Are you looking for something rewarding and different? At CDO we appreciate any time you can offer. There are many things you could do, as a fluent English speaking teacher, playing sports and games with the children, helping CDO with administration, helping keep the website updated, and ongoing projects or just having a lot of fun here at CDO with our charming children. We need your help in all of these areas.
At CDO, volunteers play an important role by providing assistance with teaching and care. At present, Cambodian and English speaking volunteers are the main source of education and leadership for a lot of the children. You can participate in helping CDO and our children in many ways:
Whether you have experience or not, you can teach English, Maths or any relevant subject you like, so long as it’s in English. It’s not hard once you get going and it’s a great way of contributing your time in Cambodia.
Most of the children already have good English skills and can communicate fairly easily. There is a range of ages and levels however (5 to 20 years old), so we need more volunteers so we can separate the children and attend to their varying abilities: there are 3 classrooms. What we can guarantee though, is that they are very eager to learn and will soak up as much knowledge as you can give them.
English isn’t the only subject you can teach, Maths and very basic science would be fantastic or any other subject you think would be beneficial to their education. We do encourage our volunteers to get out of their comfort zone and try something different.
We are using a teaching guide that provides guidelines on lessons to ensure continuity as volunteers come and go.
As a teacher, if you can spend a minimum of one week (or more) at our children’s home in Siem Reap, we’ll be glad to have you and your time will be greatly appreciated. As all of our volunteers tell us when they’re here, you’ll enjoy every moment and it will be more than worth your time here.
2. Sport and Recreational Play
CDO kids are no different to kids elsewhere in the world. Our children love sport. Volleyball is the most popular sport played in Cambodia and all the boys love playing soccer. If you can teach the kids new games, go for it! They love play time and enjoy it even more when volunteers join in. It’s a great way to spend the afternoon whether it be playing tag, soccer or throwing water bombs at each other! We’re certain you will have the time of your life getting involved or just watching the kids have a good time.
3. Administration and Advice on CDO Projects
Assistance is always needed and appreciated with the administration side of things. You probably do have skills to offer that will greatly benefit CDO.
We also are always looking to improve what we do here at CDO, and if you think you have knowledge or ideas that we may find useful for any aspect of CDO, the projects or running of the organization as a whole, we’re always happy to listen to what you think and greatly appreciate anything you can help with. Advice on education, building and agriculture are what would help the most. We have at this moment a garden where we plant some vegetables and the children are taught to take care of it. We also have other programs like a nutrition and health follow up (body measurements, lice treatment, dentist and medical check-ups).
4. Website and Facebook update and maintenance
You don’t have to be a professional web developer to be a big help in this area! If you have basic knowledge of WordPress and Facebook then chances are that you are able to help us keep our social media updated with useful information and just keeping it looking fresh! Uploading photos, posting short news posts and showing the other current volunteers how to make posts is a huge help!
What do you need to come and volunteer at CDO?
There are no qualifications required to volunteer at CDO, but we do require you to be of good character with high moral standards. We would just like to outline a few rules of thumb to go by while you are here:
- Please don’t use any bad language or inappropriate conversation around the children
- Don’t smoke or drink around the children or on the premises
- Wait until you have permission to take any photographs
- Don’t go into the sleeping or toilet/shower area with the children
- Children cannot be taken off the premises unless permission is given by the director
Apart from that, all you need is a love of children and a desire to help in any way possible.
If you can, we ask that you fill in the form (click here to download) and email it to us before you arrive at CDO. Please print out your completed form at home/hostel/public printer before your arrival and bring along all supporting documents needed (e.g. copy of passport, visa, photo).
Unable to volunteer? Why not send us a donation online? Money is always needed at CDO for food and clothing for the children, as well as providing assistance for our building project. Every little bit helps us.