Your work will focus on the following areas:
Organise educational activities
In Cambodia, promoting early childhood development is one of our main goals. We want to make sure each child we work with learns the skills they need to succeed at school. You’ll help us work toward this goal by improving literacy and numeracy, and teaching English. You’ll also play games and sports to help children improve their motor skills, like catching and balancing.
Each week, you’ll spend a minimum of five hours teaching English. This is important work, as the children benefit significantly from having an English speaker to practice with.
Hygiene and health initiatives
One of our other goals is to improve hygiene levels of the children. We focus on sharing knowledge with the children, telling them about the benefits of practicing good hygiene everyday. This will help prevent the spread of disease, and improve their overall wellbeing. In Cambodia, we mainly do this through educational campaigns, hands-on demonstrations, and role play activities.
You’ll assist with health check-ups every two weeks. This includes recording if they are at a healthy height and weight. Showing them how to do it first and a good congratulatory cheer at the end will make them grin and encourage them to be first in line next month!
Support local staff
Many of the care centres have reduced their staff to child ratio. This means that each child is able to receive a higher level of attention that is vital during their early years. The local staff are very hands-on, but they need extra support. As a volunteer, you’ll alleviate some of the pressure.
By taking over a few responsibilities, you’ll free up their time for other management tasks. This helps ensure the smooth running of the care centre. You’ll also assist with a few day-to-day activities at the care centres such as setting up of tables, cleaning, and maintenance work.
Our partners in Cambodia
Projects Abroad has elected not to work with children in orphanages in Cambodia. Instead, we focus on community-based programmes that allow children to remain within their families.
One such partner placement is Khemara, a long established non-governmental organisation (NGO). Khemara’s goal is to improve the quality of life for Cambodian women and children. Every vulnerable person deserves a chance to improve their lives. The NGO has set out to educate those who have been subject to poverty and abuse, and this is something you will be a part of.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
Our Childcare Project is based in Phnom Penh, a breathtaking city along the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers. Cambodia is rapidly developing and modernising their cities, and even within the course of a few months, you’ll see significant changes around Phnom Penh. The magnificent Angkor Wat Temples, which are unrivaled in size and grandeur, are close enough for a weekend visit.
You’ll work in kindergartens and daycare centres. These placements might be quite different to childcare centres in your home country, due to the more rural areas where they are based. You can expect the facilities to be basic.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.
The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.
What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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