How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

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How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by Ravensnest » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:55 pm

I'm not rich and need to work here for a living, so cash is not an option. I'd still like to do something positive for the community or even the sick or needy children.

Where can I go to volunteer my time somewhere for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday?

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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by explorer » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:36 pm

Let everyone know where you are. Are you in Phnom Penh, or another place?
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by xandreu » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:40 pm

There are many charities and NGO's here that help children, a quick Google search will give you the names and contact details that you need.

However, bear in mind that most, if not all of these organisations have very strict criteria before they will even allow you near children, for reasons I'm sure you understand and I don't need to explain.

You can't just turn up, tell them you have a few hours to spare to help sick and needy children and expect to be taken on based simply on that. I'm not for one moment suggesting that you have ulterior motives, there are many westerners who see the poverty and hardships that Cambodians (not just children) have to live with and have an honest and genuine desire to do something to help.

But you must also understand that there are some who come here on that pretense, who have other motives. Charities and NGO's are well aware of this, and rightly so.

Any NGO or charity worth it's salt will expect you to meet a strict criteria before taking you on.

Assuming that your motives are honest, genuine and based on nothing more than altruism, good luck.
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by Phnom Poon » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:25 pm

which locals do you think need help, and what can you help them with?

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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by Ravensnest » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:53 pm

explorer wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:36 pm
Let everyone know where you are. Are you in Phnom Penh, or another place?
I thought i included that! lol yes, Phnom Penh
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by Ravensnest » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:10 pm

xandreu wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:40 pm
There are many charities and NGO's here that help children, a quick Google search will give you the names and contact details that you need.

However, bear in mind that most, if not all of these organisations have very strict criteria before they will even allow you near children, for reasons I'm sure you understand and I don't need to explain.

You can't just turn up, tell them you have a few hours to spare to help sick and needy children and expect to be taken on based simply on that. I'm not for one moment suggesting that you have ulterior motives, there are many westerners who see the poverty and hardships that Cambodians (not just children) have to live with and have an honest and genuine desire to do something to help.

But you must also understand that there are some who come here on that pretense, who have other motives. Charities and NGO's are well aware of this, and rightly so.

Any NGO or charity worth it's salt will expect you to meet a strict criteria before taking you on.

Assuming that your motives are honest, genuine and based on nothing more than altruism, good luck.
Thanks for the info, I'm aware of most that you said. Yes, preventative measures must be in place to protect children.
I'm happy to help any age group of course. I can help cook, serve food, deliver it/hand it out, or something similar. I'm not familiar with a single NGO. So, I would not know which are good and which to shy away from. That is why I'm posting here.
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by hunter8 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:17 pm

You don’t need middlemen. Work additional hours on your job and donate that extra money into the hands of the poor one dollar at a time.
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by John Bingham » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:21 pm

There are some respected organizations that might be interested, but mainly if you have decent skills to donate. For example, if you're good at Accountancy, Marketing, Graphics, Management, IT or a skilled tradesman there are opportunities.
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Re: How/Where can I volunteer to help locals?

Post by phuketrichard » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:06 pm

Talk with Ross at
https://choice-cambodia.org/blog/

they have come along way from passing out food at the dump
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