Teaching English

Volunteers work in community centers, orphanages or public schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Education in Cambodia has become a national priority. The proportion of public spending for education has increased, and important efforts have been made to build more schools, improve teacher training, and spur universal access to elementary and middle school education. However, for a variety of reasons, which include the lingering effects of the Khmer Rouge’s policies to displace and kill the most educated in society, the base from which the education system is growing is low. Serious problems remain. Dropout rates among poor students are high and illiteracy rates, particularly for women, are amongst the highest in the region. Additionally, as Cambodia transitions from a subsistence economy to one driven by industry and services, the demand for skilled labor is keeping the poorest from good jobs.

The education projects empower volunteers to contribute to education efforts in Phnom Penh. Volunteers share their skills and talents with disadvantaged children and young adults. They help students broaden their perspectives and develop skills demanded by the labor market. Volunteers live in Phnom Penh and work in the city and surrounding areas.


What do volunteers do?

Volunteers work in community centers, orphanages or public schools for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children into classes ranging from basic to intermediate level English. Volunteers either work with local teachers or, in certain resource-poor schools, they plan lessons and lead classes alone.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

From motorbikes and noisy tuk-tuks whizzing through traffic to monks in saffron robes meditating in old temples, Phnom Penh is a capital at the crossroads of traditional culture and modernization. Phnom Penh is an exciting place to live. A day by the Mekong riverfront mingling with Cambodians and taking in the colorful street life is a great way to experience the relaxed side of Phnom Penh. A visit to Wat Phnom, the city’s famous pagoda that was constructed in 1373, is a must, as is a walk down the wide boulevards lined with French colonial architecture. The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former high-school used as a concentration camp during the Khmer Rouge period, is another important place to visit. It is a heart-wrenching but necessary reminder of Cambodia’s darkest days. There are restaurants and cafes throughout the city. From street cart vendors to fine dining restaurants serving Cambodian and French fusion cuisine, Phnom Penh is a great place to eat out. The capital also has a vibrant nightlife. Finally, from Phnom Penh you can travel easily to other interesting destinations across the country, including Angkor, Battambang and Siem Reap.

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What's included?
The fees include:
Easy online application, Reservation Fee, Preparation Booklet, Briefing Meeting, First week extra R&R day, Housing, Food, Airport pick-up, UBELONG Mentor, Orientation, In-country support, Reference letter, Fundraising and networking and United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Not included: Airfare, Insurance and Airport drop off.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

A driver will pick up at the airport and drop you off at the volunteer house.


You live in a comfortable and welcoming volunteer house. The house is located in the center of Phnom Penh near the Russian Market. There is staff 24/7 at the house to assist volunteers with any needs that may arise. You usually share a bedroom with one to six other volunteers. Single rooms are not available. Each room has a bathroom and all are cleaned on a regular basis. In Phnom Penh, we also have a network of host families.

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Cambodian food incorporates many elements of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. It is very tasty and you can expect to eat very well during your placement. Every day, you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner. These are usually served buffet style. Cooks prepare a wide-range of local dishes exclusively for the volunteers.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Phnom Pehn/Cambodia between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. UBELONG will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 UBELONG during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Cambodia. Please check the visa regulations for Cambodia.
Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Cambodia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cambodia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Phnom Penh International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.
What can you do in leisure-time in Cambodia while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Packing List
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Phnom Pehn, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia