Caitlin

How many NGO’s can say that their volunteers’ efforts are multiplied? (more)

Emma (Canada)

Culture, language and even cooking classes ! (more)

Jeremy (USA)

An initial training to feel confident with teaching ! (more)

Volunteering is

A complete experience

4.5h of teaching per day

Give your students a complete and personalized ESL experience!

9 levels of teaching

Develop your skills and teaching proficiency!

Full english immersion

Participate in a series of teaching workshops for your professional development.

Workshops

At different stages of your term, we offer many workshops for your own professional development

Fun-friendly environment

Build culturally respectful relationships, whilst having loads of fun!

Volunteers from everywhere !

We have teachers from all over the world including the USA, Australia and Europe – work with different cultures and develop peer relationships to expand your expertise as an English teacher!

The 4G’s of volunteering

So why volunteer? Why would you move far away to another country that is unfamiliar, to work with people that may be difficult to understand? There are so many reasons as to why you should volunteer. However, let’s make it simple and narrow it down to four main ideas that encompass the importance of volunteering and the benefits that you will receive:

Give back

We are living in a world where lives are unequal. However, everyone needs things like food, water, shelter, tools, etc. Volunteering isn’t just about supplying things like these. At VIC, volunteering is about sharing and making a difference by giving people your time. Time passes by so quickly and it can truly be a gift to a community. You might feel that you want to do something more than just donating money. Volunteering is a way to give something that will last a long time and really make a difference.

Learn about different perspectives and ways of life, and find things that you might have in common with Cambodian people. Discover what really matters in life!

“It’s not how much we give but how much love you put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

Gain experience

A 3 month program, 2 weeks of orientation and 1 fully immersed experience in South East Asia! Teaching in Cambodia is fun but it can be challenging too. Because of its history, Cambodian people are eager to discover and learn about what they might have missed. You will not only be sharing what you know, but you will also be learning how to deal with people who have a long and complex history. Being a foreigner in Cambodia can sometimes put the important aspects of life into perspective, like family and community. As a teacher, you will need to be professional and work to keep your students focused and engaged. You are the key in helping them to cross the bridge outside of their culture, so that they can learn about the rest of the world!

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Cesar

Go on adventures

Firstly you were born, then you learnt to crawl. After that you took your first step, and then you were off and running! Do you remember your first day of school? The first friend that you made? Your first love? However, now it’s time for something more. It’s time for an adventure in another country! But you might be worried about all of the differences that you might encounter. Aren’t differences what make life so much more interesting? Cambodia is a country full of wonderful differences! Every day in Cambodia is an adventure! It’s a world waiting to be discovered by you! It’s full of amazing people to interact with; treasures and interesting customs; and art, music and architecture wanting to be explored! Get ready to make some amazing memories!

“Travel and discover how wrong others were wrong about countries.” – Aldous Huxley

Give it a try

Is teaching what you really want to do? How challenging will Cambodia really be? What will living in South East Asia be like? You probably have so many questions which is why the Volunteer in Cambodia program is a great opportunity to help you find the answers! Many expats come and go, and most of them fall in love with life here! Be confident and challenge yourself to a new life experience! You will learn so many skills and have so many great moments! Think outside the square and blend into a new way of life with a different daily routine! See and understand what volunteering is really about! Maybe you will like it, or maybe you won’t. However, one thing is for sure, your new perspective will help you to learn and discover more about yourself! And that in itself, makes it worth it!

“In order to attempt the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel De Cervantes

The volunteer package

There are a few things that we arrange for your convenience and enjoyment.
These are all optional, and provided at cost:
Volunteer House accommodation and meals – $725
Meals at the House for independents – $2 per meal

Orientation Trip – Approximately $100 (depends on group size)

Social Activities – Usually around $5 per person

If you volunteer with us and choose to live independently, you will not pay us any fee. You will only have to cover your own expenses.

We offer an accommodation and meals package at our Volunteer House for $725 for the duration of the programme. At less than $250 / month, living in our secure Volunteer House is the most economical option, however some volunteers prefer to live independently for greater comfort and privacy, in which case we will assist in finding suitable accommodation nearby.

Whether living independently or in the volunteer house, volunteers receive full support from our team.

For Everyone:
Airfares – US$500 – 1500
Insurance – US$150 – 200
Visas – US$35 (visa on arrival), plus US$77 (3 month extension)
Police Check – Varies by country, consult your local authority.
Vaccinations – Consult your doctor.
Spending Money – US$200 – 300 per month
For Independents:
Accommodation – US$200+ per month + $30 Utilities.
Meals – US$3 – 5 per meal, Street food ~$1.50

You will have to cover your travel costs and associated expenses, as well as your general living expenses while in Cambodia.

Cambodia can be very cheap, or as decadently expensive as you wish. This list indicates minimum budget considerations.

Everyone has different needs, so we can’t give everyone a precise amount they should budget. We advise a minimum budget of $500 per month if living independently, to cover rent, utilities, meals, spending money, etc.

Upon acceptance, we will send you a confirmation letter that will assist you to obtain a Cambodian Ordinary (E-Type) visa. Because each program is 3 months long, a Tourist (T-Type) visa is not suitable, as they cannot be extended for the required three months.
The Ordinary visa (also called a ‘normal’ or ‘Business’ visa) is very easy to obtain on arrival, there is no need to apply before you arrive. The initial one month entry visa costs US$35, and we will assist you to renew this before it expires. A three month renewal costs around US$77.
Current cost of living in the house for the duration of each semester is US$725, payable on arrival in Phnom Penh.
This covers your basic living needs while volunteering with us. Included in the fee is a twin-share room with ensuite, meals (except on weekends, and public and academic holidays), and house facilities such as internet access with WIFI, and cable TV. This fee also covers the costs of maintenance, upkeep, and improvements to the house, and wages for the cook and cleaner. If there are less volunteers than expected, you won’t have to pay more, and if there are more volunteers than expected, the extra money will be added to the money raised for CRDT.

We aim to break even on managing the volunteer program by volunteers covering their own costs, so that all profit from the school goes to development projects. Most semesters, the volunteer house ends up running at a small loss.

Policies and Procedures
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