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CAMBODIA

TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL IN SAMRAONG IN CAMBODIA

Teach over 300 eager-to-learn children from 6 villages at a school in Samraong which provides free education to the children. You'll teach the children English in an informal way and also help in other activities. You'll have lots of flexibility and your creativity is encouraged, e.g. helping the children with drawing, singing, etc.

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia.
You don't need any qualifications.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £525 (approx. US$655) for 1 week
£770 (approx. US$960) for 2 weeks
£995 (approx. US$1,235) for 3 weeks
£1,280 (approx. US$1,590) for 4 weeks
£210 (US$265) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 2 months or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates (subject to school holidays, see dates below).
Requirements: Minimum age 16, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who can do this Programme? This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Cambodia or South East Asia, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

There are two main objectives at this project. Firstly education, and secondly, trying to offer to better future for under-developed children from poor and remote areas. As well as simply offering this education, we are also trying to promote and encourage this among children who are not currently receiving any schooling.

The children themselves come from the Pul village, as well as five other surrounding villages. Their ages are from 6-15 years old. They currently have only a basic level of English. Classroom sizes are typically between 25-30 students. The school consists of six separate classrooms. The classroom is equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards for participants to use. The students also have pencils and paper.

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts, the first beginning in the morning from 8am – 11am. The afternoon shift is from 2pm to 5pm. We advise you to do one teaching shift, combined with some construction each day, although we also believe that you should work mostly where you believe your skill set is best utilized.

The School used to have an adjourning vegetable garden where students were given a small plot of land to farm their own vegetables. However, the school has become so popular in the local community that it has now expanded its size and built more classrooms on the land that used to house the garden. The upside of this is that the new classrooms have enabled the school to provide an education to many more students, and that is always a good thing.

Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen, However, the work here is far from done. Volunteers are able to continue to assist in the construction of a new pathway, toilets, as well as building walls and renovation of the nearby area.

We are also set to work on some "educational art", so if you have any artistic talent, your input would be very gratefully received! We would like several walls to display images and sketches of participants' home countries. Examples would be flags and various other cultural symbols. We feel this will be a nice way of reflecting the work done by volunteers of the past six years.

Example Schedule:

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you'll get stuck into your project straightaway, bypassing the introduction week. You'll be given a short, but comprehensive, orientation on your first day.

Monday-Friday:
The core focus of the teaching project will depend upon the needs of the school at that time. The main role played by participants will be:

  • Teaching English on a non-formal basis
  • Creating activities for the students, including workshops for cultural exchange
  • Arts & Handicrafts activities
  • Sports after classes
  • Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)
  • Construction and renovation of school and local community

You don't need any qualifications for this project and you’ll experience the best of the region, history and spirituality that Cambodia has to offer… and that's saying something!

2017 Holidays:
The project is not available during these dates:
10th – 16th April 2017 Khmer New Year
18th – 24th September 2017 Ancestors Day Holiday

If your programme falls within any of the dates above, you may join the Community Construction Programme.

FREE TEACHING GUIDE :
We provide you with a Teaching Guide and suggestions on inexpensive resources to take with you. Children are always fascinated with volunteers and want to learn as much as possible about you. They love to hear stories about you, your family and where you are from so it is ideal to take pictures, maps, magazine articles and photos of your family and friends with you. You can also use these as excellent resources for a lesson to promote discussion and interest.

ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed at a basic yet comfortable volunteer house. Rooms are single-sex with locked doors, bunk-beds, mosquito nets and a fan– maximum 4 volunteers per room.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is available in the house but not necessarily in your rooms.

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hands at the volunteer house or at the home stay, but there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too. You will be encouraged to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

Transportation:
In Samraong you can easily get a motorcycle to go anywhere, or you can borrow a bike at the centre. The roads in and to Samraong are very good now. It takes much less time to go somewhere compared to few years ago.

Money issues:
In Samraong you can exchange money and traveler’s checks at the bank. The nearest ATM is in Siem Reap, so please make sure you have enough money with you before leaving to go the town. However, you will probably not need much money there!

Weekends:
Weekends are always free after each project. relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

FOOD:
All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and western food. There are three meals served during the week inside the accommodation and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner).

A little about Cambodian food:
Cambodian food has generally been influenced by Chinese and French cuisine, and also shares many common dishes with Thai food, although not as spicy. The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Almost every meal includes a bowl of rice, although noodles are also popular. A wide range of curries, soups and stir fried are served with rice.
Typically, Cambodians eat their meals with at least three or four separate dishes. A meal will usually include a soup, or samlor, served alongside the main courses. Each individual dish will be either sweet, sour, salty or bitter. Chilli is usually left up to the individual to add themselves.

