Teach in our rural
school in
Siem Reap

A community school providing accessible education to all

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £150
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £150

Cambodia teaching & childcare volunteers

With over 60 children attending on any single day, you and other like minded volunteers are needed to help run the school and provide the education the children all so desperately need and want.

Our rural community school was established in 2012 with the aim of providing accessible education and English development to children in the surrounding villages. The project has grown so much that we are now expanding, and are currently in the process of building a large school with accommodation so that we can welcome more children and provide even more opportunities to the local community!

"I had the most amazing two weeks in Cambodia teaching English to the school children. Honestly one of the most rewarding experiences and everyone is so grateful for your time! "

This amazing community programme receives no sponsorship or grants from the government or other organisations. We rely 100% on donations and amazing volunteers like you to carry on the great work that goes on!

With the opportunity to learn and develop their English, which is so important in the rural areas, children are prepared to travel long distances (some up to 5km each way) everyday for their daily education.

Learning English is seen as a necessity in Cambodia nowadays, with it bringing an overall higher standard of living and the only way to achieve the better paying jobs. Many new larger employers that pay higher wages, expect to see English qualifications on CVs, even if it’s not a requirement for the job itself!

Not long ago, the foundations of the education system in Cambodia were destroyed under the reign of Khmer Rouge. This has resulted in Cambodia having one of the poorest literacy rates in the whole of Asia, especially amongst women.

Since then, the government has invested a lot of time and money into rebuilding the education system but as with the majority of developing countries, change is slow. Many problems still persist, including classrooms being very overcrowded, lack of qualified teachers and high dropout rates – especially in the more remote areas.

Our rural community school provides free education to children from low-income families that are living in extreme poverty in Trang Village, just south of central Siem Reap. Not only this, but our amazing programme also provides two nutritious meals per day to all children that attend.

With 10 to 20 children per class and over 60 children attending each day, you can be sure you will be kept busy! We currently have two sessions per day, with 20 children attending in the morning and then 40 children in the afternoons.

You will typically be teaching from 08:00 to 17:00 each day from Monday to Friday with a long lunch break in the middle. The fun does not stop here though, as you still have plenty of time to play and interact with the children that live in our orphanage.

Working alongside three fantastic teachers, you will be able to get fully involved with all day-to-day activities and you will have the incredible chance of leading your own classes everyday. This will not only enhance your C.V (if you’re looking for a career in education), but also give you a great sense of achievement. Although this may be daunting at first, our local team and other volunteers can show you the ropes or if you would prefer you can just assist with everything.

You will get plenty of time to plan and prepare your lessons and there is an office full of resources and textbooks that you are welcome to utilise.

Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills and will help get the children set for their future employment and on reaching their true potential.

The vast majority of children that attend have no other form of education and rely totally upon our worthwhile programme. Our key focus is on teaching English, although you will still have the opportunity to teach computer skills, maths as well as creative activities such as art and dance.

The large outdoor spaces are ideal for playing sports, educational games and of course playtime – everyone’s favourite!

You are encouraged to make the lessons as creative, fun and engaging as possible and can include literally anything! You could tell a story, sing some songs, get messy with arts and crafts or get competitive at football.

You will teach children across all ages throughout the day (from 4 to 14 years old) with class sizes varying from 10 to 20. You will get the amazing opportunity to see the same children each day where you will get to build a good rapport with and watch your hard work pay off!

This project is so unique on many levels. After teaching within the community school, you can head over to the orphanage to help with homework or simply relax and play games with the children!

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