Involvement Volunteers IVI

Rural Primary School Teaching

Samraong, Cambodia show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 1989
Lauren
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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
Contribute to a rural school success story in North Eastern Cambodia, empowering children and their families through education and opportunity. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Highlights

  • Involve yourself in a powerful education success story in Cambodia
  • Experience the historically complex and incredibly diverse Cambodian culture
  • Meet likeminded individuals and lifelong friends in fun and exciting scenarios
  • Make a lasting and powerful contribution to the lives of local communities
  • Explore incredible landscapes and tourist locations such as Angkor Wat and Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in your free time

Here you will take part in an amazing village school project which started in 2012 and has been completely built by volunteers under the supervision of local management with in depth knowledge of the local challenges and opportunities.

Providing free education, the school now holds over 200 children from nearby villages who eagerly rely on the support and care provided by the many volunteers and local staff which make this place so special.   The school is a model and reminder of the power that international volunteerism can provide to communities in need. 

The school caters to children mostly aged 10-15 years old who currently possess only a basic level of English.  With classroom size generally between 25-30 students, the school is equipped with basic teaching resources such as flash cards and blackboards.  The school very gratefully accepts any donated materials such as books, games and writing utensils.

The school also has an adjourning vegetable garden where students are given a small plot of land to farm their own vegetables.  Farming is typically the main source of income for families in these areas, so this is an important skill and unique school offering.  Much of the school has been built through aid from international volunteers and local tradesman.

Typical day

Teaching time with the students runs from 8am – 11am in the morning and then 2pm-5pm in the afternoon.  Volunteer teachers generally take 1 teaching shift combined with some light construction, gardening or other options depending on the skill set of the volunteer.  We have a high level of flexibility of participant input for this project. As well as being done in the traditional classroom sense, we actively encourage creative input. This can be in the form of drawing, art, singing or activities with the children.

Project Tasks Include (but are not limited to):

  • Volunteer teaching English
  • Gardening
  • Creating activities for the students
  • Art & Handicraft activities
  • Sports after classes
  • Environmental awareness activities
  • Construction and renovation of school and local community

Volunteers may also take part in presentations on exercise and living an active lifestyle, with topics such as healthy eating, sexual health and physical activity for school children.

Details on Arrival

This program runs weekly starting on the Monday, volunteers are recommended to arrive the weekend before.

Free-time activities

Weekend participants are always free to relax at the accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with their advice. During the weekends only two meals are served inside the accommodation; breakfast and dinner.
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Involvement Volunteers IVI (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Siem Reap International Airport
Our friendly driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation to ensure a positive welcome experience to the program. Please ensure to keep your volunteer manager up to date with your travel information.
Accommodation

Accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. They have a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and/or communal areas.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint especially: water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
Accommodation includes;

  • 2-4 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas
  • No Laundry facilities
  • No Safety deposit box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 meals p/day are included during your volunteer stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Siem Reap International Airport (REP) in Siem Reap. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cambodia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cambodia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,075
5 weeks
$ 1,271
6 weeks
$ 1,468
7 weeks
$ 1,664
8 weeks
$ 1,860
9 weeks
$ 2,056
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,645
Average fees
$ 245 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Samraong/Cambodia between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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