Phnom Penh and beyond

  • Phnom Penh is…  “Cambodia’s energetic capital city”
  • Boat to Koh Rong island for spotless white sands, crystal seas, and beachside nightlife
  • Browse trinkets, clothing, and handicrafts in the warren-like Russian Market
  • Explore the beautiful expansive ruins at Angkor Wat
  • Cambodians have an unparalleled openness. Lovers of marketplace street food, they’ll communicate friendship even if they can’t speak your language
  • Village Healthcare Week: Spend an extra week in a Khmer village observing how healthcare is delivered and learning about local culture
National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Team and accommodation 

Our Phnom Penh house is situated in a friendly residential area, a short distance from the city centre. There’s plenty of space on the first and second floors with chill-out areas to socialise with friends. There are also spacious dining rooms and a large balcony on the first floor. The garden has outdoor furniture making it the perfect setting for our weekly BBQs.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day, and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.



To complement your main placement in Phnom Penh, we highly recommend undertaking this additional week to live in a rural village. 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.

In the afternoons, you’ll learn the traditional Cambodian way of life and experience Southeast Asian culture to its fullest. You’ll learn local weaving techniques, cook Khmer dishes, receive a blessing from a buddhist monk, visit the rice paddies and local wildlife rescue centre and the Chisor Mountain Temple dedicated to the Hindu divinities Shiva and Vishnu.

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

Electives in Phnom Penh - Cambodia

"Put yourself forward, build relationships with your supervisors and you will get so much more out of your placement. "

Kaylee van de Par, Maastricht University 2017

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Shekinah, Taegen and Amber

"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

"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

"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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