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Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Oct 18, 2021

The general level of education in Cambodia is considerably lower than other countries, leading to a high level of poverty and unemployment, and many families not being able to afford an education. As a volunteer English teacher in Cambodia, you’ll play an important role in helping increase opportunities for locals to learn the English language, which is a requirement for employment in many industries.

You’ll be placed in primary schools or after school education centers, assisting local staff in lessons for students who range in age from 5-16 years old. While your focus will be on teaching English, you may also help with IT, math and art tuition if required.

Teaching volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ

This project is well suited to creative-thinking volunteers who are self driven. It’s expected you’ll spend some time each day preparing your lessons, and the longer you spend on the project, the more responsibility you may be given.

If you want to volunteer for less than 4 weeks, you will be placed in Siem Reap. Those staying longer than 4 weeks will volunteer in Phnom Penh.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teachers to participate, however we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $380 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer in schools, with students aged between 5-16

  • Help to teach English and occasionally other subjects

  • Assist local staff or act as lead teacher

  • Suited to volunteers interested in education and teaching English

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Cambodia at a glance
  • Program headquarters in Siem Reap, with projects in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in a volunteer house

  • Between 10 and 50 volunteers start in Cambodia each month

Fill out the quick form below to find out what the Covid-19 restrictions and visa requirements are for Cambodia, based on your country of residence.

The IVHQ Cambodia volunteer program has volunteer placements located in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang. When choosing a volunteer’s placement and location, we carefully consider the needs of the local institutions we work with, whilst taking into account the background, experience and skills of the volunteer. Volunteers are placed where the most assistance is needed at the time of their volunteer program and volunteers are ultimately assigned with the projects that will benefit both the volunteer and the local institution.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 24 weeks.

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of the month and volunteers need to arrive in Siem Reap anytime on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Siem Reap. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the Sunday night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Cambodia prior to your volunteer program, our local team can pick you up on Sunday from any hostel or hotel within Siem Reap.

Orientation is hosted by our Cambodia team at the volunteer house in Siem Reap. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cambodia – Introduction to Cambodia, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would is as follows:

7.00 AM Breakfast in the volunteer house or with your host family.

7.45 AM Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project. The volunteer joins with the local staff and will be given a duty roster and plan for work. Work and hours is dependent on the project and location that the volunteer is participating in.

12.00 PM - 2.00 PM Lunch break. In Cambodia all workplaces have a lunch break for about 2 hours. Some start earlier, some later. During this lunch break you are welcome to stay with the children at your Childcare placement or in the office at Teaching/NGO placements and some placements will offer you food.

2.00 PM - 5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to travel home, sightsee or do shopping.

7.00 PM Dinner in the volunteer house or with the host family.

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house, where you can expect to share a room with three to seven other volunteers. Bedrooms are comprised of bunk beds with bedding provided, which includes a bottom sheet, blanket and pillow. Due to the heat, electric fans are provided in each room. Please note that there isn’t air conditioning in the accommodations.

Volunteer houses are located in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The volunteer houses have electricity and running water and the majority of rooms have private bathrooms. In each volunteer house, there is a sitting area, dining area, television and WiFi.

In Battambang, you will stay onsite at the school where the placement is located. You will have a separate room which you will share with up to one other volunteer. Electricity, running water, western bathrooms and WiFi are provided.

Volunteers in Cambodia are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Breakfast generally consists of fruits and baguettes. A typical lunch includes rice or noodles with fried vegetables and meat. Dinner consists of a range of dishes in the volunteer house, or a traditional Khmer meal at your homestay, including dishes of rice, soup, vegetables and meat with sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavors. Fresh fruits, such as mangos or pineapples are served with sticky rice for desert. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.

“My volunteer experience was nothing short of amazing and I am so thankful for all the kindness and helpfulness from both IVHQ and the local staff. I look forward to returning to Cambodia as this experience greatly enriched my love for the country and volunteering. I felt most connected to the country through my in-office volunteer work and out of office bonding time with my colleagues and Cambodian friends that I met while I was there.” - Anna Jung (Working with NGOs Volunteer in Cambodia)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Cambodia here

Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
2 weeks $380 Equivalent to $28/day
3 weeks $515 Equivalent to $25/day
4 weeks $630 Equivalent to $23/day
5 weeks $745 Equivalent to $22/day
6 weeks $860 Equivalent to $21/day
8 weeks $1,090 Equivalent to $20/day
10 weeks $1,320 Equivalent to $19/day
12 weeks $1,545 Equivalent to $19/day
16 weeks $1,985 Equivalent to $18/day
20 weeks $2,425 Equivalent to $18/day
24 weeks $2,865 Equivalent to $18/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Cambodia generally find US$50-80 per week to be sufficient for expenses.

During the weekend, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore their local town, or other areas of Cambodia, such as the Temples of Angkor Wat (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), various National Parks, or the beaches in the south of Cambodia. During the long public holidays in April, September and November, you may also wish to travel further afield to Laos, Vietnam or Thailand.

See our Cambodia Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Cambodia!

Capital Phnom Penh
Population 14.86 million
Languages Khmer
Currency Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Time zone UTC+07:00

Weather and climate: Cambodia has two distinct seasons. The rainy season, which runs from May to October, can see temperatures drop to 22°C (71.6°F) and is generally accompanied by high humidity. The dry season lasts from November to April and temperatures can rise up to 40°C (104°F ) around April.

Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 24 weeks.

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Cambodia. Additional requirements apply for Medical, Working with NGOs and Computer Support volunteers, please read the project descriptions for details.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

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