Come to help at our non-profit English School, in Kratie, Cambodia



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    Welcome to our English School!
    We are a non-governmental initiative founded by Mr. Chhoeun Rith. Together we utilize humanity and cultural curiosity in everyday travelers, and offer them a local insight in exchange for their time teaching English for two hours per day. 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 in learning 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 thirty children aged 7-16 years old. We also run classes for the young monks from the local monastery and pagoda. We teach around 12 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.

    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 introduce you to the children and monks of Ouressey Village!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The English School is located in a local village outside Kratie town. Here you will receive an 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.

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  • Help


    In exchange for low-cost accomodation and meals, we ask for for 2 hours a day of lessons, and prior preparation for lesson plans.

    There are many other activities to help with throughout the school, including keeping the grounds tidy, staying on top of organization, answering workaway emails, and posting to the Facebook page..

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Khmer: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We supply basic accomodation, with mosquito nets and double beds. We have two private rooms each with a double bed and fan. We also have a very large room with two double beds, fans, and privacy curtains. We ask for a $5USD contribution to put towards your meals each day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    5usd day for meals.

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