"To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give."


- Taisen Deshimaru.


Do you have:

  • The desire to help others;
  • An interest in people of other cultures;
  • The ability and want to share knowledge, experience and skills with others;
  • The interest in professional, personal and cultural challenges; and
  • A willingness to invest personally be that by being away from family, friends and loved ones for an extended period.

No matter where you are, or what you are doing in the field, the opportunity to develop your personal and professional capabilities will present itself in ways that are unique to your experiences.


We support our field staff through pre and post placement briefings, training and ongoing assistance.


We believe that volunteering is enriching for all of those involved; however, we encourage you to review your commitment to humanitarian assistance, the place we work and the constraints you may face.


Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

" I volunteered over summer at the HATW School. The school location, in the country side of Siem Reap province, is peaceful and beautiful. Dirt roads, large old trees, birds singing, locals riding by on their bicycles. Immediately upon entering the school grounds each time, I saw smiling faces. The students are happy to be there. They actively participate in the classes and are so eager to learn! It was delightful to sing songs, play games, and practice English writing and speaking skills in interactive ways. The local teachers on campus are helpful and you can tell that they want to be there. T I felt really safe and comfortable. Volunteering at the HATW School was heart warming and rewarding. I will go back to teach there again!" Stephanie Dickinson, California


For further information please contact info@hands-across-the-world.org for an information pack!



  • Cambodia;
  • Australia;
  • Germany;
  • Worldwide 



  • Fundraisers; (worldwide)
  • Campaigners; (Worldwide)
  • Digitally-skilled volunteers; and (Worldwide, Germany)
  • Researchers. (Worldwide)


  • Understanding of and commitment to the ideals of Hands Across the World;


  • Demonstrable knowledge of volunteering and developing contexts around the world;


  • Demonstrated ability to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team;


  •  Ability to organise, prioritise workload and use initiative;


  • Willingness to sacrifice time, comfort and bring a lot of enthusiasm;


  • Commitment to the set tasks;


  • Ability to cope with stress and unfamiliar environment; and


  • Interest to work in the field for a period of time.


  • International travel experience in less developed countries and/or work experience in less developed, resource-poor, indigenous or isolated settings;
  • Language skills - in particular English ( if you also know Khmer and French, even better!);


  • Previous field experience in a similar role with a non-government organisation; and


  • Interest and/or experience in international development issues; international relations; anthropology.



We encourage professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to work with us depending on your interests and strengths.

We believe that all can contribute in their own unique way. Regardless of whether your professional background is in teaching, engineering, administration, management, humanitarian work or something totally different. What matters most is that you have the right attitude and approach, that you can hit the ground running and are committed to the goals of our work.

Any special skills that contribute to these goals are highly regarded.


We ONLY work with volunteers who can provide a clean and current POLICE CLEARANCE.