Curriculum Development Internship in Cambodia

Work with an assisted living community for adults with mental disabilities in Cambodia

This program lets you experience the unique challenges of developing an educational program for adults with mental disabilities in a non profit sector. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested in social work, education, or NGO management.

This organization is one of the first nonprofits in Cambodia dedicated to issues of mental disability in adults. They run a range of advocacy and awareness campaigns but central to their work is their assisted living community. Here, their beneficiaries enjoy a communal lifestyle whilst receiving training and development in personal, social, and vocational skills. The goal of these development programs is to provide adults with disabilities the support and skill-building they need to move on from the community and take on their independence.

Your role will be to maintain and develop the educational programs run in the community. This will require event planning skills to organize activities, report-writing skills to monitor impact and development, and management skills to handle the budgets and expenses of the programs. You’ll also have the chance to work on Individual Development programs, where you’ll work closely with beneficiaries to identify their personal developmental needs and devise teaching strategies and support systems to address them.


Based in Phnom Penh, this organization does important work for the neglected issues of mental disability in adults in Cambodia. One of the first nonprofits wholly committed to the cause, they run an assisted living community, where beneficiaries can stay and take classes for personal development and vocational training. They also campaign for advocacy and awareness of adults with mental disabilities. They run educational programs aiming to train specialized educators who can devise a new model for the care and integration for mentally disabled adults in Cambodia society.

Their ultimate goal is that their community can serve as a transitional step for adults with mental disabilities, where they can enjoy contributing to communal life, develop personal, social, and vocational skills, and then progress from. Part of this goal is that once their beneficiaries are ready to graduate from the community, they can integrate to a more tolerant, understanding society where they can claim their independence.


This organization requires interns that are able to help with the development of their educational programs. You’ll spend time in the classrooms, get to know the community, then identify and address the ways educational programs could be improved. You’ll also assist with NGO partner relationships and budgeting for the programs.

What you’ll do
  • Sitting in on and monitoring classes, workshops, and activities
  • Writing reports on the development of programs
  • Devising development strategy to further educational quality
  • Building close relationships with beneficiaries
  • Assisting with planning Individual Development programs
  • Attending to the health and wellbeing of the beneficiaries
  • Planning and coordinating educational activities and events for the community
  • Liaising with NGO partners
  • Managing budgets and expenses of the programs
  • Academic background or prior experience in social work, care, education specialized in intellectual disabilities, or related fields
  • Fluent English language skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Event-planning and organizational skills
  • Driving license preferred


You’ll be based in Cambodia’s bustling capital, Phnom Penh, famed for its temples of Angkor, significant historical sites, and the Royal Palace. The city attracts tourists from all around the world and has a host of activities and nightlife to keep you busy in your downtime.

Interns will be provided accommodation in the community, only fifteen minutes from the city center. You’ll have your own room, use a shared bathroom, and have access to all the amenities in the community. You’ll live the Khmer way in the community and can expect to get well-acquainted with traditional Khmer food. You’ll also have access to all the creature comforts of Western life only minutes away in the city center.


This internship is available from June/July 2024.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

6 months USD 600

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a single room (with fan) and shared bathroom.
  • Three meals a day
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Flights to Phnom Penh
  • Transfer from the airport to your accommodation
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Community development NGO
Strategy, Education, Wellbeing, Program Development, Reporting
Min. 6 months
USD 600
  • Gain international experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Develop varied skills in education, social work, and management
  • Build deep connections to the beneficiaries of the organization
  • Make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities
  • Live and work in Cambodia

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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