Meet us, we are VolCam members:
Australian Volunteers for International Development – AIESEC Cambodia – Cambodian Indigenous Youth Association – CVS – Cambodian Youth Action – France Volontaires – Khmer Youth Association – Khmer Youth and Social Development – KOICA – JICA – US Peace Corps – Star Kampuchea – United Nations Volunteers – VSO – Youth Star Cambodia – YRDP
The delivery of the Australian Volunteers for International Development Program (AVID) in Cambodia involves three core partners (Australian Volunteers International – AVI, Australian Red Cross – ARC and Austraning International – AI) and reflects the objectives of the Australia-Cambodia Joint Aid Program Strategy 2010-2015. This plan takes into consideration the Australian Government’s new aid policy, An Effective Aid Program for Australia: Making a real difference – Delivering real results, (2011) as the AVID in Cambodia seeks to address development goals under this one coherent plan.
Volunteers are assigned anywhere from 1 to 24 months and are made up of Australians from every walk of life and age group. Volunteers are placed with Host Organisations working at various locations across Cambodia. While the capital, Phnom Penh remains the focus for many assignments, all Core Partners are developing longer-term relationships with HOs in various provinces, i.e. Battambang, Siem Reap, Pursat, Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey and Ratanakiri to name a few.
Core Partners work closely with Host Organisations to develop mutual understanding of the organisations’ strategies and aspirations and define expectations of volunteer roles and responsibilities. The long-term approach in Cambodia is to link Host Organisation planning to wider sector planning in order to have maximum development impacts.
Present in over 113 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.
CIYA was established by a group of Cambodian Indigenous Students in Phnom Penh in 2005 and was officially recognized by the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2008 with support from HBF. It is the first organization established for indigenous youth and the third indigenous organizationestablished in Cambodia. The original purpose of the development of CIYA was to mobilize indigenous youth as a strong group in which the members could help support each other by acting as a social network in the city, as well as to build their capacity towards working as indigenous community development workers in the future.
The Cambodian Volunteers for Society (CVS) is a Non-Government Organization without profitability that aims to provide space to Cambodian youths to learn and participate in social development through working directly with NGOs partners networks and local communities. Nowadays, CVS are working in four different target areas such as: Phnom Penh, Battambong, Kampot and Sihanouk province.
CYA was founded in January 2010 by a group of volunteers from difference background and experience. CYA is a non-profit, non-government organization established in aims to promote young people education, environmental preservation, and rural community development through voluntary service. It’s mission is to bring together young people/youth from all over the world in peace to learn and share their knowledge and experience and to discuss global issues for their personal development, community engagement and to build a long-term friendships.
French organization France Volontaires has over 230 volunteers across 55 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. France Volontaires is endowed with a mission to contribute to qualitative and quantitative development of different forms of voluntary commitment and international solidarity.
Khmer Youth Association (KYA) is a humanitarian, non-political, non-governmental and non-partisan Cambodian youth organization founded in 1992. KYA is committed to working with and for youth for positive social change by improving and promoting youth participation on different social issues relevant to Cambodia. KYA strives towards an improved framework for respecting human rights, democracy, gender, health, and the empowerment of young people by the government and other stakeholders utilizing principles that encourage youth participation and recognize youth’s role and works.
Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) is a non-profit, non-partisan Cambodian NGO based in Phnom Penh. It was established in January 2000 and registered with Ministry of Interior on 25 March, 2003. KYSD has considerable experience – Ten years working with youth and communities. It is an active youth NGO with potential, effective networking and good relationships with Local NGOs, International NGOs and Government Section.
KYSD acts to reduce poverty through building the capacity of youth, mobilizing and empowering them to work in coordination with others to bring development to remote areas of Cambodia, improve the quality of life of women, men and children, and support community groups to implement activities in economic, cultural, social, and environmental sectors in partnership with commune councils and civil society organizations.
In 1991, KOICA started cooperation program by providing office equipment to Cambodia. Having seen a rapidly increased development cooperation promoted between the two countries, KOICA set up an overseas office in Phnom Penh in 2003. Since then, it has played a leading role in bridging the people of the two countries with development program.
JICA’s volunteer programs support activities by citizens, who wish to cooperate in the economic and social development as well as the reconstruction of developing countries. Through these cooperation activities, participating volunteers can not only contribute to the development of partner countries, but also gain valuable experience in terms of international goodwill, mutual understanding and an expansion in their international perspective.
More than 255 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Cambodia since the program was established in 2007.
Currently, 114 volunteers serve in Cambodia. Volunteers work in the areas of education and health. One of the biggest advantages of Peace Corps is that volunteers are trained and work in the Khmer language. network.
Star Kampuchea is a non-profit and non-partisan organization. Its mission is to build strong and dynamic civil society organizations, by giving them support, skills, and the means to advocate for their interests. It works together with Civil Society Organizations in Phnom Penh and the provinces. STAR Kampuchea’s keyword is advocacy, the “organized efforts and actions that use the instruments of democracy to establish and implement laws and policies that will create a just and equitable society”. Advocacy activities are aimed to strengthen democracy, the respect for human rights and civil society on the basis of the rule of law.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.
VSO has been working in Cambodia continuously since 1991 and remains firmly committed to the development of Cambodia’s people. So far, nearly 700 international volunteers have supported 152 partners in 15 provinces. VSO core programme areas are health, education, secure livelihoods and governance. Within these programme areas VSO covers other issues such as gender equality and climate change.
Volunteers start their mission with a comprehensive one month training course, which prepares them many of the challenges they will face. Their field placements are dictated by requests from underserved communities in Kampong Cham, Kratie, and Prey Veng, and volunteers are matched to an identified and assessed community. Supported by a modest monthly stipend, volunteers are able to focus their attention on immersing themselves in the community and lifestyle.
Youth Star Cambodia is a non-profit organization based in Phnom Penh that banks on its national staff and volunteers to get active in changing the country, and changing the future. recruits Cambodian university graduates between 20 and 27, for one year placements in underdeveloped and rural areas of Cambodia.
For most of the volunteers, it is the first time they have seen the rural communities and how the population lives. In activities ranging from tutoring and mentoring to promoting human rights, Youth Star volunteers are engaged and involved in their communities. Because of the common language and culture, volunteers are able to commit to specific programs that are created for particular communities and situations. Programs are set up in order to carry on long after the volunteer leaves the field, and are a catalyst for creative thinking and problem solving from the community.
Youth Resource Development Program is a Khmer Youth Organization, which teaches university students to question the world around them; and gives them the confidence and tools they need to create a culture of peace, justice, and sustainable development in Cambodia for generations to come.
Since 1992 YRDP has helped over 36,000 young people harness their potential and become agents of change, by building their critical thinking skills and empowering them to participate in community development. Through YRDP training programs students learn about human rights; peace building; gender equity; community development; and inter-faith and cross-cultural understanding. Students engage in public dialogue about issues of concern to them, through projects that focus on the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and promote transparency of revenue management from extractive industries in Cambodia, among others. Students are also encouraged to apply and share their knowledge by forming volunteer youth clubs and implementing their own community development initiatives in urban and rural areas, with YRDP support.