In rural Cambodia, school is virtually non-existent. Just a few hours a day with unqualified teachers who demand daily bribes. My friend decided to move back to his village and open a free extra school for anyone who wants it. The school itself is a structure built on the land outside their house and consists of 2 classrooms, providing 1 hour classes to each age group separately. There are around 150 students from age 3-17 who come every day to learn English and other life skills, depending on what volunteers can teach. Sometimes we have 6 volunteers at once, and sometimes we rely on older students to teach the younger students, but everyone is extremely motivated to learn English, get a good job, and support their families.
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Minimum stay 4 weeks.
If you can't stay but would like to visit, the students have prepared a one-day tour of the area in English and are always looking for a chance to practice (Sundays). It includes nature, killing fields, pagodas, and swimming! (no cost, just pay for your own food etc).
My name's Jonny, I'm an expat from the UK and friend of the school. I live in Phnom Penh but I can help you plan lessons and answer any questions you have.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
You will learn how most Cambodians live, a very simple life but surrounded by stunning nature and the kindest people you could imagine. You'll learn some Khmer language, get experience teaching, help people who really appreciate it and need it, and feel part of the family. At the weekends you can travel around the country, visiting Phnom Penh, the Angkor Temples, the islands, or the elephants as a few examples. There is almost always a national holiday so you'll see the culture first hand and experience the crazy dance parties of the villages.
Before you come, you'll be put in touch with past volunteers who can give you advice about what to bring, teaching tips and answer any questions you might have.
We're looking for volunteers to live and teach at the school. With the youngest ones, we can focus more on English and playing games, but with the older students I would like you to teach them about a topic. It could be anything you're comfortable talking about (examples so far have been European countries, Leonardo da Vinci, healthy eating, maths skills...) I would ask you to plan daily lessons relating to one topic, leading up to a final product (a presentation, a poster, a song, a movie...) that they can do to show their knowledge. You will also need to present the information in creative ways, using simplified English not many resources. I'm happy to plan the classes with you and give you ideas. What we don't want is a month of playing hangman!
English, French, Spanish, Khmer
You will live as part of a huge extended Cambodian family, sleeping on a mat in a relatively comfortable concrete building with mosquito net and fan. You'll be surrounded by family members and students at all times. The older students speak great English so you'll never be bored. There are western-style toilets with running water and showers (a jug and cold water, very refreshing).
Unfortunately the family can't afford to feed all the volunteers at the moment so they ask for a contribution a dollar per meal. You can also buy fruit and things in the market. The local shop is within the same land as the school and sells things like snacks, toiletries and phone credit, and next door to that you can get coffee.
There is a "coffee shop" next to the school run by the school founder's cousins, where you can relax in a slightly different setting away from the students. There is a also a market near the village if you ever want to buy something or eat something different. The kids often play football or go swimming in the river and you're always invited to join. When you need to go to Phnom Penh, it takes just over an hour in a minivan.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
15 hours/week- no food, 25 hours/week- free food