The information below is for programs offered in Winter 2019. Winter 2020 program details will be updated as they become available from the host. Please do not apply to UQ until the updated Winter 2020 information is available and updated.

Challenges Abroad offer exceptional opportunities to further your life skills and to create incredible experiences, all while helping disadvantaged communities around the world. This trip takes you on an incredible journey across Thailand and Cambodia, giving you a chance to experience the magic of Cambodia and make a difference in areas that need it most, whilst having the opportunity to explore the amazing region of South East Asia. 


Experience the very best Asia has to offer! Volunteer in enchanting Cambodia working with incredible organisations that will leave both a lasting impression on you and the communities around. Cambodia is a developing country that faces many social issues and marginalised groups, particularly children, often don’t receive the care and support they need. Institutions in the Battambang region, where we work, are poorly funded and ill equipped to deal with the many social problems that people face. We work with selected local NGO’s on behalf of the most needy and neglected.

You can find out more about the Cambodia Community Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website. 

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard Global Experiences Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $2,050. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Celine - 2019

I knew I wanted to make the most of my time at uni and volunteering in a developing country has been on my bucket list for a while! I also just turned 21 so in a way this was my 21st birthday present to myself! There is nothing like experiencing life in a different country and being immersed in a completely different perspective on life has taught me so much. 

Read more of Celine's story here. 



Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
Host: TBC

Program Dates

Start: 29 June 2019
End: 13 July 2019

The dates listed above are for the Winter 2019 program. Dates for the Winter 2020 program are TBC. 

Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Cambodia
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​