For young Cambodians, English language and basic computer skills are essential prerequisites for entry into many jobs but the opportunity to learn these is not available to everybody, principally due to cost. By volunteering to teach in Cambodia, you give a leg-up to youngsters towards attaining better future employment.
Volunteers, who must 18 or older assist local teachers, or take classes themselves and are encouraged to bring with them games, songs or teaching materials bring those along - fresh ideas are always welcome! Depending on the volunteer’s skill areas, activities tend to include: delivering lessons in basic computer skills, mathematics, economics, Spanish, music, arts, Japanese, basketball, drama, German, geography, health etc.; producing lesson plans; preparing and evaluating tests and helping with clerical and translation duties. Specific qualifications are not required but some experience is an advantage.
What to Expect?
Love Volunteers is a not-for-profit organization and is one of the most affordable ways to help out in a developing country while being immersed in the local culture.
Cost includes accommodation, three meals a day, an airport pick-up and drop-off (if required), orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
A Love Volunteers registration fee in addition to the program fees and covers any placements you undertake for twelve months from the start of your first placement. The fee is refundable if you choose not to volunteer more than three months prior to the start of your initial placement. This fee ensures 24/7 pre- and post-placement support from Love Volunteers, checking and vetting of local organisations, a comprehensive information pack, as well as administration and marketing costs.
Volunteers are accommodated either with a host family or in a guesthouse. In either case, one can expect to share a bathroom. Three meals are provided daily. The cuisine of Cambodia contains wonderfully subtle flavours. While breakfast might comprise a fairly un-exotic baguette with pate, sardines or egg, served with coffee, other meals feature several staple components, including rice and noodles, kroeung – Cambodian curry paste, not dissimilar to the Thai version, prahok (a type of fish paste) tropical fruits, chilli peppers, pork and chicken. Seafood is fairly abundant, too. The bread most often eaten is, perhaps oddly, the French baguette.
Popular dishes include: Samlor (the local version of chicken curry); Flavoursome Bai cha – the Khmer take on fried rice incorporating Chinese sausages and seasoned with soy sauce, garlic and herbs; Amok trey - Fish covered with kroeung and coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed; Bok L'hong, a unique salad containing green papayas and a host of ingredients such as crab and smoked fish; and Caw, a dish of braised pork or chicken in caramelized palm sugar. Among the many distinctive desserts is a pumpkin and coconut flan.
Volunteers also have the reassurance of knowing that a Volunteer Coordinator is on hand to supervise the placement and to assist should any difficulties arise.
- Program ID: # 2291
- duration: 1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: CambodiaCambodia11° 35' 15.6084" N, 104° 54' 30.4092" EKH
- Fitness level: Light ImpactModerately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Phnom Penh (PNH)
- Costs From: $500 to $1000$1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Teach Overseas
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