Volunteer at our school to help children from low income families near Siem Reap, Cambodia

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    In January 2023 we created two organization branches in Thailand in Sisaket province and Lao people's democratic republic, in Salavann province in order to providing additional education, for free to those who need it in the local community, with the help of volunteers from all over the world, we have helped to improve the lives and opportunities of children from local low-income families in and around the local communities.
    [SUMMER 2022 UPDATE]
    The school is in urgent need of volunteers !
    The photos you can see on this page were taken before Covid.
    Back then the school was packed with people from all around the world, unfortunately that is not the case anymore...
    We'd love to see it shine again like it did before :)

    Head Volunteer Needed:
    The School is in need of volunteer(s) who can fulfil organisational help while also taking on English teaching at the Schools. You will have the opportunity to guide this organisation; creating an organised environment for students and volunteer teachers alike. If you have a background in management, strong organisational skills, and are naturally able to lead a group of people - this school and its students could use you. A commitment of a few months could really allow you to see your vision come to fruition here at the School.

    English Teachers are needed for both the School and the Public School (about a 10 minute walk away) ASAP. More details are below. You'll have the opportunity to teach children English, plan original lessons, and lessons from included textbooks. If you can commit for 1 Month or more you'll have a more positive impact on the students and the community.
    Our names are Savuth, Savon

    Savuth and Savon founded this community School in March 2014 with the aim of providing additional education, for free, to those who need it in the local community. Since then, with the help of volunteers from all over the world, we have helped to improve the lives and opportunities of children from local low-income families in and around Siem Reap. Anthony has been involved with setting up free schools, organic farming, Free English classes in government hospitals and other projects around Asia since 2012.

    Right now we provide several English classes on site.
    The majority of classes are held in English and as such all volunteers will need to have conversational level. However, please don’t worry if your English is not absolutely perfect as any help is appreciated and having a teacher with basic conversation skills is much better than no teacher at all!
    We hope to (re)open other classes in the future (French, Spanish, Music/Art and Computer)

    As a volunteer we welcome you to stay in our home. We would love to teach you about our culture, food and language. There are dorms and private rooms available, we don’t have a/c at the moment, but we have free WiFi, fans and huge smiles!

    If you want to become a volunteer , we provide 3 meals a day and accommodation. You will live in the home of the family who founded the school, allowing you to really integrate and become a part of the family!
    Staying here means learning a lot about the local culture and yourself, at the same time having a positive impact on Cambodian development from the ground level, which is a truly rewarding experience.
    Our young organisation is not yet able to provide all this for free. To cover the basic costs, including food, electricity and water, we ask for a minimal donation of just $56 per week.

    [UPDATING from November 2019]

    Dear volunteers,

    Our NGO is growing every year thanks to the participation of the former volunteers. Our school is going to celebrate in November its 5th birthday on helping the people of Siem Reap.

    The classrooms are outside our house and the students are aged 4 - 18 years old. As a volunteer we aim to give you an average of 3 lessons per day, but you could be doing up to 5 lessons depending on your availability and the amount of volunteers staying at a time.

    We also provide English classes at a local public school. Usually children are not exposed to English in public schools until grade 8 and the quality of teaching is low. These classes are fairly large and can be challenging
    with up to 40 children but there are always a minimum of two teachers per class. Students in the public school are used to strict teachers and sometimes they might be unused to Western teaching methods. However, helping to show these students a different way of learning is one of the most rewarding feelings you can experience.

    We believe that education is the best way out of poverty. Our school offers young students a better chance to succeed in life. Language education is essential for the future of Cambodian children especially here in Siem Reap with its huge tourism industry. Skills in English and other foreign languages provide a quick path to more lucrative careers for Cambodian children.

    Our students would really benefit from having access to long-term volunteers and those with any previous teaching experience or a desire to develop their skills in this area.

    Although we would love to host everyone, we are in need of volunteers who are aged 18+ and who can stay for at least 2 weeks. The longer you stay the stronger the trust between kids and teacher will be, creating a special bond that will allow you to get the best out of your students :)


    We are continuously in need of volunteers (for a minimum of 2 weeks) to fill the following positions:

    Requirements: Volunteers fluent in English (Native or Non-Native). We are always happy to welcome volunteers who might not have any prior teaching experience as long as they enjoy being with children and are interested in teaching.

    Duties for specific class levels:

    ABC 123 class- Teaching of Alphabet, numbers and some basic vocabulary ..

    Beginner – Teaching of basic vocabulary and simple grammar structures. Potential candidates must be able to keep small children occupied with engaging activities. Ideal volunteers would be adaptable and willing to manipulate the existing syllabus to fit with the needs of their class.

    Intermediate – Teaching vocabulary, simple sentence structure, counting and numbers to 100 through speaking and listening activities, reading and writing.

