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Volunteer at work in the class

Volunteer at work in the class.

Volunteers

How to get in touch ?

If you want to volunteer please email the project’s director Mr. Sok Vanna who will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Why do we need volunteers ?

Our school project gives children a chance to get out of a black hole of poverty by learning English. Cambodia has a huge gap between rich and poor, and despite a recent tourist boom, many under-educated people remain trapped in poverty. By teaching English to the children we hope they will increase their chances of a decent living and get better jobs than their parents, many of whom are farmers or unemployed. You may have heard of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site which draws around 1 million visitors a year... well our school is 5 kilometers from this spectacle. Siem Reap, our town, has filled up with 5 star hotels in the last 10 years as more foreign tourists come to visit, and some luxury rooms cost 2000 dollars a night! In the nearby village of Veal, where our school is situated, the average wage of the main earner is 1-2 dollars a day. In other words, the money spent in these hotels is not trickling down to those at the bottom. We need you to help teach these kids English so they have a brighter future working as part of the tourist industry with foreign visitors. Our children love to have fun but they are very eager to learn. We set up a completely free school in early 2006 to teach more than 100 children from Veal Village. For many it is the only school they will ever attend. We teach English, maths and Khmer (the local language) and we like to have at least one English-speaking volunteer in each of the three main classes because the quality of teaching is massively improved by having fluent English speakers working alongside our teachers. We have five members of staff at the school – three class tutors for the different age groups between 4 - 16, one computer and sewing teacher and one assistant director of the school.

What will you do as a volunteer ?

The kids will get as much out of it as you put into it, and so will you! Teach the kids about yourself and your life back home. Plan lessons with the teacher and assist them to carry them out. Or plan parts of lessons you want to lead, and get them to help you carry them out. Create games, competitions and tests to encourage fun learning and monitor the kids’ progress. Create or assist with arts, crafts and sports. Engage with the kids during play times.

What skills do you need ?

You don’t have to be a teacher or have any teaching experience so long as you’re happy to stand in front of kids and engage with them. You won’t be alone anyway, you’ll be working as a team with a regular teacher who will keep discipline and translate to help the kids understand. Obviously you need to be a fluent English speaker but you don’t have to be from an English-speaking country -- so long as you’re pretty fluent and confident in your English abilities. A strong accent may not necessarily be a bad thing – if the kids want to be tourist guides or work in hotels they’ll need to understand all kinds of strong accents! You will generally need some tolerance for the heat – check seasonal weather patterns – and be able to stand up for fairly long periods.

“Education is the best provision for old age.”

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers