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.
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.
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.
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.