Mangrove Environmental Conservation Program Cambodia

WHY we need you in Cambodia

straw huts by river in Cambodia

HOW can you help?

WHAT you can do?

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

the amazing cambodian children!






  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required


Kampot is often viewed as a place which truly reflects rural Cambodia. With its slow paced, relaxed and vibrant environment intertwined with its beautiful landscape, it offers a truly unforgettable experience. Of the town’s 2,500 inhabitants, over 80% are directly dependent on the region’s long-standing fishing industry. A vital necessity for this is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from the river banks. Instead, many locals favour salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province.

The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations. The objective is to reverse the trend of removing mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years as local salt farms have taken precedence. This can realistically only be achieved through the education of younger generations, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.

*Do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions. In addition, your work will vary from day to day.  

As a participant in this project, you will be part of a supportive and inclusive team environment, engaging in various tasks. These may include planting mangrove trees, monitoring water quality, conducting surveys, and assisting with community outreach programs. No prior experience is necessary, as the subject matter expert will provide comprehensive training and guidance throughout the project. Being open-minded and adaptable to different cultural settings is essential.

Your  tasks may involve:

  • Planting young mangrove seedlings, removing invasive species, and monitoring the health of existing mangroves.
  • Assisting with maintenance work in the plant nursery and planting terrestrial trees around the site.
  • Collecting data on the terrain, tree health, and environmental changes.
  • Conducting fish catch surveys and identifying species present in the mangrove channels.
  • Contributing to the development of outreach and educational materials, such as posters, presentations, and videos. You will also engage with the local community and participate in community outreach activities, including visits to the local community centre. This will provide you with insights into the local culture and traditions while raising awareness about the significance of mangroves.

Throughout the project, the subject matter expert will be available to provide necessary training and support. Daily activities will be planned on-site by the subject matter expert, considering project requirements and needs.


Located 7 kilometers away from Kampot, the project takes place in a very rural area of Cambodia where you will be able to enjoy nature at its fullest, either by jumping into the river, taking a boat ride to the delta or simply staring at the myriad of stars that light up the sky at night. Kampot, situated in south western region of Cambodia is becoming very popular due to it’s abundance of natural beauty and french cultural heritage. This area is often viewed as the place which reflects the true Cambodia. Slow paced, relaxed yet vibrant with a beautiful environment and landscape. The French architectural legacy still remains in many parts of this town.

Project Tasks

  • Help local workers to conserve and plant new mangrove seedlings
  • Collecting vital data
  • Get stuck in and work as a team!

Food & Accommodation

Volunteers stay in traditional riverside community bungalow. Bedrooms will be shared between 1 to 2 people per room on a single-gender basis. The bathrooms are shared, with cold showers and authentic toilets (bucket style!).  Fans and mosquito nets are provided but you may want to bring your own net for extra protection! 

Numerous ATMs and internet cafes can be found in the town (ANZ Royal Bank and Canadia Bank) which is 7km by tuk-tuk. There is no WiFi on site. We are based in quite a secluded location. However, you can find two traditional Cambodian restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation. This location is right in front of a river, where you can swim, kayak or ride a boat. It is a beautiful area surrounded by nature.

All food is included during your volunteer stay. You will be provided with three delicious and nutritious meals per day, with traditional local flavorings. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.

All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $495
  • 2 Weeks - $735
  • 3 Weeks - $1100
  • 1 Month - $1460
  • 2 Months - $2885
  • 3 Months - $4300
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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



If you love working outdoors and have a passion for the environment, then this could be the project for you. For those looking for a unique experience, away from the crowds, and to really experience local life, this would be a project great option. 

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

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, Project site and start participating on the project.

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 Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH). You must arrive between 06:00 – 14:00 Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times you can book a private transfer and any extra nights for an additional fee. Or you can arrange your own accommodation and transport.

From the airport to the Kampot accommodation, it takes around 3 hours by taxi. 


  • 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, Project site and start participating on the project.

Tuesday to Friday
Your tasks and activities will vary depending on the current needs of the plantation site. There is much more involved to planting than simply placing a seed into the ground, and you will be taken through the step by step process of every activity by local fishermen.

We may work on plantations around the accommodation by repairing young mangroves or head to the nearby delta by boat (20 minutes) to collect seedlings for planting at the nursery. Depending on local conditions.

Moreover, we also aim to educate the youngsters of the village by teaching them English at the accommodation. This, however, is entirely optional.

Saturday to Sunday
You are free to choose what to do during your weekends – it is your free time after all! Many of our participants choose to explore what Cambodia has to offer.

However, we do offer an optional itinerary, at no extra cost, where we focus on the poorest members of the Kampot community. We are very proud of our work here, distributing second-hand clothes to the local community. We do provide these clothes, but if you have clothes you would otherwise throw away, feel free to bring them along.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

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!

  • Cambodia is a Conservative Country, thus, bringing comfortable working clothes or Modest clothing such as long sleeves and long pants offer the best protection when working outdoors, at the minimum- clothing should cover knees and shoulders.
  • Please also bring work gloves, work shoes or boots, water bottle, hat and sun protection.
  • A background in environmental-science or tourism would be advantageous, but not necessary.
  • Do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions.
  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance while participants below 18 years old might need a signed parental consent.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents, such as mosquito repellents, as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

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

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. 

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. 

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