We offer volunteers two accommodation options:
live in our shared volunteer house, or
live independently in a private rental apartment
Demand for our volunteer house is often high, so it is best to apply early! If our volunteer house fills, we do love more volunteers, but they must live in independent accommodation.
The Volunteer House
- If you choose to live in the volunteer house, you will share a bedroom with an en suite with one other volunteer in a house with up to 12 volunteers.
- The house is about ten minutes walk from the school and the house fee includes a bicycle to get around town.
- There are fans in all rooms, but no air conditioning.
- There are no hot showers in the house, which is standard for Cambodian houses.
- Bedrooms are lockable and secure.
- Breakfast, a cooked lunch, and dinner are prepared by our Cambodian cooks every day, except on Cambodian public holidays and school holidays (7 to 9 days during each semester).
- Most meals are Khmer dishes, which is often served with rice or noodles.
- We can cater for vegetarians and vegans, and various allergies. Please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements in your application.
Current fee for our volunteer house is US$850. We manage the volunteer house with the intention of it being self sufficient. The house fee allows our volunteer program finances to be completely separate from our school finances. With all of our volunteers supporting themselves financially, school revenue is not required, and in this way we maximise our annual donation to CRDT.
For detail about the cost of living at the house, please see our cost breakdowns.
For details of the school’s finances, please see our financial disclosure page.
You are welcome to live independently in private accommodation. If you wish, we can help to find affordable, comfortable and secure apartments in the local neighbourhood. We have a number of trusted landlords in the area who have hosted many of our independent volunteers.
Often, we match independent volunteers to share apartments. This helps keep costs low.
If you prefer to find your own accommodation, we can advise the best way to find rental properties around Phnom Penh.
If you choose to live independently, you will deal directly with the landlord and pay them your monthly rent, electricity, water and cable TV fee (optional). Independent volunteers pay no fee to us at any time.
For more details on private living costs, please visit our costs page.
Local markets and convenience stores are all close by, and there is a western style supermarket around 10 minutes away by Tuk Tuk or Moto. There are also lots of excellent and cheap places to eat and drink around town.
See what’s around our neighbourhood: Toul Tom Poung on a large map
Canby’s Phnom Penh Guide Book also has lots of great information for independent living.
Some examples of apartments we can arrange
Please note that most apartments are furnished with basics such as chairs, tables, couches, beds, and basic cooking equipment. Sometimes items such as sheets, pillow cases, cutlery and crockery is not included, but can be purchased at the local markets.
This one bedroom apartment has 24 hour security, lift access, and has a western style kitchen, A/C and small balcony. Rent is around US$400 per month, plus utilities (electricity, water, cable TV).
This two bedroom Khmer style apartment has fans, a spacious balcony, and comes fully furnished. Rent is around US$250 per month, plus utilities (electricity, water, cable TV).
This two bedroom apartment has A/C in bedrooms, 1 ensuite bathroom, and 2 extra bathrooms. It comes furnished, and rent is US$300 per month, plus utilities (electricity, water, cable TV). An existing fiber optic internet connection is in place, but residents must subscribe to the ISP (plans from US$12 per month, and we can help you arrange this).
This two bedroom apartment is located very close to the school, and has 24 hour security, lift access, A/C, hot water, and two bathrooms. A wired LAN network is provided free of charge. The rent is US$500 per month, plus utilities (electricity, water, cable TV).