Our organization believes in teaching English to build capacity in Cambodia, in support of sustainable rural development projects.
CWF’s teaching approach is designed to address the challenge of teaching English in a development context. We aim to make English a real –life communication tool and our students confident users of English. In the context of regional integration, where English is the sole language of ASEAN, and set to become the region’s language of the workplace by 2015, this is vital.
CWF’s curriculum draws on our student’s desire to share their traditions and uphold their cultural identity. So the course reflects the realities of Cambodian life by incorporating Khmer food, celebrities, travel destinations and ceremonies.
We teach only conversational English in a fun and informal setting. This results in a cross-cultural dialogue between our students and their teachers, who come from across the world. This is effective not only in motivating students to speak and practice English, but also to promote a balanced exchange of ideas. Students are empowered to express their pride in Cambodia.
Students who study at our school are aware that they are directly funding development projects in rural areas and volunteers not only contribute directly to students in Phnom Penh, but also indirectly to the long-term sustainability of CRDT – Cambodian experts with proven experience in rural development. As rural communities make up 80% of Cambodia’s population, this model of fundraising will hopefully prove more sustainable for rural communities and for Cambodia as a whole. As part of the experience, volunteers will visit and learn from CRDT’s projects in the provinces to gain an insight into rural life.
Our students come from all walks of life. We have high school students, university students, police officers, doctors, tuk tuk drivers, government employees, stay at home mums… Students range from 13 to about 55 years of age, but the majority are typically secondary school and university students. All students have at least a basic understanding of English, but all lack practice in speaking and listening with foreigners.
Conversational English language teaching.
Our volunteers teach conversational English courses designed to create an informal learning environment, with small groups (approximately 14 students per class) and fun, relevant topics. Although students often ask for advice on correct usage of grammar, it is not the primary focus of our courses. We do not focus on grammar, reading or writing, but rather on putting English to work in real life contexts through role-play, activities and discussion.
You will teach up to five hours per day from Monday to Friday. We encourage our volunteers to spend time preparing for their classes so the students get the most benefit from classes.
Depending on student demand and the number of volunteers we have in a given semester, we sometimes offer one-to-one conversation classes. Our one-to-one students pay more, but benefit from their teacher’s undivided attention during their class.
To be eligible for our program, you must be:
Open minded, culturally sensitivity and respectful
Passionate about making a difference to other people’s lives
Fluent in written and spoken English (all nationalities welcome)
For non-native English speakers, we do require teaching experience or certification
Teaching experience and/or qualifications are a great help in the classroom, but are not required for native English speakers.
All volunteers receive two days of teaching workshops run by previous volunteers to help them get started.
Twin share room and bathroom.
3 meals per day (Monday - Friday).
10 day orientation.
Fast Wifi at home and school.
24/7 in-country support
Khmer language lessons.
Cultural activities and trips
$725 for 12 weeks accommodation and meals.
Alternatively volunteers may opt to live independently at own expense.
We follow responsible volunteering best practice's, including child protection policies. We are members of The CODE which defends the right of children and women