March – June

March to June is a fantastic time to be in Phnom Penh, especially if you like it hot & humid!
Covering the last half of the dry season, this semester also includes the nationwide celebrations for Khmer New Year, King Norodom Sihamoni’s birthday, the birth, enlightenment and death of Sedatha Goutama (Buddha), and the ceremonial beginning of the rice planting season as the rains return in May.

Program Overview:

-Airport Pickup

-Comprehensive 10 day orientation
Includes introduction to Cambodian culture, geography, Khmer language, safety and security, living in Phnom Penh, and 2 day introduction to the CWF curriculum.

-Visit CRDT in Kratie town, and travel with CRDTours to Koh P’Dao

-11 week teaching semester (March 14th to May 27th 2016)
Typically 4 hours of classes per day, Monday – Friday.

-All major Khmer and international public holidays (see below)

-A thank you party at the end of your program.

-Certificate of Appreciation and letter of recommendation

Things to see and do:

-A trip to Koh P’Dao during the orientation program

-Explore the city on impromptu bicycle tours

-Social events such as dinners, boat trips, sports, and local excursions

-Lazing about on a Sunday afternoon in a hammock by the Mekong

-Trips to the former royal capital Phnom Udong, Phnom Chiso, or the wildlife rescue centre at Phnom Tahmao

-Visits to our friends and partner organisations around Phnom Penh, and other provinces

-Free, ongoing Khmer language lessons from high level CWF students

-Dive into Phnom Penh’s vibrant arts scene
Traditional shadow puppets, Apsara dancing, contemporary music, film, street art, foreign cultural exhibits and theater.

-Friday night, catch a live Khmer or expat band on a Saturday night, and stroll around the city’s many contemporary art galleries on Sunday morning, then catch a challenging documentary and tasty bratwurst on Sunday evening.

Holidays

Volunteers typically visit Siem Reap (for the Angkor complex), and the idyllic southern coast gems of Kep and Kampot, or the bustling backpacker beach party that is Sihanoukville. In the dry season, escaping into the hills of Mondolkiri and Ratanakiri in the north-east provide welcome relief from the heat of the lowlands.

14-16th April
Khmer New Year

2nd-4th May
Labour Day

13-15th May
King’s Birthday