Phnom Penh Highlights

  • Discover the famous vine-clad temples of Angkor Wat
  • Boat to Koh Rong island for spotless white sands and crystal seas
  • Browse trinkets, brands, and crafts at the Russian Market
  • Venture deep into the Cardamom Mountains’ lush jungle
  • Spot sun bears and leopards in Botum Sakor National Park


  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons

Phnom Penh and beyond

Our base in Cambodia’s time-worn capital — Phnom Penh — is home to Southeast Asian culture at its most striking. Brightly painted wooden boats adorn the banks of the Mekong River, Buddhist monks in saffron robes offer prayers, and the aromas of local cuisines provide an intoxicating feast for the senses. The capital isn't without its modernities, however —  bars and clubs spring to life, and traditional restaurants start spilling out onto busy streets when night falls. Outside the capital, discover ancient Hindu temples nestled deep in the jungle, beautiful coastline, and lush national parks where elephants, leopards, and sun bears thrive.

National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

home away from home

As soon as you land in Cambodia, you’ll be met at the airport by our expert in-country team who are local to the area. From there, they’ll escort you to the private, catered Work the World house. Our team is there to support you throughout your entire experience; both inside the hospital and out. Chef will whip up traditional local specialties as well as comforts from home. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or have any other dietary needs, you’ll find meals to suit you.



To complement your main clinical placement in Phnom Penh city, we highly recommend taking an additional week to live in a rural Cambodian village. Hosted by a local family, you’ll learn the traditional Cambodian way of life and experience Southeast Asian culture to its fullest; whether learning to cook regional specialties or trekking to hidden temples. In the morning you’ll work in a local health outpost where you could assist in the treatment of people from the surrounding areas, many of whom will present with advanced cases.

Summer seascape on tropical island Koh Rong in Cambodia. Landscape of south east Asia.
Indigenous Cambodian woman selling fish in a market.
Summer seascape on tropical island Koh Rong in Cambodia. Landscape of south east Asia.
Indigenous Cambodian woman selling fish in a market.

Placements in Phnom Penh - Cambodia

Shekinah, Taegen and Amber

Case Study

"The whole experience shaped us and how we consider our careers."

Shekinah Rasborsek, Taegen Williams and Amber Peucker, Australian Catholic University 2017

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McCreesh, Claire

Case Study

"During rounds, we observed patients who had been there for several months due to complications with infection — one person we met had been at the hospital for five years!"

Claire McCreesh and Laura Owens, Liverpool John Moores University 2017

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Whittle, Stephanie

Case Study

"I encountered a lot of interesting cases that were at much more advanced stages than I’ve seen in Australia. Patients wouldn’t even know they were sick until things became quite severe".

Stephanie Whittle, Monash University 2017

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