Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Australian volunteers making a difference in Cambodia

Australian volunteers making a difference in Cambodia

Australian ambassador Justin Wyatt (fifth from right) poses for a photo with the volunteers. AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY
Australian ambassador Justin Wyatt (fifth from right) poses for a photo with the volunteers. AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY

Australian volunteers making a difference in Cambodia

In the heart of Cambodia, 14 dedicated Australians are volunteering through the Australian Volunteers Programme (AVP), nurturing closer connections between peoples.

The Australian embassy in Phnom Penh confirmed on July 21 that the AVP is actively supporting Australians worldwide who wish to volunteer and make a positive impact. 

"Our brave band of 14 are currently stationed in Battambang, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, extending their assistance to local partner organisations" it said.

Organisations benefiting from their dedication and skills include Engineers Without Borders Australia, Eye Care Foundation, Ministry of Rural Development and the National University of Battambang.

The embassy praised the AVP initiative for its pivotal role in fostering people-to-people interactions, establishing a diversely eco-friendly partnership and enhancing Australia's international development endeavours.

Recently, Australian ambassador to Cambodia Justin Wyatt warmly hosted a gathering at his residence in Phnom Penh. The aim of the get-together was to welcome these volunteers to Cambodia, provide a platform for them to discuss the progression of their projects and share their experiences. 

The meeting underscored the tangible, valuable difference they are making. Their unwavering commitment to volunteering is truly making a difference to the lives of the Cambodian people, said the embassy.


  • Tensions high ahead of historic Kun Khmer match up

    The long-awaited November 5 matchup between Kun Khmer legend Prum Samnang and Myanmar-Canadian boxer Dave Leduc has become the most anticipated fight of the year. The Wurkz Sena Kun Khmer promotion, which will be held at the Town Arena at Chip Mong 271 Megamall, will see six

  • Manet: Cambodia safe for travel

    Prime Minister Hun Manet acknowledged that Cambodia and China have cooperated to tackle internet scamming, fraud and other cross border crimes, but insisted that the “Kingdom of Wonders” is completely peaceful and safe. He welcomed tourists to come and explore its rich heritage. During a

  • UNESCO formally list Battambang gastronomy

    Battambang, renowned for its cultural heritage, has achieved a significant milestone as the first Cambodian municipality to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The UCCN unites nearly 300 cities prioritising creativity and cultural industries in local development plans and international cooperation. On World Cities Day,

  • Cambodia pivots to solar, wind energy

    Cambodia is planning a move towards solar and wind energy to meet its rising power demands, according to Minister of Mines and Energy Keo Rottanak. On the sidelines of the Singapore International Energy Week event held recently, Rottanak emphasised the urgency of diversifying Cambodia’s

  • Angkor causeway symbol of Cambodia-Japan ties

    In a historic moment marking another milestone in the 70-year-long diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan, King Norodom Sihamoni celebrated the formal inauguration of a causeway located to the west of the world-renowned Angkor Wat. While presiding over the November 4 ceremony, the King emphasised the

  • Manet calls for Cambodia’s railways to get back on track

    Prime Minister Hun Manet has instructed the relevant authorities to expedite studies into upgrades to the Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk railway line. He suggested that the maximum speed on the line should be increased to 80km/h, in order to expedite the transportation of