Volunteering

1. No costs involved

Unlike many other NGO and/or charitable organisations we do NOT charge a volunteering fee to be a volunteer teacher at Learn4Life. We charge the students to keep up our organization sustenance able.


2. Teaching

Each teacher is required to teach 4 one hour lessons per day, five days a week. There are some breaks between classes for a snack or a coffee. We run classes throughout the day from 7:30am to 9:00pm. These hours allow students to have a choice of  study time, as many students have a job/school commitments for either the morning or afternoon/evening.


While we try to allocate shifts to suit our volunteers personal preference, this is not always possible. Due to the way the levels/classes have evolved all volunteers will need to teach at least one lesson (probably two) at night.We provide as much support as possible to enable our teachers to provide quality lessons to the students. We follow the British English curriculum and provide a full set of text books for every level taught. We work from 3 books; a Student Book which the student uses in class; a Workbook which the student uses for homework and a Teachers Book which is a teacher manual outlining step by step lesson plans for the day. In addition we provide a comprehensive Resource Folder for each level and each teacher has access to Resource Cabinets containing a variety of props, worksheets and reading books for extension work. Each day lesson planning and preparation will be required. This can vary according to the level and the teacher but up to 2 hours per day should be allowed.


Teachers will also be giving and marking test papers throughout the term. Guidance and support is given together with the answer sheets.


Occasionally when teachers fall ill the other volunteers will help out and cover their classes. Relief teaching for one another in times of need is an extension of the helping attitude our volunteers arrive with.


When required (2 or 3 per term) we hold a short one hour Teachers and Staff Meeting from 11am on Saturday mornings. This is the time for all teachers and administration staff to come together as a group with the Head Teacher to share their experiences. It is also a time where support and guidance can be given.


3. Accommodation

A living stipend is provided which will cover suitable accommodation off site, and some local meals. Rooms are from round $125 per month (large clean room, fan cooled, with cold water in a safe neighborhood close to the school) to apartments from about $350. We have a list of suitable rooms where volunteers have stayed in the past. Of course if you wish to live in a more luxurious apartment then this is also available, however your stipend will not cover all this cost.


You will need to arrive at least a few days before term starts so that you can sort out your accommodation. There are several hostels and guest houses near the school where you can stay until you find accommodation which suits your needs and budget. You will need to consider what time your flight (if flying into Siem Reap) arrives as not all of these hostels and guest houses have 24hr reception.


The school has free bicycles which you can use to help you get to and from your accommodation and the school.


There is a communal area at the school where you are welcome to do lesson planning, have a cup of coffee etc. This will be available during normal teaching hours and on Saturday morning when the Administration Staff are present. Free wifi is also available at the school.


4 Who are we looking for?

Responsible, independent, reliable native English speakers with a strong commitment to helping  others and who are passionate about teaching in developing countries.  We are looking for volunteers who have completed a TEFL/CELTA or similar course. Ideally, volunteers will be in the 23-50 age group, but older experienced teachers with a young at heart attitude are welcome to apply. Time management and organisational skills are important in teaching and we do our best to support our teaching staff throughout the term. Finally, respect of the culture is a must, candidates should be flexible and enjoy the adventure that volunteering offers in working and living in a developing country.


We are looking for volunteers who can make a commitment for a minimum of 1 term (11 teaching weeks), although preference will be given to volunteers who want to be at Learn4Life for 2 or more terms.


Please note the total school area (including the outdoor area) is a smoke-free zone. If you are a smoker you must consider if you can go for long periods without a cigarette or you won't be suitable for the school.


5. How to become a volunteer?

Send us by email your resume or CV and include copies of any relevant qualifications to support your application. You will need to provide us with at least 2 referees who we can contact (preferably by phone). Outline why you are applying for the position, what you can bring with you to Learn4Life and your preferred term dates.


We will choose any new volunteers we require  one term prior to the needed start date (approx. 3 months) (eg. if you want to teach for term 3 and 4 you will be notified at the end of term 1). Things are always changing in Cambodia and this still allows you time to plan and book a cheap flight.


Once accepted we will need a copy of your travel via e-ticket or similar to confirm your participation in our program.


We look forward to hearing from you!


6. What clothing will I need?

Cambodia is blessed with plenty of sunshine all year round...and plenty of water in the wet season. For teaching purposes lightweight cotton clothes are recommended. Leave your jeans at home. Loose fitting, inexpensive clothing can be found in the many markets of Siem Reap and the villages. For men teaching in shorts is acceptable, especially in the hot summer months. For ladies this is not the case. Legs (to below the knees), shoulders and neckline must be covered while at  Learn4Life. We respect the local culture of removing footwear when entering another person's home, so you will find yourself and your students all barefoot in class!

Mission Statement


To provide high quality, yet affordable English language tuition to  Cambodian adults thus enabling them to improve their English language proficiency and, thereby, their future career and employment prospects.

Sponsors


Learn4Life always welcome contributions sponsoring directly to the students. There for it is a good idea to do it at least two terms.