School Volunteer in Cambodia
School Volunteer in Cambodia
Whether you are backpacking in Cambodia, or just have a week or 2 to give back to a local community in need, our School Volunteer programme in Cambodia has a great deal to offer! On this programme, you have the opportunity to help in a community-funded school where you will teach disadvantaged children English As these children don’t usually have access to any of these subjects, your input will be greatly appreciated!
Teach Children eager to learn in a Community-funded School
Each day, over 400 children, aged 6-15, arrive at this very special school in Samraong. Opened in 2013, the Greenway School offers a free educational/learning opportunity for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. The school, designed, built and completely operated by people like you, is under the guidance of their native Cambodian manager and teacher Mr. Ya Nuth, a philanthropic leader who has made a huge difference to the community. In fact, the children know the history of their school, and are extremely grateful for the opportunity they have to learn. Cue our fun-loving, enthusiastic volunteer English teachers!
Spend your gap Year giving Children a Better Start in Life!
During your programme, you will be working with class sizes which are typically between 10-30 students. Classrooms are actually well equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a whiteboard and flashcards, pencils and paper. However, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own learning materials to help spread the resources they have. Predominantly, the core focus of the teaching project will depend upon the needs of the school at that particular point in time. However, your main role will be to prepare and deliver English lessons and administer weekly progress tests. And don’t worry about being in at the deep end! You’ll have lots of support from local staff – and of course, other volunteers during your time here!
Why be a School Volunteer in Cambodia?
- Improve village children’s educational prospects and build their confidence
- Find out how being a school volunteer in Cambodia contrasts with western methods
- Gain invaluable, practical experience in teaching and lesson planning
- Explore Cambodia’s rich and diverse culture and communities
- Enjoy staying at our accommodation with meals and beverages* included
*tea, coffee and drinking water
You will arrive on Sunday and have plenty of time to settle in before you start your week as a School Volunteer in Cambodia!
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarise yourself with the surroundings as well as the local culture. Your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Khmer Do’s and Don’ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
- Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
- Introduction to the Project, Project site and start participating on the project.
Tuesday to Friday
Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts; the first is in the morning and runs between 08:00 and 11:00, whilst the second is in the afternoon and runs between 14:00 and 17:00. Our staff normally recommend that volunteers commit to one teaching shift a day, with the rest of their time dedicated to the various other tasks that make up this project.
Evenings and Weekends
At the end of your day as a School Volunteer in Cambodia, you can choose to explore the area or simply relax with new friends back at your accommodation. Many of our volunteers enjoy mixing with their new volunteer friends during the week and plan their weekend adventures together!
Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Places to Visit
Nearby, you’ll find a park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time. Further, bikes are available at our centre which you can use to explore your surroundings and get about.
Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Our volunteers often head there at the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat, zip-wire through rainforest canopies, discover breathtaking waterfalls and do a little trekking!
Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. Here, you will stay in a small, rural village where you will get a taste of authentic rural Cambodian life!
About the Accommodation
Life in Samraong is simple and natural and your accommodation reflects this lifestyle. You will have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants, and Wifi is also available at the centre.
Rooms are single-gender dorm style, sleeping up to 4 people, but you may request a comfort room that has more amenities and may be a little quieter. However, these rooms are not guaranteed, so do note your preferences with us at the time of booking. Facilities for all rooms include:
- WIFI in public areas
- Lockable rooms
- Private bathroom
- Bed linen
- Mosquito protection
- Private rooms available on request
Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, as well as western food. Vegetarian options are also available – just let us know. Please note our Agriculture Development Volunteer programme includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, and brunch and dinner on the weekends.
There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank, and numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 – 15 minute bike ride or walk.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Siem Reap
- Banteay Chhmar
Trip Country Info
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.
Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.
Gap year travel to Cambodia is on the rise as more and more people discover its culture, traditions and historic treasures. A relatively unexplored country compared to its neighbours, Cambodia opened up for tourism very recently.Troubled by extreme poverty, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with over 75% of the population living on less than 2 USD a day. Things such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education are lacking in quality and are often not available to their fullest extent.
With a wide range of volunteering opportunities, Tru Experience wants to help you find the volunteer experience that’s perfect for you whether you are looking to work & travel in Cambodia or go on a road trip across the country. By visiting Cambodia, you can find yourself in a world where you can help those less fortunate than yourself while exploring the many cultural treasures of the nation and getting to know the people in a way that can’t be compared. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Cambodia, a road trip, conservation work, teaching, community work or other work & travel in Cambodia have a look at our latest experiences below.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
|DBS, Police Background Check
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance