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English Language Helper & Teacher for Students

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Having a decent command over English language can be very useful for making a career, and this is what exactly the Teaching English Program in Cambodia aims for.

The project

Being one of the top most commonly spoken language in the world, spoken English has a huge role to play when it comes to making a career. This becomes all the more important in places and for people for whom employment opportunities are limited. 

To work at the industries in the town areas, English language and basic computer skills proficiency is a significant requirement. But in Cambodia the opportunity to learn and study is not available for everybody, especially, those from poor and underprivileged family backgrounds. As a result many people remain either jobless or have to struggle with an unskilled labour job profile.

The Teaching English Volunteer Program, as the name suggests, is an effort to improve and strengthen the language skills of children from poor family backgrounds, and help them carve a better career for themselves in the future. 

Volunteer work

Usually volunteers work alongside the staff English teachers, sometimes monks, or even lead the classes in improving the pronunciation and conversational skills. Volunteers are welcome to bring in their own ideas to the classroom as well to make it more engaging and fun to study. A typical list of tasks of volunteer working for the teaching English program in Cambodia includes;

  • Teaching English in the morning or in the afternoon for 3- 6 hours a day or longer
  • Preparing lesson plans (if possible)
  • Helping with general work which comes up (Reception, translations)
  • Preparing tests
  • Helping in improving the vocabulary of the students
  • Implementation of new ideas and teaching methods (if possible)
Volunteering in Cambodia benefits both the volunteers and the students, and it will be an unforgettable experience.

Typical day

The schedule for the volunteers remains as follows;

Sunday: Arrival at the program destination

Monday: Orientation + welcome Dinner. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Cambodia.   

Tuesday: A full guided city tour of Phnom Penh covering some of the best hot-spots

Wed to Friday: Volunteer work

  • Breakfast - 06:30 am onward
  • Working hours  - 09:30 am to 11:00 pm and 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
  • Lunch - volunteers get two hours break in between work hours and can choose to return to the accommodation for lunch or can carry packed lunch to the placement.
  • Dinner - 07:00 pm  onward

Weekends - Free to explore the city

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward

Details on Arrival

Below are the available program start dates;


2017
August         06 & 20
September 03 & 17
October         01 & 15
November 05 & 19
December 03 & 17

2018
January 01 & 15
February 04 & 18
March 04 & 18
April 01 & 15
May 06 & 20
June 03 & 17
July          01 & 15
August -
September 02 & 16
October 07 & 21
November 04 & 18
December 02 & 16

Since, the program start date is also the arrival date, you need to be in Phnom Penh on the same date that you select as your program start date. For example, if you choose 19th November as your program start date, you need to be in Phnom Penh on the 19th. 

Free-time activities

Phnom Penh has a lot to offer and you will always find something of interest to do and see during your free time. There are a lot of temples, museums and historic sites to visit such as Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, Royal Palace, National Museum and Wat Phnom. You can also join the local Khmer cuisine cooking classes, if that interests you! 

Your weekends and evenings will be free for you to indulge in some sightseeing and explore in and around Phnom Penh. You can visit the temples of Angkor near Siem Reap city in the west, the beaches of Sihanoukville and coastal towns along the southern coast and also the jungle villages along the countryside. (Of course, one just can’t afford to miss visiting the ruins of Angkor Wat when in Cambodia!)

Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at High School level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance and Passport
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 from 09:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

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The total fee includes;

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
  •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  •  Pick up from the airport
  •  2 day intensive orientation
  •  Food 
  •  Accommodation in a host family or guesthouse
  •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

Airport Pickup at Phnom Penh International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from the Phnom Penh International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Cambodia will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand. 

Accommodation

Volunteers are provided with an option to live with a host family or in volunteer house. You can let us know about your preference and requirements in the application form and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

Staying with a local host family is exciting and a very good opportunity for the volunteers to get to know the traditional customs, culture and ‘way of living’ of Cambodians. Our volunteers usually stay with middle class families. All volunteers are provided with separate rooms in most cases. However, in a rare case you would be sharing the room with a fellow volunteer. All host families are carefully selected and approved by the local staff and have past experience of hosting international volunteers. All accommodations have running water and electricity available.

The Volunteer house accommodation is centrally located and close to most of the popular tourist sites in Phnom Penh.Volunteers share a room with other volunteers. The house is a great place to meet and interact with other like minded volunteers from different parts of the world. Internet facility is available for volunteers use and laundry facility is also available at extra cost.

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Three meals per day are provided to the volunteers. Lunch and dinner will be rice, a bowl of soup, fried meat (chicken, beef. pork or fish) and a lot of vegetables. Breakfast usually comprises of Tea, Bread, Coffee, Jam and fruits.

Volunteers with special diet requirements can mention the same in their applications.

Internet Access
Good 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 Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh. 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)
$850.00
5 weeks
$950.00
6 weeks
$1,050.00
7 weeks
$1,150.00
8 weeks
$1,250.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,170.00
Average fees
$172.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Phnom Penh/Cambodia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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