Asia Volunteer Network

English Teacher to Budhist Monks

Siem Reap, Cambodia show on map
We need volunteers to help us teaching English to monks in Siem Reap province. Most of monks are young and really want to learn English. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Background information

In Cambodia, Buddhism is a religion of nation. 95% of the Cambodians believe in Theravada Buddhism, and the monks hold an important place in society. As known, for Cambodians, Buddhism is more than just a religion. Pagoda’s (Buddhist temples) are also important for education and many boys spent some times as a monk. During the Khmer Rouge time, the majority of monks have been killed and nearly all temples have been destroyed. But afterwards, Buddhism once again became the state religion and every Buddhist boy is expected to to become a monk for a period in his life. 

Volunteer work

Volunteer will teach English in a pagoda to the young monks. Most importance is to improve the monks basic English and conversational skills. Volunteers need to prepare lesson plan for each lesson. Volunteer will teach English to young monks and their age is around 11 years old. The level of English is beginner.

Recommendations

It is important to note that monks are highly respected. We recommend that volunteers need to understand about monks' life as much as possible before you can join this program. Volunteers should bring some materials for their Teaching such as pictures, poster, color...etc so this can help them to learn new words faster.

The location

This program is in Siem Reap province. Every volunteer will stay at a partner guesthouse in Siem Reap town. To go to work volunteers also can ride a bicycle which it's take only around 15min from the accommodation. 

Typical day

You will teach English 2 hours per day from 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday. Volunteer will get the weekend off.  As you teach only 2 hours a day volunteer can do the lesson plan in the morning or help another project for teaching or childcare. This program we can also arrange for you if you want to do more work. 

Details on Arrival

This program we run throughout the year. Our program start on the 1st or 3nd Monday of each month.

Free-time activities

Every volunteers will get the weekend off. There are many places volunteers can visit at the weekend in Siem Reap including the Angkor Wat the famous historical place, Kulen waterfall, Old market, night market... 

Volunteers can also travel by bus to visit many provinces at weekend or during national holiday such as to Sihanouk Vill and Kampot to see beaches. Siem Reap is small town but a lot travelers come to visit the temples, you will find a lot of western bars, supermarkets offer western articles, and especially the old market and the pub street is the spot for travelers. 

But of course, you will also find the Cambodian Culture everywhere in the city. Walk around the different markets, try the food of the food stalls at the street or just walk around the streets, there is really always something to explore.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at Hight school level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Culturally sensitive and flexible are requested in this program.

Understand about Buddhism

Volunteer should have at least intermediate English level for both written and verbal.

Volunteers should have a love for teaching and conversation.

No previous teaching experience is required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 16:00

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Before your journey

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What's Included

  • Volunteer placement within one of our local partner organization.
  • Pre-departure information
  • Airport pick up, welcome package, which includes a volunteer guide and maps and dinner at a traditional Khmer restaurant
  • Food and accommodations (3 meals a day)
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • One day orientation on Cambodian history, culture and language plus city tour

Airport Pickup at Siem Reap International Airport

One of our team will wait you at the airport. When you arrived at the arrivals area please look for a sign with your name written on it. We will bring you to our volunteer guest house and usually it take around 20 minute from the airport. On the way our team will explain you about safety and what to prepare for the orientation tomorrow.

Accommodation

The guest house is located in the center of City and are within minutes of many of the major tourist attractions. The guest house have restaurants servicing local and western cuisine, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, bicycles for rent, and laundry service. Most volunteers share room with other volunteers, however, private rooms can be booked for those that desire.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner at each of our guest houses. Khmer cuisine shares many commonalities with the food of neighboring Thailand and Vietnam and commonly contains rice, vegetables, or noodles. Breakfast typically includes coffee, tea, and juice with bread or eggs. Lunch and dinner meals typically consist of rice, noodles, soup, vegetables, beef, fish, pork and fruit.

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 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)
$ 640
5 weeks
$ 735
6 weeks
$ 830
7 weeks
$ 925
9 weeks
$ 1,115
11 weeks
$ 1,305
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,540
Average fees
$ 133 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Siem Reap/Cambodia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Asia Volunteer Network 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 Asia Volunteer Network during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Cambodia  Siem Reap, Pnhear Chey village, Sankat Sway Dongkum, Siem Reap

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