All participants begin their program with a five-day cultural orientation and training. Khmer language lessons are included in the orientation as well as a guided tour of historical and cultural sites that will provide insight into the storied history of
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Year Round
- Program Description:
- According to a 2005 report by The Bangkok Post, Cambodia has the worst English language skills in South East Asia. The low ranking of English literacy in Cambodia is due to various obstacles facing the already poor education system. These include lack of English curriculum in state schools, insufficient teaching materials, and shortage of qualified teaching staff.
Due to the crucial need to improve English literacy, Global Service Corps teams up with local non-profit and community development organizations in Cambodia to teach English lessons. Volunteers provide much needed English language training to students in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. GSC seeks to improve students’ English conversation skills in preparation for future employment.
The Cambodia Teach English Abroad Program is available throughout the year and can range from two weeks to six months or longer. Undergraduate and graduate students may also receive college credit for their participation in any GSC program.
All participants begin their program with a five-day cultural orientation and training. Khmer language lessons are included in the orientation as well as a guided tour of historical and cultural sites that will provide insight into the storied history of Cambodia. Prior to departure, GSC provides Cambodia international volunteers with a specialized English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching manual containing sample lesson plans and activities that will make you an effective teacher throughout your service. Volunteers also receive in-country orientation and training to prepare them to teach English to students.
Participants discover Cambodia by living, working, and learning with Cambodian people in their own communities. They are immersed in the local culture and enjoy language lessons, cultural orientation, and technical trainings. By sharing their time, talents, experience, and knowledge, volunteers transform their own lives as well as the lives of the local community members.
- Setting Description:
- During the first week of orientation, participants will be housed in a local hotel/guesthouse in Phnom Penh. After orientation, you will either stay in a guesthouse or in your placement’s on-site accommodations (for the Orphanage Care and Buddhist Immersion Programs). All accommodations are shared with same-sex volunteers.
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