In the city, children from wealthy families attend international schools in English, while the less privileged minority in the provinces have only 2 days of public school a week. They must pay for "extra classes" to study most subjects and get the information they need for exams. Even with this, they must then compete with the internationally-educated elite and success seems impossible. In this climate, many children drop out of school by 14 and the cycle continues.
Our organisation, in a rural area 2 hours from the city, is an improvised freestanding classroom, built by Chiva and his family to help combat this problem in their village. The informal school welcomes nearly 200 local students every day to encourage them to stay in school and learn English. Thanks to volunteers, there is a large group of committed students who can speak English fluently and have a community of fellow students that can help each other succeed against the odds.
We rely on English-speaking volunteers to stay at the school (host family) and teach however they can, whether it be language itself, sports, art, or anything you're passionate about. It's the exposure to and use of English which really helps. There is a laptop/projector with lesson plans to follow, videos, and websites. Sometimes there is no internet connection, but we also have a whiteboard, flashcards, a few books, and your creativity. There are no permanent or local teachers, so when there are no volunteers the older kids teacher the younger ones.
Minimum 1 month for temporary volunteers. (Please provide a recent criminal record check. Recommended to bring a laptop.) Weekends are yours to travel.
Also looking for longterm volunteers.
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 just helping to connect volunteers to the school. I live in Phnom Penh but I can help you plan lessons and answer any questions you have.
Aide avec les langues
Aide informatique / 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 elephant sanctuary 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 it's better to focus on a topic and teach them skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and using English to express themselves. What we don't want is a month of playing hangman!
We have a chromebook / projector with lesson plan templates and lots of online resources. There are also textbooks to follow for the middle levels. You are free to do things your way.
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 the volunteers at the moment so they ask for a contribution of a dollar per meal. (it's a lot of food and it's delicious, and they are used to making food for vegans). You can also buy fruit and things in the market. The local shop is within the same plot 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.
Anything you can donate is helpful! Old laptops / phones, clothes, games...
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
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