Cambodia - Teaching and Community Development
Volunteer for children in a local community and experience Cambodian culture firsthand. This is a unique volunteer program, which volunteers can design in part by themselves and even join an exciting eco-trip after their placement.
|Location of Project||Samraong, Northern Cambodia|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching, gardening, and renovation work|
|Number of Participants||5 - 10 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 70|
|Accommodation||Eco lodge with shared room|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival when volunteering for 2 weeks or more|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Orientation||Introduction week in Samraong|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
What's Not Included
Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province, located 120km North of Siem Reap province and borders Thailand.
According to figures of the UNDP, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. Over 75% of the Cambodian population lives on less than 2 USD per day, with the figures for the countryside dramatically higher. Basic infrastructure is lacking and education levels are generally low. However, despite these problems young Cambodians are very dynamic and eager to engage themselves!
About the Project
In early 2008, GoEco's partner organization decided to start up several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside working with local and international NGO's as well as the provincial government of Oddar Meanchey.
In cooperation with the provincial education department, volunteers have started working in local schools in Samraong, the capital of Oddar Meanchey, and in the surrounding villages. Considering the state of the school buildings, volunteers are not only engaged in basic teaching activities, but also in the basic renovation of the school.
It is recommended to join a cultural orientation with the local organization as your first week.
The Orientation Week is the first step towards a great stay in a new country. It is designed so that you can begin to understand the Cambodian culture. It is a fun filled week that is dedicated to getting to know Cambodia and some of its cultural aspects first hand. You will also get time to meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with the Cambodian customs. Given its objective – learning about the traditional rural Cambodia culture, it is appropriate that this week takes place in Samraong. There are many opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture such as visits to local villages, touring temples, local fairs, and some amazing natural scenery sites that you can explore during your free time.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
In cooperation with the full time volunteer a special program will be created for all volunteers involved in this initiative. Activities can include a combination of:
- Teaching English on a non-formal basis
- Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)
- Creating activities for the students including workshops for cultural exchange
- Art and handicrafts activities
- After school sports
- Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)
- Basic construction to improve the children's livelihoods
The schools are located in the town of Samraong and the villages around it. In 2015, the school holidays are from April 6th - April 20th and from August 1st - October 1st. You can still volunteer during these times but your focus will be on community and construction projects in the area.
***Note: Cambodia is a tropical country with occasional violent storms, heavy rains, and floods. During such times, the above schedule may be subject to change.
Accommodations: volunteers will be housed with local home-stays or in a guest house where this is not feasible (for example in the case of larger groups). The doors and windows are screened (to protect from mosquitoes). There are fans in the rooms. For valuables, we have lockers available. The camp is situated close to the Samraong city center where volunteers will find all the amenities they could need i.e. internet, shops, hospital, pharmacy, banks, and restaurants. Please note that Cambodia is still a developing country and that the facilities may not be the same standard as volunteers are used to in their home country.
Food: all meals are included during the stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes
Laundry: there are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash clothes by hand.
Please note: all participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. Volunteers will be expected to clean up after themselves, and to play their part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
- Min age 18
- Good level of English
- Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
- Positive and flexible attitude
Here's an excerpt of Dina's experience:
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