SmallWorld Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Toul Kork District, Cambodia

  • Last updated: January 21, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 23, 2013

Mission Statement

Our mission is to discover and create innovative business and employment opportunities for Cambodian youth in an open and casual work environment.

Community Description

We are a youth-based learning and investment community, ages 18 to 30. Participating elders of all ages and nationalities act as role models, mentors, instructors, advocates and supporters. Our planned rural land base is a ground-up design opportunity, with anticipated rural locations in Mondulkiri and Kampot Provinces.

Cambodia can seem easy to write off as an impossible alternative, but those who know Cambodia understand differently. Personal and institutional regulation is minimal, costs are relatively low, while the majority of people still understand the simple way of life. Acquiring a long-term visa is simple process, it’s inexpensive, and easy to extend indefinitely. Urbanized Cambodians are eager to speak English, while the nation as a whole uses US dollars alongside their own monetary system.

Less than fifty years ago, modern Cambodian civilization was completely destroyed. A communal way of life remains as an ancient tradition, while Western urbanization only now is beginning to slowly creep in. With this first post-war generation, the majority of youths remain traditionally minded, modest, respectful of elders and foreign visitors. Public infrastructure is quickly evolving, while outside investments are pouring in. The benefits of a stable and well entrenched, local informal economy are still available alongside the emerging International commercialism.

Our leadership holds a lifetime commitment with a vision of hope for future generations. At present, we operate a well-established urban youth training and business incubation center. Having little guidance, rural youth gravitate toward universities and the urban experience. We encourage qualified adults in all fields to join us in mentoring youths toward reaching their hopes and dreams. Our community home office and learning center is located in Phnom Penh, while our long-term objective is to establish and build our rural campus and agricultural base. Our eco-village campus concept has a mission to reach, teach and prepare youths to accept challenging opportunities for creating a sustainable future in both agriculture and technology.

Due to recent wars, genocide, and famine, Cambodia is known throughout the world to have a notorious image. Nearly all worries and concerns outsiders have today are exaggerated and unfounded. Long-time residents know Cambodia is a safe and an extremely friendly country where foreigners are treated with dignity and respect.

Visiting participants at SmallWorld pay their own expenses while we assist with cultural orientation and lifestyle transition. Living expenses in Cambodia start as low as 500 USD per month.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Our rural land base is planned.


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Drop in at our Phnom Penh location, or contact us in advance and we will offer travel assistance.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Participate, enjoy, get along, stay, help out.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $300
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Fair share contributions.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Relaxed invitation to dine.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Our present organizational base is urban; future land base is rural, sustainable agriculture. Our intention is to have both a rural land base along with urban office space in Phnom Penh.

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ecovillage cohousing commune cooperative