Volunteer with Indochina Starfish Foundation - ISF Cambodia

Indochina Starfish Foundation - ISF Cambodia

ISF is an NGO committed to changing the lives of disadvantaged children in Cambodia.

ISF provides education, healthcare and sporting opportunities to disadvantaged children in Cambodia. In addition ISF provides support services to the families of the children in our education programme to enable them to break the cycle of poverty they are currently trapped in.

Through ISF’s Education Programme, which is a community based model, services are provided to children and their families within their communities, thus preventing the children from being unnecessarily institutionalised. This model provides opportunities to the children and their parents to empower them to change their own circumstances. The parents are also involved in the key decision making of ISF which provides them with dignified support that respects them rather than providing hand outs and creating dependency on ISF.

The intended benefits of the programme to every child we work with is that we give the foundations of an education, improve their health and nutrition, give them confidence and give them the opportunity to aspire to a better life. We support the students through to gainful employment.

ISF has grown from providing basic education opportunities to 18 children in 2006 to over 600 in 2017. Our plan is to take an additional 80-100 students into our education programme each year. Through the services provided to the families of the children ISF works with, almost an additional 3,000 people are supported.

ISF, in partnership with the Football Federation of Cambodia, plays a key role in providing grassroots footballing opportunities to some of Cambodia’s most disadvantaged children. This programme has grown from 50 players in 2006 to almost 3,800 in 2016 including deaf, hearing impaired players and players with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Our Activities

What We Need

We are currently recruiting English Teaching Assistants. If you'd like to join our team, visit our website (https://indochinastarfish.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Volunteer-English-Assistant-and-Vol-Enquiry-Form-for-website.pdf) to find out how you can make a difference in the lives of more than 600 disadvantaged Cambodian children or read the information below.

ISF is seeking to strengthen its English Language Programme for students in our Catch-up Programme and students supported by ISF to attend state school. ISF is looking for highly motivated volunteer English assistants. We require a minimum commitment of three months with longer-term posts welcomed.

Duties and Key Responsibilities
• Planning, preparing and delivering lessons and activities in English with a focus on improving pronunciation and conversation.
• Engaging with our English teachers and students in a fun, interactive way that improves their English speaking, reading and writing level, and pronunciation.
• Implementing creative classroom exercises and educational games.
• Meeting with English Teachers as needed.
• Participating in special events such as class parties, International Children’s Day etc.
• Following the ISF Child Protection policy.

Abilities and Skills
• Native English speaker or a proficiency level/fluent non-native English speaker.
• A positive approach to challenges, and a consultative manner.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability and willingness to work as part of a multicultural team.
• Shows great initiative.
• Ability to plan a variety of activities.
• Compassionate, honest and trustworthy.
• Act as a good role model for the children we serve.
• Ability to commit to a minimum of three months.

No experience is required, however, a willingness to learn is vital and experience of developing English conversation and pronunciation is highly desirable. For the right candidate, this is an opportunity to make a profound, individual contribution to the work undertaken by ISF and gain experience in development and education.

Working Hours
A minimum of 3 hours per day during our working hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Fixed hours are to be agreed with the Country Manager. Minimum commitment of three months.

Volunteers will be offered a monthly living allowance of US$250 intended to cover basic living expenses.

Applicant Requirements
All international candidates and graduates are considered. All successful applicants will be required to provide references and a background police check in line with ISF’s Child Protection Policy.

We are happy to help you find information and resources on accommodation, travel and living in Cambodia. However, as a small organisation we do not have the capacity to run a full-scale volunteer programme. Candidates are therefore expected to be reasonably independent.

Application procedures
Interested candidates are requested to complete the Volunteer Enquiry Form you can download from our website (http://indochinastarfish.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Volunteer-English-Assistant-and-Vol-Enquiry-Form-for-website.pdf) and send it to Teyaorm at tey@indochinastarfish.org alongside Curriculum Vitae and any supporting documents.

As soon as possible
2-3 months

What We Provide

Volunteering is a great opportunity for cross-cultural exchange, learning and skills development for all involved. By volunteering at ISF, you’ll be changing children’s lives and giving something back. However, you’ll also be gaining new skills, meeting new people, learning how to communicate in an intercultural environment and improve your CV. As an ambitious, small organisation with many projects going on we need different skill sets. Most of our volunteers have been helping our students improve their English skills by helping out in class. We’ve also had volunteers doing fundraising and communications work or helping train our staff on mental health.

Aside from some specific projects advertised, we ask volunteers to commit to 2 to 3 months or more. This is because experience has taught us that shorter term roles often do not work as well, especially when working with children. Due to this and our limited resources, we only take on short-term volunteers in exceptional circumstances where the volunteer has particular skills to offer and the experience will be mutually beneficial.

Whilst we will do all we can to make sure volunteers feel confident and supported, we unfortunately don’t have the resources to run a full volunteer programme. ISF volunteers therefore need to be comfortable travelling independently and settling into a role in a new country.

Important Info

Suitable For


Minimum Stay

Any period of time

Staff Size

More than 50 people



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Your Contact Person

Head Office: #1310, Plov Lum, Chamreunphal Village, Sangkat Boeng Tompon, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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