Teaching in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. Poverty affects people in many different ways; it can lead to children having to work in unsafe environments, surrounded by dangerous hazards. It can also lead to individuals having to beg for money on the streets and even homelessness. Many families suffer with the struggles of not being able to provide their children with adequate nutrition, education and health care and this can become incredibly frustrating. Your volunteer work can help these families take the step forward they so desperately want to take.
The population is over 14 million people, and most people live in the rural areas of the country, with many doing farm work. Tourism is also important to Cambodia’s economy, and to utilize this, good English skills among those working in tourism are a must. Many citizens are regarded as “living in poverty”, and coming to volunteer with helping to teach valuable skills could change someone’s life for the better.
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.
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.
Whether you choose to work in Phnom Penh or Siam Rep, it’s important to adapt quickly to the Cambodian culture to make the most of your trip. However, the most important characteristics are enthusiasm, initiative and willingness to work. English does not have to be your first language to do one of our teaching courses in Cambodia, and you do not require any existing teaching qualifications either making it the perfect option for everyone.
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.
All The Details
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Siam Rep, Cambodia
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- Pre-departure information
- Volunteer placement within one of our partner organizations
- Airport pick up
- Welcome package, which includes a volunteer guide and maps and dinner at a traditional Khmer restaurant
- Food and accommodations (3 meals a day)
- A fixed contact person from the program who regularly check in with you to ensure you are having an amazing experience
- 24 hour emergency contact
- One day orientation on Cambodian history, culture and language plus city tour
- Onsite Coordinator
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Travel insurance
- Daily project transport
- Activities in your down time from the programme
- The nearest airport for this program is Phnom Penh International Airport ( PNH )
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program. For help with flights and insurance fill in this form
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel to Cambodia. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- We understand it can be difficult to pay for your flights, program fees and other travel costs. Many fundraise for their journey. If you need ideas and a platform for fundraising ideas Click Here
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Your First Week:
- Day 1 Arrival day. Meet your fellow travellers and our dedicated team, enjoy the sights and sounds of Cambodia.
- Day 2 Orientation and City Tour. A great day sightseeing and then spend an evening training for projects
- Day 3 to 7: After breakfast leave for projects. You will finish volunteering by 3 or 4 PM and free to explore or enjoy the culture of Cambodia. Most volunteers usually bike to the project sites however we can also allow you to take tuktuks at your own expense.
- Weekends: You are free to enjoy your weekends to explore Cambodia. Our local team can help you organise excursions.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteer in Cambodia:
Phnom Penh : All volunteers that work in Phnom Penh will stay in guesthouses in the center of Phnom Penh, right near some of the main tourist attractions including the Olympic Stadium and the Orussey Market. These have large roof decks for relaxing in the evenings, a restaurant, Wi-Fi, computers, bikes for rent and a laundry service. You’re likely to share a room with other volunteers in the guesthouses, however private rooms are available if you’d like to book yours specifically in advance. You’ll be provided with 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner at all of our guest houses. The cuisine in Cambodia consists of ingredients like rice, vegetables, soup, beef, fish, pork, noodles and various fruits.
Siem Reap All volunteers in Siem Reap will stay in a guesthouse just a 10-minute walk away from the lively downtown area! There is Wi-Fi, space to relax and shared rooms. You can book a single room if you’d prefer this arrangement.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. Please read our Health and Safety pages for more details.
We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification and a reference checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.
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