Projects Abroad | NGO Development

Cambodia: Food Microbiologist

Siem Reap, Cambodia



  • At the current time, we have paused all of our in-country volunteer projects and internships  due to COVID19.
  • We hope to be able to accept applications and resume our interviews starting JUNE 2021– pending the Cambodian Government’s decision on when (and how) open the country to tourism again.


Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Duration: Minimum 3 months, maximum 12 months commitment

Start Dates: we will ccept applications and resume our interviews starting JUNE 2021

Type : Unpaid volunteer project

Cost: $490 one-off placement fee – please see Costs section for further details.


  • Develop and implement new analytical tests putting in place the necessary procedures and practices to ensure sound, reliable results
  • Train laboratory staff members to effectively execute new tests in compliance with standard methods
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of current laboratory practices
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Cambodia has had a challenging and dark history, and continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Long-term development remains an ongoing problem, with serious skill shortages affecting over two million people, who live on less than $2 per day. Our aim is to match the appropriately skilled volunteer with the right local Cambodian project. By doing we can make a more sustainable longer-term impact.

You will be asked to develop and implement new analytical tests putting in place the necessary procedures and practices to ensure sound, reliable results. During your placement you will train laboratory staff members to effectively execute new tests in compliance with standard methods, whilst contributing to the continuous improvement of current laboratory practices.

Daily Life

Your will be asked to get involved in the following;

  • Review current analysis methods according to standard procedures. Revise current laboratory manual policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Develop and introduce specific procedures, instructions and tools related to the new pathogen and quality indicator bacterial tests to be executed by the laboratory.
  • Further develop the quality control plan and good laboratory practices in the lab.
  • Train technicians and other staff members in new procedures, including sampling requirements, performing analysis, and interpreting and reporting results.
  • Introduce systems for consolidating results and producing technical reports
  • Develop materials and guidance for the lab to use when providing information to clients on sampling, appropriate tests, interpreting results and suggesting possible remedial measures.

You will work five days a week, office hours, and report to the Technical Advisor. The small laboratory is presently based within the organization offices and is staffed by one technician.In terms of work related deliverables, we expect that at the end of the placement to have achieved the following:

The laboratory presently conducts water quality testing for its community development projects and commercially for private individuals, hotels and other businesses in the leisure industry in Siem Reap. There has been demand from commercial clients for food safety and environmental testing and in response, the laboratory is now looking to expand its services to offer a wider range of microbiological tests.

A successful time with us should include the following;

  • to have trained laboratory staff able to effectively execute tests according to standard procedure.
  • to have improved the quality control measures in the lab
  • to have engaged in positive communication with our customers about the new services on offer
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Travel & Accommodation

You can book a tuk tuk yourself directly at the Siem Reap airport – the booking center is located at the arrival exit, at a fix cost (today is $8). The airport is just fifteen minutes drive to Siem Reap City Center.

We will help you to find an accomodation nearby to stay.  Prices are approximately $5-8 per day for a hostel ; $10 per day for a basic room ; $15-20 per day for a nice room with A/C, Wifi , swimming pool; 30$ per day  for a one bedroom apartment. You can easily find the right accommodation option for you dependant upon your budget.

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  • Two to three years’ experience executing analytical tests in a food laboratory environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in food technology or microbiology
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory best practices
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Demonstrable experience in training others
  • Track record in developing and introducing new laboratory systems and processes
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flights & visas (most nationalities will be fine with a tourist visa)
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$490 USD one-off Placement Fee.

* Full placement fee required as deposit.
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
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What’s Included:
  • Help you find the right organization – We only work with organizations that have a clear mission statement, are socially conscious, ethical in their practices and making a positive impact within the Cambodian community.
  • Match your skills with the right project – We ensure your professional background, expertise and personal expectations are properly matched with the right project, to ensure you have a meaningful and responsible volunteer experience.
  • Assist you in getting ready – We will coordinate the drafting and signature of a Volunteer Project Scope of Work prior to your departure, to ensure method of work, goals, outcomes and, overall, your volunteer experience is meaningful and aligned with your expectations.
  • Pre-departure check-list – We will provide you a list of things to do and bring in your luggage prior to your departure.
  • Pick you up at Siem Reap Airport – We will pick you up at the airport upon your arrival and bring you to our accommodation.
  • Welcome you on onboard – We’ll offer a cultural induction and orientation tour to help you settle in.
  • Reference letter – At the completion of your volunteering, we will provide you with a valuable reference to showcase your professional impact whilst here in Cambodia.
What’s not included:

You will need to cover the cost on your own on flights, insurance, vaccinations, visa, accommodation and food.

You can watch this clip here to learn more how to budget for your volunteer experience in Cambodia


Full assistance will be provided in getting everything ready if you choose our Premium Support.

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