|Location||2 hours south west of Phnom Penh|
|Start dates||Every week on a Monday (flexible)|
|Duration||4 - 12 weeks (can be extended)|
|Cost||From £745 / $1175 - see pricing table below|
By volunteering to support the children's education in this rural area of Cambodia you will be helping to build the confidence of children at the Home. Education is a tool that can be used to break the poverty cycle and for many of the children at the Home, the ability to speak English will increase ability and confidence in school and potentially improve their employment prospects. Throughout Cambodia English is the main language in tourism and the industry is a major source of jobs and income so it's an especially valued skill.
During the day the children also attend state school however tuition in English is weak and very often it is not taught at all, as such the volunteer lessons compliment the children’s state education. In addition to this the project feels it is important to include the community and so children from the village are invited to attend lessons at the Children's Home if they wish to join in – and many do!
There are usually two English sessions per day, one morning and one afternoon, so that the children can be split by age group and fit around their state education. There are usually between 30-40 children in each session. You will be involved in helping to improve the children's communication skills and building their confidence through basic English lessons and additional games and activities which may include:
Teaching experience is not a requirement, we simply ask that volunteers are enthusiastic and imaginative and willing to learn as you teach. Lessons are led by volunteers but the project keeps a log of past lessons and class progress so that on arrival you can see what stage the children are at and what is expected of them in the next few weeks.
There are usually 2-4 volunteers involved on the Education role, the project may also have other volunteers living on site involved on the Farming role and Teaching at the local village school. As such, there are usually 1-8 volunteers at the Children's Home at any one time however this number may vary. It is also possible to combine these volunteer roles.
The project that we work with in Cambodia is an Children's Home and community outreach project that has been supporting the community in Kampong Speu and Kampot for over 10 years. There are three main areas to the project:
The Children's Home
The Children's Home currently cares for around 50 children, from newborn to 17 years of age, many of whom have special needs. The Children's Home was opened at the request of the Cambodian Child Welfare Department in 2003 and it provides for the basic welfare of children. There is an innovative farm project which aims to allow them to become self-sufficient as well as educate the children on agricultural practices. If you are interested in helping on the farm at the Children's Home please see the Community Farming volunteer role.
The project provides additional lessons for the children within the Children's Home and the local community. They also support a local village school called Romdul Thmei (20 minutes from the Home) which receives around 130 students on a daily basis. The school teaches a state Cambodian curriculum led by a Khmer teacher but international volunteers provide English lessons for the children. If you are interested in teaching in Romdul Thmei School please see our Teaching volunteer role page.
HIV Community Outreach
Since 2011 the project has operated a HIV Outreach Centre in Kampot which supports approximately 20 children HIV+ and their families. Children here receive a healthcare, nutritious meal, encouragement and tutoring and an opportunity to play.
Volunteers can also choose to work in Kampot to support the community centre in their work and provide English lessons as a state-run orphanages in Kampot town. If you are interested in volunteering in Kampot please see our HIV Community Outreach and Teaching volunteer role page.
Volunteers work five days per week from Monday-Friday.
The village is off the beaten track so tourists are not a common sight. Volunteers enjoy exploring the village and local market and coffee shops. You can visit the coastal towns of Kep or Kamport or if you prefer tropical wildlife then Kirirom National Park is close by and Kirirom Hillside Resort (with swimming pool) is popular for volunteers as a treat.
Volunteers live in clean but simple accommodation on site at the Children's Home. The rooms are single sex shared between 2-4 volunteers. Thewre is an outdoor bathroom block with a western-style toilet and cold water bucket dip showers.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.|
PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.
PoD is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.
All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Becky in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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Population: approx 15 million
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Life expectancy: 62.2 years
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 22.8%
Number of threatened animal species: 204
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