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Volunteer Teaching English Cambodia

Do you want to help children succeed by teaching them vital English skills? Do you want to explore the mystical temples and pristine nature of Cambodia while leaving a positive footprint in the lives of children? Then our English teaching program in Cambodia is perfect for you!

Cambodia is a country with a deep and rich history and fascinating culture. Its people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and greatly enjoy introducing foreign travelers and volunteers to their beautiful home.

Sadly, Cambodia has gone through tough times in the past half-century, with war and genocide leaving the country with rampant poverty and lacking educational facilities for its youth. Despite improved conditions in recent years, schools, especially those serving poor and underprivileged kids, are woefully under resourced and struggle to provide adequate English education to its students.

Volunteers are thus desperately needed to fill this gap and help teach kids English, which is a skill that has become incredibly important as the tourist industry in Cambodia has grown. Knowing English can be the difference between a life of poverty and one of success and happiness. When you volunteer in an English-teaching program in Cambodia you can help provide these crucial skills and help ensure a better life for poor children.

If you have a passion for kids, the English language and making the world a better place, then reach out to us here at IFRE immediately to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you join volunteer English teaching program in Cambodia, you will be to work as English teachers and instructors in public schools. Additionally, you may be asked to assist in extracurricular activities such as sports and games, as well as creative tasks like drawing, singing and dancing.

You will occasionally have the chance to go on field trips with the kids, and also provide them with consistent support with their homework and academic progress outside of the classroom. You will also help prepare classes together with the local teachers and depending on your skills you may be asked to teach classes in other fields.

Volunteering as a teacher in Cambodia is an amazing opportunity. You work will help prepare the kids for adulthood by teaching them critical English language skills which will one day allow them to find work in the country’s massive tourist industry. In the short term, this will provide them hope and inspiration for the future, and in the long term improve not only their lives, but the lives of their friends and family as well.

Skills and Qualifications:

Those interested in this Cambodia volunteering teaching English project should have a great love for kids of all ages, and a deep passion for improving their lives through teaching vital English language skills. You don’t need any specific training, qualifications or experience beyond this, but native speakers or those with previous teaching experience will have an advantage.

Volunteers must be between 18 to 70 years old

Volunteering as an English teacher will provide you with fun and exciting days and a great opportunity to feel rewarded and fulfilled as you make a difference and interact closely with amazing children, local staff and like-minded volunteers.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering teaching English program in Cambodia, your in-country coordinator will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the school you’ll be teaching at. Here you’ll be introduced to the staff, kids, facilities and your work going forward.

Weekdays: Every day will present a new and fun experience, but a standard day of volunteering as an English teacher looks like the following:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Your day begins with a lovely Cambodian breakfast together with your hosts and/or fellow volunteers.

7.45 AM: At this time you set out for a fulfilling and gratifying day of teaching English.

12.00 PM: You’ll get a break for lunch around noon, which you can enjoy together with your students and colleagues.

3.00 PM: Your teaching work will conclude around this time, and you can spend the rest of the day to relax or explore the nearby area.

Volunteer Teaching English Cambodia: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

Cambodia programs start on Mondays in the first week and third week of the month.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Weeks Orphanage
  2 Weeks   $420
  3 Weeks   $570
  4 Weeks   $720
  5 Weeks   $820
  6 Weeks   $890
  7 Weeks   $1040
  8 Weeks   $1,110
  9 Weeks   $1245
  10 Weeks   $1,380
  11 Weeks   $1,515
  12 Weeks   $1,650

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Accomodation and Meal

IFRE arranges safe and comfortable accommodation for you while volunteering in Cambodia. You will be staying in a volunteer house in Phnom Penh or with a loving and open Cambodian host family if your placement is elsewhere. You will be provided with three delicious meals a day as well as plenty of chances for cultural immersion and exchange. Both our volunteer house and our host families strongly emphasize your security and comfort.

Read more about the accommodation and food you can expect while volunteering in Cambodia.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have plenty of time to explore Cambodia during your volunteer project. Every afternoon/evening after 3pm will be yours to explore the surrounding area freely, and in the weekend, you’ll have two full days to go on longer trips and tours. As Cambodia is a small country geographically, this means you’ll get to see anything you want within it during your project.

