In the 1970s, Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rogue regime contributed to the mass extermination of two million people including intellectuals, thereby completely destroying education in the country. The country was left with nothing. Over time, Cambodia has been slowly developing again. Presently, it seems everything is back to normal, and a large number of schools have opened and continue to open.
Unfortunately, many of them do not provide appropriate progression to gain a better start in life for certain children. Problems mainly involve all disabled children, such as children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). These children are very sensitive, shy, and struggle in other areas, especially the ability to communicate and relate to others. However, they also have a unique set of skills, so they sometimes test in the average or above average range.
Additionally, children with intellectual disabilities have less ability than normal children of their age and often struggle in a regular classroom. Teachers, parents and community members in small villages of Cambodia are not trained or educated on these disorders, and schools are not properly equipped. These children are rejected, forgotten and abandoned from their local communities and forced to stay at home without an opportunity for any education.
-A need for qualified staff (teachers, speech therapists, psychologists ) as the quality of education is very poor in Cambodia, especially in this province.
-A lack of basic classroom equipment, such as teaching aids.
-Communication between teachers, the local community, and parents does not exist, so there is no participation and involvement in the school.
-Lack of extracurricular activities, such as art classes, dance classes, and music classes. These all help to develop students’ skills and interests.
-Mixed classes for students aged 4-12 with frequently 50 students in a classroom makes following a lesson plan difficult to manage. Children require different instruction at different ages, and teachers are not able to dedicate equal attention for all students.
As a result, we are beginning work around a new project, our integrated model of education. This means that the all students are welcome and all students learn and participate together with the same benefits:
-develop individual strengths and gifts (ASD children);
-work on individual goals with individual programs (Children with Intellectual Disabilities/ASD children);
-involve their parents in their education;
-develop friendships given their unique individual needs and abilities;
-provide training for local teaching staff as a complement to their current knowledge
Therefore, we are building A SCHOOL FOR ALL CHILDREN. You can help! In order for Cambodian children to get well paid jobs and progress out of poverty, they need a good education that provides an opportunity to learn English.
The headquarters of our project is International English School . Currently, we have 300 students occupying a small building. These circumstances are far from ideal and are negatively affecting the outcomes of our students. Collectively with local teaching staff, we made a decision TO BUILD A NEW SCHOOL.
Large, fully equipped bungalows in the local style will be built in our Palms Garden. All aspects of our project increase the chance for all children to gain a better future. This school will provide enhanced teacher training and will be a comfortable space to allow for quality education.
How can you help?
Frankly, we need everything, and we need everyone. If you have time to share same ideas, passions and talents to help the students – join us as a volunteer and live and eat at the school with local teachers.
A volunteer English school, in the beautiful setting of Treang District, Takeo Province, Cambodia about 80km south of Phnom Penh which is the capital. We are 30km from the stunning hilltop palace of Phnom Bayong. We are driving distance from the Treang District, and the surrounding countryside is encircled by the Bayong Kour mountains. The town itself has a thriving market, and plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the school. The school itself is a relaxed, yet productive environment teaching around 300 students. We are always expanding though (3 months ago we were teaching around 150 students.) We also now provide free WiFi in the school, making keeping in touch with loved ones very easy. Accommodation is provided free, however we do ask for $5 per day towards food, accommodation, water, electricity, and many things. Simply because we are a small donation funded school, and finances are incredibly tight.
Please come and help us teach English to some of the most kind hearted, yet impoverished people in the world. You can truly make a positive difference here, and the teaching is fantastic fun! Hope to see you soon :)
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
There are two sets of lessons a day, afternoon and evening, we will ask you to teach at least one lesson from Monday to Friday (3-5 hours) also you can choose the time you prefer teaching. After the teaching lesson you can relax in the hammock opposite the school, play with the kids, go to the market or go to the cafe where you can have a delicious iced-coffee to cool down.
English and Khmer
The accommodation is humble but enough. Volunteers will have access to a shared western style toilet and shower. We provide beds and bedding for all the volunteers and a mosquito net. The beds are eastern style, so a table. You will be staying in communal living quarters with other volunteers, they are spacious and comfortable. Because we are a new organization, currently finding our feet, we do require a some money weekly donation for food, accommodation, water, electricity, especially a very nice, filling lunch and dinner is provided for you.
The school is within 30 minutes drive of the famous Bayong temple. In the village we have local shops, temples, and a Khmer market. We are around 2 hours from the bustling city of Phnom Penh. As we are in the south we are not far from the beach, Kampot and Kep 3 hours far from us. Because you will have the weekends off you can easily get there. Other places to check out that we regularly go to in the school mini van are: Tonle Bati(Bati river) resort, Tamao mountain zoo, and Chiso mountain, all of which are beautiful, and are within an hour of the school, even on the 'trusty' old Cambodian road system!! Moreover, during the weekend or day off everybody can rents the school van to visit somewhere which is driven by Mr. Sophea, the director of the school, he will help you as a guide.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
While volunteers are staying in the school they will know what the different between Cambodian culture and other culture from many different countries around the world.
3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, maximum 20 hours a week
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