program Volunteer Cambodia: Village Immersion Program
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Cambodian scuba diving and marine conservation volunteering

Marine Conservation

This is an environmental project like few others. You are based on a tropical island living just as the villagers do. Surrounded by white sand, palm trees and sunshine, you will love the islander lifestyle.

You can obtain your scuba certification on the project, if you are not a qualified scuba diver we train you. It's all included in the price. After the first week training you pass your open water scuba dive course and you will receive your PADI scuba-diving licence. You can now be a part of this environmental conservation project as you help rejuvenate the reef and the marine life!

You will wake to the sound of the rooster and the exhilaration of a bucket shower to start your day! You will help us make an artificial coral pod and dive to placing the pods underwater! You monitor the growth of coral and marine life on the pods placed by volunteers before you. The pods stimulate coral growth and provide a sustainable and renewable food supply in the marine eco-system.

Illegal fishing trawlers and the use of dynamite fishing techniques has destroyed the coral reefs surrounding the island, where the marine life thrived. This has had a major impact on the food source for the island community.

You’ll have the opportunity to play volleyball against the locals and teach English to the village children and adults. During the afternoons you help build the village school and secure a year round supply of clean water for the community, so essential to the prevention of early infant death.

After watching a beautiful sunset at night you can have bon-fires on the beach or swim in the bioluminescent water!

If you cannot scuba dive you can obtain your scuba diving certification with us using highly qualified diving instructors. We supply all the scuba diving equipment and everything, including the scuba diving training is included in the price. At the end of the first week you will have an internationally recognized PADI certificate and you can work on the artificial coral reef. If you are already qualified then you can start work day one.

Don’t miss out. Volunteer on a great environmental conservation project and have a great Cambodian island holiday at the same time.

Arrival Day Departure Day Status
07-May-17 20-May-17 FULL
21-May-17 03-Jun-17 Vacancies
04-Jun-17 17-Jun-17 Vacancies
18-Jun-17 01-Jul-17 FULL
02-Jul-17 15-Jul-17 FULL
16-Jul-17 23-Jul-17 FULL
19-Nov-17 02-Dec-17 Vacancies
03-Dec-17 16-Dec-17 Vacancies
17-Dec-17 30-Dec-17 Vacancies
31-Dec-17 13-Jan-18 Vacancies
14-Jan-18 27-Jan-18 Vacancies
28-Jan-18 10-Feb-18 FULL

Itinerary Overview

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

Your team leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals area of Phnom Penh airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them! If you get in before noon, enjoy a guided tour around Phnom Penh. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time.

Optional activities in Phnom Penh:

  • Explore the markets and shops around the city.
  • Visit the palace.
  • See the pagodas and temples.
  • Visit S21 and the Killing Fields (only for those arriving early / departing late).
  • Enjoy a foot or back massage for as cheap as $5!
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 2: Monday - Transport to the Island

This is a full travel day. Volunteers will take a bus to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh, approximately a 4-5 hour journey. After lunch in Sihanoukville, everyone will get on a boat that takes us to the island, Koh Rong. This boat journey is approximately 3 hours. If you know you suffer from motion sickness, please bring the proper medication. Once we arrive on the island, volunteers will get a tour of the village, meet their dive instructors and local people, get settled into their accommodation, and enjoy dinner.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 3-6: Tuesday-Friday - Project Work/PADI Training

The volunteers will be split into groups and alternate working on land projects or studying to achieve their PADI certification.

Land projects include but are not limited to constructing new houses or school buildings, painting, mixing concrete, working on the water catchment, beach and village clean up, sanding and coating coral pods, and preparing the concrete feet for pod deployment.

In the evenings, volunteers will have free time.

Optional activities while on the island:

  • Relax at sunset rock.
  • Walk to coconut beach for a swim with bioluminescent plankton!
  • Play games or cards at the Inn.
  • Play billiards.
  • Enjoy a game of volleyball.
  • Spend time with the local children.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 7-8: Saturday-Sunday - Free Weekend

Volunteers have free time over the weekend. Team leaders will often organize a trip to the tourist side of the island over the weekend. Volunteers who already have a PADI certification can also organize recreational dives.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Days 9-12: Monday-Thursday - Project Work/PADI Training

The volunteers will be split into groups and alternate working on land projects or studying and doing in water training to achieve their PADI certification.

