Volunteer in Cambodia
With local Phnom Penh students and international volunteer teachers helping to raise money for development work in rural communities, VIC forms a unique model of learning, cultural exchange, and sustainable fundraising. VIC provides an opportunity for foreign volunteers to learn and experience life in Cambodia for 3 months which includes teaching English a 10-weeks course at Conversations With Foreigner (CWF) English school.
VIC was founded in 2006 with the support from the Australian Government AusAid VIDA program. It is a local NGO that has been recognized by Cambodian Ministry of Interior. VIC channels sources of volunteer teachers to CWF and their purpose is to improve livelihood development and sustainability in rural Cambodia. VIC and CWF is governed by a Board of Directors where the majority are cambodian.
Since our inception we have raised over US$153K for our NGO partners, hosted more than 600 volunteers, and we now teach up to 500 students every day. We’re dedicated to improving Cambodian skills, opportunities and increasing our cultural perspective, and dedicated to the mission of our partners.
Louisa is a gelato-loving-bohemian mother of two young boys. She is also an avid lover of books, art, film and different cultures. She joined the team bringing with her more than 16 years of experience in the education industry. Louisa’s academic focus is on how we learn languages; the benefits of multilingual education; and improving the capacity of teachers. Originally from Italy but having lived in Australia for many years, Louisa and her family are now dedicated to a global lifestyle, travelling the world and doing their bit to contribute to literacy development and education overall.
A young geek and passionate about video entertainment, Bun-Thari joined Volunteer in Cambodia to share his knowledge and energy about marketing and recruitment. Martial arts, fitness and a touch of nerdiness is what builds his daily routine. Born in France to Cambodian parents who left during the war, he is now here to help the country of his family’s heritage in their time of need.
224 volunteers total came from 23 different countries had contributed to a total of $37,700 donated to local NGO activities.
CWF relocated in a larger premise to house more students and volunteers in a more comfortable environment. It will allow group planning, offices for staff and a meeting room. The number of employees will go up to 16 in early 2010.
CWF will work alongside CamTEFL who enable volunteers to complete their training course in Cambodia for 3 months. This programme will become aspiring for both local and international teachers.
The number of students rose to over 500 in 2008. CWF was able to pay back the start up loans and secure its future.
The launch of website proved to be crucial in the recruitment of international volunteers.
Under Sambo Huy, manager of CWF, 180 students had registered for the first term. They will be helped by Alice Jowett and Sally Baumont to develop a sustainable program.
Conversations with Foreigners school starts thanks to partial funding from the Australian Governement’s AusAID VIDA program and $10,000 from loan and donation. The school got registrated.
How does Volunteer in Cambodia get involved ?
1. No poverty
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduce inequality
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace, justice and strong institution
Your first day
Maybe you are an early bird, but the sun in Cambodia wakes up before you do. Outside gets hotter by the minute, as Phnom Penh wakes up with you and the streets come to life!
If you are in the volunteer house, a delicious meal is waiting for you downstairs, prepared by our awesome cook Mony. You won’t be able to resist for long! After enjoying your awesome breakfast, it’s time to get ready for your day and prepare for your classes.
If you’re not in the volunteer house, you can enjoy the tranquility at home or be Khmer and head to the Russian Market to buy fruits, vegetables and meats. Navigate your way inside the Russian Market where early every morning a Khmer woman cooks a rice omlette full of meat and vegetables. She gives you a huge serve with sauce and a cold tea, and this one dollar breakfast perfectly suits the heartwarming smile of the cook. You are now ready to take on the day!
Prepare your classes
You don’t need to be stuck in an office preparing for classes! Grab your papers and books, the CWF curriculum and a pen; maybe even your computer; and then head outside! You can walk for 5 minutes in any direction and find so many great little cafes. Choose one, go inside and order a cafe latte. Find a seat at the great table on the upper floor, away from everyone else and close to the windows. You are now ready to start preparing for your afternoon classes! The coffee that has just arrived will definitely help!
By now it’s time for class! Your students will be made up of different ages, social classes and backgrounds, making for a wonderful and interesting dynamic in the classroom! They are just waiting for you to guide them, motivate them and inspire them to learn English! You will have 3 – 4 classes of 1 hour – 1.5 hours each. You’ve done a lot to prepare for this moment, including all of the development workshops led by the Education Managers. which were fun and full of teaching techniques and strategies. Your objective now? Get to know your students! Listen to them, answer their questions, and most importantly, encourage them to talk! The more they talk, the better! And don’t forget the CWF rule – English only in the classroom!
Rest or go for a walk!
It’s 8pm. You’ve been teaching for 4.5 hours, but you’ve had so much fun! Your energy is a little depleted, but you’re not ready to settle down for the night just yet! You might want to eat, but there’s no rush with so much street food available until late. Have a shower and go for a walk around Toul Tompoung. Maybe you’d like to try one of the awesome foreign restaurants in the area? And of course they are so much cheaper here! A great way to celebrate your first day as an English teacher in Cambodia!