Volunteer at English School | Join Us
Welcome to our English School!
We are a non-governmental initiative founded by Mr. Chhoeun Rith and sponsored by Project Cambodia, an Australian organisation founded by Leon Pope. Together we utilise humanity and cultural curiosity in everyday travellers, and offer them a local insight in exchange for their time two hours per day to teach English to our students. Volunteers wishing to spend more time teaching, we are happy to make arrangements with the public school, to see where you’re able to assist. No experience is required, just passion and enthusiasm!
Mr. Rith has opened his home located in Ouressey Village outside Kratie Town, to support local children to learn English, which is not taught in the public school curriculum.
Our mission is to support the young community by teaching English, which is vastly becoming important throughout Cambodia. Learning from volunteers from all over the world gives the children a comprehensive understanding of the English language from a multitude of perspectives. We believe this understanding will give a far better chance of sustainable employment away from the streets, and provide opportunities on not only a national scale, but also a global scale.
The English School currently supports fifty children aged 7-16 years old. Our newest project over the past year has been including the young monks from the local monastery and pagoda into our mission. We teach around 60 Monks in total, which are split into intermediate and basic classes. For many of our students, our school has given these children their first opportunity to learn English, and we’re very proud of how far they’ve come.
We teach the Monks out of the local pagoda, which is a three minute walk away from our school. The rest of the classes are taught straight out of our school classrooms. In February 2018, Leon and the team from Project Cambodia funded the construction of three new classrooms for our students, as well as a new lesson planning space for our volunteers. Project Cambodia have become more involved in the school to ensure the students are reaching their full potential, and volunteers are gaining an authentic insight, as well as having some fun!
Classes run everyday from Monday - Friday and times are as follow:
1-2 p.m. Basic class for the monks (Pagoda)
1-2 p.m. Intermediate class for the monks (Pagoda)
5-6 p.m. Intermediate class (English School)
5-6 p.m. Basic class (English School)
We do implement a dress code when you are teaching the monks. We ask that shoulders always be covered, and long pants or skirts be worn to be respectful. Buddhist tradition also restricts women from making any physical contact with our monks. We appreciate your understanding.
Our volunteers staying onsite at the school are asked to make a $5USD contribution towards their meals and accommodation each day. A minimum stay of two weeks is also recommended to ensure the children remain engaged and get to know your teaching strategies.
Welcome to our school, we’re very excited to meet you, and help the children of Ouressey Village
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The English School is located in a very local village outside Kratie town. Here you will receive a very authentic insight into local life and become familiar with Mr. Rith, his wife and two children. Mr Rith's wife keeps you full each day with genuine Khmer foods.
"Teaching the monks is a truly unique experience which you will not find in many places. They are so eager to learn and such polite young men it really is a pleasure to teach them, especially knowing that this is the only opportunity they will have to learn English as many of them have no parents or are from poor families who can't afford private tuition.
This goes for the children in the evening class too, it's impossible to put across in words how amazing it feels to know you are benefiting their future lives" - Previous Volunteer, 2016
Our school gives the volunteers the opportunity to direct the course of their classes. We have many teaching materials for you to use. Many of our volunteers leave grateful for their lessons in initiative, confidence and strength in themselves. This experience truly is one of a kind, where it teaches personal lessons, as well as genuine insights into Cambodian life.
In your time here, our volunteers become a part of our community. The village is a beautiful place to live, the rural lifestyle is amazing, strolling to the market for fruit and having all the children waving and saying hello is lovely. There is a real sense of belonging here.
In exchange for low-cost accomodation and meals, we ask for for 2 hours a day of lessons, and prior preparation for lesson plans. Our friends from Project Cambodia have given us the necessary materials to communicate and log each of your lessons to ensure we are constantly moving the children forward with their learning.
There are many other activities to help with throughout the school, including keeping the grounds tidy, staying on top of organisation, answering emails.
We supply basic accomodation, with mosquito nets and double beds. We ask for a $5USD contribution to put towards your meals each day.
The English School | Around Kratie
- There are several places you can visit here in Kratie. There is a club located half a kilometre away, where there are facilities which include a swimming pool, gym, and areas for football and volleyball You can visit Koh Trong Island by ferry for1000riel ($0.25USD) or 3000riel with bicycle ($0.75USD). There is a 9km track around the island, perfect for a sunset bike ride, or walk. Bicycles cost $1USD per day, and motorbikes cost $6USD per day.
- Each day we are blessed with beautiful sunsets over the riverfront.
- There are many kayaking and boat outlets where you can visit the flooded forests and endangered irrawaddy dolphins along the Mekong River.
- There are also many other tourist activities in town to keep you busy in your spare time, including religious sights, monkeys and plenty of countryside to visit.
The English School | Getting Here
- The two main ports of entry/exit by air in Cambodia are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
- We are five hours by bus from Phnom Penh
- We are approximately 7 Hours by bus from Siem Reap
- Our School is well known around town, upon arriving at the bus station, simply instruct your tuk tuk driver you’d like to come to the English School and they will bring you to us. This will cost $2-$3USD.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.