Make a Real Difference in Kratie Province, Cambodia - Teach English to Underprivileged Children in our School, and Help with Other NGO Projects

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  • Description

    Description

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️To make sure we have enough teachers to teach our students, please only apply if you can definitely come to Kratie. Also, please make sure to let us know if your plans change and you are not able to come. Thanks! Our students come of their own accord, during their free time, outside of their public schooling to learn English and we want to be prepared to help as many students as possible.

    The school is seeking reliable, motivated Workawayers who can stay for a minimum of 2 weeks so that the students have as much continuity as possible. The longer you can stay the better! We'd also be very happy to take volunteers who want to stay for several months! - visa extensions are available in Phnom Penh.

    Our main focus is on teaching English, but we also welcome volunteers who can teach basic computer skills or who can help in other ways, such as improving the school (by gardening painting, decorating, and building), updating the website/social media profiles, updating Workaway, and helping with fundraising campaigns. 
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️ At the moment we are very interested in volunteers coming to create a vegetable garden for us. Minimum 3 hours commitment per day. *️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️ Minimum stay,1 week.
    Please note that all volunteers may be required to teach if our volunteer numbers are low.

    Minimum age for volunteering with us is 20 years old.

    ABOUT US:

    The school is based in Kratie province and is about 10 minutes from Kratie town and the Mekong River. The school's director, Mr. Yuth, has lived in this area for several years, and over time he has watched children grow up with little or no English, and therefore, poor job prospects. He wanted to change this and offer the children of Kratie Province a better future. In January 2016, Mr. Yuth opened the School, built a house for the volunteers, and started lessons for underprivileged children from surrounding villages.

    In Cambodia, the economy is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. However, in the public schools of Kratie, students aren't taught much English. Therefore, the goal is to enable them to learn English and gain some basic IT skills, which will give them better job prospects and a brighter future. 

    The school receives no financial support from the Government and instead relies solely on donations for improvements and volunteers for teaching.

    Aside from the English school, Mr. Yuth runs an NGO that works closely with vulnerable groups, farmers, women, and children by implementing sustainable projects to improve their living conditions. This is a long-established organization which has been in operation since 1993. Volunteers might also be involved with work for this project as different needs arise.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    CULTURE:
    A Workaway stay in Kratie is an opportunity to experience rural Cambodia, as few tourists ever will.

    In our village, there are no tourists. The local people are very welcoming, ready with smiles and "hellos", and the local children are always keen to practice their English with volunteers.

    Volunteers will be living in the community, seeing 'real Cambodia', and learning how the locals really live - visiting the local market, eating local food and interacting with local people. Sometimes, there are even opportunities to attend local activities such as Karaoke nights, and ceremonies such as weddings, birthday parties or the opening of a new house. 

    In addition, volunteers have the chance to learn about the local way of life, agriculture from local farmers, and socialize with local people.

    EXPLORING:
    During volunteer's free time and on the weekends, Kratie is a lovely town to explore! 

    Volunteers can visit the town, take a trip to see the river dolphins, visit Kho Trong Island (and maybe even stay a night there in a home-stay or guest house), visit Sambok Mountain and the monkeys there, discover the forest, villages or ancient temples.

    A must-see experience in this area is the 'Mekong Discovery Trail', which is a series of day trips from Kratie Town to explore the Mekong. 

    One recommended trip is the '100 Pillar Watt and Koh Phdau Trail' - a 35 km day trip to Sambour, to see Wat Sor Sor Mouy Roy. 

    (More information can be found by googling 'things to do in Kratie', and 'Mekong Discovery Trail').

    Volunteers could even go further afield to see more of Cambodia...
    Visit Mondulkiri - we can arrange a minivan pick up in front of our school at 7AM (the journey only takes 3.5 hours to reach that province).

    Visit Siem Reap, Ratana Kiri, or other places - this is easy to arrange by minivan for no more than $10 each way.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for volunteers to teach English and basic computer skills. We are also accepting volunteers with backgrounds in marketing and other important project roles. Please note that while you may apply for a role other than teaching - our main need is for teachers and you might be asked to teach if we do not have enough teachers when you arrive.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ UPDATE 01/01/2019*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are currently interested in creating a sustainable social media strategy for our project proposals. If you have experience in social media strategy planning, marketing and communications, writing proposals for funding or web analytics, we'd love to hear from you!

    TEACHING ENGLISH (typically need 6 volunteers at a time):
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    Classes are held at various times throughout the day.
    Each volunteer will be required to teach a minimum of 2, 1 hour, classes per day.

    Teaching at the home-based school - Level 1 - 5 for children, and conversation and grammar classes for adults, and at other classrooms. For our other classes away from our base, there are bicycles and 1 motorbike for the volunteers to use. All volunteers must be able to ride a bicycle, and fit enough to ride to our Country Class which is a 30 minute ride on dirt roads.

    Teaching experience is greatly appreciated but if you are new to teaching, don't worry, a good standard of English and enthusiasm and a committment to help the kids are all that we require.

    Lessons can include playing educational games, role-playing, singing songs,conversation and any other ideas you have. There is a curriculum for each level (we teach Levels 1-5), and a monthly lesson plan for volunteers to follow. We ask each teacher to note down what they've taught, and how the lesson was received by the students, every day in the appropriate level's log book so that we can monitor each student's progress.

    TEACHING BASIC IT:
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    Teaching at the home-based school.

    If you have good basic computer and typing skills, our students would love to learn.
    Most poor children at the school don't have access to a computer, and as we know in this day and age, IT skills are essential both in and outside the workplace. Teaching the kids basic typing skills, how to research on the internet, and how to use Facebook, etc, will go a long way to help their prospects in the future.

