Volunteer in Cambodia

VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA

VOLUNTEER WORK IN CAMBODIA

VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA

VOLUNTEER WORK IN CAMBODIA

Have you ever considered volunteer work in another country? What about working and becoming a volunteer in Cambodia? I’ve had the opportunity to do this a couple of times and absolutely loved it. I found it so rewarding, that I could use my skills to help those less fortunate. Aid work or mission work (whatever you want to call it), is so valuable because you can immerse yourself in a new culture and gain deeper insight into disadvantaged communities. Read below about the volunteer work in Cambodia which I was lucky enough to be a part of.

Hey! I’m Jasmin and along with my husband, we are an Aussie couple living and working in the UK. In our spare time, we love to travel and discover this country we now get to call home!

WORKING AS A VOLUNTEER IN CAMBODIA – MY STORY

volunteer in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the poorest south-east Asian countries in the world, and with this comes inadequate healthcare, especially in rural areas. For many of Cambodia’s poorest inhabitants, chronic middle ear disease and ear infections are often left untreated for long periods of time. However, with help and resources from countries like Australia, there is still hope.

In early 2008, after finishing a 4 year course in Audiology and learning I had passed my final exams, I was lucky enough to score a trip to Cambodia. It was here that I worked as a volunteer at an ear camp. This particular ear camp was started by my boss who had a heart of gold and a passion to help others. Every six months, the camp would alternate between an Australian and French team, in the hope of providing effective hearing loss treatment. This normally led to ear surgery or the fitting of hearing aid/s.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK IS VALUABLE

I didn’t really know what to expect at the time, but looking back, I will forever be thankful for this unique experience .My job gave me the opportunity to not only travel, but to work and volunteer abroad on a number of occasions. During my time volunteering in Cambodia, I provided hearing health checks and fitted hearing aids, to both adults and children. I was fortunate enough to go on this trip with an amazing team of hearing professionals and outstanding surgeons. In addition, I was also able to watch and observe ear operations, which too, was an eye opener. 

To assist with the daily running of clinics, we also had a local Khmer guy (Lo, and his team) who would help to translate. At the time, he was also learning about the anatomy of the ear and hearing aids.

 

volunteer work in cambodia

DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE AND SENSITIVITY TO OTHER CULTURES

There is  a sense of accomplishment when it comes to volunteering. As well as this, you get the opportunity to meet new people, form friendships, develop knowledge and sensitivity to other cultures, all while networking and gaining valuable work experience. Working in Cambodia, with hearing impaired clients, opened up my eyes, as I really got to see how other people lived and learned of the tragedies they once faced. Many adults have lost limbs due to trauma caused by landmines and are poor in health, while numerous children have been left as orphans. However, every day these people face the world with a smile and that is truly encouraging.

volunteer work in Cambodia
volunteer in Cambodia