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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Teach deserving children at a school with over 300 eager-to-learn children in Samraong. The children come from 6 different villages in the area and the school provides free education to those who otherwise couldn't afford it. You'll also be able to help in other activities, like drawing art, singing or other activities. You don't need any qualifications.

Our local teachers will help you with preparing lessons and taking charge of your class, following our structured curriculum and weekly testing cycles. You might teach alone or alongside other internationals, like yourself, as a team.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects start every Monday, subject to school holidays. You choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 16, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian. No qualifications necessary.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the Airport
  • Transfer to your project site
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in working with children, community development, education.

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PROJECT CONTENT

There are two main objectives at this project. Firstly education, and secondly, trying to offer to better future for under-developed children from poor and remote areas. Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen, However, the work here is far from done.

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts, the first beginning in the morning from 8am – 11am. The afternoon shift is from 2pm to 5pm. We advise you to do one teaching shift, combined with some construction each day, although we also believe that you should work mostly where you believe your skill set is best utilized.

There are two main objectives at this project. Firstly education, and secondly, trying to offer to better future for under-developed children from poor and remote areas. As well as simply offering this education, we are also trying to promote and encourage this among children who are not currently receiving any schooling.

Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen, However, the work here is far from done. Volunteers are able to continue to assist in the construction of a new pathway, toilets, as well as building walls and renovation of the nearby area.

We are also set to work on some "educational art", so if you have any artistic talent, your input would be very gratefully received! We would like several walls to display images and sketches of participants' home countries. Examples would be flags and various other cultural symbols. We feel this will be a nice way of reflecting the work done by volunteers of the past six years.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

Monday-Friday:
The core focus of the teaching project will depend upon the needs of the school at that time. The main role played by participants will be:

  • Teaching English on a non-formal basis
  • Creating activities for the students, including workshops for cultural exchange
  • Arts & Handicrafts activities
  • Sports after classes
  • Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)
  • Construction and renovation of school and local community

Holidays:
The project is not available during holidays, which are usual a week in April and a week in September. If your programme falls within any of the holidays, you may join the Community Construction Programme for that time.

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ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed at a basic yet comfortable volunteer house. Rooms are single-sex with locked doors, bunk-beds, mosquito nets and a fan– maximum 4 volunteers per room.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is available in the house but not necessarily in your rooms.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hands at the volunteer house or at the home stay, but there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too. You will be encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

Transportation: In Samraong you can easily get a motorcycle to go anywhere, or you can borrow a bike at the centre. The roads in and to Samraong are very good now. It takes much less time to go somewhere compared to few years ago.

Money issues: In Samraong you can exchange money and traveler’s checks at the bank. The nearest ATM is in Siem Reap, so please make sure you have enough money with you before leaving to go the town. However, you will probably not need much money there!

Weekends: Weekends are always free after each project. relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

FOOD: All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and western food. There are three meals served during the week inside the accommodation and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner).

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VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS:

well as protecting all our volunteers, we are committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. You will need to get a police check in order to work with children or vulnerable adults, but we'll help you with that.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and the people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

CLIMATE

Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C - 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May - October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside.

Whilst temperatures don't vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

CULTURE

Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.

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