Khmer cuisine also uses many vegetables, some of which are very unusual, such as different and unusual local varieties of melon, beans and squash. Fish is the most common form of meat in Khmer cuisine, including dried salted fish known as trei ngeat. Getting to taste and know local cooking is one of the many delights of living in a foreign country.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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Teaching English has been a very nice opportunity. The principal of the school is very communicative when it comes to where he wants the school to go, it's aim and what he would like from the volunteers. He asked the volunteers for their help, for their input on how to better their methods of teaching. I've really felt that my volunteering is appreciated at the school by the other volunteers, the principal and by the students. Daniela Pozo

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Cultural Week in Cambodia

1-WEEK CAMBODIA CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME IN SAMRAONG:
PRICE:
£450, including food and accommodation.

This fun-filled culture week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. It gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of Cambodia. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Cambodian customs.

You'll get to know your town and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You will also be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with the chance to sample your work. Cambodia is most famous for its temples and you'll be taken to the finest temples of the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travellers and upi'll have maximum interaction with the people!

SCHEDULE:
The following schedule is a guide and the day order may change, however the full program will still be experienced.

Monday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
 A visit to the Museum of War, dedicated to the Civil War and guided by ex-soldiers
 Exploring Artisant D’Angkor, a craft shop that brings ancient Khmer arts and crafts back to life
 Lunch
 A visit to markets, and the Lucky Mall (supermarket
 Dinner
 An evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap
Tuesday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 Excursion to a silk farm and West Baray, a popular place for swimming
 Lunch
 Khmer massage salon
 Relax at the swimming pool
 Dinner
Wednesday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 Depart for Samraong
 Lunch
 Introduction to the projects
 Walk around and discover the local rural Cambodian village
 Dinner
Thursday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 A visit to Greenway School, a rural school built from scratch over the years by previous participants
 A tour around Samraong and visits to the surrounding local villages
 Lunch
 Cambodian culture lessons
 Cambodian cooking lessons
Friday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to the local temple: assist the monks with the chores, discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk.
 Lunch
 Free afternoon to relax
 Dinner

Weekend
You are free during the weekends – you can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

ANGKOR WAT: Surrounded by beautiful rice fields, lakes and jungles Truly one of mankind’s most incredible achievements, this ancient city of temples will take your breath away and leave you traipsing through a mystical magnificent past. Built between 800 - 1200 AD by the Khmer Empire, more than 200 temples have been restored, to some extent enabling you an insight into life from this time. There are more than 1,000 ancient sites of Angkor although several are now almost entirely gone. Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia and is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

SIEM REAP: is a lively stop off destination on the South Asia tourist trail! With the flat plane jungle ruins catapulted to fame via Lara Croft just over the outskirts, the town is geared up for travellers and this is no more evident than in ‘Pub Street’ a place to drink beer and make new friends. Siem Reap was a fashionable destination for the 1960’s elite pack wanderers and, according to the Lonely Planet, is once again one of the most popular spots on the planet today having reinvented itself as the heart of Cambodia, scattered with guesthouses, superb food and a steady flow of tourists from near and far.

Although developing fast, Siem Reap retains its charm with colonial, Chinese and old-style French architecture, shady boulevards and a river amidst the upsurge of hotels and new resorts. In the city, you’ll find traditional dance, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and markets of all kinds! Other local attractions include Angkor National Museum and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

This is a great time to be here. Siem Reap is a place you can get stuck, in the best possible way. The temples of Angkor are to be savoured leisurely and the city to be discovered and enjoyed at any pace you desire! Although the second main city of Cambodia, the city itself is fairly small and feels more like a town than a city. Most people in this area are farmers. Despite the tourism industry, the people are generally extremely poor, even by South East Asian standards. Silk farming is particularly popular. The local population is 171,800 with Buddhism the major religion and Khmer the local language, although most people speak English and also some French.

TRAVEL:

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

TRUDIE HALL
British
Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Cambodia

Cambodia was truly an enlightening and wonderful experience and in general each Cambodian person remains approachable and friendly.

Teaching there is definitely a memory I will not forget where I was able to truly build a friendship with each child while also encouraging them to learn. I can say for the younger group it wasn't easy as games and fun is more a distraction, which is to be expected.

