Siem Reap Program
This important program was created with the goal of helping to improve the English-speaking abilities of some of the poorest residents of Siem Reap. Education is key to breaking this seemingly endless poverty cycle, yet sadly, having access to native English speaking teachers is more often than not a luxury only available to children of wealthy parents. Government schools in Cambodia are notoriously corrupt, teachers are paid a meagre salary and children have little chance of gaining skills such as English. In conjunction with the local partner agency, and with the help of international volunteers, Love Volunteers aim to change that by giving free access to English speaking teachers and classroom assistants at NGO operated schools in Siem Reap. This project works with a number of schools reaching over 1,000 children aged between 6 and 12 years old. Ultimately it is hoped that through this project these children achieve the first step toward a life free of poverty. By sharing their knowledge and skills in the English language volunteers will have a direct, positive and long-lasting impact on the lives of some of Cambodia’s poorest children
Goals of this Project:
- Provide free English language classes to children in NGO operated primary schools in Siem Reap
- Improve the future prospects of some of Cambodia’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle
- Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. The impoverished children in this community need a helping hand to escape from the poverty in which their families have lived for generations. English language skills give these children this helping hand – improving their chances for higher education and employment. Native English speakers are desperately needed in teaching placements here to improve the children’s English skills and help them prepare for a better future. Volunteers will learn a great deal on this program – about Cambodia, its people, and about themselves - all while doing great work helping others. This is a hugely rewarding project for any international volunteer who wants a travel and teaching experience and truly being an agent for positive change.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Work with children in the NGO primary schools
- Teach English and focus on the children's self-esteem
- Help children with their homework
- Help teachers in the class as required
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with staff and students, though this is not a pre-requisite. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Siem Reap's life as a quaint Cambodian village has been shot into the limelight by its proximity to Angkor Wat. The UNESCO listed World Heritage site is an incredible testament to the history of this people and an absolute must see for visitors to South East Asia. Despite, or perhaps because of, the many visitors who pass this way, Siem Reap has retained a village charm and convivial atmosphere that is relaxed and welcoming. The people are incredibly friendly and you can't help but be captivated by this village of smiles.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers are met on arrival into Siem Reap and taken to the Volunteer House to meet with the hosts and other volunteers and settle in to the new environment. An orientation session will take place, normally on the Monday, which covers the local area, public transport, amenities, customs, rules and recommendations and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This provides a great opportunity to get to know your hosts and fellow volunteers and ask any last questions you may have.
- Arrival Day: SUNDAY 6am - 8pm
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Siem Reap International Airport, Siem Reap, Cambodia (Code: REP)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this amazing program are accommodated in a centrally located and well-equipped Volunteer House in stunning Siem Reap. A great opportunity to explore this vibrant town as well as it’s historically significant surroundings.
Rooms are triple share and split by gender. Each room has its own bathroom with western style facilities and hot showers. Linen is provided so volunteers need only cater for their personal toiletries and towel. Air-conditioning is available during the summer months. Wifi is available throughout the house free of charge and volunteers have use of kitchen facilities and ample indoor and outdoor seating which makes meal-times an enjoyable way to relax and socialize. Laundry services can be found in town for very little cost and the local team will point these out.
Volunteers on our programs in Siem Reap are provided with lunch daily during the week at the project site. Breakfast and dinner (as well as lunch on weekends) can either be prepared in the communal and well-equipped kitchen at the Volunteer house (food markets and shops are close by) or eaten out at one of the many restaurants, cafes and street food stalls within easy walking distance of the volunteer house. Eating out is a great way to explore the town and enjoy the atmosphere and delicious food on offer!
Siem Reap is very popular with tourists so restaurants abound in the town, serving both local and a wide range of international cuisines so there will be something to suit every palate. Super easy!
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.