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Project of the Week: Cambodia Teaching Projects

After a difficult political history Cambodia is still in need of volunteer aid in its education system. As a result, Into The Wild takes a look this week into why teaching is a great way to get to know a country and what Frontier’s Cambodia projects have to offer.

Image courtesy of Dana Jover, Cambodia Orphanage Project

Why Cambodia?

Whether you’re after ancient temples, pristine beaches, or bustling cities Cambodia has something to offer you with its intoxicating eastern culture. Previous political strife following its independence from France in 1953 saw the Vietnam War isolate the nation, causing it to suffer economically and for resources. Reunited with its monarchy in 1993 however, Cambodia has seen steady development in its metropolitan and rural areas, though the need for volunteers to aid sustainable progress and depleted educational system is still strong. Only two out of three of Cambodia’s 7-14 years olds are able to attend school, a statistic that illustrates the developing nature of the county’s economic growth and reinforces the vital work volunteers will be doing helping those vulnerable to child labour.

Image courtesy of David Sim

Why teaching?

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences whilst travelling abroad, especially in developing countries such as Cambodia which often have limited resources to work with. Teaching can also add another dimension to your time travelling, and can give you a more in-depth feel of a country as you get to know and learn from the people who live there.

In the trend of responsible and ethical travel, teaching is the opportunity for volunteers to give back to communities and countries they’ve stayed in, partly the reason why teaching abroad in a gap year or career break has become so popular. Last year for instance, Frontier successfully deployed 557 volunteer teachers around the globe who contributed to communities by teaching everything from English to health awareness.

Teaching can also be an excellent way to improve your CV and potentially earn money when globetrotting. Many of Frontier’s projects offer a free TEFL certificate worth £200 if volunteers complete a log book of 20 hours teaching on a project.

Frontier projects

Image courtesy of Dana Jover, Cambodia Orphanage Project

Teaching in Siem Reap from £649 for 2 weeks

Known as the gateway to the old Khmer empire, this teaching placement in Siem Reap is perfect for anyone wanting to get a taste for ancient Cambodia. The placement will see you working with younger pre-school ages in a variety of games and craft exercises, whilst those volunteers staying longer than four weeks will have the opportunity to teach English to their own class.

Cambodia Rural Teaching from £749 for 2 weeks

Stay in a local homestay accommodation situated a five minute cycle from the famous Angkor Wat temple and get a true taste of rural Cambodia living. Teaching will consist of games and activities as you get to know the children, with volunteers also teaching English to help improve literacy levels and improve the children’s future career prospects.

Image courtesy of Cambodia Community Health Outreach Work Project

Cambodia Community Health Outreach Work from £699 for 2 weeks

The project is ideally suited to medical students or even qualified professionals, though any help is greatly appreciated and utilised as Cambodia struggles for medical facilities. Volunteers will start off at the Samraong Hospital in northern Cambodia, before spending several days in various remote medical outposts and health centres, carrying out a variety of tasks subject to previous experience and needs at the time.

Cambodia Orphanage from £549 for 2 weeks

Cambodia fragile education system is made all the more worse for those unfortunate enough to have lost their parents. Working in the slums of Phnom Penh you’ll have a chance to care for some of Cambodia’s more underprivileged children, teaching them English through a mixture of games and activities. In your free time you’ll have the chance to explore Cambodia’s vibrant capital.

Please note all volunteers are required to pass a CRB check before participating on any project that involves children or vulnerable adults.

Image courtesy of Cambodia Teaching in Siem Reap Project

Volunteer review

‘Teaching my first class was so scary, but the children really enjoy having volunteers teaching them as it's someone new for them to interact with and ask questions. I had three different classes which were all different ages and different levels of English. The younger class were always wanting to sing and play new games, which was a lot of fun, whilst with the older children in the other classes we were able to have long conversations which improved their grammar. At times lessons were hard because it is difficult for some children to take in and understand the English language, but gradually you see them improve and it is so rewarding.’

Jessica Cornwall, Cambodia Teaching in Siem Reap

Frontier runs teaching abroad projects across the globe; more information on projects and destinations can be found on the Frontier website.

By Maria Sowter

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