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English Teaching Volunteering Projects in Cambodia

Teaching in Cambodia

Volunteer teaching in Cambodia is an ideal way to gain some truly rewarding work-experience. You don’t need any formal teaching qualifications or a TEFL certificate, nor do you require previous teaching experience. Projects Abroad has fully trained staff to guide each volunteer's experience. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or as part of an extended holiday, you will have an important role to play.

The impact you have on the lives of the children you work with will be long-lasting. You will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a really positive contribution to the communities in which we work.

Some Background on Cambodia

Due to a turbulent past and years of devastation, much of Cambodia's population haven't had the opportunity to receive a formal education. However, now that peace has been restored, many Cambodians have better access to schooling, which is now being encouraged for both boys and girls. As with many Asian countries, there is huge enthusiasm to learn foreign languages. With the recent upturn in tourism and international trade, a grasp of the English language means access to better jobs and ultimately better futures.

Teaching in Cambodia - School Children

Projects Abroad works to improve the lives of some of the most neglected children in Cambodia by working closely with many local NGOs that focus on education. 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. Due to the difficulties associated with sending these children to schools, they often receive their education within NGO schools. It is here and in the charity funded schools that English teaching volunteers can really make a difference.

Teaching in More Formal Schools

The formal NGO schools with which we work employ full time local teachers and have a set curriculum. The staff are hard-working but lack the fluency of a native English speaker. Here you will start as an assistant, helping the local staff with a timetabled lesson. As you gain confidence you will also be able to take English lessons as the main teacher. These more structured schools are the best option if you have no formal teaching experience.

Teaching in Less Formal Schools

We also offer more informal Teaching placements for those who have taught previously or have experience working with children. These NGO-run placements operate in Phnom Penh’s more deprived areas.

Here you can find groups of anything from 20 to 100 children who turn up each day to receive much-needed food and basic education, in addition to regular public schooling. You will be working independently with no set timetable. This gives you more flexibility but also makes it even more important that you take the time to plan and structure your lessons in advance.

Opportunity for Involvement in Extracurricular Activities

Teaching in Cambodia - Teaching Volunteer

Put your talents to good use and be imaginative with your teaching to make learning fun and enjoyable. Through the use of materials, games and songs you can engage the children and make them eager to learn. You can also get involved with teaching other subjects, such as French, music or dance.

Regardless of the subject you teach, the ability to speak English will help the children to improve their futures. You will help the younger children grasp the basics whilst helping the older students to improve their skills and their confidence. The attention and time you give them is of enormous benefit.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Cambodia Teaching Management Plan.

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