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Volunteer Teaching in Cambodia

Project Info
  • Placement locations:Phnom Penh
  • Types of schools: Local NGO schools
  • Age of students: 5 - 16
  • Class sizes: 10 - 20
  • Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English)
  • Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Music, Sports
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Projects Abroad is in need of volunteers to teach English to disadvantaged children in Cambodia. After years of devastation, many Cambodians now have better access to schooling and the government is encouraging education for both girls and boys. However, the number of children in need of education in the capital city of Phnom Penh is very high. The free schools that do exist are often overcrowded, understaffed, poorly resourced, and sometimes out of reach. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break, or as part of an extended vacation, you will have a vital role to play in improving the lives of Cambodian children through education.

Projects Abroad works to improve the lives of some of the most neglected children in Cambodia by working closely with many local NGOs who focus on education. There are many difficulties associated with sending children to free schools and so children often receive their education within NGO schools. English is an important skill for Cambodians to learn and there is currently a great demand for English education. A good grasp of English means access to better jobs and ultimately a better future. It is here, and in the charity funded schools that English teaching volunteers can make a huge difference.

Volunteer Teaching in Cambodia with Projects Abroad

Volunteer with students in Cambodia

Classes are normally small with about ten to thirty children per class. The limited size allows you to give personal attention to each child. Due to the shortage of teachers, you'll normally have your lessons alone without a teaching assistant, but there will be other staff around to help or translate if needed. The staff themselves will also benefit from practicing their English with a native speaker.

The ability to speak English will help improve the future of these children. You will teach younger children the basics while helping older students polish their skills and enhance their confidence. The attention and care you provide is an enormous benefit to them and we hope you will take the time to prepare and structure lessons. Being prepared will give you extra confidence and insure that you, and your students get the most out of your experience volunteering in Cambodia.

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