Teach English to Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia Children & Youth Development

Program

Description

Angkor Krav is located in the north of Siem Reap Province, 18km from Siem Reap town. The village has many residents with HIV or who are handicapped, and the children in this area are lonely and isolated. An impoverished area, most of the villagers work as manual laborers or as service staff selling souvenirs in the Angkor area and in Siem Reap town. The children from the village receive very little education and spend most of the day helping their families by selling souvenirs or begging from tourists.

New Bridge Cambodia, a partner of GROUND, was the first NGO to begin working in the area. This NGO has identified many problems in this area, and developed the idea to create a community that provides education for children, a healthcare center for poor people, and a vocational center to train handicapped and disadvantaged people so that they can earn a better income.

With New Bridge Cambodia’s limited budget, they have set up two classrooms that provide the children with an education learning Khmer and English. Volunteers who join this program will not only be required to teach English to the children, but will also be involved in improving the English language skills of local teachers. In addition to the two classrooms, New Bridge Cambodia has a library, computer room, and an administrative office. Volunteers are invited to assist with the office work outside of teaching.

Impact

For children living in poverty, learning English can be a way to escape the cycle and to build bright futures where they can pursue greater educational and career opportunities later on. English has become an increasingly important language to know worldwide, and can be particularly important in areas that are popular among international tourists, such as Cambodia. As a volunteer, you will be able to make a difference by teaching English and supporting students who come from poor backgrounds and who may not otherwise have opportunities to learn a new language and build new skill sets.

Field conditions

As a volunteer, you can expect to work from 7:30 until 11:00 in the morning, and then 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon during weekdays, with weekends free to relax or explore the area. Your tasks can vary from teaching, to sports, music, and art, and you can train local teaching staff. You’re also invited to assist with website development, computer training, and administrative work in the main office.

Note: depending on the dates that you travel on this program, the school you will be volunteer in may be closed for national holidays or observances.

Arrival and orientation

Once you arrive to the airport, GROUND staff will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. They’ll also brief you on the local culture, do’s and don’ts, safety, emergency contact information, and details about the area where you will be staying.

During the first full day of your program, you will meet with your program leader to learn about your project’s history, the organization you’re working with, and important information about your role as a volunteer. You also will have the chance to meet the local people you’ll work with, and start developing your plan and goals for the duration of your trip.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

During your trip to Cambodia, you will stay in a guest house 15 to 20 minutes by bicycle from the center of Siem Reap, and within walking distance to the local market, hospital, bank and ATM, and even the Angkor Temple complex. You will live in a single room with a private bathroom, and will have drinking water, an electric kettle, cups and glasses, and towels. Rooms are cleaned two to three days per week, and bedding is changed regularly. There is a shared kitchen with a refrigerator as well.

Location

Volunteers have a bedroom in a guesthouse.

Cost

from $246 USDper week

from $246 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Transportation

  • Some meals

  • Airport transfers

  • Volunteer project activities

  • Accommodation

What’s not included

  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary

  • Tips

  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization

  • All drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Insurance

  • Airfare

Start dates

This project is offered Sundays year round.

GROUND partners with local communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. Through customized journeys, GROUND helps students and business teams to strengthen leadership skills, build resilience, and teach cross-cultural understanding. These transformational programs leave a lifelong legacy for both GROUND participants and local communities.

GROUND started as a department of the award-winning destination management company, Khiri Travel, helping Khiri’s tour operators and travel agents worldwide organize educational trips in Southeast Asia. As demand for these trips grew, Khiri Travel created an educational travel department and expanded from its original base in Indochina to additional countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

In 2008, Khiri Travel came across the remote community of Sambor Prei Kuk on the main road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Afflicted by poverty and far away from the big cities, this community sits close to archaeological treasures from the pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom of the 7th century. A coalition including university, government, and international NGOs was created to help improve the local residents’ livelihoods in a sustainable way. Khiri Travel was asked to participate as the tourism sector partner to organize community-based tourism to help alleviate poverty and promote conservation.

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