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Jeremy (USA) – June 2016
“VolunteerInCambodia is the BEST and MOST FULFILLING PLACE to volunteer ! I know because I did a ton of research before selecting them. I work with the school CWF which is extremely professional and cares deeply about their students. CWF sets you up with an initial training, so even with little to no teaching experience you can maximize the impact you have with your students. The curriculum is 100% conversational, functional, and does a great job building on itself from low level to high level. It is the perfect blend of review and new material for students so they can feel confident learning and you can feel confident teaching! The students will literally melt your heart with their joy and teamwork and motivation to learn. The impact you will make at CWF is two-fold: First, you be making a huge difference with your students, helping them improve their English and advance their career. Second, 60% of the profits from the student’s tuition payments go to another program called CRDT (Cambodian Rural Development Team). CRDT goes to provinces in Cambodia and works on various projects. Some are complicated, such as getting local Cambodians set up with running fresh water. Some are simple, such as building a pig-pen and supplying a pig which allows locals to breed and sell live pigs as well as giving them a sustainable food source. These sustainable living and income projects that are vital to Cambodian people! Did I mention the teaching is incredibly fun and rewarding??!! A couple of times a week while my students are completely engaged in their activity or game, I take a moment to truly appreciate the opportunity to impact the lives of these amazing people.”
Caitlin (USA) – August 2016
“I first came to Cambodia in 2002 on a high-school mission trip. By the end of the second week, I was determined to return one day to try to make an even larger impact on the Khmer people whom I’d come to admire and love. Needless to say, when it came time to fulfill my dream and return to Cambodia to volunteer, I searched far and wide to find the “perfect” organization to work with (read: I was REALLY picky!!) I’m happy to say that CWF has exceeded my hopes and expectations.
I love that in volunteering to teach English at CWF, my efforts help two groups of people: the first are, of course, the dedicated and hard-working students who are eager to better their English. But then, it gets better. Since the CWF teachers are all volunteers who aren’t salaried, CWF donates a large portion of student tuitions to a rural development team, who in turn delegate those funds towards benefitting villages who are in dire need of things like running water, bathrooms, and even pig pens. How many NGO’s can say that their volunteers’ efforts are multiplied?? I was blown away at this business model, and when we went to visit one of the rural villages that received animal pens and water tanks, my heart swelled with pride at the contribution my volunteer work was making towards such vital advancements.
Dually important to me was finding an NGO that was transparent in their financing. Granted, I’m not paying a dime to volunteer at CWF– unlike so many of the larger “voluntourism” organizations that trick foreigners into paying a thousand dollars, none of which actually benefit those in need. But still, CWF is incredibly forthcoming with how they allot student tuitions, and even include on their website a breakdown of how much it costs to maintain the volunteer house. The fact that they are so open with finances leaves no doubt in my mind that they are 100% ethical and honest! After having worked with the staff for nearly 3 months now, I can further vouch for their ethics and straightforward approach.
I truly feel that if you want to come to Cambodia to make a huge impact on the Khmer people, CWF is the absolute best organization in the country to join.”
Emma (Canada) – August 2016
“After graduating university, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to travel, explore a new culture and make a difference so I began to look into different options for volunteering. But with the hundreds of different kinds of placements in countries all over the world, how do you begin to choose? After months of agonizing research I chose CWF and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Because of CWF’s unique model, volunteers experience a true cultural exchange. Foreign volunteers teach Cambodian students a specially designed curriculum centered on Cambodian culture. My students ended up teaching me so much about their way of life through classroom discussions and impressed me with their motivation to improve their English. With only about 4 hours of teaching a day and weekends, you can be sure to still have enough time to delight in the chaos of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh!
Khmer language courses, cooking classes and organized day trips add to the fun and deepen your understanding and respect for Cambodian culture. You will meet so many great people and enjoy the company of fellow volunteers, CWF staff and your students. Another highlight for me was my trip to Siem Reap over our semester break where I witnessed the legendary beauty of the Angkor Wat temples and swam in the crystal clear waters of Koh Rong Island.
On top of all this, you know that your time is contributing development in the rural villages of Cambodia because of CWF’s partnership with CRDT. I’ll never forget the experience of staying in a homestay on a tiny island in the middle of the Mekong and seeing how the villagers there live. If you’re thinking about CWF…do yourself a favour and apply! You won’t regret it.”
Patricia (Australia) – December 2015
“I had been to Cambodia as a tourist and had friends who had taught English there. It was always on my bucket list to return as a language teacher. I had retrained completing a CELTA course after a very long career as a high school science teacher. I searched the internet and happened upon CWF. It was a stroke of luck.
