BCI Orphanage – A Trip That Changed My Life

BCI Orphanage – A Trip That Changed My Life

I spent just over a month as a Cambodia volunteer at one of the many orphanages in Cambodia. BCI opened my eyes and my heart to the realities of the world and was definitely a trip that changed my life! So this blog is to pass on knowledge to anyone looking to volunteer in Cambodia at a trustworthy orphanage.

BCI Orphanage – A Trip That Changed My Life

The BCI Story

‘A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.’

Bridges Cambodia International (BCI) was founded in 2009. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, which aims to help the homeless and underprivileged children in Tekvil Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

There are 26 children living at BCI and the majority of them have no family at all. They range from 8-15 years old but the one thing they do have is each other. The organisation was created and is run by an elderly Cambodian lady named Hong. Who manages to keep it going with help from only volunteers and donations.

The aim is to provide the best possible life for these kids. Whether it be in form of shelter, nutrition, education, clothes or health care. With the end goals being for them to eventually leave the home and get places at university or find work or apprenticeships in the local area.

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These small children made a huge impact

My Experience As A Cambodia Volunteer

In September 2015 I spent a month as a Cambodia volunteer at BCI Orphanage and it’s been an organisation that we’ve worked very closely with ever since.

BCI now holds a huge part of my heart and throughout my time at the orphanage the bonds I built with the kids is something I’ll cherish forever. They are the happiest, most grateful and well-mannered children you will find and I’m extremely proud to be apart of this little Cambodian family.

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Hair plaiting is not my strong point

Together we learnt english, played football, told stories and most importantly HAD FUN!

The kids have nothing, but they find happiness from the smallest of things. They show enthusiasm towards anything you suggest. Whether it be chopping vegetables or going for walks they simply appreciated the time you give to them and that’s what makes them a joy to be around!

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How many Cambodian kids can you fit on a bike?

Fundraising For BCI

Whilst at BCI, I was extremely moved and decided having never done any fund raising or charity work before now was my time to start!

After setting up a GoFundMe page and asking friends and family around the world to donate, I managed to raise over $800 in just 2 weeks.

We spent the majority of the money on necessities, such as rice, toothpaste and medicine. The leftover money was then used to treat each child to a backpack and we filled it with school equipment, a few sweets, toys and even a dress/football kit each.

My Surprise Return Trip

There were a lot of tears shed when I eventually left BCI. Both from me and the children. Although a little over 2 months after departing I was back. It was the end of my South East Asia journey for now and what better way to sign out than with a surprise trip to the local lake.

We spent Cambodia’s Independence Day splashing around, practising back flips in the lake and creating even more memories.

Words can never describe the emotions I felt during my time at BCI. I’ve probably not done it justice in this brief round up, but I hope the photo’s capture just a fraction of the happiness we shared and how strong these young kids are to keep smiling through whatever life throws at them.

Working with BCI as a volunteer in Cambodia has been by far the best decision of my life!

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Celebrating Cambodia’s Independence Day with the BCI family as a volunteer in Cambodia

Volunteer In Cambodia – Contacting BCI Orphanage

I originally found BCI Orphanage through Workaway.info. Although you can contact Hong directly through the BCI Facebook page here.

Hong’s English isn’t great but she usually has some of the volunteers help her reply to emails or message.

Getting To BCI Orphanage

The exact location of the orphanage can be found here via Google maps.

Whether you have a scooter or get a tuk tuk you can head straight down Highway 6 out of Siem Reap town and follow the map for the turning on your left!

If you have any questions about orphanages in Cambodia feel free to email us at info@wanderersandwarriors.com or drop us a DM on Instagram.


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