A schoolgirl turns and smiles as she walks in the corridor with her friends
VSO/Thomas Roos

Cambodia

We've worked in Cambodia since 1991, strengthening inclusive education systems and supporting people to develop secure and resilient livelihoods.

1,000,000+

Since 2017, over 1 million children in rural schools have benefited from improved planning and management systems.

8,080

8,080 farmer households are now benefiting from increase yields and improved access to markets.

750

Since 2018, we've trained 750 farmers to improve their yields through adopting the Sustainable Rice Platform growing standards.

Inclusive education

Primary school teacher Souy Kran smiles as she stands at the front of her classroom; behind her, rows of schoolchildren work at their desks.
VSO/Thomas Roos

Primary school teacher Souy Kran is committed to improving the quality of child-centred education.

In partnership with the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, we work to increase the capacity of teachers, school managers and other stakeholders in the education system, supporting them to develop and deliver high-quality, result-based and inclusive education plans. Our volunteer advisers provide expert coaching and training on child-centred teaching methods, alongside practical on-the-job support and mentoring – in total benefiting over 1 million children in rural schools since 2017.

This capacity-building approach has proved to be so successful that research conducted by the Royal University of Phnom Penh found that our Basic English Language project – which increases the ability of practitioners to teach English - was as effective for students as private tuition.

Resilient livelihoods

A VSO volunteer and a farmer stand at the edge of a crop field

Ly Theort is the lead farmer of an agricultural cooperative in Battambang, part of the Improving Market Access for the Poor project.

Supported by the FCDO and corporate partner Accenture, our Improving Market Access for the Poor (IMA4P) project in Battambang works to empower agricultural collectives and smallholder farmers – including women and young people – to develop a greater and more secure source of income. We train farmers and support them to adopt new, more productive growing techniques as part of the UNEP’s Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) – a global initiative which promotes more sustainable agricultural practices and a fairer economic model for rice growers.

So far, we’ve supported over 3,000 farmers to adopt these techniques which, combined with training and business skills development, lead to more secure and profitable contracts with major buyers.

Supporting poor farming households to make a sustainable living

Contact us

We work with a number of partners including the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the EU, Accenture, MoEYS, UNICEF, SIDA, GPE, and USAID.

If you are interested in supporting our work, or if you have another query, get in touch:

Address: VSO Cambodia, PO Box 912, Phnom Penh

Tel: +855 (0) 23 882 758
Facebook: facebook.com/vsocambodia

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for more skilled specialists.

Find out more about volunteering with us in Cambodia


Find out more about our work in:

16-year-old Nirmala smiles with her friend, who is carrying a pile of schoolbooks.

Education system strengthening

Developing inclusive education systems that leave no child behind.

Ugandan female farmer carries grain on her head as part of VSO's YELG project
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Resilient rural livelihoods

Supporting fairer outcomes for agricultural communities.