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Cambodia Rural Teaching

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.


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




Samroeng, Cambodia



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



Pickup from Siem Reap



Shared volunteer house


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

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


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.


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!


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



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.


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.


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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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.


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


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


From 2 weeks


Before you go

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


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


Nearest airport(s): Siem Reap (REP)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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