Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.
Monday to Friday
Teaching time with the students is divided into two shifts, with lunch and free time back at the accommodation in between. The first shift begins in the morning from 08:00 to 11:00 and the afternoon shift from 14:00 to 17:00. You should also expect to spend time working on the next days activities/exercises, so that you are prepared and comfortable for the duration of the lesson. The main mode of transport to and from the accommodation is by bike.
The core focus of the teaching project will depend on the needs of the school at any particular point of time. Your main responsibilities are:
Preparing English lesson plans
Administering weekly progress tests
Small construction and renovation of school and local community
Besides passing on your English knowledge, you may also be able to share some basic hygiene and sanitation routines, as well as, your own experiences and cultural background.
The school has a lot of experience in informal teaching methods, arranging different after school programs such as sports, giving workshops and running environmental awareness campaigns with the children. Depending on the particular skills of the participants or group, we may do some arts and handicrafts as well.
The classrooms are equipped with basic teaching resources, such as a blackboard and flash cards. You are highly encouraged to bring small learning materials and items to use in your class and/or donate to our school. These things are gratefully received and help broaden the curriculum and teaching possibilities that we can offer to the students.
Much of the school has been built with the help of previous volunteers and local tradesman. However, Mr. Nuth Ya's work here is far from done. Volunteers will be able to continue to assist in the construction of new buildings and renovation work of the nearby area. We are set to work on some "educational art", in which we request our volunteer to utilize their artistic talents if possible. We would like several walls to display images and sketches of participant’s home country and culture. Examples would be flags and various other cultural symbols of the participant’s home country. We feel this is a nice way to reflect the hard and good work that has been done by the volunteers over the past six years.
Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Weekends are always free. Relax at your homestay accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many sites in the Oddar Meanchey province, or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend to visit the famous Angkor Wat. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.