The below description has been provided by our implementing program administrator and is subject to change.

Program Overview

Make a lasting difference in the lives of local Buddhist monks in Cambodia.

Help start an amazing new initiative, teaching English and conducting educational workshops with the Buddhist monks of Kamphong Cham, a city on the Mekong River of Cambodia. Along your journey, you’ll discover the kindness and resilience of Cambodian people as you travel in Cambodia, and the beauty of Cambodia’s tropical beaches, as you delve into the vivid history of Buddhism and Hinduism. You’ll also be free to visit local landmarks like the Royal Palace, the official residence of King Sihamoni. Inside, make sure you find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha!

As you cultivate your teaching skills and travel in Cambodia, you’ll see it offers a rare blend of lush jungles, vast temple ruins, and stunning coastlines, so you’re bound to find almost any adventure you’re seeking.

As a founding participant in this project, you will be contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Quality Education as you lay the groundwork for a sustainable, long-term English language and literacy teaching project. Through improved English language skills, this project will help bolster the lives and future employment opportunities of the Buddhist monks of Cambodia, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Where you’ll stay in Cambodia

Accommodation is in shared rooms (usually same sex, unless otherwise requested) with shared bathroom facilities. We will provide bedding (sheets, pillows, pillowcases), but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer (single bed). There is running water available for cooking and showers. Flush toilet facilities are available. Food will be cooked in traditional local styles and vegetarians can be accommodated.

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Activities & Training

Things to do during your teaching experience in Cambodia

Volunteers are welcome to organize side trips during their free time or before/after their project experience. All associated costs and travel expenses are not included in the program fee and must be factored into the participant’s own budget.

Kamphong Cham and the surrounding area offer remarkable attractions to explore on weekends like Koh Paen Island, a friendly and peaceful paradise. If you travel in Cambodia slightly north, you’ll find the National Museum of Cambodia and the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world.

In addition, you can visit the Mondulkiri Province, which stands in contrast to the rest of Cambodia and literally means “Meeting of the Hills.” This area combines mountains, hills, and rainforests. You can spot amazing wildlife here, including elephants, leopards, monkeys, and birds.

In addition, Kamphong Cham is only two and a half hours from Cambodia’s vibrant capital city, Phnom Penh!

While adventuring and travel in Cambodia are encouraged, you are always welcome to stay at the base and bond with other teachers, interns, and staff members.

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Orientation and Training in Cambodia

Upon arrival in Cambodia, you will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, receive information about the specific goals and objectives of your location, and gain an understanding of how your involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Staff will deliver a comprehensive orientation covering our health and safety guidelines and the necessary training you need to participate in our projects. As part of the orientation process, you can look forward to a basic Khmer language lesson, a tour of the area in which you will be working, and meeting our local partners.

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Good to Know

Health and Safety

The nearest emergency medical facilities are located a few kilometers from the base. In addition, health and safety briefings are given to all volunteers when they arrive. Please note that we cannot provide specific medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider (doctor, GP, etc.) or visit a travel clinic for further information.

Visa Information for Cambodia

Field staff advise that you enter the country on an E-Class visa. For most nationalities, this can be obtained upon arrival and extended in country. You will need one passport-size photo, and you will need to pay for your visa in US Dollars.

Please be aware that you are responsible for having the correct visa and any costs incurred in obtaining it. On occasion, this may need to be arranged in advance. Check with the immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit.