Agriculture and Farming Cambodia

Work at an Agri-Tech learning centre, engaging with farmers about the importance of sustainable farming methods and alternative farming practices. Work out in the field, as well as educating the local community!

we need you in Cambodia

  • 90% of Cambodia’s poor live in rural areas, which lack quality healthcare and skilled teachers.
  • The majority of the popualtion depends agriculture for basic survival, with a lack of sanitation facilities in rural areas.
  • Many poor familes simply cannot afford to send their children to school. There are also limited resources in many schools.
  • Malnutrition is evident in Cambodia, with around 5% of children under 5 experiencing stunted growth.

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can you help?

  • Learn about sustainable farming methods
  • Bring your gardening and building skills/ knowledge along with you!
  • Educate local farmers and interns
  • Bring along your enthusiasm for some hard work!

you can do?

  • Teach farmers on sustainable methods
  • Work as a team with other volunteers
  • Assist on basic building structures
  • Inspire young farmers and educate on new practices

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees – From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries

the amazing cambodian children!

Project Description






  MIN AGE: 18+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required

Construction work
Building the roof
Photo of participant with locals


Cambodia is primarily an agricultural country in which the majority of the population are in the farming industry. However, there is little knowledge when it comes to the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. This program aims for locals to pursue and develop agricultural partnerships to increase the resources available to them, and to be used more efficiently.

Green Shoots Foundation is an international NGO in collaboration with CIDO (Community-Based Integrated Development Organisation). They lead an agricultural skills training program at a local agricultural training centre in Samraong, Cambodia.

The centre provides a free training course on the importance of agriculture and how it is essential to the country, as well as education on sustainable farming methods as a way of bettering both current and future generations. The centre also educates and shows which vegetables or crops are best for planting.

The aim of this project is for local farmers to learn about sustainable farming methods and to continue to use these methods on their own farms.

The project takes place on a dedicated site, around 5-6 km from the volunteer house. You will need to cycle 15-20 mins each day to and from the accommodation, so knowing how to ride a bike is a must!

Your main tasks will be training local farmers and youth on agriculture. We are looking for volunteers with a keen interest in outdoor gardening and basic building work. You must also be willing and able to work in the sun, not be too scared of insects and bugs and be able to do some heavy lifting. For the majority of activities, a local coordinator will be present. They will have knowledge in agriculture and be able to assist you with any questions.

All meals are provided at our accommodation. During your lunch break, you have the option to consume your packed-lunch on site or go by bike back to the accommodation site.

Additionally, this program will give you the chance to experience the authentic countryside of Cambodia by living amongst locals and helping out the villagers on their farms.


Samraong is a rural village, located North of Siem Reap and right on the border with Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer. The rural location allows greater cultural immersion and to really live like a local and gain a deeper travel experience.

Project Tasks

  • Provide access to vocational training in horticulture, integrated farming and other sustainable farming practices and sustainable technology
  • Improve practical application of rural development skills in-line with environmental preservation
  • Enhance the capacity of young farmers for enterprise development

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a dedicated volunteer guest house, with max 4 p/room. Every room has its own Western style toilet and shower. The accommodation is basic, but clean & comfortable with local staff sure to go out of their way to ensure you’re happy! Wifi is included in public areas . There are no safety deposit boxes however the rooms are lockable. There is a private bathroom per room. Bed linen is provided, however volunteers should bring their own towel.  Mosquito nets and fans included but no air con.

There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time! There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 – 15 minute bike ride or walk.

*For participants desiring more comfort and/or privacy, families, couples, and more mature participants, we recommend upgrading to a comfort room, which also has air con. These rooms have more amenities and may be in a different location than the standard rooms, which means that it may be noticeably quieter.

During your stay the meals will be typical Cambodian style, which includes plenty of rice and noodle dishes. On a few occasions there may be meat, but generally speaking there is no western food served. Vegetarian options are available. 3 meals will be provided on weekdays, and 2 meals on weekends (usually breakfast and dinner).

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– Cultural Orientation Week, Siem Reap
– Rural Primary School Teaching
– *Rural Community Construction
– Sports Coaching
– Agriculture & Farming
All prices in USD

  • 1 Week – $435
  • 2 Weeks – $495
  • 3 Weeks – $655
  • 1 Month – $895
  • 2 Months – $1895
  • 3 Months – $2755

*Construction project costs additional US$50 p/week for materials & supervison.
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What’s Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion

– US$275 application fee applies in addition to program fees
– Application fee is one off per person (unlimited placements)
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– Discounts may apply if travelling in a pair or group!
– All credit card /international fees included in below pricing! 🙂


Getting to always interact with the students and teachers from other countries was always a positive experience. The team were super friendly and I got really close to them. Food was a new experience and was always really good!
JodeynCambodia Teaching Project
They were the happiest most friendly kids, they made my trip so special! A favourite moment was when we poured water into the dirt and built sandcastles to pretend we were in Australia! They loved it
GeorginaCambodia Teaching Project
The biggest highlight was easily the teaching itself. The children are so happy and enthusiastic, making it an absolute pleasure to teach them. The cultural week had some interesting activities and seeing other parts of Cambodia like Ankor Wat
ZacCambodia Teaching Project
Teaching the children in the school in Cambodia was the biggest highlight as watching them learn new things and being so keen and happy to learn was amazing to be a part of. By doing this trip I felt I was able to truly help people rather than just donating to an organisation and felt that I’ve hugely grown from the experience personally. It was such a rewarding experience
GraceCambodia Teaching Project
I loved the experience, it’s taking me a little bit to get back to normal though after that life changing experience.
LucyCambodia Teaching Project
It was a wonderful experience and life changing. Everything was great. The food and hospitality was very good and Sem was an excellent host guiding us all the way. Kenneth at the school was so obliging and helpful also.
ClareCambodia Teaching Project
Highlights- Working in a rural community and helping out the school and meeting some great people both local and other travellers. Everyone was friendly and helpful and they answered any questions that were asked.
Jarrad Lawrence
Jarrad LawrenceCambodia Teaching Project
The school was the best part though, it’s so nice there. It’s a pleasant 15min ride from the homestay on the bikes, which we did 4 times a day, nothing too strenuous. The kids are great, there’s 5 levels of which I had the top level, being the only native English speaker
AlexCambodia Teaching Project


Is Farming in Cambodia Right for Me?

This project can be hard work and you will be outdoors in the heat, so a reasonable level of fitnes is required. Volunteers with gardening/ building backgrounds are especially welcome!

What’s Included in the Volunteer Fees

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion

What’s Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Is there an Orientation?

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.


  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Khmer Do’s and Don’ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Introduction to the Project, Visit Project site and start participating on the project.

Arrival Information

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Siem Reap Angkor International Airport (SAI). You must arrive between 06:00 – 19:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer and any extra nights for an additional fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this). 

From the airport to Samraong, it takes 3-3.5 hours by by Airport Bus and Taxi, and from the airport to our local centre in Siem Reap around 1-1.5 hours by Airport Bus and Tuk Tuk.    

What does a Typical Day Involve?

Monday to Friday – 8am-5pm.

A typical day during this program may look like this:

  • Breakfast
  • Join the training session with an introduction to integrated farming
  • Join the construction at the centre and engage in land preparation
  • Engage in a personal project: workshop and group work
  • Lunch
  • Make a model of crops or vegetable beds
  • Visit local families who are working with vegetables
  • Help the families with their daily vegetable work
  • Prepare earth block mixture (clay) and materials for binding
  • Dinner back at the accommodation

What Happens on Weekends?

Here are a few things to do in Cambodia…

Angkor Wat

You can’t make a trip to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat. This is a stunning temple. Head there for sunrise to get the reflection over the water. Angkor Wat can easily be reached from the friendly backpacker town of Siem Reap. 

Rabbit Island

Koh Tonsay or ‘rabbit island’ is situated a 30 boat ride from the town of Kep. This small paradise island has no wifi, only a handful of cafes and that’s about it! All the accommodation are simple wooden beach bungalows, which just adds to the simple way of living. This is a great chance to get away from the crowds, enjoy the sunset over the ocean and to really and truly relax. 

S21 Prison & Killing Fields

The Khmer Rouge era was a tragic and horrific few years in Cambodia’s past, where millions of people were killed or sent away to work at various camps. Visit the S21 prison, where people were held as prisoners. This is quite a saddening visit but one that allows a better insight and understanding into exactly what happened during this time. The killing fields are situated just out from the capital. Again, a sad but very humbling visit. 


This beachside town is popular with backpackers, for its lovely beaches and great nightlife. The best beaches are found off from the mainland, where there are plenty of island-hopping tours. 