The main difficulty which I could notice from myself and also other participants was that it was assumed we would have being a teaching assistant rather than the teacher where we would have to prepare daily for each class; inclusive of homework and daily reviews, but of course this aided in our experience and time to think on our feet. It was also quite difficult to ride 6km three times a day to get to the school in high humidity, but of course to teach a child gives you the willpower to bypass any obstacle.

On the positive note, teaching each child gave us an insight into their way of life, the opportunity to learn about their culture while building a caring nature. This definitely made it difficult to say goodbye.

I would recommend the experience to others and it will remain as a long lasting memory.

I have taken this journey to see a World, which only others know exists, but have not seen this for themselves. I was able to share smiles and laughter with children with little or nothing who remain grateful for everything that they have. I would see a young boy who would carry a plastic bag with his school belongings to be truly happy to receive a normal holder and small toy as a gift that I am sure he will treasure.

KATHLEEN RIGBY
Australian
Teaching Disadvantaged Children in Cambodia

I taught English to primary aged children in Samraong, Cambodia. I wanted to do this to help children in need and try to make a difference to their future. As a teacher I know the important role that education plays in lifting people out of poverty.

My experience was wonderful. The children were happy, respectful and enthusiastic. The volunteers I worked with were from all over the world and a great bunch to work and stay with.

The experience helped me realise how differently people live and the importance of relationships and caring. It made me rethink the unnecessarily materialistic life most of us live in more developed countries and how spoilt and unappreciative our children have become.

I think many people would benefit and become better global citizens if they see how other cultures live and value education. The locals were friendly and helpful, it was great to hear that many people do choose to have similar experiences like the one I had.

DANIELA POZO
Canadian
Temple Conservation and Renovation in Cambodia
Plus Teaching Children in the Community

(1) I feel that I am gaining an understanding on the approach people have regarding certain subjects, ex. Veneration on temples and towards education. I've experienced Cambodian lifestyle; how they work, what they eat, and their social customs. I've also gained the experience of volunteering, this being my first experience. Knowing what it means to volunteer and the effect it has on the people or the place you are volunteering in.

(2) The best thing about my placement so far has been talking with the locals. It has been asking about their customs, discussing the difference between our respective cultures, understanding of how similar we are and how different. But the best experience has been having the opportunity to see how hard the children are working to recieve an education.

(3) I would recommend the temple project during the right season. Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to reconstruct any of it, which would have been much better, but it was nice getting to experience the countryside and see rural Cambodian life. I would definitely recommend teaching English. The kids are so accepting, loving and eager to learn. It's much easier to see the difference you are making, and the difference the project is making on the children.

(4) I think the temple project would be well suited to individuals who really want to experience "traditional" living or experience Cambodian lifestyle.

Can you describe a typical day?
For the temple project, a typical day would start at 8am where we would then bike for 5-10min to the temple. From there you work with your guide until 11am. You head back to the homestay for lunch break until 1:30pm. The second half of the say continues until 4 pm. The majority of the time we cut grass and pulled weeds, sometimes collecting garbage.

For the teaching project, the day begins at 8am, you go to your respective class and begin teaching whatever lesson corresponds to the day. They have about two breaks to play. Other wise the morning group has class from 8am-11am. The evening class runs from 2pm-5pm. There are 6 classes that run everyday that vary by level, kindergarten to level 5.

(5)Teaching English has been a very nice opportunity. The principal of the school is very communicative when it comes to where he wants the school to go, it's aim and what he would like from the volunteers. He asked the volunteers for their help, for their input on how to better their methods of teaching. I've really felt that my volunteering is appreciated at the school by the other volunteers, the principal and by the students.

On your return, would you be willing to talk to prospective volunteers about your placement?
I would. I think volunteering is beneficial both for the volunteers and the community. I wouldn't mind sharing my experience.

AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
There is a much need for good education for the children in the remote/rural areas of Cambodia. Children who cannot afford to go to school end up on the streets and get in trouble.

Our Goals
To continue to help children from poor families have access to good levels of English education and to expand our involvement in helping to improve the future quality of life of the children from these disadvantaged families through the use of the English that they learn, enabling them to have good working opportunities which they otherwise wouldn't be afforded.

To also continue to teach children from poor families hygiene/sanitation and environmental courses as we believe that this type of knowledge will help to improve their lives.

Our Achievements:
(1) Since the opening of the school in 2013, over 320 children in village are now attending school and are off the streets.

(2) So far scholarship programmes have been offered to 24 of the students for further education.

(3) The number of street kids in the area has decreased significantly with children now coming to school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Teaching Children in Schools in Samraong