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Cambodia: Teaching and Community Development

Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province, located 120km North of Siem Reap province and borders Thailand.

About the project
According to figures of the UNDP, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia. Over 75% of the Cambodian population lives on less than 2 USD per day, with the figures for the countryside dramatically higher. Basic infrastructure is lacking and education levels are generally low. However, despite these problems young Cambodians are very dynamic and eager to engage themselves!

Early 2008, GoEco's partner organization decided to start up several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside working with local and international NGOs as well as the provincial government of Oddar Meanchey.

In cooperation with the provincial education department, volunteers have started working in local schools in Samraong, the capital of Oddar Meanchey, and in the surrounding villages. Considering the state of the school buildings, volunteers are not only engaged in basic teaching activities, but also in the basic renovation of the school.

Volunteer Contribution
In cooperation with the full time volunteer a special program will be created for all volunteers involved in this initiative. Activities can include a combination of:

Teaching English on a non formal basis
Working with the children in their vegetable garden (for their own consumption)
Creating activities for the students including workshops for cultural exchange
Art & Handicraft activities
Sports after classes
Environmental awareness activities (Clean Up the World)
Basic construction to improve the children's livelihoods
The schools are located in the town of Samraong and the villages around it.

***Note: Cambodia is a tropical country with occasional violent storms, heavy rains and floods. During such times, the above schedule may be subject to change.

Accommodation & food
As a volunteer you will be housed with local home-stays or in a guest house where this is not feasible (for example in the case of larger groups). 

There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hand. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

All meals are included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes

The doors and windows are screened (to protect you from mosquitoes). There are fans in the room. For your valuables, we have lockers available. We strongly encourage you to use them, even if our centres are generally very safe.

The camp is situated close to the Samraong city centre where you will find all the amenities you could need i.e. internet, shops, hospital, pharmacy, banks and restaurants. Please note that Cambodia is still a developing country and that the facilities may not be the same standard as in your home country.

Minimum requirements
Min age 18
Good level of English
Motivation to work with children and meet new cultures
Full travel & medical insurance
Immunizations (please consult your doctor)

To apply for this program, see Teaching and Community Development

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