Teach English to Children in Takeo, Cambodia

Takeo, Cambodia Children & Youth Development



Travel to Cambodia and teach English to students in Angk Ta Saom with Plan My Gap Year! On this program, you will work with children in a rural program that supports low-income families from the Takeo province. In the mornings, the students attend daily lessons at a public school, and in the afternoon, they travel to the community education center to take free English classes from local teachers and volunteers like yourself. Students range from three to 18 years old, and you can expect to lead your own classes or team up with a more experienced volunteer to teach lessons and plan activities.


Your volunteer efforts are vitally important to helping students pursue greater educational and career opportunities. The Cambodian government has been working to rebuild and improve their education system after being devastated by the Khmer Rouge, though progress is slow and the country has one of the poorest literacy rates in Asia. As the economy shifts from subsistence farming to a greater focus on industry and service, it’s incredibly important for locals to be able to converse in English as they work more often with international businesses and travelers.

Field conditions

As a volunteer, you will teach afternoon English lessons at a community education center that supports low-income families throughout Takeo. Younger students will usually arrive earlier in the afternoon for their courses, while the older students will take their lessons later in the afternoon. Since 2010, this education center has aimed to provide accessible English lessons for students that otherwise would not have this opportunity - in fact, some of the 250 children who attend each day travel seven kilometers each way for their lessons.

While you generally will be expected to lead your own classes, you can team up with a fellow volunteer who has more experience and comfort teaching in a classroom on request. Classes are divided by students’ abilities and age, and you will be able to teach four one-hour lessons each day. While English is the primary course that you’ll lead, you also will be able to teach computer studies, math, and creative arts. You’re encouraged to get creative and find fun, educational methods - such as storytelling, games, sports, and more - to engage your students and help them learn.

To ensure that you have the best experience and impact possible, PMGY encourages you to take part in their 60-hour, accredited, online TEFL course.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Mondays. You will arrive to Phnom Penh International Airport on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head over to the volunteer house and spend the rest of the day relaxing before getting started on your volunteer program.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

A 20-minute tuk tuk ride from Takeo, the volunteer house that you’ll live in is close to restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs. The volunteer house is also located right next to where the local PMGY team lives, and on the same site as the afternoon teaching program.

The house is basic but comfortable, and each room can accommodate up to 16 people in same-sex rooms with bunk beds, with mosquito nets and bedding provided. The bathrooms have western style toilets and cold showers, and there are fans provided throughout the house. You’re encouraged to bring a padlock for your suitcase and store any valuables with a team member. During your stay, you will live in close proximity to animals such as dogs, cats, cows, and chickens. June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house.

You will be provided with breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday at the volunteer house, and you will need to purchase your own lunch. Breakfast usually consists of toast, eggs, noodles, tea, or coffee, and dinner often includes chicken curry, pasta, noodles, or jacket potatoes.


Volunteers will stay in a volunteer home.


from $304 USDper week

from $304 USDper week


What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Breakfast and dinner monday through friday

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

  • Transport to project

  • Meals not included in the program

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Monday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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