Land projects include but are not limited to constructing new houses or school buildings, painting, mixing concrete, working on the water catchment, beach and village clean up, sanding and coating coral pods, and preparing the concrete feet for pod deployment.

In the evenings, volunteers will have free time.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow.

Day 13: Friday - Transport back to Phnom Penh

Volunteers will leave the island early. We will take a boat to Sihanoukville then bus to Phnom Penh. Your team leader will likely organize a fun night out for your last night all together in Phnom Penh.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 14: Saturday - Departure Day

You will be dropped off at the airport with ample time before your flight. Please be ready and waiting in the lobby with your luggage at the time allocated by your team leader.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What’s Included:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • All drinking water.
  • All accommodation.
  • All on ground transport.
  • All program activities unless specified as optional.
  • Building project materials.


Nights one and thirteen: You will be staying at a hotel in Phnom Penh city, which is close to restaurants, markets and shops. Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender, in twin or triple share rooms. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks. Hotel comes with unlimited drinking water. Venue also has 24 hour security and wifi availability.

Nights two to twelve: You will be staying in beach bungalows. These rustic accommodations come with bed, linen and mosquito nets. You will really be embracing island life – complete with bucket showers.

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Arrival and Departure

Arrival Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Cambodia
Departure Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Cambodia

Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.

Airport Collection Times: 8am -12pm (Midnight) on arrival & departure day.

  • Generally all our programs start on Sunday and finish on Saturday.
  • If you are doing an extension after the program please check the relevant Arrival & Departure tab on the program page to confirm your departure airport. If you are unsure email us at to confirm.
  • If your flight is delayed and you are landing after the arrival date we can still collect you but a private collection fee will apply.
  • If you have purchased an extra day before or after your program a private collection will be arranged for you. This is included in the fee for the extra day.
  • If you are arriving early or departing late and have not organised an extra day on program with us you will be responsible for your own transfer & accomodation.




Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation.

If you are obtaining travel insurance through World Nomads you will need to purchase the explorer policy to be covered for underwater scuba diving.

We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;

  • Overseas medical costs
  • Emergency medical transport and repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs


It is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program, and the information below serves as a guide only.

A Cambodian Tourist Visa is required for everyone when entering Cambodia. The Visa is approximately $35USD and can be purchased when you land. There are some restrictions on certain nationalities, so please confirm information with the embassy / consulate of the country you will be visiting prior to departure.

If you need to arrange a tourist visa prior to travelling, we can assist you with documentation. Please send our admin team and email at

Organising your Tourist Visa into Cambodia is a really simple process, and you will need the following:

  • Current passport
  • Extra passport photo (doesn’t need to be the same as in your passport) – they can also take one there if you forget for a couple of dollars USD
  • Approximately $40USD
  • Completed visa form – you do this on arrival, or are sometimes given this on the flight dependant on airline

You then take the above to the visa counter for processing which generally takes ten minutes. They will then give you back your passport with the tourist visa in it, and you then collect your bags, clear customs, and make your way to meet your Team Leader.

Before you go…

  • If you are arriving early - you have purchased an extra night add on and sent an email to to confirm, otherwise we will assume you are making your own way to the accommodation on the first day of the program.
  • If you have any long layovers, you may wish to do some research on the airport, check out the following site:
  • We recommend bringing a wifi enabled device in case of delays or issues so you can send and receive email. Also, carry a charging cable and a mini-power pack to recharge the device. (If you are delayed you may spend a lot of time on the phone to insurers and loved ones).
  • Put any medicines and valuables in your carry on luggage so you still have them if your luggage is delayed/lost in transit.
  • Don't forget to bring some warm clothes, toiletries and entertainment in your carry on luggage!
  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing for the climate you are arriving into - look through the get ready information, and also check some weather reports before you leave.
  • If you want to, bring along some donations for the community you will be visiting
  • For some travel packing tips, check out:
Day of departure:
  • If you are arriving on the first day of program, a team leader wearing a ROV T-Shirt will be waiting at the airport from 8am - Midnight.
  • If you are arriving a day early, the team leader will pick you up at the time specified on your ROV program.
  • If you are delayed and unable to contact us, you should make your way to the accommodation listed in your pre departure email.

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The 14 day Cambodian Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation volunteer program

Very good experience, loved working with the children, getting to know the locals and my group. Didn't expect accomodation was going to be as good as it was. Nights on the island was amazing as well as the diving. Overall amazing trip and volunteer program.

Eleanor, Australia.