We are a grassroots non-profit organisation that works with the community and local schools to provide english classes for underprivileged children in rural Bakong District near Siem Reap, and also Kampong Thom Province (1 hour from Phom Penh), Cambodia. Our goal is to provide the children with skills to write and speak English to give them more possibilities and choices in the future.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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 two schools in the beautiful Bakong district of Cambodia, and one new school in Kampong Thom Province (1 hour from Phnom Penh). But depending on the number of volunteers, we can also teach in Public Schools in the area. We have several classes in the morning and the evening. The rest of the day and weekends are free time for volunteers.
The accommodation and schools are located in the Bakong district, a 30 minute tuk-tuk ride from the very tourist friendly Siem Reap. And Kampong Thom Province (an hour from Phnom Penh).
In Bakong area there are three bedrooms in the home-stay with two double beds in each, and one room with one bed. Therefore our maximum capacity at the moment is 10 volunteers. We have two bathrooms and now they have an alternative to the bucket showers. A previous volunteer who was an engineer set up a system where you can use a normal showerhead to shower. You can remove it from the wall and use it to rinse off and wash your hair with greater ease. There is still no hot water :) but volunteers actually find peaceful and refreshing, and the bathroom has a Cambodian style (squat) toilet. Sheets, mosquito nets, electric fans, and pillows are all provided, but you might want to bring a light sleeping bag or blanket. There is electricity, and you can easily charge all electronic devices.
We have full wifi access. It is still spotty at times and 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 VFRCC. Our volunteer Douglas made it possible :)
The house we live in is RENTED by Puthy (the founder) and Navy (Puthy's wife); It really is a unique experience to live with them. They often have guests over, and at the moment we share the grounds with several cats, hens, pigs and a bunch of puppies. Navy cooks three meals a day, and hot and cold drinking water is provided. Transportation to and from the schools/projects is also provided. But be aware that tourist activities are not included in the 5$ we ask per day. Puthy and Navy are a local Cambodian family who works 100% of the time in the project. They cannot afford to pay for volunteer's expenses.
Living in the volunteer house is a great way to authentically experience Cambodia and make 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 or trash :)
At the weekends, volunteers often go to Siem Reap town to get a hot shower, do laundry, swim in the pool and visit pub street. At the weekends it is also possible to go to sights in the area such as the famous Angkor Wat. 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 and Navy will be your tourist guides. 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. They CANNOT afford to pay volunteer's expenses and even less, tourist activities.
When we're not teaching, planning lesson or out of the house we spend our time chilling in the hammocks, talking, playing cards, listening to music and having a beer. At night we relax outside and look at the amazingly clear stars in the night sky.
Because we are TRULYa non-profit, we request a donation of $35 a week to cover the costs of the accommodation, the food and the transportation expenses for the daily school activities. Where the money goes?
- to pay your food and drinking water (notice that if you stay in Siem Reap, the LESS you will pay is 3$ per each meal, and 5-6$ for accommodation).
- to pay for accommodation: as said before, Puthy and Navy work 100% of their time in the project, they DO NOT have any support from the government or any institution, they rely on volunteer's contributions. They must pay rent every month for the homestay and the land where our schools are located (which are the same).
- to pay taxes for being AN OFFICIAL NGO.
- to pay for school supplies for our children.
- to pay for gasoline.
We try to have 4-6 volunteers per week, but many times we had 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.
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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