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My Name Som. I am a 38 years old school teacher and owner, I live in Sereysophon City (beautiful freedom), Banteay MeanChey Province, Cambodia. My wife's name is Chheng Sereyratha.
I own a private school International School focused on children beginners English level teaching plus two other Languages (Thai and Chinese). I live in the same building but separated from where the school is, we are in front of Phasa Thmei – New Market or another name is Phasa ChanKakor (market).
My mission is to help the children of Cambodia to become better educated, to have better future opportunities, by exposing them to the international English from native language speakers. I welcome volunteers from all over the world to join me and help me with my quest towards the children of Cambodia so that they to become knowledgeable of the English language and to providing them with a promising educational horizon and future.
The volunteers can learn about our long rich historical legacy. Volunteers may learn a few Khmer words. To the north of Sisophon we have Banteay Chhmar and its nine satellite temples from Cambodia’s most prolific builder, Jayavarman VII (r 1181–1219), on the site of a 9th-century temple, just one hour to the North min 59 km. Trapeang Thma Lake north east 1:45 hours away. Many places suitable for visiting during your days off and some at a walking distance too. Volunteers can also learn culture, festivals and traditions like the Khmer New Year in April, the boat racings in November, Pchum Ben festival (Buda celebration during September), popular stalls open markets, there is a non-official perfect mountain face for rock climbing enthusiasts located at the top of Phnom Chanhchang Pagoda.
Banteay Meanchey means "fortress of victory" in Khmer. notable remains is the Banteay Chhmar temple in the north of the province, built in 12th century towards the 13th century. Other lesser known tem ples are the Banteay Neang Temple located in Banteay Neang is a khum (commune) and village of Mongkol Borei District in Banteay Meanchey Province in western Cambodia. There are several historical sites and colonial buildings. It is located in Road No. 69A of Banteay Chhmar Village, Banteay Chhmar Commune, Tmar Puok District. “Banteay Torp” temple, Banteay Torp (Fortress of the Army) is another sandstone temple with five towers located south of Banteay Chhmar Village. Not so big but the shape is impressive. “Banteay Torp” constructed around the same time as “Banteay Chhmar”. It is about 55 km from Sisophon. It was the biggest army base during the civil war since 1970.It is located in Road No. 69A of Banteay Chhmar Village, Banteay Chhmar Commune, Tmar Puok District..
Banteay Meanchey is the 13th largest province in Cambodia. Banteay Meanchey is one of the nine provinces that are part of the “Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve””. Bamteay Meanchey is covered by extensive lowlands, with a few uplands to the north and east.
The main rivers are the “Mongkol Borei” and the “Sisophon Rivers”. The province is bordered with Battambang to the south at about 50 minutes, Siem Reap to the East, Odar Meanchey to the North and Thailand to the West having the busiest checkpoints named Poipet at 45minutes from Sisophon, Cambodia/Arayanprathep Thailand and there are others international borders to the North with Thailand.
“Cheung Krouh” is about 63 km from the provincial town, with many natural wildlife preserved, funded by the WWF leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species.
It is located in road 69A of Banteay Chhmar Village, Banteay Chhmar Commune, Tmar Puok District. It takes about 2 hours to reach there.
“Laang Phnom Touch” is the natural and cultural resort located at Serey Sophoan District, along the National Road No.5, about 28 kilometers south of Sisophon, it features natural wells and big and small mountains with large stone faces. From the mountaintops, visitors have a spectacular view of the natural forests and a pagoda on the mountain side. The site is popular with local people on festival days.
“Kang Va basin” is the natural resort locating at Serey Sophoan District, along the National Road No 69A, about 4 kilometer distance from the provincial town beautiful scenery with blowing winds of “Ang Teuk Kang Va” basis was built from 1976 to 1978, during the Khmer Rouge regime, as a water reservoir for dry season rice cultivation. Many leisure activities such as swimming, fishing and boating.
“Lake Ang Tropeang Thmor” is located in Banteay Meanchey Province. It is about 50km to the NW of Sisophon Town. “Ang Trapeang Thmor” is a unique wetland ecosystem giving home to over 200 bird species including the endangered Sarus Crane. The best time of seeing the Sarus Crane is from February to May. “Ang Trapeang Thmor” also harbors the globally endangered Elders deer. It can be reached by minibus, taxi or motor taxi.
Western catering markets are in Siam Reap and some in Battambang. The same with restaurants for those western comfort food urges. Sisophon has approximately 6 stalls markets offering simple but budget, breakfast lunch and dinner meals. The closest market to the school is Chan Ka Kor Market or New Market.
Transportation is available, including in between provinces, via bus, mini-van, shared taxi, tuk tuk and motor bike.
The closest pagodas or temples to the school are about 1.5km away.
Poitpet City is only 45 minutes away, loaded with casinos, plenty of night life, shops, restaurants and general night entertainment such as night clubs, KTV (Kareoke/television) where you can sing while dining and drinking with family or friends, Located right on the border with Thailand also with a soon to open Royal Train Station.
