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Among the many worthwhile charities you can enroll on while volunteering abroad, teaching English in Cambodia is perhaps one of the most popular ones in the country, with hundreds of people volunteering to help year after year. In addition to being the most wanted subjects for Cambodian charities, it is one of the easiest subjects for native English speakers to provide.
Teaching English In Cambodia
Working as a volunteer to teach English to the people in Cambodia is a great way to help them in their quest to having a better education, learning a useful language, and overall have better opportunities in life.
Achieving a better education enviroment is amongst the ONU’s sustainable development goals, which means you will be contributing not only to Cambodia, but to one of the seventeen goals set by the ONU.
What is it like teaching English in Cambodia
Deciding to be a volunteer is already one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life, but deciding to volunteer as an English teacher in Cambodia, will change your life forever.
As a volunteer, most of the charities you will work with won’t require much of you, since it is already enough that you are willing to help them out. However, when it comes to teaching English, there are some requirements you will have to pass, but we will get to that later on.
Teaching volunteering programs are usually way longer than others, since you will have to teach English for a certain amount of time. Be prepared to stay for a full on term or semester, in which you will be asked to create and follow through with the teaching sessions.
Keep in mind, these kinds of teaching programs could open up the door for you to transition into a full-time job, with actual payment. This, of course, will depend on your will to stay, and how good you do your job.
Being Paid to Teach English In Cambodia
Obviously volunteering is the easy way to find a fulfilling adventure. However some of you might not be able to fund your own mission to Cambodia or elsewhere. Click here for Request a TEFL Brochure. Notwithstanding this YOU WILL need an English teaching qualification from a recognized body.
Essential Travel Items
When teaching English abroad you should be aware of the essential travel items you might need. Many of the items you considering taking with you can be left to the benefit of the school. Solar torches, wind up radios etc. Items like mobile global internet will be particularly useful in more remote areas or when in transit.
Things to consider before applying
We have no doubt you will love your experience teaching English in Cambodia, however, before you decide to apply for a volunteer job, take the following points into consideration:
English competence level
Of course, in order to teach English, you have to know the language. You don’t have to be a native English speaker to volunteer, however, you do have to have certain level to be able to teach. Some charities will ask for someone with at least a B2 level, meaning someone who can communicate well without any kinds of trouble with another English native speaker.
However, other charities will require you to have any kind of qualification that can prove you do know English. If you ever took the IELTS, CELTA or TOEFL tests, those will do just fine. Or if you ever took (and finished) an English course that can prove your English level, that will work as well.
As we previously stated before, teaching English in Cambodia is a time-consuming volunteer job, and chances are you will have to stay either for a full term or a whole semester. If you are ready to take this commitment for at least 6 months, then you should definitely apply, because it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life
Job requirements for teaching English in Cambodia
You have to realize, choosing to teach English in Cambodia means teaching English to people from all ages. You might end up teaching English to kids, to young adults, or even in temples, it will all depend on the volunteer program you choose, of course.
Another important thing to keep in mind is previous teaching experience is incredibly valuable, although it isn’t essential, it is considered a plus if you have taught English before.
Last, but definitely not least, you will be required to teach different modalities of English, meaning conversational, business, technical English will be some of the modalities you will have to teach if asked to.
Being selected for teaching English in Cambodia
Congratulations! You have decided to take on this amazing adventure and change the world for the better, now it is time to talk about what you will be expecting during the upcoming weeks of your volunteer job.
First of all, you should know things can vary depending on the charity you are working with. However, most of them will advise accommodation in a nearby area from where you will be teaching, and may offer meals whilst in school or temple.
To wrap things up, here is what you should keep in mind when volunteering for a teaching program:
- Certain levels of English are required (At least a B2 level).
- Be prepared to teach for a whole semester. A couple of weeks is not nearly enough; unless you want to be a teachers assistant.
- Be prepared to teach people of all ages/backgrounds.
- The volunteer job could potentially end up in a job offering a salary.
Of course, you should also remember the basic requirements about volunteering abroad such as: Getting international travel insurance that covers you comprehensively for your stay in the country, planning how you will be getting into the country (how many flights you’ll have to take, ticket prices, etc), and last, but not least, accommodation.
Volunteering full time or part time
Teaching English in Cambodia is a full time volunteer job that will consume your time, but will change your life for the better. Not only you will be contributing to better the educational environment in a very special community in Cambodia, but you will be constantly learning new things and exploring a whole new country and surroundings. If you do not have the time to invest 3-6 months, you can volunteer tot be a teacher’s assistant.
If teaching English in Cambodia is not for you then visit our Cambodian charities page and choose something that you will enjoy.
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