Cambodia Teaching in Siem Reap

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1. In Brief

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and friendly people. Make a positive and rewarding contribution to the lives of underprivileged and orphaned children, by equipping them with the tools to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty, and opening up opportunities that we in the Western world take for granted.

The project site is situated in Siem Reap, a captivating location that is known as the 'gateway' to the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer empire. This encompasses the awe inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat, an ancient and world famous monument that is yet untarnished by development. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its fascinating and intoxicating eastern culture, and complex and mystical ambience.





  • Help teach fun-loving children
  • Earn your TEFL certificate absolutely free as long as you complete 20 hours of teaching
  • Explore this wondrous corner of the world
  • Fully submerge yourself in a culture off the beaten track, volunteering in a small village community.



Location Cambodia, Siem Reap
Activities Teach English
Recreational activities
Transport Pick-up from the airport (if you arrive on Monday)
Transfer from airport to the Frontier volunteer house
Transport between the Frontier house and the school by bicycle or tuk tuk (extra cost applies - covered by volunteer).
Accommodation Frontier volunteer house




Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
UK TEFL training ($190 cost applies)
Free TEFL certification for those completing 20 hours teaching 
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country Food 2 meals a day
Project orientation and training
Airport pick-up for those arriving on Monday
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup



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.

2. The project


Poverty, and the consequential lack of education that results from it, traps the children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many problems in their lives such as becoming vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work hazardous jobs, or even be sold into prostitution. The ever present poverty causes malnourishment, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation, amongst other things. With nearly one in three 7-14 year olds unable to attend school, the prospect of escaping this 'poverty cycle' is bleak indeed.

You can give hope to these impoverished children, giving them the love and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. You will dance, sing, and play games with children as well as help teach them English. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for poor children, enabling them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options, and your presence in the school gives them the gift of English, the language of commerce and tourism, allowing them access to more stable and secure jobs, and potentially high school and college scholarships.


You will be working with a registered NGO in Siem Reap, an organisation which is self funded and fully supports local children which cannot afford an education. You will be working at the heart of the community, where you will have the freedom to be creative and inspiring with your teaching, using the innovative and fun techniques of TEFL as the basis for your teaching framework. The children you are helping to teach will be very hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their education, and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project.

Teaching these children is a powerful way to enable them to access opportunities that would otherwise be entirely denied to them, and is also an enjoyable way to build up your own skill base and independence with practical TEFL experience, whilst embracing the exotic and friendly culture of this spellbinding pocket of Asia.

If possible we recommend that volunteers try to stay for three to four weeks to maximise the benefit of your presence within the classroom. Those volunteers joining for less than four weeks may not have the opportunity to teach their own class but will play a key part with kindergarten, organic gardening and arts and crafts exercises.

Sample Itinerary*


0700 – Wake up and get ready for the day

0800 – Start travelling to school locations

0845 – Arrive at school and prep for the first lesson

0900 – 1100 – The morning shift arrives to be taught

1100 – 1500 – Lunch and self-validation of the mornings activities. Begin prepping the next days’ lesson plans so that you can maximise on the cool of the night to have fun!

1500 – 1700 – Afternoon shift arrives for more schooling

1700 – School finishes

1800 – Volunteers and staff prepare food Khmai style.

Evening – Explore the night markets, chill, grab a cool beer or even a cocktail in the Red Piano or Café Central. If you are feeling really brave try getting a foot massage from the fish spa … or if you are really brave a street massage!

*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.


The weekends are to do with as you wish. Wake up at 0400 and grab a tuk tuk to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat or sleep in and have a lazy day being spoilt in a snazzy spa and everything in between. Visit the famous floating villages of Tomle Sap Lake or explore the countryside by horseback (or even quad bike)! Learn Khmai cookery and take the daring street food tuk tuk tour, or just go to a free resort pool and eat chips. It’s entirely up to you! Whatever you do you will have deserved it! If you don’t know what to do, ask the PC and they will be able to point you out to all their favourite haunts!

3. What to expect


You will be met in Siem Reap airport on Monday by your project representative, who will escort you to your accommodation, introduce you to your new colleagues and give you a health and safety talk. For those arriving outside of these dates alternative arrangements apply.


This project benefits from a wonderful location, as you will be staying in the vibrant tourist town of Siem Reap. Siem Reap is actually a cluster of ancient villages grouped round a collection of individual pagodas, and these traditional structures at the heart of the town contrast with the elegant overlay of the French colonial era centre. Your accommodation will be staying at a local hostel in Siem Reap, and you will be sharing with our field staff and other volunteers.


You will be provided with food for two meals per day (breakfast and lunch). In the evenings, you can visit the reasonably priced local restaurants and street food outlets to sample traditional Cambodian cuisine; enjoying dishes such as delicately spiced curries made with fresh market produce, and delicious meat, fish and vegetables. Try specialities such as: Amok curry, based on coconut milk or a herb and spice paste known as kroeung, oriental squash, unusual vegetables such as winter melon, luffa and yardlong bean, or ngam nguv, a chicken soup flavoured with whole preserved lemons. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated easily in Cambodia.


The school is a half-hour walk from the Frontier house, through the invigorating centre of Siem Reap. Alternatively, volunteers may choose to take a cheap tuk-tuk ride (cost covered by volunteer).

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6. Extras


In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Get lost in the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoilt monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. A one day pass to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex costs $20

Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance, or visit one of the silk factories, where silk worms produce reams of delicate and rare fabric.

On a weekend break you could take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, catching a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, to visit the famous floating village of Chong Kneas, or the flooded forest of Kompong Phhlul, both on the extraordinary Tonle Sap Lake.

Modern conveniences

Siem Reap

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ Royal Bank, Canadia Bank, Union Commerical Bank
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hotels and hostels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Tours and excursions
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

7. Dates and Costs


2 weeks $1,145

4 weeks $1,745

Extra week $295


Every Monday throughout the year

School Holiday Dates 2017:

  • 8 January 2017 - 15 January 2017
  • 25 March 2017 - 2 April 2017
  • 10 June 2017 - 18 June 2017
  • 19 August 2017 - 2 September 2017
  • 21 October 2017 - 1 November 2017

Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice. Please note there will be a number of public holidays throughout the year when the school will be closed. During school holidays a modified program will run with adult education classes and one to one coaching. 


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • UK TEFL training (costs $190)
  • Free TEFL certification for those completing 20 hours teaching
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt


  • Breakfast and one other meal
  • Accommodation in Frontier house
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • Airport pick-up on Monday  
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


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 .


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.

8. How to apply

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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