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Teach English to Cambodian Buddhist Monks

Contribute to the education of the Buddhist monks of Kamphong Cham while being immersed in the Cambodian culture and gaining hands-on teaching experience.


Program Information

Visit Kamphong Cham, a city on the Mekong River, and teach English to Buddhist monks from the local community. Get involved in dedicated one-on-one sessions, improving the community’s educational abilities and confidence. Join us in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education, and help students grow and discover their full potential. Experience everything this magical country in Southeast Asia has to offer.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals

Overview

Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia and is famed for its untouched tropical beaches and a rich spiritual history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Teach English in this idyllic setting, at the meeting of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers.

We join efforts with local partner organisations to assess the needs within the community before setting up any of our projects. All our teaching programs aim to sustainably enhance the educational facilities and English literacy levels of the community of Kamphong Cham.

Join us in Cambodia to make a lasting difference in the local community and gain valuable life skills and hands-on teaching experience to improve your employability.

Highlights
- The rare opportunity to work closely with the Buddhist monks and live like a local
- Explore Kamphong Cham and appreciate all its natural beauty and amazing attractions
- Immerse yourself into the fascinating Cambodian culture and learn the local language
- Visit iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace or the National Museum of Cambodia
- Sustainably impact the lives of the local community through educational enhancement initiatives
- Grow yourself personally and professionally and develop your teaching ability
- In your free time you can travel north to explore the grand Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world!

Program Details

Program Type: Volunteering
Location: Asia - Cambodia - Kampong Cham

Project Life

In preparation for the teaching program, you will receive a comprehensive orientation session covering our health and safety guidelines and the necessary training you need to participate in our projects. As part of the orientation process you can look forward to a basic Khmer language lesson, a tour of the area you will be working in, and meeting our local partners.

In our programs we address the needs of the local community, as determined by our partner organisations that we work alongside. As the needs change, we tailor our program objectives accordingly.

Mondays to Fridays will be spent working with the Buddhist monks at your volunteer teaching placement in the local community of Kamphong Cham. A typical day could include anything from one-on-one educational lessons, conducting educational workshops or teaching a literacy class.

Kamphong Cham and the surrounding area offers you amazing attractions to explore over the weekend. If you need some down time over the weekend you can stay at the base and hang out with other like minded GVI volunteers, interns and staff members.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable, centrally located with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the other participants.

Project Details

The exact projects that we get involved in will depend on the needs at that exact time, and as such, participants should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes in the field.

Our goal is to:
- transfer and develop English literacy skills
- develop a sustainable foundation to improve the lives of the Buddhist monks
- provide enthusiastic volunteers to help improve the level of education in Cambodia

How this project makes a difference
Through this work you will help Buddhist monk students grow and improve their future opportunities, and provide the extra educational attention the students need to reach their full potential, gain confidence in their skills and improve their future career opportunities.

Cambodia’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Your Impact

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.


Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.


Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.


We launched our programs in Kampong Cham in 2018. Here we work in collaboration with our local partners on various community development and educational initiatives, where we aim to assist their existing endeavours. Providing better education empowers students to reach their aspirations and broaden their employment opportunities in the future. Here in Kampong Cham, if you are able to speak English you have a much greater opportunity of employment in the tourism sector. Working in this sector can usually provide chances of promotion, a greater income and a chance to change one’s economic background and is, therefore, an aspiration for a lot of the local community.


All these initiatives allow us to offer support to the community and our local partners, and to address many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as #1- No poverty, #2 – Zero Hunger, #3- Good health and well-being, #4 – Quality Education, #5- Gender Equality, #8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth and #10 – Reduced Inequalities.


Our Partners In Kampong Cham

Project Objectives

 


GVI Kampong Cham Long-term Objectives:  


1. To improve the quality of education to the local community of Kampong Cham, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background or any other disadvantageous factors,


2. To strengthen bonds with our current partners and develop new partnerships with local organisations to broaden our areas of work and the communities we work within.


What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


Our 10 Ethical Commitments

 

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


 

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


 

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


 

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


 

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


 

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


 

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


 

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


 

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


 

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.


Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.


However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.


What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — Traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Support

Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Safety

Upon arrival at the airport participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. Our minimum staff to participant ratio is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.


Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov

HOW GVI UPHOLDS HEALTH AND SAFETY

It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.


1 Nov

GVI’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY

As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.


6 Nov

HOW GVI REMAINS PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS

The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.


5 Nov

HOW GVI MANAGES PARTICIPANTS EXPECTATIONS

Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.


