WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project allows you to decide how you would like to help the people of this poor yet beautiful country. Poverty and the lack of education that results from it traps the children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many problems in their lives, including becoming vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work hazardous jobs or even be sold into prostitution.
Poverty also results in malnourishment, homelessness and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation. With nearly one in three of Cambodia's 7-14 year olds unable to attend school, the prospect of escaping this 'poverty cycle' is bleak indeed.
You can bring hope to these impoverished children by giving them the education, attention and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for these children, so you will be helping them to move beyond subsistence farming. Illiterate children have few educational options and your presence will give them the gift of English, the language of commerce and tourism, allowing them access to more stable and secure jobs and potentially even high school and college scholarships.
Cambodia's coastal and marine wildlife and ecosystems are under threat. The rate of habitat destruction here is the third highest in the world and the animals and birds that depend on these habitats are being decimated. We are working in the marine ecosystem on the island of Koh Rong Samloem to research and protect some of the country's most endangered coastal habitat. This project gives you the chance to spend part of your time helping with that vital work.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will spend the first part of your project in Siem Reap contributing to teaching projects, before transferring down to Koh Rong Samloem for the second part. We are flexible on how much time you spend on this project, and what you do with your time on each placement:
Teaching in a school in Siem Reap (minimum 1 week) (CBT)
You will be a teaching assistant helping to support teaching in a local school at the heart of Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a captivating location that is known as the 'gateway' to the millennium old ruins of the Khmer empire. It encompasses the awe inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat, an ancient and world famous monument that is yet untarnished by development. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre popular with travellers.
We recommend that volunteers stay for three to four weeks to maximise the benefit of your presence within the classroom and have a chance to build a strong relationship with the teachers. Those volunteers staying for less that four weeks may not have the opportunity to teach English to their own class but will play a key part with the younger children as well as arts and crafts exercises.
Beach conservation and relaxation (minimum 1 week) (CMM)
Cambodia’s coastal paradise is home to some of the most spectacular marine life and gorgeous beaches in the world. The coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and seahorses and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles and a wealth of other marine creatures. The deep blue offshore waters support reef sharks and majestic whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics. You will stay in the Frontier beach camp on the island of Koh Rong Samloem alongside local, coastal communities and spend time soaking up the sun or swimming in the dazzling blue waters whilst helping to support our marine and coastal conservation project.
Transport between Siem Reap and the island of Koh Rong Samloem can cost up to $200USD / US$170GBP and is not included. We will arrange the transfer for you and you will make a direct local payment for transport and accommodation on the journey.