CAMBODIA TEACHING EXPERIENCE - SIEM REAP
Spend two or four weeks teaching English to children living in the slum areas surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap is arguably one of the most famous destinations for travellers in South East Asia and as culturally diverse as it is exciting. However, the façade of this wealth only casts a slight shadow over the immense poverty that is very real and prevalent in the city. Despite attracting over 1 million visitors to Angkor Wat alone, Cambodia is still very much a third world country and in desperate need of help from volunteers.
Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Experience Length: 2 weeks (with an optional 2 week extension)
Work Type: Teaching children (aged 6 – 12 years) English
Arrival Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (Code: REP)
Finish Date: The program will end in Siem Reap on the Saturday either two or four weeks after your start date (depending on the duration you book).
Recommendations: Healthy, no maximum age, minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over (or have parental/guardian consent aged 17). Open-minded and willing to be accepting of a very different culture.
With 6 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of the 2 week experience is US $1350 but if you register in the next 7 days we can squeeze it down to US $1250 which comes in at about US $90 per day. The two week extension is US $750.
This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation, to project fees and staff support. Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price. To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full a couple of months before you travel). We also provide you with a comprehensive travel guide which covers everything from what to bring to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
THE CAMBODIA TEACHING EXPERIENCE
The teaching projects in Siem Reap gives quality education to the children attending school in the slum areas surrounding the infamous temples of Angkor Wat, giving them the opportunity for a better life.
Government-operated schools in Cambodia provide a very poor level of education due to mismanagement and corruption. Our small community school was set up to offer free English classes to the children here and, through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and local team, these local children will have the opportunity of a brighter future.
Each child attends three hours of classes in the morning (07:30 – 10:30) before they leave for school. They then return to our project at 15:00 where they study until around 17:00. During the period where there are no children at the project, volunteers will be involved with a number of projects from developing the school grounds and building to creating new lesson plans, teaching aids and games etc.
Supported by our amazing in-country coordinators, you will become part of our team making a difference to the lives of over 100 children. With just a little effort, it’s amazing what we can accomplish together.
This project can only work with the most dedicated and enthusiastic people. If you can roll your sleeves up, get stuck in and work with a professional team of hard-working volunteers, then welcome to Cambodia!
There are a number of festival/holidays throughout the year when schools will be closed (often at short notice!) for a day or two. During these periods, volunteers will be involved in other activities such as lesson planning, developing teaching and school renovations.
Every day on this project is unbelievable and unforgettable – guaranteed! Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite:
- If you arrive into Siem Reap’s international airport (REP) on the official start day, we’ll arrange for you to be met and transferred to the guesthouse to start your adventure
- Two or four weeks accommodation at our own volunteer house close to the city centre
- In-depth orientation before commencing your placement
- Return transport from the accommodation to the school each day
- Lunches on volunteering days (Monday – Friday)
- All volunteering project materials and guidance
- Daily support from our award-winning team of coordinators
- Detailed pre-departure information to help you prepare for your time with us
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
Volunteers are accommodated in our fabulous volunteer house located just a short walk to the centre of Siem Reap. Your accommodation will be in a twin or triple room share. Each room has its own bathroom with western toilet and hot water. Air-conditioning is available at an additional cost, payable locally. The volunteer house has free WiFi, fully fitted kitched and is well appointed. Bedding is included but volunteers will need to bring their own towels.
Volunteers can prepare their own food in the very functional kitchen in the house. Lunch is provided at the projects each day (Monday – Friday). There is also a wealth of very nice restaurants and street food stalls within a very easy walk from the volunteer house and meals here are cheap and very tasty. For those who want to prepare their own food, there are a selection of supermarkets and small shops within easy walking distance of the volunteer house.
- Minimum age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult. Aged 17 is acceptable only with signed consent from a parent or guardian
- Enthusiasm and flexibility – schedules can change without notice due to uncontrollable factors
- Willingness to get your hands dirty and work as a team
- An open respect for other cultures and customs
- Travel and medical insurance
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support
- Project donation and supplies
- International flights
- Spending money
- Travel visa – if required; please check with the Cambodian Consulate or Embassy closest to you
- Meals and drinks, other than those stated in the above description
- Travel and medical insurance
Cambodia Teaching Experience (14 days)
US $1250: US $90 per day
Cambodia Teaching Experience 2 week extension
Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot, you pay a deposit of US $250 – you can then choose to pay the remainder in weekly instalments or as one lump sum a couple of months before the experience starts. Once you have made the deposit payment, you will receive a comprehensive experience guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
GENERALLY HELPFUL STUFF
There is a certain charm to the once French colonial city of Siem Reap. Not only is it in the shadow of the majestic Angkor Wat, but it is in its own right, a wonderful place to explore. With vibrant markets, the hugely entertaining ‘Pub Street’ drinking halls, quaint riverside cafes and restaurants, there are moments when you forget you’re in a small town in a third-world country!
Tuk Tuks a-plenty and be prepared to be asked a million times if you want to buy anything! Just remember to say ‘No thank you’ with a big smile; this is their livelihood after all. That is of course unless you need a tuk tuk and then just say ‘yes’ with an even bigger smile!
On arrival in Siem Reap, because it’s so easy to become lost in a world of sensory overload, our team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the starting point, our guesthouse in the heart of the city. You’ll have plenty of time to rest and refresh before we get started with your orientation and getting you familiarised with where you’ll be calling home for the next couple of weeks.
If you plan to arrive into Cambodia early, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements until our official arrival day. We will let you know how to get to our accommodation and one of our team will be there to meet you.
There are great online resources for finding cheap flights, such as www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights. If you would like to speak to an agent you can use our preferred agent by clicking on this link www.wearebamboo.com/volunteer/sta-flights.php.
Please book a flight that arrives into Siem Reap’s international airport (airport code REP) on your chosen arrival date and we’ll arrange for one of the team to be there to meet you when you land.
If you arrive into Cambodia before your chosen arrival date, you may need to make arrangements for your early accommodation, but just get in touch with our team who can give you more details.
When you have your flight booked, you must send us the flight number (usually a code consisting of two letter and three numbers. For example, BA009) and the arrival time. Without this information, we cannot collect you from the airport and that would just suck!
It’s also a great idea if you can send us a number for a mobile or cell phone that you plan to bring with you so that we can contact you if for some reason we’re unable to locate you at the airport.
Your last day at the project will be the Friday either two or four weeks (depending on the duration you book) after your start date. The Friday night accommodation is included so you can make your onwards arrangements for anytime on the Saturday.
SPENDING MONEY AND CURRENCY
The official currency in Cambodia is called the ‘Riel’ (pronounced as ‘real’). This currency was, at one time, totally worthless, and so to ensure that the country had a monetary unit, they adopted the US Dollar ($). This is now used absolutely everywhere as their main currency. ATMs will dispense USD to you so please remember this. In Cambodia, there are no coins in use at all. This can give you pockets full of bank notes so it’s always wise to carry a hidden money belt.
Money changers are available throughout Siem Reap but ATMs are not plentiful. In addition, most banks charge for international withdrawals, on top of the fee you will pay your own bank at home.
General day-to-day living in Cambodia can be very cheap with meals costing as little as $1, a beer for 50c and bottled water for 20c. It’s highly likely that you can live on as little as $10 - $15 per day, but, if you like to shop or party then you need to budget accordingly!
As we’re not medical professionals, we’re not permitted to give medical advice. However, most travel clinics suggest having the following vaccinations: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, Polio and Typhoid.
There is no malaria in Siem Reap, but if you’re travelling before or after joining us, you may want to check if any of the areas you plan to visit are within malaria zones.
A rabies vaccination is entirely your decision. There is rabies present in Cambodia but a vaccination just give you an additional 24 hours to find medical assistance and reduces subsequent injections from 5 to 4.
Please do seek medical advice from your GP or local medical travel clinic for the most up to date information.
To confirm your place on the program we just require a deposit of US $250. This is a very popular program and does have limited numbers so to ensure you can get a placement confirmed, we suggest sending this deposit as soon as possible. Once we have received your deposit, your placement will be confirmed by email. If you haven’t received that email in 48 hours, please check your spam or junk folder.
We require your placement to be paid in full a couple of month before your arrival date. We can set you up with a weekly payment plan if you prefer – just contact our team to make that happen.
Throughout your project, you will be accompanied by award-winning teams of coordinators and guides. They are there to help you understand the Thai culture and customs, to help you with arrangements, answer any questions and to ensure that you enjoy your time to its fullest. If at any time you feel unsafe, either in general or on your placement, we urge you to speak to your coordinators immediately. In almost all cases, whatever the issue is, we will be able to get things resolved quickly and with minimum effect to your placement.
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