Teaching English Volunteer Program in Cambodia
Keen to Teach English in Cambodia? International Volunteer HQ’s Teaching English project empowers volunteers to assist in elementary schools or at after school programs, gain experience as a teacher and share their English language skills. Learning English gives local students the opportunity to continue with further education and opens up a wider range of job possibilities, especially in Cambodia’s growing tourism and hospitality industries.
- Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
- Affordable fees from $515 for 3 weeks
- Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Boost the English language learning of school students
Relax on Cambodia’s fabulous beaches
Stay with other volunteers in Cambodia’s most popular cities
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
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. For Cambodians, being able to speak English is a valued skill which especially helps widen their range of employment options in the thriving tourism industry.
As a volunteer English teacher with IVHQ you’ll be teaching young people aged between 5 and 16 years old, at elementary schools or in after-school programs.
Teaching volunteer work can vary but generally includes:
- Teaching English language classes
- Lesson planning
- Helping with language skills and pronunciation
- Talking and connecting with students
- Helping with IT, maths and art if required
Why do Teaching English volunteering in Cambodia with IVHQ?
While volunteering on the Teaching English project in Cambodia you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Helping improve access to education in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
- Enabling students to talk with a fluent English speaker
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining teaching experience
- Immersing yourself fully in the Khmer culture
- Learning about Cambodia’s history
- Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
- All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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Recommended online TEFL course
We encourage volunteers on IVHQ’s Teaching and Childcare projects to come prepared by completing some relevant training, such as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. Although formal teaching qualifications are not required on these projects as volunteers are supported by local staff, taking a TEFL course enables you to gain more from the experience. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.Get TEFL certified online
”I loved every single minute of my 6 weeks in Cambodia. Meeting amazing new friends. Having the opportunity to travel on the weekends. The smiles on the children’s faces every day. Creating bonds with children even though there was a language barrier. Everything!”
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In the heart of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a country full of beauty and tragedy. As well as an abundance of beautiful beaches and temples there are many reminders of the history of genocide and civil war that left Cambodia one of the least developed countries in the world. In Phnom Penh there are numerous places where you can learn about what happened, including the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre. It is important to be informed about these poignant events in order to gain a better understanding and deeper respect for the Cambodian people and their culture.
As an IVHQ volunteer in Cambodia you could be based at placements in the capital city of Phnom Penh, the city of Siem Reap which is famous for its temples, or the more remote city of Battambang.
Arrival and orientation
The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of the month and volunteers need to arrive in Siem Reap any time 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 taken 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, the local team can pick you up on Sunday from any hostel or hotel in 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 – an introduction to Cambodia, its culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
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 might be:
|7:00 AM||Breakfast in the volunteer house or with your host family|
|9:00 AM||Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project to begin work|
|12:00 - 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 at your placement. Some placements will offer you food.|
|2:00 - 5:00 PM||Work at the project usually ends. You are free to travel home, sightsee or do some shopping.|
|7:00 PM||Dinner in the volunteer house or with the host family.|
Cambodia is packed with a vast range of things to do and see in your free time. In the modern capital city of Phnom Penh you can visit the king’s official residence, The Royal Palace, and the famous Silver Pagoda, check out the huge art-deco market, cruise along the Mekong or learn about Cambodia’s devastating history at one of the many museums.
The tourist hub of Siem Reap is home to Angkor Wat, a collection of temples that together form the largest religious monument in the world. There are many hotels, resorts, markets and museums, and nearby is a lake with floating villages, a national park featuring waterfalls, rivers and Cambodia’s largest reclining Buddha.
During the long public holidays in April, September and November, you may also wish to travel further afield to Laos, Vietnam or Thailand.
Accommodation and WiFi
You’ll stay in a volunteer house where you can expect to share a room with three to seven other volunteers. Bedrooms have bunk beds with a bottom sheet, blanket and pillow provided. Due to the heat, there are electric fans in each room, but no air conditioning.
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.
Volunteers on the Teaching project in Battambang will be accommodated in a homestay which is located in the school compound in which you will be teaching. You will have a separate room which you will share with one other volunteer. Electricity, running water, western bathrooms and WiFi are provided.
Volunteers in Cambodia are provided with three meals a day which are served in a small local restaurant, located close to the volunteer house. Breakfast generally consists of seasonal fruit and bread with a variety of spreads such as; peanut butter and jam.
Lunch and dinner is usually rice or noodles with fried vegetables and meat. These meals include a wide range of dishes consisting of rice, vegetables and meat with sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavors.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let the team know when you apply for the program so arrangements can be made.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|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|
- 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
- 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.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Cambodian Riel (KHR)|
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.