Experience life off the beaten track in rural Cambodia, supporting the education of around 40 young children. Inspire a passion for learning by teaching English, assist in the Nursery with disabled children and young babies or help work on the farmland producing food for the Children’s Home.
Volunteers at the Children’s Home can get involved with a variety of activities, helping in the nursery with young children and those with disabilities, leading education activities including kindergarten games and activities and informal after-school English lessons or helping on the farm land.
Typical activities could include:
Activities are generally volunteer-led and so we ask that you are proactive and independent and willing to lead in lessons and activities.
In addition if you have skills in areas including physiotherapy, irrigation, permaculture, and hydroponics please let us know as you may be able to help in this specific area.
Volunteers usually work 5-6 days per week. Working hours can vary however most volunteers work between 8am - 5pm with breaks throughout the day. When working on the farm most volunteers start earlier, around 6am, and have a longer break later to avoid the heat of the day.
There are usually between 1-3 volunteers at the Children’s Home although they can accept a maximum of 8.
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.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Cambodia Children’s Home Volunteering reviews.
The Children’s Home has a dedicated team of local staff but they are often over-stretched with daily care tasks. Whilst they remain the long term support for children they are often unable to dedicate time to fun games or lessons.
Neither the English lessons nor Kindergarten sessions are able to take place without the support of volunteers. The local team also often do not have time to develop areas of the land for farming and so volunteers are able to support man-power in this area.
By volunteering at the Children’s Home and contributing your time you are able to create fun activities for the children to ensure their free time is used productively and engage them in a positive learning environment.
The Children’s Home currently cares for around 40 children aged 0-17, many of whom have disabilities. The children all attend local state school however the schooling in rural Cambodia can be of poor quality, particularly in English language.
The onsite classroom gives the children a fun environment to learn after their school day ends and volunteer-led classes are open to everyone, including children from the local village.
Due to their tough start in life, many of the children in Nursery are behind developmentally in their gross and fine motor skills and in some cases also with their speech. Volunteer-led Kindergarten sessions allow them to develop and practice these skills in a safe environment whilst also giving their nannies a rest for an hour.
The project is based on a large area of land and their aim in future is to supply the kitchen with a healthy, balanced food supply. Working on the farm gives the children an opportunity to learn agricultural skills and animal husbandry, both valuable life skills in rural Cambodia.
The Children’s Home also takes in children with difficult medical backgrounds and in the past they have fundraised for urgent medical treatment for children in their care, including cleft palette surgeries, heart surgery and ongoing medical care for a ‘butterfly baby’ in their care who suffers from epidermolysis bullosa.
You will live on site at the Children’s Home in a beautiful tropical region of Kampong Speu Province.
Volunteers live in a basic bunk-bed dormitory within the Children’s Home; accommodation is rural and basic. In the volunteer accommodation there are cold water bucket showers and a western-style toilet (bucket-flush). There is a small kitchen area in the accommodation - much like a camp kitchen!
There is internet connection on site but there is a basic connection in the local village. Volunteers can get phone signal on site.
Life in Cambodia is generally slow-paced and so the evenings are very quiet and relaxed. Volunteers can spend their free time reading a book, exploring the local market or visiting Kirirom National Park.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|4 weeks||£945||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£135||GB Pounds|
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