To find some work in the towns, English language and basic computer skills proficiency is a significant requirement. But in Cambodia, the opportunity to learn is not available for everybody, especially, those who are poor and belong to underprivileged backgrounds. As a result, many people remain either jobless or have to struggle with an unskilled labor job profile. If you wish to help out the future generation, then you should definitely volunteer as an English Teacher and help the kids to choose a better career in the days ahead. Volunteering Solutions has effectively designed this Teaching English Program in Cambodia, which is one of the most effective ways to help and support the education system of the country.
You don't need to have a professional degree to be a teacher here, all you need is an open mindset and the zeal to make a difference. You can teach the young ones how to communicate well and help them learn the basics of English grammar. A decent command on the language can improve the chances of getting a better-paid job for young workers, as well as expand the scope of job profiles they can venture into. And who knows, probably they'll also help you to learn a little bit of Khmer!
Note: Volunteers joining the English Teaching Project in Cambodia will have to devote a minimum of 2 weeks for the program.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program.Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be physically fit and in good health at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check before joining the project.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Being a volunteer, you'll get to work alongside the English teachers, sometimes monks, or even lead the classes in improving the pronunciation and conversational skills.
- Make daily plans and keep the class engaged for at least 3 to 6 hours every day.
- Focus on the weaker kids, and see how you can help them out. Keep a tab on the growth of your students.
- Help in improving the vocabulary of the students.
- Prepare test sheets for regular assessments.
- The best would be to focus on interactive sessions and activity based learning methods.
Volunteer Work Schedule
As a volunteer for the English Teaching Program in Cambodia, your general schedule would be:
Sunday - Arrival at the destination (Phnom Penh)
Monday - Orientation + welcome Dinner.
An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering the major topics such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestions for things to do in Cambodia.
Tuesday - A fully guided city tour of Phnom Penh covering some of the best spots.
Wed to Fri - Volunteer work.
Weekends - Free to explore the city / Head out to discover Siem Reap.
Breakfast - 06:30 am onwards.
Working hours at the placement - 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. You can either choose to return to the accommodation for lunch or you can carry packed lunch to the placement.
Dinner - 07:00 pm onwards.
The same work schedule continues from the second week onwards (Monday - Friday).
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.
Volunteering Solutions is an international volunteer placement match organization and hence all our living arrangements meet international standards. Our Volunteers have to literally arrive with their bags packed and that is it. We provide the best possible stay for our volunteers.
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.
Volunteers are provided with an option to live with a host family or in a 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.
A two-day intensive orientation will be provided by the local staff. Areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation, safety, volunteer placements are explained during the orientation. Volunteers are given a local tour of Phnom Penh city as well as welcome dinner.
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. Cambodian food is light and healthy and is not very spicy and hot. Cambodian cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from other countries in South East Asia such as Vietnam and Thailand.
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! You will have longer free time available on the weekends where you can visit the nearby beaches and the zoo.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
- Pick up from the airport
- 2 day intensive orientation
- Accommodation in a host family or guesthouse
- Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Return Trip to Airport
- Local Transportation
- Visa Fees
FAQ's Application and Program Details
You must be 18 years and above when you arrive at your project placement in Cambodia.
Participants enrolled in the Orphanage and Teaching Project need to provide a Criminal Background Check Report as well.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. Cambodia is a country of different culture and traditions, though it is modernized but the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering here.
Volunteers should be energetic and enthusiastic to make a difference.
Must be in good health.
Volunteering in a group is always a good idea and it’s highly encouraged. We recommend our volunteers to come with their colleagues, friends or families.
Volunteering in a group improves productivity and it’s also safe when you venture out for sightseeing after your work. Also, we can design special group programs for groups of 5 or more. Our programs are designed to be safe, affordable and offer a great group volunteering experience to the volunteers.
In our experience of more than 12+ years we have enabled and facilitated volunteer program placements for student groups- college groups, university groups, high school groups, group of families, group of couples as well as a group of colleagues.
Volunteers are picked up from the Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) by the in-country 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. Please do inform the in-country coordinator if your? flight is arriving late.
If you are planning to come for multiple programs during your trip, you will have to pay the application fee just once. Your application fee is valid for a year's time (from the date of application). You will not have to pay the application fees again if you come within the mentioned time frame.
For our returning volunteers, $50 discount is provided for the application fee for their next VolSol program.
Flights and Visa
Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day tourist Visa on arrival. You can apply for an E-Visa before going to Cambodia. For volunteers planning to stay in Cambodia for more than 30 days, business Visa is recommended.
Most volunteers coming from Europe and North America have a layover in South Korea, Qatar, Vietnam or Thailand and then take a connecting flight to Phnom Penh.
The following carriers operate regular flights to Phnom Penh –
Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Tigerair, Dragon Air, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air China flights, Thai AirAsia and SilkAir.
Health and Safety
Apart from that, travelers are recommended to take the following vaccinations:
Hepatitis A and B
We would also request you to consult your travel doctor before going to Cambodia.
Accommodation and Living
In Cambodia, accommodation is provided in the volunteer house or with a Cambodian host family depending on your preference, availability and the final project allocation.
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 is centrally located and the local staff office is also there. The coordinators are available to assist the volunteers in case of any need. Rooms are shared with usually 2-4 other volunteers. The house has wireless internet available for volunteers use as well as a common area where you can socialize with other volunteers.
Volunteers are provided with three meals a day. Cambodian food is light and healthy and is not very spicy and hot. It is a fusion of different Southeast Asian cuisines and meals usually comprise of Rice, Vegetables, Chicken, Beef, and noodles.
We encourage our volunteers to travel. We have designed various weekend tours which can be booked under the Add-on Tours section in your ‘My Account’.
Your in-country coordinator will also help you book and organize the tours once you are in the country.
Traveling within Cambodia is cheap; however, you should carry around $50 - 60 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as snacks, water, local transport, phone etc.
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.
To view feedback reports and testimonials from Volunteering Solutions Cambodia program participants, click here.