What is the Teaching English in Rural Cambodia all about?
Education is not as widely accessible as we know it in Cambodia. Children have access to a regular public school for three hours per day only. During this time, they don’t get the chance to learn a lot of English. That’s why a local leader in the community started a voluntary school project back in 2008 for children to come and learn English. The project had an immeasurably positive impact on the community. Every day, more than 400 children attend one of the two sessions offered in the morning or afternoon.
The school was funded so that it can offer a free educational/learning opportunity for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. What is so unique and amazing about the school, is that the children come of their own accord and truly enjoy their time learning from the international volunteers.
The children come from the Pul village, as well as five other surrounding villages. Their ages range from 6 to 12. Most currently possess just a basic level of English, but some have been able to start from beginners all the way up to level 5.
Class sizes are typically between 10-30 students. Classrooms are equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a whiteboard and flashcards.
Why choose this Teaching English project in Rural Cambodia?
The project helps village children’s educational prospects providing them with learning tools that empower students to create a better future for themselves. It is a great project to gain invaluable, practical experience in teaching while assisting the local staff by providing an extra hand.
Role of the volunteer teacher
Teaching takes place in a traditional classroom setting. You will need to remain within the scope of the established curriculum and its schedule, but you will be encouraged to be creative in your lesson planning. Volunteers can expect to work alongside other local teachers and volunteers. This could mean 3-5 participants taking turns with providing instruction during the course of the session. This allows for smaller group engagement and one-on-one help for students who may be having challenges.
To facilitate maximum learning and comprehension, you will need to continue the pace that has been set by school directors for the class you are working with. In order to ensure that the material is covered fully and the schedule is maintained, you will not be allowed to skip ahead. All participants will follow the prescribed curriculum and provide adequate reviews, which will allow students to be better prepared for weekly progress and end of year assessment tests.
You are highly encouraged to bring small learning materials and items to use in your class and/or donate to our school. These things are gratefully received and help to broaden the curriculum and teaching possibilities that we can offer.
What skills do I need to be a volunteer on this Teaching project?
Besides passing on your English knowledge test, you will also need to be able to share some basic hygiene and sanitation routines, as well as, your own experiences and cultural background. A love for children and patience is essential for this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Where will I work in Cambodia?
You will be located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand, in Samraong. Your accommodation is in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. You will be immersed into Cambodian culture able to learn about the customs and the local people as this is a remote and rural location of Cambodia. The project attracts volunteer from all over the world, so not only will you be able to interact with the local community but also make new friends from all around the globe. Siem Reap is only located two hours away, so you will be able to go explore some of its major highlights during your free weekends.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You will be able to hang out with your newly made friends in the communal areas. You will be sharing your room with 2 to 3 other volunteers. The primary mode of transport to and from the accommodation/school will be on bicycles.
In Samraong, you will be able to use bikes available for you to borrow and go explore your local surroundings. Your accommodation is located nearby a local park where you can go relax or play volleyball with the locals during your free time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £893 / $1394 for 2 weeks
£267 / $416 for each additional weeks.
- Requirements: Age 16+ and good level of English to teach
- Location: Samraong, Cambodia
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 6 hours total split between 8 am and 5 pm
- Project availability: All year Round except during Khmer New Year (usually mid-April) and Ancestors Day holiday (usually in September or October). Other options are available if your placement falls during those
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house
- Food: 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends
- Scheduled airport pick up from REP (Siem Reap International Airport)
- Training: Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, cultural tour and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from an on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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