The contribution of local and international volunteers is invaluable in supporting Phare’s mission to change lives through the arts in Battambang, Cambodia, and beyond. Volunteering at Phare Ponleu Selpak is free; however, we do not cover expenses related to your stay. Our staff will be happy to support you with tips and advice regarding housing and transportation or any other practical information you may need.
You can also have a look at our Volunteer Welcome Guide.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Volunteer with us!
If you think you can bring something special to the team, do not hesitate to send us a spontaneous application by filling our online inquiry form, we want to hear from you!
Before confirming your stay you will also be requested a criminal clearance check and a proof of insurance.
Who can volunteer?
We welcome committed volunteers who are willing to pitch in with a positive attitude and an open-mind regarding our activities and the local culture! Any volunteer request which could contribute to PHARE capacity building will be duly noted and assessed by our Human Resources Department, on a case-by-case basis.
What we are looking for are people with a specific expertise or experience corresponding to our current needs. They may vary and include, but are not limited to, communications, IT, fundraising, social support, lighting and sound design, English teaching, customer service… People with circus arts, music, drama or other arts skills are very welcome and should make a proposal explaining how they would use a volunteer opportunity to help develop the skills of our students.
Volunteers should be 18 years old or over to participate. Due to financial and human resources limitations, we are unable to offer academic internships.
Why volunteering at Phare?
- Let yourself be immersed in the vibrant Cambodian arts scene
- Gain an insight into authentic local culture
- Challenge yourself while trying something new and unique
- Learn first-hand about issues facing vulnerable communities
- Make a difference by supporting our long-term philantropic goals
What is responsible volunteering?
International volunteering has grown in popularity, and with so many people looking for a more meaningful way of travelling, going abroad to give a hand to worthy causes, our concern is focusing on a very important step: we have to learn before we can help. Volunteers should research their options thoroughly, understand the context and culture of the communities they visit, and ensure that their skills and experience match the needs. Without adapted preparation and mindset, first time volunteering can be wasteful, and at worst, cause a lot of harm.
At PHARE, we offer an intimate experience by welcoming only a very few volunteers at a time, who get the chance to be fully immersed in our project and in direct contact with our staff, students and surrounding communities. This trust we place in our volunteers comes with responsibilities, starting with the respect of Phare code of conduct, our child protection policy as well as local culture in general. Everything should be done to put good intentions to good use, and our staff will always be here to guide volunteers and ensure their experience at Phare is positive and beneficial to both parties.
How long can I volunteer?
For the same reasons, we encourage the volunteers to stay for a long term. Volunteers who commit for 3 months or more are preferred. Shorter duration opportunities may be available for highly specific and specialized tasks if there is a corresponding need. We strongly discourage short-term volunteering for positions involving interactions with children.