There are many ways you can get involved in our work – whether you are planning a trip to Cambodia, or without even leaving home!
If You’re Visiting Cambodia, you can:
Pitch In At A Project
We seek to prevent the schools and students in our programs from becoming tourist attractions – by educating tourists about the best ways to be involved without exploiting children. We therefore provide the following structured – and minimally disruptive options – for visitors to see our projects first-hand and perform meaningful activities.
School Backpack Distribution
from $380 (for 50 backpacks)
The humble backpack is a common, everyday item but one that shouldn’t be underestimated. We provide uniforms and school supplies at the beginning of each school year, but a backpack helps to keep everything in the same place and in good care. You will not only be providing a moment of excitement for students as you hand them their new backpacks, but you will also be making their ability to obtain an education a little bit easier; while also supporting the local economy by purchasing backpacks from Siem Reap suppliers.
*full day activity, available Monday to Saturday
Cook Lunch at a Rural Primary School
from $295 or $395 (depending location)
Travel two hours northwest of Siem Reap to a remote primary school supported by PLF to serve lunch. You will work alongside students to prepare the whole school’s meal and serve heaps of fried noodles for an all-you-can-eat lunch. After the students have eaten and gone home, you will eat lunch at a local guest house and have the option of visiting our Learning Center in Srayang.
*full day activity, available Monday to Saturday
Food For Home
Provide bundles of food for students living with food insecurity at the Khnar Village Learning Center, which is located 30km Northeast of Siem Reap. Noodles, canned fish, and cooking sauces are a nutritional boost for students to bring home to their families, helping us continue to forge a positive relationship between our learning center and the community. Ensuring full bellies for our students greatly improves school attendance and performance in class.
*afternoon only, Monday to Friday
- Cambodians are conservative and dress modestly. Shorts are acceptable but should be knee-length and shoulders covered. Mini skirts, tank tops and low-cut tops are not acceptable attire in the countryside.
- Please be punctual.
- During your visit to our project, you will be considered a member of the PLF team; please be respectful to the Khmer teachers and set a good example for the students at all times.
- There is no smoking on PLF school grounds.
- PLF can provide tax receipts for participants from the USA, Canada and the UK.
- When in Cambodia, please do not buy anything or give money to children on the street or temples. Many children are rented out by their parents for a pittance and are controlled by an overseer. We encourage you not to support or sustain child labor and exploitation.
Pitch In At A Project programs are available Monday – Saturday. All costings include return transport from Siem Reap.
Participants need to be willing to abide by our Child Protection Policy, and also to sign our Code of Conduct prior to departure.
Please email [email protected] with any questions or to book your program.
Thank you in advance for Pitching In!
Here are some items we are always in need of that you can buy in Siem Reap. Many local businesses have suffered greatly during Covid, so shopping locally will double your impact by giving suppliers much-needed income.
Cambodian storybooks, laundry soap, children’s size scissors, computer mice & mousepads, keyboards, A4 paper, kindergarten toys, toothpaste & toothbrushes, cases of noodles, cases of soy milk, coloring pencils and markers, tape of any kind, toilet cleaner, 50kg bags of rice.
Bring From Home
These are many items that are either hard to find in Cambodia, very expensive or of very poor quality. Or all of the above. Everything we can buy locally that isn’t any of those things, we do. But there remains many items unavailable, which we’ve added to our wishlist. Bringing any of these with you would be greatly appreciated.
Alternatively, if you have pre-loved board games, puzzles, legos or other educational toys that you or your children have grown out of, please pack them – our students would love to put them to use!
Get Involved – From Home:
Hold Your Own Fundraiser
Our supporters have raised thousands of dollars with very simple campaigns within their families and communities, including our successful Birthday Club fundraisers. In fact, sharing your enthusiasm for supporting education in Cambodia is one of the most powerful actions you can take to make a difference.
PLF uses the NetworkForGood platform to manage incoming donations, and you can also use it to build a simple fundraising page to share with your family and friends through email or social media. Donations come directly to us and NetworkForGood notifies you when they are made. Getting started is easy to do, and we even have a Peer-to-Peer fundraising mentor on hand to walk you through the process!
Share your Smiles with us
We are now set up to receive donations from Amazon Smile – meaning that when you shop, Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases, at no cost to you. Simply select us as your chosen charity in your account, and your Smiles will automatically be sent our way. It’s really that simple!