Cambodia Orphanage

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1. In Brief

Visit the alluring and exotic country of Cambodia and discover its incredible combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and friendly people. Make a positive and rewarding contribution to the lives of underprivileged and orphaned children. Equip them with the tools to help lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty, and open up opportunities that we in the Western world take for granted.

Cambodia, the sacred kingdom, is a country truly in touch with its ancient roots. This is the home of the once mighty Angkor empire, which ruled over a vast area of land from its centre in Angkor Wat. One glance at the region's spectacular environment and you'll see why they chose Cambodia for their base. Terraced rice paddies ring gently rolling hills, lush tropical forests are alive with the calls of hornbills and gibbons, and mile upon mile of fabulous untouched beaches skirt the coast. Cambodia is a serene, welcoming land and immediately you'll feel at home in this fabulous, exciting country.

The project is situated in Siem Reap, a captivating location that is known as the 'gateway' to the millennium-old ruins of the Khmer empire. This encompasses the awe inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat, an ancient and world famous monument that is yet untarnished by development. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its fascinating and intoxicating eastern culture, and complex and mystical ambience. Some of the world's poorest people live amongst the bustle of city life, some of whom are children with no parents to look after them. By taking part in this project you can help take care of them and give them the vital education they need for a better future.

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Teach and care for fun-loving, orphaned children
  • Earn your TEFL certificate absolutely free!
  • Explore this wondrous and welcoming corner of the world
  • Assist in the operational running of the orphanage centre

FAST FACTS

 

Location Cambodia, Siem Reap
Activities Teach English to orphaned children
Help take care of orphaned children
Devise and run recreational activities
Sightseeing
Transport Pick-up from the airport (if arriving first or third Monday of the month)
Transport to the project site (if arriving first or third Monday of the month; 4+ week volunteers only)
Accommodation Frontier HQ

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
UK TEFL training day (US$210)
TEFL certification
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country Accommodation
Food
Project orientation and training
Airport pick-up (if arriving first or third Monday of the month) 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Poverty, and the lack of education that results from it, traps the orphaned children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many acute problems in their lives. They become vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work on hazardous jobs, or even be sold into prostitution. Poverty also results in malnourishment, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation, amongst other things. 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. The situation is all the worse for those children who have been orphaned and who lack even the love and care of a parent.

You can bring hope to these impoverished children by giving them the love and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. You'll dance, sing and play games with the orphans of Siem Reap, as well as teaching them English. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for these children, so you will be helping them to move onwards. Illiterate children have no educational options, and your presence in the orphanage gives them the gift of English, the language of commerce, allowing them wider access to stable and secure jobs, and potentially even high-school and college scholarships.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be helping in an orphanage in Siem Reap, where anything you do will be of enormous value. You will have the freedom to be creative and inspiring with your care work and your teaching. The children you will be caring for and teaching are desperately poor yet incredibly energetic and enthusiastic. They will be profoundly responsive to your presence and appreciative of your help.

Teaching these children English is a powerful way to enable them to access opportunities that would otherwise be entirely denied to them, and is also an enjoyable way to build up your own skill base and independence with practical TEFL experience, whilst embracing the exotic and friendly culture of this spellbinding pocket of Asia.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

If you arrive on the first or third Monday of the month you will be met at the airport in Siem Reap by your project representative and escorted to your accommodation. After a night to settle in you will be introduced to your new colleagues and given a health and safety talk. You are welcome to join the project on any other dates and make your own way to the city. We can advise you on how to do this.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

This project benefits from a wonderful location, as you will be staying in the vibrant tourist town of Siem Reap. Siem Reap is actually a cluster of ancient villages grouped round a collection of individual pagodas, and these traditional structures at the heart of the town contrast with the elegant overlay of the French colonial era centre. You may be staying in the Frontier house, or enjoying the legendary hospitality of the friendly locals in one of the local guesthouses.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 meals a day, food is basic but nutritious and consists largely of rice, vegetables, beans and noodles, all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. However you will also have the opportunity to visit the reasonably priced local restaurants and street food outlets to sample traditional Cambodian cuisine; enjoying dishes such as delicately spiced curries made with fresh market produce, and delicious meat, fish and vegetables. Try specialities such as: Amok curry, based on coconut milk or a herb and spice paste known as kroeung, oriental squash, unusual vegetables such as winter melon, luffa and yardlong bean, or ngam nguv, a chicken soup flavoured with whole preserved lemons. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated easily in Cambodia.

HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?

Transport from your accommodation to your school each day will be by bicycle or tuk tuk(cost covered by volunteer).

4. The reviews

THANK YOU to Frontier, the school and the entire nation of Cambodia  | 24 Feb 2012
Phnom Penh is the charming capital city of an incredible beautiful country. There are so many pla...

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Making a real difference at a Cambodian Orphanage  | 17 Feb 2012
Volunteering as an English teacher at the orphanage has been such an insane blessing for me! ...

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Those crazy kids  | 5 Aug 2011
Phnom Penh is so vibrant and full of life, but what strikes you most is the amount of children wa...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you will be spoilt for choice with activities and wonderful sights and experiences. Get lost in the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoilt monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Watch the captivating sight of a traditional Aspara dance, or visit one of the silk factories, where silk worms produce reams of delicate and rare fabric. On a weekend break you could take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, catching a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use, to visit the famous floating village of Chong Kneas, or the flooded forest of Kompong Phhlul, both on the extraordinary Tonle Sap Lake.

Modern conveniences

Siem Reap

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; ANZ Royal Bank, Canadia Bank, Union Commerical Bank
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hotels and hostels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Tours and excursions
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,195

4 weeks US$1,795

Extra week US$345

Discounts available in October / November for 2 weeks (US$1,040)

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROGRAMME

First and Third Monday of the month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

School Holiday dates 2013:

13th-15th April

13th-15th May

14th-17th October

27th-29th November

Please note there will be a number of public holidays throughout the year. Please enquire when checking availability.

This project does not run in December 

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • UK TEFL training day (US$210)
  • TEFL certification (4 week+ volunteers only)
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Airport pick-up (if arriving on first Monday of the month)
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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