Siem Reap

The main town closest to Angkor Wat, this is very backpacker friendly, with plenty of cheap places to stay of you want to visit on a weekend. There are many bars, clubs and entertainment in the evenings. During the day you can visit the nearby temples, floating markets, get a fish pedicure in town or a relaxing massage. 

Jungle Trekking

There are plenty of hiking and trekking trails available in Cambodia. There’s lush jungle, gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. You can head into the Cardamon mountains, Mondulkiri province or head to natural waterfalls on the outskirts of Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.


This countryside town is known for it’s colonial buildings and artsy vibes. While still quite rural, the town has lots of cafes and western places to eat, as well as markets of all kinds. Head out into the country and check out the bamboo train. This used to be a very basic wooden panel which you sat on to ride through the countryside. It has now been updated with proper seats but still a fun and unique thing to do!

Are There Any Special Requirements?

  • A certain level of fitness as this program can be quite manual.
  • Must know how to ride a bike.
  • Modest clothing (long sleeves and long pants offer the best protection when working outdoors, at the minimum- clothing should cover knees and shoulders)
  • Please bring work gloves, work shoes or boots, water bottle, hat and sun protection.


For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: KH – Holidays – All Programs  

Country Information

Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The average salary in Cambodia is less than US$1.50 a day, and around a third of people live below the national poverty line. Poor living conditions are particularly  prevalent in rural parts, where access to safe drinking water is barely above half.  Human traffickers exploit the vulnerable with heart-breaking cruelty.

Cambodia’s poor people number almost 4.8 million, and 90 per cent of them are  in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihood.  Two thirds of the Cambodia’s 1.6 million rural households face seasonal food  shortages each year. Rice alone accounts for as much as 30 per cent of household  expenditures. Rural people are constantly looking for work or other  income-generating activities, which are mainly temporary and poorly paid..

Involvement Volunteers programs in Cambodia enable you to experience Cambodia as a local, participating in their daily activities while offering yourself in the benefit of those less fortunate. All the projects are grass rooted; working with local people for local people. Within all the projects we value the education factor and the intercultural exchange very highly delivering an educational experience for volunteers.


Cambodia is warm and tropical throughout the year, with a wet and dry season and temperatures ranging from 21 to 35 °C. 

December to Febuary are considered the best months to visit, due to the cooler climate (although still warm).

March to June is very hot, sometimes over 40 degrees but it’s usually dry.

June to September is hot, humid and monsoon season. The positive of travelling in this season is that everything is so grean, prices are cheaper and there are less tourists.

October and November also have showers but the weather is slightly cooler. Showers are usually predictable and happen for short bursts in the afternoons. 

What’s the Culture Like in Cambodia?

Cambodia has a rich culture, with around 97% of the population following the Buddhist religion. They have many great temples, including the most famous one, Angkor Wat, which is a must visit. Cambodian people have a great respect for their elders and put an importance on having a strong family unit. They are very kind, a little shy but very friendly and will be eager to learn about your culture back home. Cambodia also has a dark past and you will see many reminders of the Khmer Rouge era where millions of innocent people were captured and killed. Despite this, Cambodia nowadays has a relaxed, friendly and welcoming vibe, with lots of arts and culture. 

About Involvement Volunteers International

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality. 

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options 

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Weekends & Extra Tours

Cambodia has some great dive spots off of it’s tropical islands. Koh Tang and Sihanoukville are popular places.
Diving Cambodia
If you just want to relax on the beach, then the islands off of Sihanoukville are beautiful. Also check out Rabbit island, a simple island stay but so peaceful!
The Beach
The BeachCambodia
You can’t make a trip to Cambodia without visiting Angkor Wat. This is a stunning temple. Head there for sunrise to get the reflection over the water.
Angkor Wat
Angkor WatCambodia
The Mekong River runs through several countries in South East Asia and is a pretty incredible sight. Head on a slow boat or check out the floating markets.
The Mekong
The Mekong Cambodia
Explore Cambodia’s beautiful countryside which is packed full of rice fields, mountains and forests. Check out the town of Battambang and ride the bamboo train (the old one has gone but there is a new and updated one now).
The Countryside
The CountrysideCambodia
Phnom Penh is the countries capital city and its worth exploring. It’s full of life, with plenty of street markets. From here you can also visit the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields.
Phnom Penh
Phnom PenhCambodia


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