I applied for the volunteer placement and was excited to be accepted. I was used to teaching foreign students in Sydney from all over the world. I had never taught the same nationality. It was a challenging and rewarding experience as I was teaching the lower levels with very elementary English. I loved it and was overwhelmed with the love and acceptance that the Khmer people have towards us foreign volunteers.
As an experienced teacher I helped to design extra resources that enhanced the student workbooks. There was a lot of sharing of ideas amongst the volunteers. I had the opportunity to suggest and sometimes advise the younger less experienced volunteers. It was wonderful to see the development of confidence and competence in volunteers who had never set foot in a classroom. CWF provide excellent professional development. I learnt a lot about language teaching from a different angle. This has helped me in my present job where I am writing different ESL programs.
I was asked to help proof read and suggest changes to courses that CWF was writing in the specific area of Hospitality for their Kratie rural program. I was very happy to offer my help and found it to be stimulating and I again learnt a lot. It was also very enjoyable collaborating with the CWF staff.
It was a fabulous and fascinating time meeting wonderful volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. The CWF staff were welcoming and helpful. My beautiful students were the best I have ever taught in my long career. I have never felt so much love and appreciation from students in my career. So even if you are already a teacher it is one of the best things you can do. I know I have left a part of me in Phnom Penh.”
The VIC package
We never charge volunteers to participate in our program.
Compared to many other volunteer programs, both in Cambodia and elsewhere, you’ll find this is a pretty good deal. Our mission is to raise funds for NGOs, not make a profit off our volunteers.
While there are costs associated with volunteering, and you will have to pay your own expenses, none of those expenses need to be paid directly to us. We can assist with visas, accommodation, etc; if you prefer to make your own arrangements, you are more than welcome!
We’re just happy to have you with us, and value your contribution through time and skills, not through your wallet !
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.
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
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.
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.
The cost of this excursion is around $100 to cover accommodation, homestay, meals and transportation, and is in addition to all other costs.
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.
Your only expenses are your own needs. No volunteering fee. Ever.
Learn about a country but also their life with our FREE khmer cooking and language classes !
An easy & fun way to teach with awesome khmer students
Funds are channeled to projects that will make Cambodia sustainable by itself
Awesome & cheap accomodation
We have our own house to reduce your cost of life in Cambodia (which is already quite cheap)
Organized trip to project
For an extra cost, you can join us to see the project and meet the beneficiaries
Expert Teaching Training
Benefit from our +10 years of experience through workshops and teaching
More than 24/7 support
A support team to organize your stay, teach you khmer and cooking for free !
At present, Cambodia is politically stable and safe for foreigners. However, it is advised all applicants keep informed of any changes to the security situation in the lead up to arriving in Phnom Penh, and throughout the program. Travel Advisories & Information can be found here:
Historical News Paper
- How the History of Cambodia is being rewritten – The Sydney Morning Herald – February 2, 1971
- Pessimism Deep on Cambodia’s Fate – The Milwaukee Journal – February 27, 1975
- House Panel Urges Aid for Cambodians – Pittsburg Post-Gazette – March 13, 1975
- Cambodia will find an Asian solution, Sydney Shanberg – The Sydney Morning Herald – April 15, 1975
- Covering Cambodian Battle is grim, not exciting, Sydney Shanberg – St. Petersburg Times – April 17, 1975
- Cambodia rests heavily on U.S. conscience – The Miami Times – December 29, 1976
- Cambodia Under Vietnam Seige – The Age – January 4, 1979
- Rosalynn ‘Overwhelmed’ by Cambodian Refugees – The Evening Independent – November 9, 1979
Khmer culture is deeply rooted in mythology and mystery. It is said that the a reptile race, the Nāga, once ruled the oceans in this region, and the Nāga King’s daughter married an Indian Brahmana named Kaundinya. Their offspring were the Cambodian people. The Nāga is found throughout south and south-east Asia, and is of particular importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The Nāga in Cambodia is usually depicted as a 7 headed serpent, indicating the 7 races in Nāga society. It is a common motif still to this day, and can be found throughout the Angkorian era temples, and in modern architecture, and symbology.
Funan Kingdom (100CE – 550CE)
Chenla Kingdom (600CE – 800CE)
Khmer Empire (800CE – 1500’s)
The Empire in Decline (1500’s – 1800’s) French Colonisation (1863 – 1953)
Independence (1953 – 1970) The Khmer Republic (1970 – 1975)
Democratic Kampuchea & the Khmer Rouge (1975 – 1979)
People’s Republic of Kampuchea (Vietnamese Occupation) (1979 – 1992)
UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) (1992-1993)
Modern Cambodia: The Kingdom of Cambodia (1993 – present)
Clic on these websites which provide valuable materials for creating, planning and extending lessons.