Country Exploration

Joining a GVI program not only allows participants to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems but it also offers plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer. Many decide to travel before or after their GVI experience, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.


Our own long term field staff are a great source of advice, and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. Please note that the below suggestions are not included in the program fee, and are for the individual to organise at their own expense.


Weekend Trips

Kampong Cham

Take dance classes, listen to live music and or enjoy an evening boat trips along the Mekong River.


Phnom Penh

In the capital city of Phnom Penh you can visit the riverside promenade, home to restaurants, bars and cafes.


Markets of Phnom Penh

Whilst in Phnom Penh you could tour around the sprawling markets including Central Market and Russian Market in which you can buy anything from car parts to fresh fruit.


Silver Pagoda

Visit the Silver Pagoda, famous for its floor which is covered in five tons of silver! Inside you can find The Emerald Buddha: a human sized, Baccarat-crystal sculpture.


Historical Excursion

Explore the history of Cambodia by visiting the National Museum of Cambodia.


Further Travels

Angkor Wat

Located in Siem Reap, approximately a five hour bus or 40 minute flight from the capital, this is Cambodia’s most famous temple complex, boasting around 2.1 million visitors each year. Showcasing the 12th century splendour of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat continues to be a place of spiritual inspiration and is a point of pilgrimage for all Cambodians.Cambodia’s Southern Islands: These four islands boast some of Asia’s most spectacular beaches and yet are untouched by commercial tourism providing you with pristine coastlines away from the busy sites of Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh.


Cambodia's Southern Islands

These four islands boast some of Asia’s most spectacular beaches and yet are untouched by commercial tourism providing you with pristine coastlines away from the busy sites of Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh.


The Mondulkiri Province

The province stands in contrast to the rest of Cambodia. Its name literally means ‘Meeting of the Hills’, and it consists of a combination of mountains, hills and rainforests. You can expect some spectacular wildlife sightings here, including elephants, leopards, monkeys and birds.


Vietnam

The Vietnam border is just one hour from Kampong Cham by bus, with Ho Chi Minh City approximately five hours away. Here you could delve into your travels of South-East Asia further and explore the markets, cathedrals, temples and pagodas the city has in abundance.


Kratie

A spectacular village where you can take a boat to view the dolphins amongst the river.


Battambag

Kampot: Take a cycle around Kampot’s city centre, kayak through the jungle’s streams and visit the green pepper farm. This city makes for the perfect weekend trip.A city known for its colonial architecture and the last of the bamboo railroad. Explore the hilltop temple complexes and the stunning scenery of Kamping Puoy.


Kampot

Take a cycle around Kampot’s city centre, kayak through the jungle’s streams and visit the green pepper farm. This city makes for the perfect weekend trip.


Kep Beach

Kep beach is one of the most pristine beaches of South-east Asia and is well worth the travel (approximately five hours from Kampong Cham). Enjoy the sandy beaches, calm atmosphere and wealth of bars and restaurants.


The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches not only global awareness but adaptability and critical thinking, skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of the GVI experience. Luckily, there are many activities you can get involved with in your free time, or before and after your GVI program. On our community programs the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore diverse and eclectic topics like Theravada Buddhism in Laos or how plastic pollution and climate change affects Indian Ocean coral.


Spirituality & Religion

The official religion of the Kingdom of Cambodia is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by the majority of the population, who visit monastery temples found throughout the country.


Festivals

There are festivals throughout the year, the most notable being the Khmer New Year in mid-April.


Cooking & Dancing

There are three main types of dances in Cambodia, namely Khmer classical dance, Cambodia folk dance, and Cambodian social dances. Khmer classical dance was founded in the royal courts of Cambodia and is the dominant dance style in theatre and at ceremonies.


The national dish of Cambodia is Amouk, which is a combination of fresh river fish, coconut cream, ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass, steamed in banana leaves and served with a side of rice. A large part of Cambodian cuisine features fish and freshwater seafood, along with the staple grain of rice, though they also offer many meat and vegetarian dishes.


Local Handicrafts

Cambodia has a thriving tourist souvenir industry, and make many locally made souvenirs such as a traditional scarf called a Krama, ceramic, lacquer and wood carved items and beautifully decorated bottles of flavoured rice wine.


Languages

Khmer – This is the official language of Cambodia and is spoken by roughly 16 million people across the world.


Cham – Is another language spoken in Cambodia, by roughly 204,000 people. It is the dialect of the Cham people of Southeast Asia.


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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.


As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.