    IT skills is a new class with very limited resources so it is only taught a few times a week to small groups (if volunteers have laptops or tablets with them, and are willing to show to the class how to use them, it would be very helpful).

    COMMUNICATION & FUNDRAISING (typically need 1-2 volunteers at a time):
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    Primarily based in the office (5 minutes from the school and volunteer house).

    We usually need one or two volunteers to help in the office with tasks such as maintaining our website, updating our Facebook page, replying to emails and Workaway applications/feedback, etc. We are also working to increase awareness of our project and raise funds for improving the school. Creative and marketing savvy people who can help with these initiatives are always welcome. Currently, we are looking to produce promotional materials, posters, and donation boxes, etc (as cheaply as possible), and trying to reach out into the local community and to local businesses, such as hotels, etc, to support and promote our project.
    We are also exploring ways to reach out to schools in the UK/USA/AUS, etc, for fundraising (such as sponsored reads and cultural exchanges). 
    GARDENING. We are creating a vegetable garden from a previously unused piece of land. Minimum stay ,1 week.

    OTHER ROLES:
    From time to time (when funds allow for materials), help is needed to improve the school site, classrooms, and volunteer house. This includes things like gardening, painting, DIY, building work, etc. Many volunteers end up taking on some of these projects while they are here in addition to teaching.

    We are currently fundraising to finish the school building (floor and walls), and we eventually hope to provide more volunteer accommodation and extend the school to provide more space and opportunity for more children.
    Also, sometimes our IT equipment breaks, and we hope to receive donations of old computers in the future, so volunteers with knowledge of fixing computers could be of help sometimes!

    We appreciate volunteers who can share their skills to improve our staff's abilities and help our organization to reach its goals. Experts in agriculture, water sanitation, environmental tourism, climate change, health and nutrition, women empowerment and gender equality, child welfare, grant applications and funding proposals, etc, would be great for this project!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Khmer

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We ask our volunteers to help for a minimum of 3 hours per day from Monday to Friday. There's plenty of free time, and weekends are free to explore all that Kratie has to offer.

    In return, we provide accommodation in our newly built volunteer house located right above the school.
    The house has two shared bedrooms, each with 3 single beds
    Shared communal areas include a bathroom, kitchen, and a large sitting area. There is electricity, and beds have bedding and mosquito nets.


    FOOD:
    We will provide food for 3 meals a day to all volunteers at a cost of US$ 5.00 per day.


    INTERNET:
    There is no wifi at the house!
    There is wifi available at the office (10 minutes walk away from the school and volunteer house). There is also a coffee shop and a hotel in the area where you can have free wifi. For onsite internet, local SIM cards are cheap and easy to use, and can be bought from Mr. Yuth's small shop located next door to the volunteer house (the shop also sells drinks and snacks, etc).

    GETTING AROUND:
    Volunteers also have free shared access to one motorbike and some bicycles for getting to and from town. Please note that volunteers are responsible for all upkeep / repairs of bicycles. No locks are provided so you should bring your own,or they can bought cheaply at the market in Kratie.
    Alternatively, volunteers can rent their own bicycle in the city for around $10-$15 per month, or $1 per day (motorbikes can be rented for $5-$6 per day). Tuk-tuks are also available in the town, or can be booked through Mr Yuth.

    GETTING HERE:
    Minivans to Kratie leave from Phnom Penh Central Market at 6 am ( $6.25) and midday ( price varies) to our house. PP vans cannot be booked in advance but we can give advice on how and where to get them.
    From Siem Reap ($10) Please contact us if you would like to arrange this and further details will be provided.


    If you are coming from Phnom Penh airport, you can get a tuk tuk or taxi from the airport to Central Market (Phsar Thmei) and then the minivan to Kratie from there.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    CONTACT US:

    Please send us a message through Workaway, telling us what kind of volunteer role you are interested in, the exact date of your arrival and the amount of time ( weeks, months) you can stay with us. 

    MORE INFO:
    Please read our wonderful feedback to see what other volunteers thought of their time at the school, and for more info and pictures please contacts us for links.

    PRACTICAL STUFF:
    Please remember this is also a family home and a school environment - so please no drugs or excessive alcohol, and behave in a respectable manner.
     Formal clothing is not required for teaching, but please be respectful of Cambodian culture - shoulders and knees covered helps everyone feel more comfortable!
    Please be environmentally aware (and understand electricity isn't cheap), by being mindful and turning off lights,fans etc.

    Also, we don't provide towels so please bring your own.

    HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
    Please help us reduce costs by bringing whiteboard markers,and other teaching supplies with you.
    Donate. We always need picture books and flashcards for our young learners.
    Used electronics,especially laptops and tablets are very much appreciated.
    The school costs a lot to run,and Mr Yuth receives no outside funding. Please consider making a cash donation. However small,it will have a big impact on the lives of these children.

    Spread the word - like and share our social media page, leave good feedback for us, and tell your friends and other volunteers about the work we do!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3 hours per day, 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) - We will provide 3 time of food to all volunteers but we would like ask contribution from volunteers USD 5.00 per day.

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    We will provide 3 times of food to all volunteers but we would like ask contribution from volunteers USD 5.00 per day.
construction of a new classroom in January 2018 for level 1 classroom
level 3 class
volunteers attend wedding party in Cambodia
Local kids enjoy learning English with volunteers.
New game has been shared to kids in Cambodia
Vegetable and Fruit growing activity
Soline and Etienne , new volunteers
Activity of volunteers
Group 1: English class at KohTrong Island, from 1:00Pm to 2:00PM

























































































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