Cambodia, Teaching poor children

Company : Budget Volunteering
Location : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Duration: 1 week to 1 year
Approx Costs: 500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Teach deserving children at an organisation on the outskirts of Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is "one of the most fascinating places on the planet". It's a Khmer term literally meaning (Buddhist) Temple City. 


Siem Reap Province is in the north western region of the country where 45% of people live in deep poverty. By volunteering at this school you offer the children the chance to learn conversational English skills that may enable them to create better futures for themselves within this culture-rich region that thrives on tourism.

You'll teach classes alongside the local volunteer English teachers. You'll generally teach around 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and you'll compile the lessons yourself.  Most classes work from a text book which is provided by the school, so this will also help with planning and structuring lessons. This is a project with many different elements, so if you have any other skills you may like to bring to the table while you are teaching, we are more than happy to try and incorporate this into your time at the project.

They currently have sewing and design projects as well as computer classes; it’s full of variety and tries to touch on as many parts of community development as possible. The school has very limited facilities. It has a basic library that they are currently developing, but resources are very limited. The teaching facilities are also sparse.

The school has about 150-200 students that attend on a regular basis. They come from surrounding villages and attend either the morning or afternoon classes. When they are not at the school, they help their parents in the fields or attend the local public school where they cover their Cambodian subjects.

The school opens Mondays to Fridays from 08.30 to 11:00 and then again from 14:00 to 16:00, excluding the official holidays of the kingdom of Cambodia.

The school has 4 local volunteer English teachers that you will work alongside and assist. The school is run by a most dedicated Director who has put his heart and soul into helping the children around him. Many of the children who attend the school are recognised on the poverty list in Siem Reap, these are the children most in need. This organisation strives to provide them with education, health care and a meal or two a day. It works to try and keep the children off the streets.

You efforts here will give the children much-needed additional skills and will also help to give the teachers support and ideas which could help to further their teaching careers. Both staff and children are so willing to learn and develop.

You don't need any qualifications for this project and you’ll experience the best of city, history and spirituality that Cambodia has to offer… and that's saying something!


Living just by the Old Market area of Siem Reap in a lively and sociable guesthouse, you’ll be right in the heart of the action! This popular inner city area gives you access to all that this tourist friendly city has going on. Your room will have a private bathroom and a western toilet. Hot showers cannot be guaranteed, however.

The guesthouse has a sociable communal living area equipped with sofa, TV and a table with chairs where you can eat meals. Internet is free and available at the hostel in all of the rooms. There is a bar serving Western foods and breakfast and a communal balcony where you can relax in the evenings.

The guesthouse is situated 30 minutes away from the NGO school and Angkor Wat region. Transport is provided to and from your accommodation to work each day and will be in by tuk-tuk, car or van. It’s a beautiful drive!

Some food is provided, i.e. you'll get breakfast 7 days a week and lunch on Monday to Friday. You should budget for all other meals.

You're spoilt for choice of places to eat in Siem Reap! There aren't any cooking facilities in the Guest House, but there is excellent local cuisine in the many cheap cafes and restaurants.

Good, wholesome local food is very reasonably priced ... and exciting - Cambodian Cuisine is delicious! AND you can also take Optional Cookery Classes in Traditional Khmer Cooking!

Start Dates

All year round - subject to term times

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £595 for one week. You may be able to participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive an information pack about your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a BVOL programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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