Volunteer | Aspire School & Orphanage, Siem Reap, Cambodia


We are currently in desperate need of any help we can get after being hit extremely hard by COVID-19, as it has meant we've lost most of our volunteers and sponsors. We are currently behind on payments for our credit/loans and fear that we might lose our property if we do not fulfill these payments. If you are interested in volunteering please do not hesistate to contact us. If you are unable to volunteer, monetary donations are desperately needed and will be extremely invaluable to the school.


ASPIRE Training & Education is a school & home for poor, homeless and orphaned children in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Please contact us via e-mail and we will send you a simple application form to give us your basic details and the dates that you are available. There is a minimum age limit of 18 years. We also welcome volunteer groups and families with our school project. We will provide graduation certificates for our volunteers who have completed training course. Aspire School and home is a non-governmental, non-profit organization looking for visitors or volunteers like you, who are willing to contribute their time at an orphanage and school located 7 km to the south of central Siem Reap City at Trang Villang in the Kandaek commune. Giving just a few days of your time teaching and interacting with the children, or working on community projects makes the world of difference for those in need. And it has been a long time coming. We started to build a school for poor, homeless and orphaned children in our community here at Trang Village in 2008. But our school is not  finished yet, and we are in need of help from people like you, to fundraise before coming to volunteer at ASPIRE.


ASPIRE Training & Education proudly provides free education for all it children, with our orphanage giving 24 hours care for 27 children, supporting three meals a day, shelter & protection. The background of the children consists of extreme poverty and deprivation. Volunteers are able to interact with the children through educational classes and are also encouraged to become involved in community projects. The ASPIRE currently has no sponsorship, which means that we are fully reliant on donations. We also need the help of some cash donations, if possible, so you can support our children. Whilst teaching and interacting with the children is invaluable, a small financial donation for school materials goes just as far. Other ways to donate include food items such as: rice, meats, oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt, garlic; toiletries such as: shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpastes; school supplies, including stationary, books, pens, and pencils. Creating a supportive and nurturing environment for these kids is the most important step in bettering their lives. 


Currently the ASPIRE school provides 27 children with free education from families suffering from extreme poverty. We're donated 10 kg of rice, 2 bottles of sauce, salts, sugars, oil and flavor of flour. At this time, the Aspire school doesn't has sponsorship, making the provision of children's food and schooling very difficult.


We are managing a program for our volunteers to trip at the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) to see Angkor Wat temples, floating houses village, Kulen mountain & waterfall, sunrise, sunset, river side and the countryside,...etc.


At the moment we are providing 24 hour care for 27 children and free education to children from neighboring communities. We accept all volunteers as one of our own and we will treat you as part of our family. As a volunteer, you will be assisting the school teacher to teach English to the children we currently house in the orphanage. You are more than welcome to teach any other side hobbies you might have such as painting, knitting etc. However to subsidize the cost, we do require a volunteer to contribute $175 USD  per week for accommodation and food.




The Activities Special Volunteer Program & Package Tour :


- To teach English and playing games
- To growing vegetables and planting tree fruits
- Housekeeping and cleaning
- Aspire Cooking Class
- Sign Karaoke 
- Tour guide around Aspire school
- To see sunset and sunrise behind Aspire Home Stay 
- To provide the volunteers with a certificate of appreciation



If you are interested to join for volunteering with The Activities Special Volunteer Program & Package Tours. We are required a volunteer to pay $ 175 USD per week to cover expenses and contribute with the poor children. We will share some of your donation to help the poorest families in the community. A cooking class is a new program, also we would love to teach our volunteers how to cook Khmer's food. Our leader will be organise a tour for volunteers to market for buying (meats, fishes, vegetables and ingredients food). We will teach the volunteers how to cut the meats / fishes and vegetables. We also explain them about cooking food with ingredients. After food cook well, we prepare food on a plate and eat at a special table with natural scenery and listening to romantic songs.



The tuk-tuk service transportation fee:


  • Pick up / take to the airport $10 US 
  • To go to town ( for market and shoping) $5 US each way / Total $10 US
  • To go to community ( to see the children village) $5 US each way / Total $6 US
  • Angkor Wat temples tour (small tour $20 US / large tour $25 US) sunrise & sunset $10 US


The tuk-tuk fees will cover the following:


  • Gas for the tuk-tuk
  • Money for the driver
  • Mainternance for the tuk-tuk



 Volunteers are able to offer so much to our children; you may be a trained teacher, or simply a natural one. you may enjoy sharing hand-craft skills; you may enjoy sports activities with eager boys and girls, or you may like quieter pastimes such as looking at books and talking with the children. Every child will benefit from individual attention given by volunteers, and you will be encouraging them to use their English language skills. There are all sorts of ways you can help even if you do not speak English. We do not ask for any set donation beyond the cost of your meals and lodging, but please understand that we rely on the generous donations of those able to contribute to our project and would welcome any additional support you can give.


We do ask that if you are planning ahead to volunteer, that you would please email us so that we know when you expect to be with us. However, if you find yourself in Siem Reap with a day or two to spare, then do just turn up and help in any way you can.


The ASPIRE’s main source of funding is provided by the generosity of tourists traveling through Siem Reap, who come to visit and donate money to feed the children of ASPIRE. These contributions are essential for us tor feed the children and meet the other running costs of the orphanage.

When you donate to our fund for the urgent costs of running the program, your contribution will go directly towards buying rice, food, cooking supplies, meats, fishes, vegetables, shampoo, soap, diesel, gasoline, and basic medical supplies. In addition to these costs, we require funding for long term maintenance and improvement of ASPIRE.


We are in need of sponsors to start to building our new dorms and classrooms for the children of ASPIRE. We are hoping to receive some help with this project from a sponsor, but it is a big venture, and we need to raise money ourselves in order for them to consider matching it. At present we are supporting for 27 children at school. All of them are from extreme poverty. Life is very hard if a parent cannot find any form of paid work. Our children each eat three meals a day, which costs about $ 1.50 US per child and $US 30 per day for feeding 20 children at Aspire. In addition, we need clothes, school supplies and also need shoes, mosquito nets, and mats for their beds (and they would love the comfort of mattresses). We must have medical and school supplies, detergent, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and we need petrol for our tuk-tuk and diesel for our generator, since we have no electricity on site. The generator is used only when absolutely necessary; it fires the computer, and we must constantly press “Save” in case the generator fails, as it frequently does. It also provides some television viewing for the children when it is too dark to play outside. Donations in cash or in person are very much appreciated and however small the gift, it helps us in our daily struggle to provide the daily basic needs.


How you can help!


If you come to visit ASPIRE and would like to make a donation, please fill out the ASPIRE Visitors Book and tell us what you would like us to use your donation for, and you will receive a copy of the ASPIRE Donation Receipt. Additionally, if you place your donations in the ASPIRE Charity Box, you will receive an ASPIRE Certificate of Appreciation with the amount of your donations, a small gift from ASPIRE for your kindness.


Dear reader: We are very low on finances at this point, and desperately need more donations to help us pay for even the basic things, such as food and clothes.  If you are able to donate any amount, we will be very grateful.  Some of our supporters have set up donation webpages to make donations easier, so now you can pay by debit or credit card in British Pounds (GBP) or Australian Dollars (AUD), please exchange  to US Dollars directly into our bank account below:




Bank Account Details:



No. 315, Corner St, Ang Duong & Monivong Blvd.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia



Account No: 008-0000-576-388