive.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
I was in Cambodia for 3 weeks and I spent around 300 Pounds, but this was with travelling.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers? 
Go for as long as possible!

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