The journey begins
If you are looking for a unique volunteering opportunity close to Phnom Penh then you will love spending time at PHKA Doung Handicrafts located in the province of Kampong Chhnang.
Approximately 90 minutes from the city, join Di Vichra and her extended family on their delightful property where they make virgin coconut oil along with some other beautiful coconut based products.
A new production facility is under construction and a magical garden is been created based on permaculture principles as they prepare to welcome passing tourists.
You will stay with the host family in one of two bedrooms available on a twin shared basis and the property is in a rural setting with many mango, coconut and banana trees already planted.
The focus for volunteers will be in the gardens helping to plant, weed and in the dry season hand water. You will also learn the processes to make virgin coconut oil and can try your hand at making stunning bowls from the coconut shells. they also need ongoing help with their marketing and welcome anyone who can also help teaching social media skills.
Enjoy Khmer food cooked lovingly by your host family and vegetarian and vegan food can be provided.
Is this for me?
PHKA Doung Handicrafts is a maker of a number of beautiful natural products. Its provides much needed support to the local community and are developing permaculture gardens as a wonderful extension of the project. The property is in a rural setting with many mature mango and coconut tree’s.
Length of Stay:
3 days minimum
Any day but a minimum 72 hours notice is required.
Type of work
Work-wise, usually 5-6 hours of work per day, depending on projects & weather. The day starts with breakfast and a morning meeting.
Then, depending on the season, work includes planting, mulching, weeding, harvesting and in the dry season some hand watering. There is an opportunity to also learn about the making of coconut oil and you can try your hand at making bowls from the coconut shells.Expect very varied work, sometimes it can be a bit tough, but always a lot of fun and sharing.
PHKA Doung Handicrafts provides 3 nice meals per day (+ all-day water, tea, coffee, fruits, local snacks…), with products from the farm or local market. You will eat with the extended family so its Khmer so please let them know if you have specific diet. In any case,
Accommodation is within the main two story family house in one of two bedrooms on the top floor. Available on a twin share basis with a mosquito net with mattress/pillow/linen provided, Bathroom is a squat toilet and bucket shower within the main house.
What to Bring
Useful items to bring: A mosquito repellent, a torch/head light, as they don’t have much electricity outside buildings yet, a hat/cap and flip-flops are a must, as well as a good dose of energy and smiles!
There is no WiFi, so it is suggested you purchase your own SIM card.
$12 USD per day for visits from 1 to 7 days. Longer stays is $10 per day.
Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia
Tel: +855 17 330 040