What will I do at my volunteer Teaching Placement in Cambodia?
You’ll work with the children at kindergartens and primary schools.You’ll be involved in the following activities:
- Improve the English levels of the students through fun and interactive lessons
- Assist with extracurricular activities such as sport, music and arts class
- Prepare exciting lessons for the next day to ensure each activity has a clear goal
Your work will focus on the following areas:
The English language has fast become one of the most spoken languages worldwide. Since it is used widely across business and media channels, it is important for Cambodians to learn English from a young age. Their fluency in the language will provide them with better employment opportunities as they get older. As a volunteer teaching English in Cambodia, you’ll play an important part at your placement. Depending on their current skill level, you’ll teach them basic English words such as colours, numbers, and ABCs. You can play role-play games that encourage the children to talk in English and improve their confidence.
You can also take your lessons outside of the classroom when organising activities for the children. Get their bodies moving during a sports class. You can work on their locomotor skills such as balance, throwing, kicking, running, skipping, jumping and more. Off the sports field, many of the children may be more creatively inclined. Some children enjoy the soft tunes from musical instruments or the vibrant colours and crafts they can make during art class.
You’ll need to spend time each day to ensure you are prepared for the next day of lessons. For example, you can spend an hour or so thinking of new ways to captivate your students during class. This kind of thorough planning will make teaching easier and give you more confidence.
Where will I be working in Cambodia?
As a Teaching Volunteer in Cambodia, you’ll be working in the charming city of Phnom Penh. Known as the pearl of Asia, the city is situated along the Mekong River. Although still recovering from the results of war, Phnom Penh is a resilient city and home to some of the most friendly people in the world.
You’ll be able to see a different side to the city as you volunteer in disadvantaged areas. Here families struggle to feed and educate their children. You’ll teach at one of our partner NGO schools which are open to families in need. They subsidise the children’s meals and provide them with free schooling that complements the state curriculum.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.
The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.
What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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