Become a camp monitor in Cambodia: an unforgettable experience :

Become a camp monitor in Cambodia: an unforgettable experience

Do you dream of undertaking a humanitarian mission or going on a meaningful adventure? Come and join us in Cambodia as a monitor for a five-week camp!

Two camp counsellors and a child singing and dancing

What are PSE camps?

Each year we recruit young volunteers as camp monitors for our camps.

During the holidays, we take advantage of empty PSE infrastructure, to offer a camp experience to our children so they do not go back to scavenging on the dumpsites or do other dangerous work.

PSE camps could not take place without Marisa's energy. She began to organise them with the help of her husband and children, and now there is an entire team around her!

We see them arrive: 1, 2, 3... then 10, then 200 European monitors! Then, for five weeks, under a blazing sun or monsoon rain, PSE turns into a joyous and raucous saraband, a noisy fair where amid sack races, tugs of war and endless laughter, joy can be read on every of the 3 000 child faces present every day.

And at the end of the day, we see our monitors, 4 or 5 kids clinging to their necks, completely exhausted... but so happy!

Jeux d'eau pendant les camps d'été
Jeu organisé par les moniteurs européens et khmers pour les enfants
Une monitrice prend dans ses bras un enfant aidé par PSE

PSE Camps in 2024

The next PSE camps will take place from 14 October to 2 November. 

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis in 2020 and 2021, the Cambodian school calendar has undergone several changes over the last four years. The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has set the 2024 school holidays from 21 October to 1 November. However, although no changes are planned, any changes to the Cambodian school calendar that could affect the continuing education programme will be communicated immediately to all stakeholders.

What does a camp monitor do?

Instructors must be of legal age. They work in pairs with Khmer instructors and their role is to:

  • Prepare and supervise the fun and educational activities for the children, in close collaboration with the Cambodian monitors.
  • Be responsible for showers, meals, naps and supervision of the children during the camp.
  • Take care of the various tasks of tidying up, cleaning and managing the equipment.
  • Respect the timetable, schedules and rules laid down by the NGO.
  • Always be available and at the service of the children!
A group of Khmer and European volunteers

What are the requirements to participate?

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be available from Monday 14 October to Saturday 2 November 2024 
  • Good English level.
  • Volunteer´s expenses:
    • Round-trip ticket Europe-Cambodia, around €1000.
    • Personal expenses and weekends
    • Travel insurance with COVID coverage
  • €300 of registration for the volunteer´s setting-up, training and maintenance in Cambodia.
  • Respect imperatively the rules demanded by PSE during the whole stay in Cambodia.
  • No internship agreement possible.
  • Do not publish images of children during or after camps.

What does PSE offer to monitors during the Camps in Cambodia? 

  • Training before and during the volunteering
  • Coordination and follow-up
  • Reception at the airport on arrival in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Materials for the implementation of the activities
  • Food - breakfast, lunch and dinner - seven days a week
  • Accommodation in shared rooms - maximum eight people per room with individual Cambodian beds (made of wood and bamboo, and covered with a mosquito net)
  • Basic personal clothing and utensils: 2 or 3 PSE t-shirts, cup, spoon, badge, toilet paper
  • Basic health service and medical advice
  • Weekly laundry service

Selection and training process

For PSE, it is essential to have volunteers who are active, committed, supportive and generous, who know how to work in a team and who have the necessary knowledge, both to carry out the tasks they will be given and to live in harmony with the other volunteers in Cambodia. For these reasons, the NGO has pu in place a selection and training process that is essential for the development of the PSE camps. 


Carefully complete the application form, before 2 September 2024, depending on your country of residence* : 

 * If you do not live in France in Spain or in the UK, fill in the form for the most suitable country.

Please note:

  • The application form includes fields for attaching files, so you will need to log in with a Google account to access it. In addition, this type of account will facilitate access to the various documents that will be shared during the selection and training process.
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae and covering letter will be taken into account.
  • Only one form may be completed per person.
  • Group applications will not be accepted.


Candidates who have been selected in the first phase will be invited to a personal online interview, which will take place via Google Meet and will last approximately one hour. Two interview times are available. The language used may be English, French or Spanish, depending on the candidate's preference. 

For the interview, you will need to :

  • have access to the internet
  • have equipment with a microphone, speakers/headphones and camera
  • have installed the MEET application or a web browser that allows access

Failure to attend the interview will result in cancellation of the application.


Those selected in phase 2 will have to take part in two days of selection and online training via Zoom:

  • First day of training, on Saturday 14 September 2024, in the morning in French and in the afternoon in Spanish.
  • Second day of training, on Saturday 5 October 2024, with the same timetable as the first day.

The same equipment as for phase 2 will be required for these days; however, the application to be used is Zoom.

Failure to attend either of these two days will result in the cancellation of the application.

In 2024, the recruitment of specialist instructors

The PSE camps are made possible by the participation of over a hundred volunteers, mainly from Spain and France. The main profile sought is that of instructor, but health professionals are also essential. Profiles in communication and construction are also sought. 

To apply for specialist instructor roles, please fill in the standard application form. 

Dental prevention


  • Educate children about oral health by helping them to change their behaviour with regard to oral health.
  • Prevent dental caries. Reduce the risk of caries and, consequently, the presence of caries in children.
  • To optimise PSE's dental procedures. Support the PES Cambodia dental team and strengthen strategies for oral health promotion, prevention and care.


  • Carry out dental examinations for the children, draw up a treatment or revision plan to be implemented by the PSE Cambodia dental team throughout the year.
  • Organise prevention and oral health promotion workshops for children, focusing on: cariogenic and healthy foods, brushing techniques and oral hygiene, prevention of oral diseases, dental emergencies and oral cancer.
  • Providing non-emergency dental care, mainly the treatment of oral trauma, dental caries and soft tissue lesions.
  • Participate in the training of PSE Cambodia's dental team so that they can carry out oral health promotion and prevention work throughout the year.
  • Maintain open communication with the PSE Cambodia dental team.

Additional requirements

Hold a university degree in odontology and be duly registered with the corresponding Order.

Health promotion and hygiene


  • Disease prevention. Contribute to changing children's behaviour in terms of hygiene and health.
  • Health care and advice. Set up a health care network for volunteers deployed in Cambodia with PSE for the camps.
  • Care and support for the sick and/or injured. Follow-up and accompaniment of all sick and/or injured volunteers, as well as communication with PSE doctors and referral hospitals in Cambodia if necessary.


  • To provide comprehensive medical care, including examinations, the establishment of treatment and review plans, and appropriate care, to PES volunteers who suffer injuries, illnesses or discomfort during the programme.
  • Ensure the follow-up and support of sick and/or injured PES volunteers, both in PES structures and in referral hospitals.
  • Maintain good communication with the PES medical team in Cambodia and with doctors in referral hospitals when treating PES volunteers.
  • Organise hygiene and health promotion and education workshops for children using a dynamic adapted to the different age groups, focusing on hand hygiene, prevention of communicable diseases, prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug consumption, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and sex education.

Additional requirements

  • Hold a university degree in medicine or nursing.
  • Medical students are admitted; however, they will carry out exclusively hygiene and health promotion and education tasks, as well as accompanying sick PES volunteers.



  • Writing and publishing content on the dedicated blog. In particular, this involves describing the various aspects of the PSE camps for partners, donors and other interested parties.
  • Promoting the PSE camps on social networks: writing text and editing photos for the various PSE platforms.
  • Taking photos and videos: photographic and video content is essential for the various communication media developed by the NGO throughout the year, such as: folders, posters, leaflets, calendar, website, etc.


  • Collect data and conduct interviews with beneficiaries, other volunteers and PSE workers.
  • Produce photo-reports of the various PSE camp projects.
  • Take photos for other NGO documents: calendar, event promotion, website, etc.
  • Edit photos for the PSE blog and social networks.
  • Write the PSE camps blog in three languages: Spanish, French and English.
  • Publish articles in the WordPress content management system.
  • Produce content for PSE's social networks about the camps, including Facebook and Instagram.

Construction (rehabilitation or reconstruction)


The construction project offers the families of children cared for by PSE the opportunity to renovate or rebuild their homes. This will enable families living in extreme poverty to have a roof over their heads which, although modest, will provide them with shelter from the elements.


  • Follow and respect, at all times, the instructions of the construction project coordinator, the site manager and the PSE social team.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and under the conditions specified.
  • Immediately report any situation representing a risk to safety or well-being on the site.
  • Behave in a professional and respectful manner towards colleagues and other people involved.
  • Take an active part in cleaning, tidying up and managing equipment.

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