Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: Minimum 3 months, maximum 12 months commitment
Start Dates: Project is ongoing
Cost: Starts at $3,143 for 3 months – see Costs tab for further details
- Gain job training in the legal aid industry
- Work on “real world” legal aid projects in a critical area
- Network with industry professionals
- Engage in a campaign for human rights in Cambodia
- Keywords: Human Rights, Law & Politics, History
With this internship you will work with one of the top legal aid organizations in Cambodia. Cambodia has a long, dark history of human rights violations which has captured international attention for decades. Because of this, they now have a large population of poor and under-represented people. It is our job to help them get the legal resources they need to live a worthwhile life.
In the program, you will help develop legal aid services at the grassroots level. We believe good legal aid starts with education. First we focus on providing quality education to lawyers and local judicial members. We also use Legal Education partnerships to build trusting relationships in the legal community. Finally we teach people Cambodian laws so that the quality of legal aid can continue to improve. We combine education with our legal services to deliver multi-dimensional help to the community. You will have an active role in all day-to-day duties, which will prepare you for a career in the legal industry.
In addition to education initiatives, we provide a large array of legal services. Our students are a part of each service. Some tasks you may do are: supervised case representation, case review, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluating formal coursework. These jobs are generally applied to four legal categories:
- General Legal Aid
- Women’s Justice
- Child Justice
- Land Law
Each work day has two parts: Morning (8:00-12:00) and Afternoon (14:00-16:00), with weekends free. At all times we have a highly experienced professional supervising each student. Together you will work on issues such as family violence and land grabbing. Be aware that each project has its challenges and we only accept the most qualified candidates.
During your stay you will be living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Here you will not only gain legal experience, but learn about the language and culture as well. Please feel free to explore and get to know this vibrant Asian community during your stay!
Travel & Accommodation
We will arrange to pick you up at the airport, and will have a sign with your name at the ready. Then a support member will get you acquainted with Cambodian culture through an Orientation. Here you will have a quick introduction to language & culture, customs, health & safety and local transportation. After the orientation you will learn more about your particular program and placement.
All participants stay in dormitory-style accommodations. The program provides two meals per day, sometimes three depending on the program and duration of your stay.
- Age: 18+
- Minimum commitment is 3 months
- Enthusiasm and interest to work in human rights and law – You must be studying law or have relevant qualifications or experience
- Good English skills
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flights & visas
Those looking to get off the beaten track should read our Top 5 Things to do in Cambodia. Sandwiched between the more touristy Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is a traveler’s hidden treasure. Explore ancient Buddhist temples and bustling outdoor markets, or simply relax with an all inclusive yoga retreat. Cambodia is waiting for you.
Some people only go to Cambodia to see the amazing temples scattered around the country. Step into these holy places and experience where the ancient monks once lived. Or explore modern ones where they still live today! The most famous one is Angkor Wat, which is close to Siem Reap. Angkor Wat ruins are approximately 900 years old, and are part of an entire park that you could get lost in for hours. Two more beautiful temples that we recommend in Siem Reap are Angkor Thom and Ba Yon Temple. There you will see colossal carvings of Bodhisattva’s, elephants and intricate demons and gods. Just make sure that you don’t walk into the wrong room with shoes on!
Visit The Killing Fields
You might not want to bring the kids here, but if you want to dive into Cambodia’s past you must see the Killing Fields. This memorial in Phnom Penh commemorates a very dark part of Cambodia’s history. These unfortunate mass graves were a product of the Cambodian Genocide in the 70’s. This happened during the reign of Khmer Rouge, who murdered close to two million people. The grave is a sight that you will never forget. This is a terribly tragic, yet intriguing, window to the Cambodian culture that tourists should pay homage to.
Go to a Cambodian Market
Asian outdoor markets are often quite the eye-opener to Western visitors. Fresh vegetables, living fish and souvenirs all in one bustling place. Shop like a local but still get souvenirs, and finish the experience with some homemade noodles. We recommend The Central Market and the Night Market in Phnom Penh. Any of the markets near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap are great. You can even sometimes find tours to take you to all of them if you can’t decide on only one!
Phnom Penh Royal Palace
This entire compound is a feast for the eyes. The stunning architecture replicates the Buddhist temples you’ll see all around Asia. With glimmering golden towers contrasting white walls and expansive courtyards and walkways, you are sure to be in awe. Here you will get a full understanding of the grandeur of the royal Cambodian ancestors.
Do a Yoga Retreat
When your feet are tired from temple-hopping, finish your stay in with a relaxing yoga retreat. Cambodia has hundreds of affordable, secluded and spiritually gratifying yoga experiences. Wake up to the sound of gongs, chant your heart out and truly relax and experience real yoga. You can stay anywhere from a few days to a few months, and all yogi levels can find the right retreat for their needs.
Accommodation with us is optional. You are also free to rent an apartment nearby if you do not wish to stay at our volunteer guesthouse. Enquire with us when applying.
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***10% deposit required to confirm place.
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, local transfers, 24-hour in-country support, orientation and integration into the project.
What’s not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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