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Rural Primary School Cambodia

Enjoy the peace and serenity of this rural school success story in North Eastern Cambodia near the border of Thailand. You'll have freedom to contribute your unique ideas and impart cultural and curricular learning.

Rural Primary School Program Cambodia

Project Type

Standard Placement | Volunteer Center shared rooms


1 Week+

Start Dates

Every Monday year round (Arrival Saturday or Sunday)



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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

Here you will take part in an amazing village school project which stated in 2012 and has been completely built by volunteers under the supervision of local management with in depth knowledge of the local challenges and opportunities.

Providing free education, the school now holds over 200 children from nearby villages who eagerly rely on the support and care provided by the many volunteers and local staff which make this place so special.   The school is a model and reminder of the power that international volunteerism can provide to communities in need.

School Overview

The school caters to children mostly aged 10-15 years old who currently possess only a basic level of English.  With classroom size generally between 25-30 students, the school is equipped with basic teaching resources such as flash cards and blackboards.  The school very gratefully accepts any donated materials such as books, games and writing utensils.

The School also has an adjourning vegetable garden where students are given a small plot of land to farm their own vegetables.  Farming is typically the main source of income for families in these areas, so this is an important skill and unique school offering.  Much of the school has been built through aid from international volunteers and local tradesman.

Teaching time with the students runs from 8am – 11am in the morning and then 2pm-5pm in the afternoon.  Volunteer teachers generally take 1 teaching shift combined with some light construction, gardening or other options depending on the skill set of the volunteer.  We have a high level of flexibility of participant input for this project. As well as being done in the traditional classroom sense, we actively encourage creative input. This can be in the form of drawing, art, singing or activities with the children.

Project Tasks 

Project Tasks Include (but are not limited to):

  • Volunteer teaching English
  • Gardening
  • Creating activities for the students
  • Art & Handicraft activities
  • Sports after classes
  • Environmental awareness activities
  • Construction and renovation of school and local community

Volunteers may also take part in presentations on exercise and living an active lifestyle, with topics such as healthy eating, sexual health and physical activity for school children.


Accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. They have a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and/or communal areas.

There are limited laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint especially: water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.
Accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day included
  • 2-4 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas
  • No Laundry facilities
  • No Safety deposit box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Cold shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)


3 meals p/day are included during your volunteer stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian, including plenty of vegetarian rice and fish dishes with some western style meals also included.

Weekends & Extra Tours

Weekend participants are always free to relax at the accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with their advice. During the weekends only two meals are served inside the accommodation; breakfast and dinner.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.

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