VOLUNTEERING & INTERNSHIPS
WITH FAUNA IN FOCUS
Fauna in Focus is a small startup non-profit, with BIG PLANS. We rely on help and support from a team of skilled and passionate volunteers. Volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds. One thing they have in common is a passion for hard work for a good cause. Volunteers come to share their skills and expertise, develop their own professional portfolio, and contribute in a socially and environmentally responsible way to wildlife conservation in Cambodia. We also arrange internships for Cambodian and international students who wish to gain practical real-world work experience.
We don’t support voluntarism in the traditional sense, and we certainly never ask our volunteers to pay for the privileged of working with us. However we only accept volunteers who are able to commit a significant amount of their time, and who come with developed skills and expertise to share with us.
Think you got what it takes? Let us know!
CURRENT VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
GRAPHIC DESIGN VOLUNTEER
At Fauna in Focus, we make nature and conservation look goooood. That could be your job! Our media and education programs need a regular supply of clean, crispy, fresh graphics and artwork to help save wildlife in Cambodia. Whether you are designing a slick new animal t-shirt or developing interactive graphics for the Nature Discovery Center we might have a volunteer position for you.
Illustration or Artistic Installation
UI Design - Mobile App Development
FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEER
At Fauna in Focus, we believe that visual media is one of the most under-utilized tools for wildlife conservation. Long and short films, educational videos and animations offer a powerful tool to help spread mass public awareness and support for conservation. Volunteer as a film/photo editor, and help us build an educaitonal YouTube channel, learn film writing, sound design and more. Help organize and sort our massive photo/video library.
Film Making (Premier) or Photography
Animation (After Affects) or AR, VR
Photography and editing
FUNDRAISING & GRANT WRITING VOLUNTEER
Raising funds for our campaigns is challenging, but vital. If you have experience is charity fundraising or grant writing, we could certainly use your help. We have a long list of exciting new projects that we would love to develop. To do this we need to increase our donations, build a stable support of project benefactors, and put out as many grant applications as possible. Contact us if you have any of the following skills and are looking to make a positive impact on the world.
Non-profit startup development
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION VOLUNTEER
Whether you are a young naturalist or an experienced wildlife expert, we can put your skills, knowledge and experience to good use as we build a new generation of conservation leaders and nature lovers here in Cambodia. We are constantly developing new environmental education curriculum, designing teacher training materials, interactive teaching resources and educational media. All of this requires scientific expertise and educational experience.
Wildlife or natural science
Inquiry and discovery-based learning
Lesson planning & curriculum design
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING VOLUNTEER
Do you have experience managing small startups, or assisting with project development? We need you! Fauna in Focus is still a small startup, and we need as much support as we can at this critical stage. From networking and marketing our various non-profit programs and income generating services, to assisting with accounting, reporting, monitoring & evaluations, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
NGO Management & Development
Reporting, accounting & compliance
Scientific Monitoring & Evaluations
Lesson planning & curriculum design
LIFE AS A VOLUNTEER
We have a spare room at the Nature Discovery Center that we have set aside for our full-time volunteers. We also may be able to assist with off-site housing. If you sign up for a longer term position we can reserve this room for you, or help you find a suitable place of your own.
For our longer volunteers, we make every effort to bring them along on one or more of our field expeditions out into nature in Cambodia. No matter what you are doing for us, its good to see in person exactly what we are fighting to save. Join us for a hike, filming expedition or field trip with our students.
Did you know that the Nature Discovery Center has a small swimming pool? Well, it does, and it is only open for our staff volunteers. Its a great place to relax an unwind after work, or throw a weekend pool bash.
GOT WHAT IT TAKES?
LET US KNOW HOW YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP OUT. WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR NEW TALENT.
COOPER | GRAPHIC DESIGN VOLUNTEER
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Fauna in Focus. I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of amazing people, spend time exploring a great city, and be a part of some high-impact work. During a 3 month volunteer program I lead the graphic design work for a new educational exhibit on elephants and conservation, an aquatic ecosystems exhibit. I also worked on new t-shirts, icons and graphics for several education programs. There’s always something to work on, and the NGO was flexible with my time so that I could explore the region.
STEVE | EDUCATION VOLUNTEER
My partner and I volunteered with Fauna in Focus for 3 months. During this time I worked on several new programs for the Cambodian Wildlife Club and helped develop lesson plans, activities, games and materials for student-led education programs. I also got the opportunity to engage with school groups and local visitors at the center, and was able to share my own experience working with rescued primates and share my passion for wildlife conservation with our students and visitors.
KELSEY | EXHIBIT DESIGN VOLUNTEER
Fauna in Focus gave me my dream job. My background is in both art and anthropology. After conducting research on elephants in Thailand I traveled to Cambodia for a 4 month volunteering opportunity with Fauna in Focus. This grew into a 9-month part-time job. Working as Exhibition Coordinator, I had the opportunity to build giant trees from recycled plastic bottles, organize World Wildlife Day 2019, build and paint life-sized birds of Cambodia, and build elephants and dolphins for two new educational halls at The Nature Discovery Center.
CHRISTIE| GRAPHIC DESIGN VOLUNTEER
Education, design and wildlife - three passions of mine! I've loved the opportunities to design curriculum and graphics at FIF that ignite a passion for Cambodia's wildlife. I first discovered FIF in 2015 when they were fundraising for A Cambodian Nature Film. The vision was incredible and I was eager to contribute. Strong, attractive and fun visuals are a great tool for helping information resonate with students, and I've enjoyed the challenge of a variety of projects including a fantastic board game! It's been immensely satisfying seeing the results of positive, excited engagement from guests and students alike.
CONNIE| PROJECT DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
I spent three months volunteering at Fauna in Focus and was mainly responsible for their social media. I also helped out with updating the website, editing project documents, and grants and fundraising. This was a really great experience and helped develop my marketing, communications and fundraising skills. I particularly enjoyed working on the social media, an opportunity for me to get a bit creative! Fauna in Focus is a unique organisation doing a lot of vital work on conservation. The team is really friendly and welcoming, and the Nature Discovery Center is a lovely place to work.