Teaching in Phnom Penh

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Teaching in Phnom Penh

from £549
Duration: from 2 weeks
Countries: Cambodia
You will be working in a school in the slums of the Phnom Penh, where anything you do will be of enormous value. You will have the freedom to be inspiring with your teaching and lessons.

Teaching in Phnom Penh

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and friendly people. Make a positive and rewarding contribution to the lives of underprivileged children who live by scavenging on Phnom Penh's rubbish tip. Equip them with the tools to help lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty, and open up opportunities that we in the Western world take for granted.

Cambodia, the sacred kingdom, is a country truly in touch with its ancient roots. This is the home of the once mighty Angkor empire, which ruled over a vast area of land from its centre in Angkor Wat. One glance at the region's spectacular environment and you'll see why they chose Cambodia for their base. Terraced rice paddies ring gently rolling hills, lush tropical forests are alive with the calls of hornbills and gibbons, and mile upon mile of fabulous untouched beaches skirt the coast. Cambodia is a serene, welcoming land and immediately you'll feel at home in this fabulous, exciting country.

The project is situated in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's exotic, vibrant capital city which is built on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. Temples and palace spires give the city a real sense of history, and the market stalls fill the air with the scent of exotic spices. Some of the world's poorest people live amongst the bustle of city life, some of whom are children with no parents to look after them. By taking part in this project you can help take care of them and give them the vital education they need for a better future.


Poverty, and the lack of education that results from it, traps the rubbish tip scavenging children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many acute problems in their lives. They become vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work on hazardous jobs, or even be sold into prostitution. Poverty also results in malnourishment, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation, amongst other things. With nearly one in three of Cambodia's 7-14 year olds unable to attend school, the prospect of escaping this 'poverty cycle' is bleak indeed. The situation is all the worse for those children who have been orphaned and who lack even the love and care of a parent.

You can bring hope to these impoverished children by giving them the love and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. You'll teach English, sports, arts, craft and dance, sing and play games with the orphans of Phnom Penh. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for these children, so you will be helping them to move beyond their scavenging existance. Illiterate children have no educational options, and your presence in the orphanage gives them the gift of English, the language of commerce, allowing them wider access to stable and secure jobs, and potentially even high-school and college scholarships.


You will be working in a school in the slums of the Phnom Penh, where anything you do will be of enormous value. You will have the freedom to be creative and inspiring with your teaching and lessons. The children you will be teaching are desperately poor yet incredibly energetic and enthusiastic. They will be profoundly responsive to your presence and appreciative of your help.

Teaching these children English is a powerful way to enable them to access opportunities that would otherwise be entirely denied to them, and is also an enjoyable way to build up your own skill base and independence with practical TEFL experience, whilst embracing the exotic and friendly culture of this spellbinding pocket of Asia.

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Pre-departure Inclusions

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
UK TEFL training weekend (costs £100)
Free TEFL certification (4 week+ volunteers only, or those completing 20 hours teaching)
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country Inclusions

Project orientation
Airport pick-up (if arriving on first Monday of the month)
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

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