Volunteer with Botumsakor Community Development Organization (BCDO)

Botumsakor Community Development Organization (BCDO)

Supporting healthy and sustainable life in the Botumsakor district

Khum Thma Sa, Cambodia, South East Asia
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We are a non-profit organization running an English school in rural Cambodia.


Volunteering Activities

Administration
Childcare
Fundraising
Teaching
Web Work
Closest City: Koh Kong and Sihanouk ville (0.0KM)

What We Need

Here are some of our ideas and how you can be involved as a volunteer:
- Teaching
- Fundraising
- Creating and playing games
- Drawing and coloring
- Assisting adult students

There are 7 hour-long classes a day running from Monday to Friday - in the morning from 8 AM - 11 AM and in the afternoon from 1 PM - 5 PM. Volunteers usually teach about 2-3 classes per day. Depending on how many volunteers we have at the time, you will be teaching alone or in a pair. Volunteers will be involving as co-teachers with Khmer teachers at the beginning but can eventually handle lessons alone if they are confident. The classes are organized according to the student’s ability. You don't need to have any previous experience of teaching since we believe that listening and communicating with various English-speakers is a great method to learn the language. You can either work as a main or assistant teacher. We work from a basic lesson structure that provides a framework so the students have consistency in their learning, as the volunteer teachers are changing on a regular basis. As well as teaching English in the classroom, you are welcome to use your skills and knowledge in art, music, singing, games, and sports as a way of interacting with the children.

There are no classes on the weekends; however, we are always open and if children come to the school we usually play games and offer our time if we are available.

Apart from teaching the children, volunteers are welcome to engage in the following areas:
- Marketing: spreading the word about our organization via different communication channels (maintaining our Facebook and the webpage, getting in contact with guidebook publishers, contributing to online guidebooks and travel websites, etc.)
- Helping with administration work
- Raising funds

If you are willing to work in any of these areas, we hope you will clarify your specific task in advance. Also, if you do not want to teach children, we request that you raise this concern in advance to the manager.


When & Who

Anytime, except big evens such as international new year, Khmer new years and X-mas.
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks
We would recomend at least two weeks (10 working days). If volunteers decise to volunteering for one week, that they would not learn or involve so much for the community, otherwise they at least get to know about teaching program and others briefing one or two days depends.
Individuals, Family with Kids

What we Provide

Homestay, Guesthouse, Other

Volunteers can choose a private room or shared room. We have a shared toilet and shower.

Variety

We provide delicious Khmer home cooked meals - two meals per day, lunch and dinner. Breakfast can be bought at the market downtown or in a restaurant nearby. vegetarain and vegan foods are available.

Electricity

Our Fees

$6.5
$0

The contributions are will be used to covering everyday food, electricity, water and administration cost.


More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance

Help to organize transportation.


Contact Person

Sopheap Phoung
Thma Sar village, Thma Sar commune, Botumsakor district, Koh Kong province, Cambodia., Khum Thma Sa, Cambodia.
100% response rate , 55 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to Help

Fundraising

Study materail, teaching materail and computers..etc.


Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Teaching English to the kids with smart games, daily communication for the adults class . Inspiring between bad pollution and environment friendly. Try to talk to the students before or after classes, this activity can motivate then speak more within listening skill with diferent English speakers' actions.

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Volunteers please realize that our school is based at remote area, so you will be staying at the natural setting region. Please bring the mosquitos repellent for protecting any insects bite and headlight for going to bathroom at night. There is no ATM available here, please bring enough money for the length of your stay.

In summer volunteers will be teaching and playing games outside the classrooms, but in rainy season, volunteers just focusing teaching for the first priority, otherwise it is too wet outside.

Botumsakor Community Development Organization (BCDO) was founded in 2009 in the Andong Tuek commune as a non-profit NGO aimed at providing education services with a focus on the English language for the younger generation.

Our current project is a school in Thmor Sor (Khum Thma Sa on Google Maps), a fishing village across the bay from Sihanoukville in southwestern Cambodia's Koh Kong Province. Thmor Sor is poor, even by Cambodian standards, and our project here revolves around offering access to education to the poorest villagers and promoting superior waste management in the community. BCDO is operating a low-cost English language school for the lower village, teaching students from age 5 to 18. These students pay a nominal monthly fee to cover the school's costs of electricity, water, and teaching materials.

But, many children in the community, particularly those living in the impoverished upper village, cannot even afford these small fees and so they do not attend any school. BCDO's new 'Bottle School' project is for these children. The Bottle School concept was borrowed from a non-profit organization in Guatemala which constructed low-cost buildings by making use of excessive waste in the community. Volunteers, staff, and community members are building plastic 'bottle bricks' by stuffing discarded plastic drinking water bottles with plastic waste, creating a durable construction material that takes the place of ordinary bricks. To ensure convenient access for the poorest students, the Bottle School campus is now located on BCDO-owned land in the upper village. The grounds consist of a two-room schoolhouse, staff house, volunteer quarters, and a shared bathroom.

We are a community project and, as part of our team, you are welcome to share your own ideas and projects. Nevertheless, the main purpose of BCDO is to provide an English language education; so, we request that all of our volunteers take part in teaching for a certain amount of time.

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