This volunteer project in Samraong, Cambodia gives you the chance to help in a community-funded school where you will teach disadvantaged children English, gardening as well as several other creative skills. You will also provide instruction on hygiene, sanitation, and health and safety.
The basis of the School Volunteer Program Samraong is unique; this project truly offers volunteers a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Each day, over 230 children arrive at this school in Samraong, and every one of them is eager to learn. They are extremely grateful with any help given to them, and they truly appreciate the volunteers and teachers who educate them. This school is unique because it was designed, built, and now operated under the guidance of Cambodian manager, mr Nuth Ya.
The school is fully funded by the community and relies heavily on both the goodwill of the local populations and the work of volunteer teachers.
The students at the school hail from the Prul village, as well as from five other surrounding villages. Their ages range from 10 to 15 and the majority have only a basic grasp of the English language. Although the school is community sponsored, it is fully equipped with the basic teaching resources, including blackboards and flashcards. There is an adequate supply of paper and pencils, although we do encourage volunteers to bring learning materials – pencils, art supplies, paper, chalk – with them to donate.
The school was built largely with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesmen; that being said, the school is not yet fully complete, and future volunteers will have the opportunity to help with various construction and renovation tasks during their time. It’s also possible for volunteers to create educational art, which can be used to brighten up the walls and classrooms.
While the main focus of this teaching program will depend on the needs of the school during your stay, there are certain responsibilities that you will probably come across during your time in Cambodia.
For example, you will be teaching the students English to help them develop their language and speech skills – this teaching is incredibly beneficial, especially as bilingualism, especially English, becomes more and more essential for those looking to join the Cambodian workforce.
Since the school has a vegetable garden that provides some of the children’s food, you can expect to help in its maintenance and harvesting depending on what time of the year you volunteer. You will also participate in environmental awareness activities designed to instruct the children on how best to build a sustainable local environment. You are also likely to help with the construction and renovation of the school, as well as other buildings in the local community.
Last but certainly not least, you will create activities for students that want to learn more about your culture, play sports with the children after classes, and lead arts and crafts lessons to encourage create development and expression.
Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts; the first is in the morning and runs between 08:00 and 11:00, whilst the second is in the afternoon and runs between 14:00 and 17:00. Our staff normally recommend that volunteers commit to one teaching shift a day, with the rest of their time dedicated to the various other tasks that make up this project.
Schedule: During evening volunteers have free time, no program activities are scheduled unless mentioned otherwise. During free time you can explore the local area, relax with your fellow volunteers, or spend time immersing yourself in the local culture. There are also various chances for sightseeing and exploring, both locally and further afield.