This assignment requires Volunteers to teach English to students at primary (4-6 grade) or secondary levels (7-12 grade). All Volunteers teach English as a foreign language together with Cambodian teacher counterparts in the school in their village or commune. Volunteers work with Cambodian teachers to integrate effective teaching strategies and enhance English proficiency.
In secondary schools most Volunteers work directly with the English teacher to teach English classes to students in different grades throughout the week. In primary schools most Volunteers will work with two or three English teachers as there is rarely a single English teacher assigned to primary schools. The English classes and curriculum in primary schools is new in Cambodia and teachers and students are eager to learn. Capacity and skill level among English teachers varies widely from school to school. At both levels, classes will be held for about 20 hours a week. Volunteers also spend time working with their teacher counterparts outside the classroom to prepare lessons together (including preparing visual aids, activity books, games, etc.) and work to enhance the overall learning environment at the school and in the classroom. Volunteers may also lead extracurricular activities for students such as after-school clubs and programs to enrich learning opportunities for their students.
Volunteers will also be trained to use different community development and project design tools to help meet identified needs of their community outside of the classroom. Much of a Volunteer’s time is spent outside the classroom, interacting with the community. These relationships often result in project ideas that respond to the community’s desires and interests in enhancing their community. Many activities that Volunteers get involved in with community counterparts include health education to improve nutrition for families, hygiene improvement projects such as investing in handwashing stations and education on its importance at the schools, community gardens to increase access to fresh vegetables, and life skills training to enhance the overall health and safety in a community.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check