Knowledge is Hope

Peace is Development

Information

Volunteers are always welcome and can help in a range of ways including:

Medical

  • Qualified nurses & doctors
  • Medical students
  • Nutritionist & Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists, ergo/exercise therapists

Teachers

  • Community school teachers – BFT volunteers visit schools in nearby villages to assist in English classes.
  • BFT English class teachers – Free classes are offered at the BFT center for children around the area. You can get involved in these, and teach in the evenings. Classes run from 5pm to 7pm.
  •  BFT Computer class teachers – Free computer classes are also offered at BFT for various levels.  You can supervise or suggest new ideas of conducting these classes.
  • Dance, music or art teachers – We have regular cultural gatherings for children to get involved   in dance, music, art etc…
  • Teaching Admin work – Recording & compiling records, and organizing classrooms.

Technology

  • Website, Advertising & Social Media Marketing
  • Fundraising and Public relations
  • Software engineers
  • Graphic & Photoshop designers

Social work & Counseling

  • Child counselors
  • Peace Builders
  • Women rights advocates
  • People working in the field of drug and alcohol abuse

Child Support

  • Supervising children’s group activities
  • Dance, music and art teachers
  • Creative classes on learning extra-curricular activities
  • Sports and recreation
  • Team building exercises
  • Group exercises to learn life skills, communication, leadership, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • Construction & Carpentry– Classes at BFT and the local villages have basic structure & furniture. If you would like to come and help us make it more robust, or suggest how to make it more eco-logical, please get in touch.
  • Agriculture & Farming– We work with the local village farmers to improve their farming techniques, and increase their crop production. We need volunteers in agriculture and farming field to come and help us with this initiative, and also suggest new ideas.
  • Administration/Office work-Volunteers are welcome to work at the office too and help with administrative tasks. This can range from helping with organizing information around the office, to helping with project proposals, marketing or website content.

For more info please see our  Volunteer Handbook

BFT Center requires that all prospective volunteers have read in detail about Cambodia and the projects which we offer, both through our website and personal research.

Because of past and ongoing human rights and child sex abuse issues, BFT Center require all interested volunteers to have read our Terms and Conditions below and the Child Protection Policy page.

Terms and conditions

  • All applicants must use our online Volunteer Application Form to apply and attach your Curriculum vitae (CV) / Resume
  • Criminal Background Check: I understand and agree that BFT Center may carry out a criminal background check prior to my starting a volunteer program, and understand that this is purely in the interest of child protection.
  • You must be 18 years old or over at the commencement of your placement.
  • We need longer-term Volunteers for a period of 1 month or longer. However short-term volunteers applications of a minimum of two week will be considered.
  • Volunteers do not have to work a full day. Volunteers can choose their hours and arrange this with BFT Center upon arrival.
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation costs are the sole responsibility of the Volunteer.
  • All flights, transport and Visas must be organized by the volunteer.
  • Volunteers are strongly requested to obtain HEALTH INSURANCE.
  • If you stay in our villages, Build Your Future Today Center has arranged with locals for rural accommodation in convenient locations within short walking to your volunteer work, school etc. – the cost of this is very small.

Cultural Sensitivity

Cambodia is a beautiful and fascinating country, with many unique cultural conventions, expectations, and traditions. By understanding the Cambodian ‘code of conduct’ and being aware of how your actions may be interpreted by others, you can engage with this culture on a deeper level, be respectful to the local people you meet, and be a great ambassador for your home country too!

This guideline is designed to explain basic cultural “Dos and Don’ts” which you should try to keep in mind as a volunteer here and when traveling through Cambodia.

Do's

Ask before you take a photo– In Cambodia a smile is often a sign of shyness or discomfort, so do not assume it’s okay to take a picture of someone. Ask first – if you receive a nod along with a smile, feel free to snap away! Also remember that many Cambodians will not want their photo taken in a group of three, as it is believed that this will bring bad luck to the person in the middle.

Cover up– Cambodians traditionally dress conservatively, so dress appropriately and show cultural sensitivity by covering your knees, shoulders, stomachs, backs, and cleavage. This is important everywhere, but especially at the temples. The temples are sacred places of worship, and although you will see many tourists dressed inappropriately here, this is considered to be extremely disrespectful.

Take off your hat and shoes when you enter a pagoda, office, or someone’s home. If you feel that you want to, you can also make a small donation when visiting a pagoda.

Take a bow when you meet someone, it is polite to remove your hat, bow slightly, and put your hands together in a ‘prayer’ position. This is particularly important when you meet monks and elders.

Respect Buddhist monks– Practically anywhere that you go in Cambodia, you are sure to see Buddhist monks dressed in colored robes. The monks are highly respected within society – take an opportunity to have a friendly interaction with these interesting people!

Women should never touch a monk or hand anything to them; even the monk’s mother may not do so.

If a monk is seated, you should sit also before starting a conversation.

Monks are not allowed to eat after noon– be mindful by not eating or snacking around them.

Respect for elders– Aside from monks, elders are given the highest level of respect in Cambodia. Always acknowledge an elder’s status by allowing them to control the conversation, walk first, and take the lead. When seated, you should attempt to never sit higher than the eldest person in the room.

Don’ts

Go too far bargaining– Bargaining is a must in the markets, and can be a lot of fun! However be polite and refrain from driving prices unnecessarily low – settle on a price that’s reasonable for everyone.

Give in to frustration– Many Cambodians will become embarrassed and uncomfortable if you lose your cool, as this is not socially acceptable in Cambodia. They may even smile out of awkwardness, which can make the situation more confusing. Keep calm!

Touch anyone’s head, including children and especially elders. The head is considered to be the most sacred part of the body, and it is very rude to touch someone else’s.

Point at another person with your finger – Pointing with your index finger is considered rude. Instead, gesture with your right hand palm-up.

Show the soles of your feet– The soles of your feet should never be pointed towards anyone, particularly the Buddha. This is because feet are considered to be the dirtiest part of the body.

Hug or kiss in public– Cambodia is very conservative when it comes to physical displays of affection. Hugging or kissing in public will make people feel very uncomfortable.

Be afraid to ask questions– If there’s something you don’t understand, a convention you’re unsure of, or subject you’d like to learn more about, just ask!