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.
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