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
  • Village Healthcare Week: A contrast to your time in Phnom Penh, a week in a Khmer village gives you experience of rural culture and healthcare
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

"Put yourself forward, build relationships with your supervisors and you will get so much more out of your placement. "

Kaylee van de Par, Maastricht University 2017

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Shekinah, Taegen and Amber

"The whole experience shaped us and how we consider our careers."

Shekinah Rasborsek, Taegen Williams and Amber Peucker, Australian Catholic University 2017

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McCreesh, Claire

"During rounds, we observed patients who had been there for several months due to complications with infection — one person we met had been at the hospital for five years!"

Claire McCreesh and Laura Owens, Liverpool John Moores University 2017

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Whittle, Stephanie

"I encountered a lot of interesting cases that were at much more advanced stages than I’ve seen in Australia. Patients wouldn’t even know they were sick until things became quite severe".

Stephanie Whittle, Monash University 2017

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