    Advanced - Teaching of sentences and basic grammar. Ideal volunteers would be adaptable and willing to manipulate the existing syllabus to fit with the needs of their class. Requires more planning than Elementary or Beginner classes.

    Upper-Advanced – Teaching of advanced sentences, vocabulary and grammar. Potential candidates must be comfortable with finding different ways of teaching the same topic multiple types until the children understand. Requires more planning than Elementary, Beginner or Advanced classes.

    We are very excited to be one of the very few NGO's in the area to offer computer lessons to our students! If you have some experience in this field, please email us for further details. We would love to hear from you!

    Requirements: Teachers need to be adept at typing, Microsoft Word, Excel, emailing, basic internet search methods, and any low-level coding experience is beneficial as well. As this is a brand new program for us, we could also use help creating a curriculum that will prepare our students with the most necessary skills in this Information Age.
    Duties: Teach students basic vocabulary, maintenance, operation, and use of desktops and laptop computers. This class can be combined with teaching English as well.

    Minimum 1 month commitment.
    Requirements: Experience in communication, social media, image protection, etc.
    Duties: Take care of the Facebook page of the school, surveillance and edition of the school's and children's pictures posted on Internet. This class can be combined with teaching English as well.

    Requirements: Experience raising money for non-profits and managing an organisation's public image using various social media.
    Duties: Maintaining and improving our online presence via Facebook, Indiegogo, Workaway etc., creating student recruitment flyers and organising volunteers and events to create a positive image for our school. This class can be combined with teaching English as well.

    We do other projects in other villages and are always looking for ways to help the communities. some places in Cambodia still have to travel miles to collect water from a well, quite often the water is not fit for consumption. Sanitation is also a major problem in a lot of area's and with Anthony's help these projects are being put into place.

    Requirements: Previous construction and gardening experience
    Duties: Volunteers for this position will help with building of new projects and maintenance of current projects. This work can be combined with teaching.

    We open the the school in the end of April 2018 and by then we will be needing volunteers at both schools. Volunteers will be taught to ride a scooter and will be driving back and forth.
    Please let us know which positions you are interested in when applying and if you are okay with teaching both schools



    In March 2015, we opened “Pagoda” a new school 3 km away from here, in a village called Chreav.

    In June 2016, we opened classes at the local primary school. We are currently teaching 5 classes here a day to over 300 students.

    In September 2016, with the help of fundraising money, we commenced two new projects. We renovated our English classroom at public school; washing and painting the walls, sanding all of the tables, decorating the walls and buying new resources. We have also built new walls in our classroom and installed new power boxes. Walls will be painted and new wall displays bought and displayed.

    In February 2017, we were continuing building a new school, 5 km away from the main School in Po Village. We look forward to open it after Khmer's New Year in April 2018!

    September and December 2018 and we helped local communities by installing 2 water projects to provide clean drinking water to local families.

    In August 2019 we make Memorandum Of Understanding between Education Center for Community, Cambodia and Tamkang university, republic of China, (R.O.C.) is purpose to promote, through mutually beneficial program of educational cooperation and exchange, a better understanding, friendship, and university social responsibility between the two institution.



    When you are not teaching or building there are plenty of things to explore around Siem Reap, such as: the Angkor Wat Temples, the floating village in Tonle Sap lake, the local Crocodile farm or simply enjoy the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap surrounded by friendly Khmer people. Bicycles are available.

    Here we believe in a very positive family orientated culture. We are looking for volunteers who flourish in an environment like this. Please understand that children and their education is our priority so we expect a responsible level of commitment from everyone that wants to join our team. This is an English school trying to empower low resources kids, if you are looking for a cool place to spend a few days taking pictures and sleeping around then this might not be the best project for you. If you come willing to give the best of you to leave a positive footprint for the local population, we are waiting to hear from you!

    We look forward to welcoming you to our family!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers able to join our team will benefit from the rewarding experience of supporting children and the local people in a developing community. They will be treated as part of the family, and will experience real life in Cambodia, not just as a tourist but as a local. Being part of such a worthwhile cause gives our volunteers memories never to be forgotten.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    - Teach languages to children/adults
    - Administration support (i.e. taking care of the messages sent by volunteers on Workaway/other volunteering sites)
    - Management and Organisation of Volunteers
    - Fundraising
    - Volunteer recruitment
    - Construction
    - Contributing to existing projects

  • Languages spoken

    Khmer: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We require a $56 per week contribution towards a bed, 3 meals a day and utility costs (so $8 a day)
    Details are as follows:
    - Bunk bed in a dormitory (mosquito net and a fan are provided)
    - Wifi available free of cost.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The weekends are free! There is a lot to do around here; spend the day in Siem Reap, visit the lotus fields, the floating village, Angkor Wat, chill with the team in the hammocks bar, etc.
    We can arrange a tuk tuk for collection/dropping off, as well as for exploring during your time here.
    And also we have the swimming pool here for our all volunteers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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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    $8 per day
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