We are a young non-profit organisation that works with the community and the local schools in Bakong District (16km from Siem Reap) to provide English classes for underprivileged children. Our goal is to provide the children with skills to speak and write in English to give them more possibilities and opportunities in the future.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We depend on volunteers at all levels of the organization. We are in need of volunteers to help with MAINLY English teaching but there are also opportunities for those who would like to help with construction, fundraising, website content, photography, IT skills, and anything else you’d like to assist with. We are open to your creativity, and we are happy and thankful for your suggestions for how we can make our organisation even better!
For english teaching we currently work with one public school in Bakong district and at our own school: Cristina English school. We have several classes over the day, starting from 8am in the morning. Between the lessons we have freetime and the weekends are free.
The accommodation and schools are located in the Bakong district, a 30 minute tuk-tuk ride from the very tourist friendly Siem Reap.
In At Cristina English school in Bakong we have a big house for the volunteers to stay and live. There are two rooms with a double bed and a big room with four beds in total. The big shared rooms has curtains around each bed, so you have enough privacy.
Therefore our maximum capacity at the moment is 10 volunteers. We have two bathrooms with squat toilets and a normal shower. There is still no hot water :). Sheets, mosquito nets, electric fans, and pillows are all provided, but you might want to bring a light sleeping bag or a blanket. There is electricity, and you can easily charge all electronic devices.
We have full wifi-access. It sometimes it will go out for a couple of hours, but overall there is wifi access at all times. Volunteers only need to worry about a SIM card if they want to use data outside of Cristina School.
The house we live in is RENTED by Puthy (the founder); It really is a unique experience to live in the village and with the locals. There are often children and at the moment we share the grounds with our four cats, several hens, dogs and a bunch of puppies.
We have fresh food from the local market everyday and we cook together.
Breakfast is international: baguette and coffee/tea and lunch and dinner are hot and can be vegetarian or not (depending on your wishes). Drinking water as well as fresh fruit are provided all day long.
Transportation to and from the schools/projects is also provided. And we have bikes to use at any time. Please be aware that tourist activities are not included in the 5$ we ask per day. Puthy works very hard and is 100% of the time involved in the project. He can not afford to pay for volunteer's expenses.
Living in the volunteer house is a great way to authentically experience Cambodia and makes life long friends!
Ps. We do not smoke inside, but you are allowed to smoke outside - as long as you make sure to put the butts in the ashtray :)
At the weekends, volunteers often go to Siem Reap town to get a hot shower, swim in the pool and visit the town. At the weekends it is also possible to go to sights in the area such as the famous Angkor Wat or to do a weekend trip to Battambang (3hours by bus). Our local area features the Bakong Temples, which are definitely also worth visiting!
BE AWARE: If you want to do these kind of activities in your free time, don't expect that Puthy will be your tourist guide. Puthy will be happy to drive you places but please, ask him in advance if it's OK with him, and you will have to pay for gasoline or food.
We sometimes do trips together with the children on the weekends, renting a mini van and having some fun together.
When we're not teaching or planning lesson we spend our time chilling in the hammocks, talking, playing cards, listening to music or having a beer.
Because we are TRULYa non-profit, we request a donation of $35 a week to cover the costs of the accommodation, the food and the transportation expenses for the daily school activities
Where does the money go?
- to pay your food and drinking water
- to pay for accommodation: as said before, Puthy works 100% of his time in the project, he has NO support from the government or any institution, we rely on volunteer's contributions. We must pay rent every month for the house and the land where our school is located
- to pay taxes for being AN OFFICIAL NGO
- to pay for gasoline
We try to have 4-6 volunteers per week, but sometimes we have 1-2 or even none. We rely on the volunteer's contributions to keep up with the project, not only when we have help, but ALSO when we don't have it. If you are not comfortable doing this little contribution, maybe you need to find another kind of project, we totally understand it. But be sure that your money goes directly into your food and the rent. For further information please feel free to ask.
A MINIMUM stay of 2 WEEKS is REQUIRED.
Hope to see you soon :)
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 volunteers stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
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