Battambang City is just 50 minutes away with many tourist attractions, the famous ride on Banan bamboo train, the Bat Cave, The Killing caves, rivers, waterfalls, natural trails and a variety of international food venues, local cultural activities and monuments. Available are bicycle and tuk-tuk tours around to incredible places and oh course the now active section of the Royal Railways Train station currently open and commuting around Cambodia. Phnum Sampov is a limestone mountain elevation: 762 m (2,500 ft), about 15 km southwest of Battambang that is both of historical relevance and home to a natural spectacle: The Khmer Rouge used one or two of these caves as a Killing Cave, with beautiful wats, statues, and lookout points over the village below. Macaque monkeys roam the mountainside, and millions of bats can be seen at dusk. Stairways snake up the mountain and back down again into limestone caves and canyons
Siam Reap City one hour and fifty minutes away, home of the seventh world wonder "Angkor Wat Complex", loaded with entertainment, rivers, water falls, sightseeing, Pub Street, night clubs big markets catering to westerners, a few western fast food places such as KFC, 7eleven, Burger King, Mike's Burger. Beautiful city at night excellent for bicycling walking. Tonle Sap Lake. Anlong Veng north of Siam Reap. Banteay Tap Temple 2 hours north of Siam reap and
To the north of Sisophon many remnants of the Pov Po era and regime.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Volunteers can help assist the teachers teaching basic English to the low income children of Cambodia three hours a day and five days week. I need maybe three or four volunteers to join me and teach English at my school. Volunteers can assist the teachers from 9-10 in the mornings, from 2:15-3:15 in the afternoon and in the evening from 5-6pm. Monday through Fridays.
This host offers a language exchange
Great opportunity to learn basic Khmer.
We provide the following:
+ Free accommodation with Wi-Fi Internet, electricity and water. Bedding, pillow sheets and towels and other.
+ Free transportation and free guiding to visit historical ruins, temples pagodas and general
sightseeing within Banteay Meanchey province or Sisophon surroundings.
+No meals provided. However, we may point you out to where you can find some budget meals averaging $1.25 to $3.
+ You may also enjoy Wi-Fi at the school.
During the volunteer days off, if conditions permit, we will take the volunteer around Sisophon town and places they may wish to visit within Banteay Meanchey province, and there are a lot of places to visit at a walking distance too, however for your convenience you may hire any of the followings moto taxis, shared taxis or tuk tuks. A tip: If you can afford a used bicycle possibly $ 50 to $ 60 it may help you move around on your own and save you the money you may spend in public transportation while exploring the local attractions.
Learn history of archeological sites and cultural traditions, enjoy the festivals like the Khmer New Year in April, boat racings November, Pchum Ben festival (Buda celebration during September), popular open markets full of fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a non-official outdoor mountain face for rock climbing situated at Phnom Chanhchang Pagoda within Sisophon, there are various work out opportunities at a affordable fee so fitness at the gym is another recreational activity you may enjoy, walking around the city and the short trails, bicycling, sightseeing while riding a tuk-tuk or motorbike will give you hands free to enjoy photographing and sightseeing.
Volunteers on their own can venture to temples or pagodas, Wat Phnom Bak temple, parks rivers the square for late afternoon open aerobics classes.
Volunteers will pay for their own meals which we may guide you to look for simple meals consisting of a traditional early morning Cambodian pho " ka thiew, or a plate with a fried egg, rice, some slices of cucumber, some kind of pickled sliced ginger and other veggies, soup and some small strips of beef or pork, or beef rib or pork ribs you choices from their menu, the meals are usually accompany of a aromatic free brewed hot tea, other typical dishes such as Cambodian Lort Cha (fat noodles- Stir-fried Rice Pin Noodles) with fried egg. Fried Rice with either veggies or pork or beef, Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Khổ Qua) served with rice, Chinese Steamed Pork Buns. Pork blood soup, mud fish soup. Fruit shakes juices. Cold drink coffee, Ovaltine, green tea, soy milk, chocolate, liquid yogurt, energy drinks, sodas.
For your drinking water I will advise you to buy the container, sometime they will refund you the money or part of the money for this container the water brand is "Eurotec" 20 litters and the cheapest you will pay for this container is $4 dollar plus the $2 for the 20 litters of potable water inside of it making it a total of $6 water and container you can keep in your room. In many places they charge you $6 for the container along and this is safer for you stay healthy. This is a lot cheaper, and we can do this the next day. Then with small bottles you can refill them and carry them in your bag. I'm just watching for your savings and health, I do not make money from this, other twenty litter brands of bottles of water maybe tainted or contaminated.
Regarding the Siam Reap Airport: I do not offer transportation from the airport to my location. Usually, the volunteer will get here by their own means and they get my free accommodation when they are ready to start at the school, a shared taxi may cost you from $5 $8 or $10 but you need to bargain a lot. They bring you straight to my place of the hotel.
There are some gyms with temporary memberships in the area. The “Night Market” and the “Town Main Square” are places to see and eat at night time. Free aerobics classes are provided by local volunteers either early morning or late afternoon in the Main Square.
There are places one can walk especially towards the few hills, usually inhabited by monks and built temples or monasteries. Most of small café have Wi Fi and are pleasant to spent time in.
You may stay at the hotel "Morokot Hotel"
My address in case you needed for immigration will be:
Klakon Chas Village, Sankat Kompong Svay, Sereysophon City Banteay Meanchey province.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 3/4 hours a day, 5 days a week Monday-Friday