Teaching Volunteer in Cambodia


Cambodia is a beautiful Southeast Asian country, surrounded by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Our teaching projects are in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The fate of Cambodia shocked the world when the radical communist Khmer Rouge under their leader Pol Pot seized power in 1975 after years of guerrilla warfare. An estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died during the next three years, many from exhaustion or starvation. Others were tortured and executed. Today, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world and relies heavily on aid.

Unlike in some countries, the Cambodian government is not able to provide every citizen with a full education. The population is generally eager to improve their skills and learn everything they can, from adults to younger children.

These interests include learning English reading and writing skills, to progress out of poverty and open up more career opportunities in the community. By learning valuable skills that can be transferred to multiple jobs available, people are given the freedom to make their own choices and build the life they truly want.

Due to this need for education in Cambodia, our volunteering projects work towards helping to achieve this, but we urgently need enthusiastic volunteers to do this. Working with individuals to improve their English and computer literacy could make the biggest difference in someone’s life, and even other subjects like mathematics can also come in useful. No matter what subject takes your interest, you can make use of it teaching in Cambodia.

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What is involved

As a volunteer in Cambodia you will be teaching students at many different levels, so you’ll be able to practice your skills across many different stages of ability. In our program, you’ll either work alone or sometimes alongside other teachers and volunteers who have been there for slightly longer, to show you the ropes. Working together as a team, you’ll either teach the class as a whole, a small group or work towards goals with individuals too. The longer you stay; the more responsibilities you’ll be given. You’ll be encouraged to share your ideas to help improve teaching for the students, and can feel like you’ve made a huge difference to their lives.

Depending on your skills and interests, you’ll need to support the children with about 3-4 hours of teaching English per day, plus computer skills and office help. You’ll stay for a minimum of 2 weeks and will be required to help them with their homework, sing and teach songs, draw pictures, play games and guide them with things like personal hygiene and cleaning their rooms.

In some schools volunteers prepare and correct tests and exams. As to be expected, the longer you stay the more responsibilities you receive. The volunteers are required to the daily lessons the day/evening before the class session. Teaching English in Cambodia gives volunteers the unique opportunity to implement their own ideas and teaching methods in a way that will create new opportunities for the youth of Cambodia.

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Some details

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Jan 20,27 Jan 4,11, 18, 25
Feb 3,10,17,24 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 2,9, 16, 23, 30 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 6,13, 20, 27 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
May 4,11,18, 25 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 6,13, 20, 27 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 3,10, 17, 24 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 21, 28 Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 5,12,19,26 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 7, 14 Dec 6, 13, 20

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing and project training before we take you in for your program.


Volunteer in Cambodia getting local tour
Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. Two meals breakfast, and dinner will be the accommodation and lunch is generally at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Volunteer in Cambodia on weekend excursions
Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Cambodia. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other volunteers.

Weekend activities

Angkor Wat

The ruins of Angkor, located in thick jungle, are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must do when in Cambodia.

Apsara Dance

Cambodia Apsara Dance
For the lovers of art, theatrics, & dance, the Apsara Show, or the traditional Khmer performance is an experience.

Otres Beach

Cambodia Otres Beach
Cambodia has some of the most relaxed, laid-back beaches in Southeast Asia. Otres beach is one of the popular beaches

Tuol Sleng

Toul Sleng Genocide Museum
The War Museum in Tuol Sleng, though not exactly a cheerful place, is a place to visit for its gruesome history.

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Choose an Inspiring Volunteering Destination

Cambodia will allow you to explore the heart of Southeast Asia, a nation replete with lush natural landscapes from dense forests to rice paddy fields, bustling cities, and the majestic architectural remnants of the great Khmer empire dotting every bit of the country.

The charming city of Phnom Penh is the capital and also serves as our base of volunteer operations. Volunteering Journeys Cambodia volunteer abroad projects include Teaching English, Working with NGO’s, helping Special Needs individuals, and Medical & Nursing Internships. Whether you are a gap year student, career breaker or a family or a mature volunteer, you can apply to any of our volunteer in Cambodia projects.

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