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Volunteer to teach disadvantaged children in Cambodia with Budget Volunteering

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TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL IN SAMRAONG
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in Cambodia

Teach English to deserving children at a school with 230 children in Samraong. The children are very enthusiastic and come from 6 different villages in the area. Schooling is provided free to children who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it.

English teaching is done informally, plus you can help the children in other activities. You'll have lots of flexibility and your creativity is encouraged, e.g. helping the children with drawing art, singing, tending their vegetable patch, and more. You don't need any qualifications.


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! Subject to school holidays, please see dates below under Work Description.
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Meeting you at the airport
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport return transfer
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

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WORK CONTENT:

There are two main objectives at this project. Firstly education, and consequently, 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.

The children themselves come from the Pul village, as well as five other surrounding villages. Their ages are from 6-15 years old. They currently have only a basic level of English. Classroom sizes are typically between 25-30 students. The school consists of six separate classrooms.

The classroom is equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards for participants to use. The students also have pencils and paper.

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 or gardening each day, although we also believe that you should work mostly where you believe your skill set is best utilized.

The School also has an adjourning vegetable garden. Here each student has been designated with a small plot of land to farm their own vegetables. Maintaining this is a challenging job, but has the benefits of both physical and mental well-being. Helping the children out with the farming work is available to you, if you would like to engage in this. This is an extremely valuable task!

Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesman, 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.

Schedule

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few days or opt out of the introduction week and go straight to your project. Please let your Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking.

Monday to 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

  • Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)

  •  Creating activities for the students, including workshops for cultural exchange

  •  Art & Handicraft activities

  • Sports after classes

  •  Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)

  • Construction and renovation of school and local community

You don't need any qualifications for this project and you’ll experience the best of the region, history and spirituality that Cambodia has to offer… and that's saying something!

2016 School Holidays

Teaching is not available during these dates:
11 - 15 April Khmer New Year
26 September - 07 October Ancestors Day Holiday

Volunteer to teach disadvantaged children in Cambodia with Budget Volunteering

Volunteer to teach disadvantaged children in Cambodia with Budget Volunteering

Volunteer to teach disadvantaged children in Cambodia with Budget Volunteering

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ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed with local home-stay families, at the volunteer house or in a guest house where this is not feasible (for example in the case of larger groups).

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:
are always free after each project. Relax at your Home stay 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.

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LOCATION | OPTIONAL FUN ACTIVITIES

ANGKOR WAT:
Surrounded by beautiful rice fields, lakes and jungles Truly one of mankind’s most incredible achievements, this ancient city of temples will take your breath away and leave you traipsing through a mystical magnificent past.

Built between 800 - 1200 AD by the Khmer Empire, more than 200 temples have been restored. Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia and is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

SIEM REAP
is a lively stop off destination on the South Asia tourist trail! With the flat plane jungle ruins catapulted to fame via Lara Croft just over the outskirts, the town is geared up for travellers. This is no more evident than in ‘Pub Street’ a place to drink beer and make new friends.

Siem Reap was a fashionable destination for the 1960’s elite pack wanderers and, according to the Lonely Planet, is once again one of the most popular spots on the planet today. It's scattered with guesthouses, superb food and a steady flow of tourists from near and far.

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