The children will get just as much as what you put in and that is also how it works for you! Tell the children about yourself and about your life at home. Plan lessons with the teachers and help them implement and deliver them. Or plan a part of the lessons in which you yourself want to take the lead and let the teachers help you. Come up with games, competitions and tests to encourage them to learn with pleasure and measure the progress of the children. Set up activities for arts, crafts and sports or help the teachers with this. Keep yourself busy with the children during play time.
You do not need to be a teacher or have any educational experience, but it does help if you like to be in front of a group of children and engage with them. You will not be left on your own, you will work as a team with a regular teacher who will take care of the discipline and translate it to help the children understand it. Of course you have to speak English fluently, but you do not have to come from an English-speaking country - if you’re a good English speaker and have confidence in your English language skills, that’s more than enough. A strong accent does not necessarily have to be a problem - if the children want to become a tourist guide or want to work in hotels, they will have to understand all kinds of strong accents! Our teachers also follow a digital programme which focusses on teaching English in an engaging, interactive way using a laptop and projector. You can assist the teachers by following these lesson plans in the textbooks provided. You will have to be able to adapt to the hot and humid weather - check the weather statistics for the season in question - and you need to be able to stand on your feet for a long period of time.
We expect volunteers to be active for at least a period of 4 weeks. After all, it takes time to get to know the daily routine at school, as well to get to know as well as getting to know the teachers and the children. The first days we propose to suggest that you just observe in the classes. Then a volunteer can work together with and in consultation with the regular teachers. We find it important that volunteers invest a lot of time in conversation lessons. They also will have to take into account the Cambodian customs and rules. For example, it is important to follow Cambodian standards in a well-dressed manner in front of the class. A T-shirt without sleeves, but not a neckline cut out too deep. You can wear shorts, but one with longer trouser legs (No hot pants). Short skirts are a no-go.
We ask that you dress respectfully, taking into account the Cambodian customs and culture. Short sleeves and long shorts are fine but hot pants, short skirts or revealing necklines are not appropriate.
There is no smoking permitted at school, not even on the playground.
If the volunteers are unable to perform their work at school due to unforeseen circumstances (eg illness), they are expected to inform the school director. Volunteers never work with children individually in a separate room. Children are also not been taken on a trip by volunteers, not individually, not in groups. Volounteers are NOT permitted to take children on trips outside of the school. If you are a volunteer in a class, the Cambodian regular teacher remains in the classroom. You can help and make suggestions regarding the lessons you want to give, but the regular teacher can also ask you to simply continue with the program as it is provided in every class.
Volunteers work with the set hours of the school. Before you start working as a volunteer, you will be asked to sign a code of conduct.
If you want to volunteer at our school, please always contact us first so that we can make the necessary arrangments. You can also contact us if you have more questions.
The most important qualities of a good volunteer are patience, love and attention for the children and the belief that you can teach them something.