Our base in 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. Outside the capital, discover ancient Hindu temples nestled deep in the jungle, beautiful coastline, and lush national parks.
- Discover the ancient vine-clad temples of Angkor Wat
- Visit Koh Rong island for white sands and crystal seas
- Browse trinkets and brands alike at the Russian Market
- Trek deep into the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains
- Spot Tropical wildlife in Botum Sakor National Park
The Work The World House
The Work the World house is focal point of your trip with us to Phnom Penh. It acts as your home from home, and you'll live with other healthcare students and graduates, which gives the house a social atmosphere.
Based only a short tuk tuk ride from the banks of Cambodia’s famous Mekong River, you can get from the Work the World house to the centre of the city in minutes.
After placement you can hop on a dragon boat tour along the river, visit a temple or two, explore the night markets to find the best street food, and then hit the bars and clubs in the nightlife district.
The house itself is situated in a residential area, so it’s perfect after a busy day on placement when you want to escape the bustle of the city.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
Our team in Phnom Penh will take you on an informal visit to your placement hospital. This happens before you start. The team then introduce you to key department staff and your supervisors, helping you get a feel for things before you dive in. You’ll often see the in-country team around the hospital. They will visit you regularly to make sure everything is running smoothly.
We assign your in-hospital supervisors before you’ve even arrived in-country, so they’ll be expecting you. Build rapport with them and you’ll get insight into the local healthcare system that only a local practitioner can offer.
We’ve got everything covered. We offer support all the way through your clinical placement if and when you need it.
Book with confidence
We understand that the global situation is evolving every day. So now when you register for your overseas placement with Work the World, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, or your choice of destination.
Electives in Cambodia
VILLAGE HEALTHCARE 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 be placed 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 silk weaving techniques, cook Khmer dishes, receive a blessing from a buddhist monk, and visit the rice paddies, the local wildlife rescue centre and the Chisor Mountain Temple dedicated to the Hindu divinities Shiva and Vishnu.
"It was a lovely tradition to be involved with and the family were always very appreciative."
Stephanie Marsh, Bournemouth University 2020Read more
"The patients’ family members would often sleep on the floor under the beds!"
Niamh Temple, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"This trip has been the most life-changing experience and it has taught me so much."
Millie Cronin, University of Brighton 2019Read more
"One of my favourite memories during my placement in Cambodia was traditional baby washing."
Sarah Carlisle, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"I chose Cambodia due to its diverse culture and how different the healthcare system is."
Alice Hardisty, University of Gloucestershire 2019Read more
What other countries can I travel to on a Work the World elective?
What is the Work the World house like in Cambodia?
Our house in Phnom Penh is based only a short ride from the banks of Cambodia’s famous Mekong River, you can get to the centre of the city in minutes.The house itself is situated in a residential area, so it’s perfect after a busy day on placement when you want to escape the bustle of the city.
What travelling opportunities are there for me whilst I’m in Cambodia?
Our base in 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.