Volunteer in Cambodia to teach children in this orphanage community school
This project started in 2003 to address the needs of children with HIV and has continued to have a close association with Outreach International over the years.
The project was initially an orphanage providing care and shelter to the most disadvantaged children. It now serves primarily as a junior school, providing free education to the poorest children from the surrounding area. Around 30 children aged 10-17 are residential, with the older ones going out to attend senior school. The younger ones are joined by approximately 30 children aged 5-14 from the local community, where a small number of staff teachers and volunteers provide their education.
The orphanage school consists of a number of classrooms, a small IT suite, a staff room, living quarters, a tree house library and some rough outside spaces that volunteers have used to create recreational activities.
In their free time the children are trained in traditional Khmer dances, yoga and sport to enhance their self-discipline. Other activities are handicrafts, art and soccer. The children are now growing up and in addition to the usual duties help is needed with their integration into further education and their first jobs.
Volunteers are needed to work with children in small class sizes, teaching them a range of curriculum subjects. The main need is for English, where there are 3 classes in the morning and 2 each afternoon. The opportunity for the children to practice their English with native English speakers is highly regarded, because a knowledge of English can open the doors to a range of employment opportunities.
IT is also important and there are several good, modern computers to enable volunteers to share their knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
You would also be expected to get involved in a variety of activities in addition to teaching. Anyone with an interest in art, music, sport, dance or gardening who could run extra-curricular activities would be much appreciated. Sports, dance and yoga classes run at weekends for the residential children and volunteers are very much welcomed. The children are well looked after but the added capacity of volunteers provides more attention and stimulation for the children.
By teaching the children English, and possibly improving their maths and IT skills, you greatly improve their employment prospects and therefore their future. Helping them to develop their confidence and self-esteem is equally important and the interest and energy of volunteers provides a valuable additional dynamic to their education.
From beginning to end, my 4 months in Cambodia have been the most inspiring, challenging and incredible of my life., Orphanage Project, Cambodia