We’ve partnered with a number of conservation projects to offer you the opportunity to assist on a marine conservation programme in the exotic and alluring Kingdom
Visit the exotic and alluring Kingdom of Cambodia. Discover stunning scenery, diverse marine life, an amazing culture and a charming local community that needs your support.
- Live with the local island community
- Make a significant and long lasting difference
- Help preserve the beauty and natural habitat of our tropical island
Conservation is essential to protect and safeguard the stunning natural resources of Cambodia’s tropical islands. Increasing tourism, uncontrolled development and unsustainable fishing practices are threatening to destroy the beautiful environment, which is essential to both Cambodia’s growing economy and communities that rely on the sea for their income.
Our project works to protect Cambodia’s natural resources. Working with the local communities we assist in reducing unsustainable fishing practices, establishing and enforcing Marine Protected Areas, and introduce coral farms, in addition to providing much needed healthcare and teaching.
Whether you spend the days teaching the local community, participating in beach and reef clean-ups or surveying the stunning marine coastal environment, you will have a truly unforgettable experience.
Find out more about our Marine Conservation project and view our gallery
You’re welcome to join the project for as long as you like, although to make a valuable contribution to our work we generally ask you to commit for at least two weeks, which costs just $550. Our volunteers can join the projects at anytime.
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Prices collated October 2012 – prices conversion £1=$1.5
If you wish to take part in the Marine Conservation project you will need to be certified to Advanced Open Water or equivalent. We can arrange in country training at a cost of $565 for Open Water and Advanced; or $295 for Advanced only. Please note anyone who participates in the marine conservation project will also receive reef check training and certification (normally valued at approx. $300)
- Three meals a day (incl. tea/coffee/water)
- Shared accommodation,
- Local orientation
- Project training (excl. PADI)
- Project equipment
- Boat transfers to and from Sihanoukville,
What’s not included?
Flights – but shop around to get the best deal. The earlier you start looking the cheaper it will be. Travelling around Asia first? AirAsia have some fantastic deals. Travelling from Europe or further afield? Check out Skyscanner – a travel search site with flexible search options means you can browse prices across a whole month, or even a year, allowing you to get the best deals. You book direct with the airline or travel agent, so you get the lowest price with no added commission – we recommend that you check agent/airline reviews before booking
Visas are easy to obtain at the international airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The cost is $20 USD for a tourist visa and $25 for a business visa, both are valid for one-month. One passport photo is a required when purchasing or extending your visa and a small ‘fee’ will be charged if you do not have one.
Both types of visas can be extended easily through travel agents and guesthouses in Sihanoukville. Tourist visas are single entry and can be extended for up to one-month (approx $45). Business visas can be extended for one-month, three-month, six-months or a year and are multiple entry. If you overstay on your visa – you will be charged – the fee is currently $5 a day (2011). Visa fees do tend to vary when crossing into Cambodia by land, please check the Lonely Planet for the latest.
- Insurance – please purchase suitable insurance for the activities you will be participating in.
In country transit and transit accommodation – If you’re volunteering with us and are travelling from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, please contact us and we can advise on transfers. Most of our volunteers spend a night or two in Sihanoukville before travelling across to the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong (where we are based). If you too are planning a few nights on the mainland, we can arrange accommodation in Sihanoukville to suit all budgets.
Where are we based? We are based in the village of Mai Pai Bai on the tropical island of Koh Rong Samloem.
Why choose CCC? unlike many other projects, we believe volunteering shouldn’t cost the earth. We value your contribution and keep your costs low.
Where does my money go? 50% covers the cost of your food and accommodation and 50% is reinvested into the project to fund invaluable supplies such as teaching materials, medical supplies and essential marine conservation equipment.
What else is there to do? Get involved in the other projects, jungle trekking, sunset boat trips, cultural evening, volley ball, movie nights, Khmer lessons, teaching vocational skills and so much more…
When to visit? Cambodia can be visited at any time of year. The busiest time is over December and January, when the humidity is quite low. Travelfish.org has a great interactive weather map, which allows you to check the conditions in different areas of the country.
Passport info: please ensure your passport is valid for at least six-months and you have several blank pages – visas in Asia tend to take up at least a whole page (with additional space needed for entry and exit stamps).
Language – free audio guide: English is widely spoken on the mainland, however being able to speak a few phrases in Khmer always helps. You can learn the basics with the free WorldNomads Cambodian Language Guide – available as an iphone app or mp3 podcast.
Vaccinations: Please plan ahead and get medical advice about vaccinations at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. Some vaccinations need to be given well in advance so that they can work properly.
Currency: The national currency is Riel, however US Dollars are accepted everywhere and most prices are displayed in US dollars.
Where else to visit? Whether you have four weeks or several months to spend in Cambodia, your trip would not be complete without a visit to Angkor Wat. Many visitors also enjoy a stay in Phnom Penh, Kep and/or Battambang. Check out Travelfish.org for suggested itineraries and Lonely Planet for additional information.
The best advice we have is keep your travel plans flexible – once you’ve visited Koh Rong Samloem you’ll find it very hard to drag yourself away.
If you have any questions or would like to book your place on this programme, please contact us or call us on +855 (0)886 856 986 between 9am-5pm local time.