Volunteer teaching children in Cambodia in a reputable community school an orphanage
This is a well-resourced community school that has its roots as an orphanage. It still supports over 50 children aged between 7 and 15 and is set in spacious grounds next to the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. Children live in a comfortable house with a young couple who have agreed to act as surrogate parents. Each couple have 5 or 6 children and all the houses form a small, intimate village, with little gardens, playing areas and shady trees. There is also a special needs programme for 12 orphans who receive care and education in a special room.
The aim of the organisation is to give these children everything they could need to become happy and healthy adults. This is done by trying to create an environment that is as close to a normal home life as possible.
Additionally up to 200 children come in from the local community for their education. Education is paramount and in the centre of the school is a little Early Years school. The classes are small, and the children are taught in both English and Khmer. It is an innovative school that uses some of the most up to date educational practices, believed to be one of a kind in Cambodia. They also run after school programs for children of all ages, in areas as diverse as mural painting, mask making, gardening, tennis, football, volleyball & cooking.
An ideal volunteering opportunty for gap year students and those with experience of working with children
Teaching English is important but the children also need IT, art, music, drama, dance and games so they can grow into well rounded individuals. There is plenty of space for these activities. The project needs to generate its own income and a career break volunteer is needed to assist with fund raising, writing grant proposals, office administration and putting together a business plan for income generation.
The project coordinator is keen to adapt the project to match the skills and interests of individual volunteers. This is an excellent centre and is being used as a model for other children’s homes and orphanages.
There is also a special programme from June to September, when schools are closed. We are looking for enthusiastic gap year volunteers who would work in the Summer School Programme, to help run the day to day activities, to plan exciting classes and generally make sure that the children have a great summer holiday.
An objective is to help the children become bilingual by the time they leave school. This is possible with the right volunteer support. When the children reach the age of 18+ they will be expected to leave and care for themselves. With a good education they will have every opportunity of living successful lives.
Everything is really fantastic here. My project is absolutely amazing, the people are wonderful and it's been very rewarding already, Student, Cambodia