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"10/10 My 3 weeks spent in the beautiful village of Samraong was absolutely incredible. There’s not just one thing I can say I enjoyed the most out of all my experiences, the whole time was unreal! Although you hear it from everyone, I genuinely made lifelong friends with like-minded volunteers. I loved Cambodian culture and meeting the great coordinators and school kids, and I really do want to come back again! The accommodation was great. It was a nice communal little complex which made it homely and relaxing. As for the food, it was sooooo delicious! " - Kaela

This community operated school in the remote village of Samraong teaches English to children from poorer backgrounds. The education is totally free and attendance entirely optional so the appearance of hundreds of eager students each day is testament to the engaging and fun environment the school provides.

English classes are operated by volunteers under the guidance of our native Cambodian manager and teacher. No experience is necessary, just the energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Our local teachers will help you with preparing and planning lessons and taking charge of your class, following our structured curriculum and weekly testing cycles. You will either teach alone or as part of a team with other international volunteers, which allows for smaller group engagement and when needed, one-on-one help for students.

itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Arrive at Siem Reap International Airport (airport code REP) and say hello to Cambodia. After clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and a vehicle will be waiting to take you to Samraong, a journey of around 2 hours. Arrive any time between 6am and 4pm and we’ll be there to meet you with a warm welcome. Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town in north-west Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away. Enjoy getting to know the group and coordinators during your first evening in Cambodia during which there will be an orientation session to get you ready for the school week ahead. During orientation the size, level and teaching team will be determined.

Days 2 - 6 (Monday to Friday)

Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts, with lunch and free time back at the accommodation in between. The first shift begins in the morning from 08:00 -11:00 while the afternoon shift is from 14:00 - 17:00. You should also expect to spend time working on the next day’s activities and exercises so that you are prepared and comfortable for the duration of the lesson. You’ll get to and from school by bicycle.

Days 7 & 8 (Saturday & Sunday)

Spend your free time as you please, your weekends are yours to enjoy. The town of Siem Reap is only 2 hours away and many volunteers head there either as a daytrip or for the weekend. The vast temple complex of Angkor Wat is a sight to behold and Siem Reap itself is a great little town with restaurants, bars and markets to explore. 

Your last day (Saturday) – one of these days it will be time to say goodbye. You’re free to leave any time Saturday morning and we’ll help organise a taxi for the return airport transfer, a journey of around 2 hours. You should budget around $40, divided by up to 4 volunteers.

your digs

The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. Participants will be accommodated in a volunteer house in a village on the outskirts of the village. Here you’ll experience the real Cambodia. Volunteers share a room with three others with a shared bathroom. Rooms are fan-cooled, lockable and there is wifi available. If you prefer your own space, a private room upgrade with ensuite is an inexpensive option at $125 per week (single or twin-share). All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.

meals

you will receive 3 meals during weekdays and 2 meals (B/D) during the weekend. Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian diets are catered for.

facilities & the area

  • Bedding is provided – no need to bring a sleeping bag
  • There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank and numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. 
  • There are bikes available to explore the area during your free time 
  • Laundry facilities are available in town for a small cost 
  • Cambodia enjoys a tropical climate, always humid and with temperatures defined as hot, hotter or really hot ! The dry season is November to April, hot season March to May, with the peak of the monsoon rains coming in September/October

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start date

Sunday's year round

school holidays

April 13-17 and Sept 27-Oct 06

minimum age

Gotta be at least 16 for this.

important info

  • Fly In & Out : Siem Reap (REP) 
  • What’s included: Airport pickup, accommodation, meals, orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, return airport transfer, visas 
  • Accommodation: Quad-share rooms in the volunteer house with private bathroom **a private room ensuite upgrade is available Sept-May only from £75 per room (single or twin-share) per week.
  • Food: All meals included.
  • As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Siem Reap.
  • *Prices start at £485pp for a weeks programme. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking. 

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