Jonathan Volunteer teacher

New comer in Cambodia : what should you think about ?


Jonathan Ledent is volunteering as an English teacher for the current term from June to August. Coming from France, he feels reassured that cheese and bread won’t be a problem as it is easy to find all western products in Phnom Penh for quite cheap. Fluent in Japanese, French and English, Jonathan has a total understanding of how important it is for Asian people to build this English-language-bridge for a good access to travelling in other countries, that is why he decided to volunteer with Volunteer in Cambodia.
After few weeks spent in Phnom Penh, we asked Jonathan what message would he give to people if they have to join Volunteer in Cambodia for 3 months, which is quite a commitment. What are the most important things you would give a priority to ?


“A good thing about Volunteer in Cambodia is that they helped me to get a visa: it costs $35 for one month and then they help us renew it. As the country is really cheap, it doesn’t cost much at all. Just make sure that your passport is valid, and then you can have fun for the rest of your trip !”


“If you search on the net, you might read about some scary diseases, but don’t panic. Travellers rarely get sick! Most diseases such as Malaria, Turberculosis or Rabies are in the rural countryside and most places do not require shots. If you plan on visiting places such as Angkor Temple or Koh Rong Island (which are amongst the most beautiful places in the world by the way) you won’t need anything. Local repellent is enough. And most places have mosquito nets.”

Eat & drink

“The food is great and really cheap which is my favourite part of any adventure! However, go easy at the start, as your usual diet will probably be very different. Start slowly, and then you are good to go once your body has adjusted. For those of you who will live in the volunteer house like me, the cook makes really good food! I am just a little extra cautious when I eat out on the weekends, although I don’t want to miss out on trying any of Cambodia’s food treasures, and so far it’s been great! So as we say here -Kom barom- (don’t worry in Khmer).”

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