Island Ecolodge on Kong Rong Samloem, Cambodia



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    This is a beautiful ecolodge on the island of Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia owned by Maria, a painter from Italy, and Muy, an engineer from Cambodia/Belgium.

    Koh Rong Samloem is a gorgeous island covered largely by tropical jungle with pristine white sand beaches along its coast. It is a rich ecosystem with many different plants and animals. There is crystal clear water all along our bay and lovely coral that is perfect for snorkelling.

    We are dedicated to preserve the island’s ecosystem and try to maintain sustainable practices as much as we can. We compost all food waste, and have a waste water system in place. We recycle everything we can, and try to avoid the use of plastic as much as possible. Since all electricity on the island is from diesel powered generators, we only run electricity 6:30-10:00pm. We have numerous solar panels and use a converter to offer device charging and wifi in the main area of our ecolodge during the day. The wifi is limited, so it’s not the ideal place for internet lovers; and volunteers should know we have two dogs - both very friendly.

    We are looking for volunteers who are committed, hard working, open minded, positive and independent. Since it is a relatively small ecolodge your tasks may change from day to day depending on what is needed. We are always open to new suggestions and perspectives and will work with you to find the best use of your time here. We expect that you take the work seriously and hope that it proves an experience that contributes to your personal growth.
    We are looking also long terme volonteer could stay 4 to 6 month from décembre to March or from novembre to April for help in assistance manager post. This post ll get paiement.


    If you are wishing to volunteer with us please send us a message in the following format:
    SUBJECT: Please include only - date of arrival, length of possible stay, how many people, and career; ie. 01/02/19 - 4 weeks, 2 people, receptionist)
    MESSAGE: Preferred areas of work and any relative experience or qualifications. If you are a couple wanting private accommodation please mention this; as well as any important questions you may have or information you wish to share. And please tell us a bit about yourself! What would you like to achieve whilst here?

    Please note we receive a large amount of applications, at times in the hundreds per month. We can’t always respond to all. If you can’t stay for at least two weeks (ideally with the possibility of staying a month or more) please apply at another time in the future when you can.

    At any time we may be able to accommodate up to 4 volunteers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get to experience life somewhere between that of a Khmer community and an ecolodge for tourists, taste many traditional Khmer meals and interact with the Khmer and international family that is our ecolodge.

  • Help


    We are looking for energetic, responsible and self-motivated individuals who have the ability to work independently and manage their time effectively. A high level of English is necessary. Previous experience in some form of customer service is preferred and a significant advantage. Our ecolodge is a relaxed environment and we do not give set volunteering hours, the time you work will be dictated by the tasks required and we need people who are comfortable and capable in this working environment. You will work closely with other volunteers and Khmer staff, thus teamwork and communication are important as well.

    During the high season (October-April, June-July) or busy periods your workday will primarily consist of:

    Guest check in and checkouts
    Managing booking platforms and reservations
    Arranging tours and our water taxi service for guests
    Providing help and information to guests to their needs
    Cleaning, maintenance and preservation of the area, such as beach cleaning, weeding paths etc

    During the low season (May, August-September) or quiet periods there will also be time for more creative projects such as:
    Gardening and permaculture
    Art and design
    Building and renovation
    Utilising social media for promotion

    Depending on local staff at the time there may also be housekeeping duties required at any time.

    We believe there is a difference between volunteering and working. Coming here is about the experience you will gain and the positive impact you can have for our ecolodge in a relatively short period of time. You won’t need to spend a single dollar while you stay with us - all the essentials are covered (please read the accommodation section for more information on this or meals); We want to make sure you have time to explore, relax and enjoy the island while you stay with us too!

    We require workawayers to stay and contribute for a firm minimum of 2 full weeks. Ideally we would like great volunteers to be able to stay for 1 to 3 months.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Italian, Khmer

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will be housed in shared accommodation with three meals a day provided, as well as drinking water, tea and coffee. There is at times a traditional Khmer hut available as a private room for a couple, but we cannot guarantee this. All bathrooms are shared. We take turns cooking for each other, which will be part of your work time. The accommodation is low key but comfortable and you should remember we are in the jungle so there are animals present such as mosquitos, ants, spiders, geckos etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Koh Rong Sanloem is a beautiful island with lots of activities possible. Some common suggestions include:

    Hiking (from our location it is possible to hike to Sandy Bay, the lighthouse, Lazy Beach, Sunset Beach and is a short walk to the main beach of Saracen Bay)
    Swimming (You can swim off our pier, or walk to a nearby beach)
    Snorkeling (there are some corals directly off our ecolodge, and reefs in other parts of the island)
    Stand up paddleboarding (Requires rental)
    Kayaking (Requires rental)
    SCUBA diving (We can get you an employee discount of 50%)

    And plenty more!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 859267733743