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Cambodia Rural Teaching

Help to break the cycle of poverty and assist Cambodian youth to access education.

Prices from $945

Visit the diverse and exotic country of Cambodia while discovering its unique combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course, its friendly people. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its enchanting and unique Asian culture, and complex, mystical ambience. The project is located in the small, rural town of Samraong, the capital of Oddar Meanchey Province in north-western Cambodia and located approximately two hours north of Siem Reap. To the north of the town is the border crossing of O Smach into Thailand.

Despite the Cambodian people's resilience and ingenuity, many still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by Khmer people. Education statistics of Cambodia are improving dramatically but are still very low in comparison to other countries in the region and around the world. Families with little or no income are forced to prioritise survival over education. Consequently, children sometimes find themselves in the workforce rather than in school as they need to contribute to their family’s income. This can devolve into a cycle of poverty, so attempting to break this cycle is very important. This project focuses on improving the education in the region as well as improving literacy levels, communication skills and general well-being.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Making meaningful and lasting contributions to local communities
  • Discover this little explored corner of Cambodia
  • Contribute to a more positve future for underprivileged students

FAST FACTS

Location

 

Samroeng, Cambodia

Activities

 

Teaching English and other subjects
Working with children in the vegetable garden
Creating activities for students
Educational talks
Observe captive and wild animals
Build and implement animal enrichments

Transport

 

Pickup from Siem Reap

Accommodation

 

Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country

Accommodation
Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Airport pickup
2 or 3 meals a day

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Cultural Intro Week:

The famous city of Siem Reap and the rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travelers. This culture week is designed to introduce participants to the Cambodian culture and pace of life. You will get to know the local community, its facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You will also be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with the chance to sample your work.

Cambodia is arguably most famous for its glorious and magnificent temples. Siem Reap and Samraong are no exception and you will be taken to the finest temples of the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

Teaching:

This project focuses on improving the education in the region as well as improving literacy levels, communication skills and general well-being by providing free education. Literacy is very important to improving the overall wellbeing and outcomes for children and communities. On any given day, there can be over 230 local children attending our partner school in Samraong. The children are eager to learn and appreciate the opportunity to attend a well resourced school to improve their educations.

Education is the key to future employment for many young Cambodians. English language skills can also be very important in a country were tourism is a main pillar of the economy. English is often the language of commerce and tourism, so good language skills allows Cambodians more access to stable and secure jobs, and potentially high school and college scholarships.

The children themselves come from six surrounding villages and their ages generally range from 6 to 15. Many only possess limited English and classroom sizes are typically between 25-30 students. The classrooms are equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards but creativity will be key!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

There is a high level of flexibility for volunteer input into how this project runs. Even though teaching primarily takes place in a traditional classroom setting, creativity and imagination is needed from volunteers. This can include workshops for art skills, singing and music, sports, environmental awareness raising or other educational and fun activities to help broaden world perspective, gain new interests and discover unknown talents of the local children.

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts. The first beginning in the morning from 8am to 11am and the afternoon shift from 2pm to 5pm. While the core focus of the teaching project will depend on the needs of the school at the time that you are there, common tasks undertaken by volunteers can include:

  • Teaching English and other subjects
  • Preparing weekly progress tests
  • Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)
  • Creating activities for the students including workshops about cultural exchange, art & handicraft activities, sports after classes, environmental awareness activities, hygiene and health classes
  • Environmental education




 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project start day is a Monday, but you will need to arrive on Sunday between 6am and 4pm. You will be met at Siem Reap airport by a local staff member who will guide you to where you will be staying for the beginning of the cultural introduction week in Siem Reap. Halfway through the week, you will be transported to Samraong for the remainder of the intro week.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

In Siem Reap, you will stay in a simple but social shared hostel. In Samraong, accommodation is organised according to gender and is shared by a maximum of four people. Each room has fans, western style bathrooms with refreshing, cool showers and WiFi is available in communal areas. It is possible to access laundry washing facilities at your own cost, or you’re free to hand wash.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and vegetables, with the occasional western dish. There are three meals served during the week in the accommodation and two during the weekend. This gives you the opportunity to explore local food options and be a little adventurous.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Participants often decide go to the nearby park to relax or play volleyball or head over to Siem Reap during weekends which is just two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat or enjoy the nightlife. You can also visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals and watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance.

COSTS

2 weeks $945

3 weeks $1,345

4 weeks $1,695

5 weeks $2,095

6 weeks $2,445

7 weeks $2,845

8 weeks $3,195

9 weeks $3,545

10 weeks $3,945

11 weeks $4,295

12 weeks $4,695

DEPARTURE DATES

This project begins weekly. Please arrive in Siem Reap on Sunday before 3pm.

This project is unavailable during school holidays from 26th September until October 7th  2017

DURATION

From 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Accommodation
  • 2 or 3 meals a day
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Siem Reap (REP)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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