Phnom Penh and beyond

  • Phnom Penh is…  “The exciting Cambodian capital, with a riverside location and bustling markets.”
  • Venture the sprawling Russian Market and shop for clothes and handicrafts
  • Visit the stunning ruins of Angkor Wat
  • Look forward to white sands, clear seas and parties on the island of Koh Rong
  • Talkative, energetic, and full of fascinating stories, the city’s diverse population comes from far and wide
National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Accommodation and team 

Close to the center of Phnom Penh, our Work the World house is set in a friendly residential area. We have a large balcony and a dining space on the first floor, plus several other spaces to chill-out within the house and grounds. Outside, our garden is a great place to relax after a day on placement, or have fun at our weekly barbecue nights.

Overseeing everything at the house is our Phnom Penh Program Manager. Along with an assistant, they are available for support, 24/7. The rest of the team includes our housekeeper, and our excellent chef who provides two meals a day. Twice a week, you’ll meet our local language teacher who hosts group lessons at the house.



Completely different to your city-based clinical internship in Cambodia, a week in a Khmer village gives you the opportunity to live and work with a rural Cambodian community.

You’ll be drawing on your skills at a rural healthcare post in the mornings. Here, cases may be more advanced than the city, and resources will be far more limited. In the afternoons, you’ll be encouraged to try things like weaving, rice farming, receive Buddhist blessings, and traditional Khmer cooking, as well visiting the local Hindu temple and nearby wildlife rescue center. This experience really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 


Placements in Phnom Penh - Cambodia

Medical Electives, Cambodia (Phnom Penh)

"Gloves were used as tourniquets rather than actually wearing them during tasks to prevent infection."

Niamh Butler, University of Manchester 2019

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"I had the chance to scrub into the surgical theatre and assist in a hernia mesh replacement surgery."

Frank Yu, Bond University 2018

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"This trip increased my self-confidence enormously."

Joshua Wren, University of Leeds 2018

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"Local staff banded together to deliver the best possible care to their patients."

Samirah Musasizi, University of East Anglia 2018

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There were no epidurals, and limited anaesthesia during labour.

Taiwo Dada, University of East Anglia 2018

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