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Safety and in Country Support

We always have your safety at the top of our minds here at IFRE. Our accommodation is all chosen for its safety and comfort, and we make sure to support you with anything you need or any questions you have both prior to and during your project. While in Cambodia, your in-country coordinator will always be available at all times to assist you with anything you need.

Read more about our safety procedures and network of in-country support coordinators.

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Volunteer Teaching English Cambodia :FAQs:

Arrival and departure

You need to fly into Phnom Penh International Airport for your teaching volunteer program in Cambodia.Our local representative will come pick you up on arrival atthe airport.

However, we do not offer any kind of airport drop-off service once the project is completed.


It is compulsory for you to obtain a legitimate tourist visa for volunteerteaching english Cambodia program. For that, you have to visit the local Embassy of Cambodia in your home country,or you can choose to get a 1-month tourist visa onyour arrival once inthe airport.

You can extend your tourist visa for an extra 30 days by visiting the Department of Immigration in Phnom Penh and paying a $45USD fee.


The CDC recommends vaccines for typhoid, Yellow fever (YF) vaccine, Rabies vaccine, Hepatitis A, chickenpox, measles, hepatitis B, mumps and rubella (MMR), influenza, pneumonia, polio, Japanese encephalitis, shingles, meningitis, cholera, and tetanus, to volunteers in Cambodia.

However, consult with a medical doctor regarding any vaccines before your departure.

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What is the age range of the students in the school? How many students are in the school? How many of them are in each class?

When you join volunteer teaching English Cambodiaprogram, you can expect to be teaching English to primary and secondary school children between the ages of 6-14, with the occasional adult student as well. Each school varies in size, but volunteers can expect to have classes of between 20 and 30 students.

Will I be handling the classes on my own or will there be someone assisting me while teaching?

Most of the schools have a local English teacher whom you will be assisting, however if you are highly qualified the opportunity to work independently is possible.

Do they have a teaching curriculum?

Yes, Cambodian schools havea defined curriculum and books for their English classes, however if you would like to incorporate additional lessons this is possible.

Do I need to bring teaching materials to join teaching English volunteer opportunity in Cambodia? Or does the school have teaching materials which I can use?

No, each school provides English books to go along with their curriculum; however, you are welcome to bring books to donate as well.

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Please arrive in Cambodia with an open mind. Cambodia is conservative country, andteachers are expected to wear formal and modest clothing while in the classroom.

Why Volunteer in Teach English Project in Cambodia?

Volunteering as an English Teacher in Cambodia will be a rewarding experience filled with fun days. You will get valuable teaching experience and form lifelong relationships with the kids, staff and fellow volunteers.

You will get real world classroom experience

By volunteering as an English teacher in Cambodia, you will gain valuable real-world experience of a classroom, which will be life-changing both for you and your students.

You will get experience of teaching internationally

Teaching English volunteering abroad in Cambodia benefits not only the children but also you as the volunteer. The experience you will gain teaching internationally will be of great benefit to you in your future career.

You will develop love forthe English language by working with local teachers

You will get to work closely with local teachers, learning from them and sharing ideas on how to teach most efficiently. You will develop a love for the English language that you will get to share with both your students and colleagues.

You will gain insights into the education system of Cambodia

Another key benefit of volunteering in Teaching English in Cambodia is that you’ll get to learn how the education system of Cambodia works. This will be an eye-opening experience and provide you with valuable context when teaching elsewhere.

You will make English education accessible to the children of Cambodia

The majority of people struggle to learn English in Cambodia, as a quality English education is simply out of their reach. By volunteering, you will help make English accessible to those who otherwise would not be able to learn it.

Other Volunteer Programs in Cambodia

There are many ways for you to make a difference in Cambodia with IFRE. Such as:

Work in an orphanage

Work in the medical sector.

Help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS

Help with community development

Contact IFRE today to learn more.

Volunteer Teaching Abroad Programs in Other Countries

You can volunteer as an English teacher with IFRE in a long list of countries all over the world. For some of our most popular and successful volunteer teaching programs, see the list below:

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