Teach English to Cambodian Buddhist Monks

Contribute to the education of the Buddhist monks of Kamphong Cham while being immersed in the Cambodian culture and gaining hands-on teaching experience.

Program Information

Visit Kamphong Cham, a city on the Mekong River, and teach English to Buddhist monks from the local community. Get involved in dedicated one-on-one sessions, improving the community’s educational abilities and confidence. Join us in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education, and help students grow and discover their full potential. Experience everything this magical country in Southeast Asia has to offer.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia and is famed for its untouched tropical beaches and a rich spiritual history of Hinduism and Buddhism. Teach English in this idyllic setting, at the meeting of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers.

We join efforts with local partner organisations to assess the needs within the community before setting up any of our projects. All our teaching programs aim to sustainably enhance the educational facilities and English literacy levels of the community of Kamphong Cham.

Join us in Cambodia to make a lasting difference in the local community and gain valuable life skills and hands-on teaching experience to improve your employability.

- The rare opportunity to work closely with the Buddhist monks and live like a local
- Explore Kamphong Cham and appreciate all its natural beauty and amazing attractions
- Immerse yourself into the fascinating Cambodian culture and learn the local language
- Visit iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace or the National Museum of Cambodia
- Sustainably impact the lives of the local community through educational enhancement initiatives
- Grow yourself personally and professionally and develop your teaching ability
- In your free time you can travel north to explore the grand Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world!


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Program Details

Program Type:
Location: Asia - Cambodia - Kampong Cham

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Project Life

In preparation for the teaching program, you will receive a comprehensive orientation session covering our health and safety guidelines and the necessary training you need to participate in our projects. As part of the orientation process you can look forward to a basic Khmer language lesson, a tour of the area you will be working in, and meeting our local partners.

In our programs we address the needs of the local community, as determined by our partner organisations that we work alongside. As the needs change, we tailor our program objectives accordingly.

Mondays to Fridays will be spent working with the Buddhist monks at your volunteer teaching placement in the local community of Kamphong Cham. A typical day could include anything from one-on-one educational lessons, conducting educational workshops or teaching a literacy class.

Kamphong Cham and the surrounding area offers you amazing attractions to explore over the weekend. If you need some down time over the weekend you can stay at the base and hang out with other like minded GVI volunteers, interns and staff members.

Accommodation is basic but comfortable, centrally located with electricity and shared rooms and bathrooms. You will enjoy daily communal meals with the other participants.

Project Details

The exact projects that we get involved in will depend on the needs at that exact time, and as such, participants should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to changes in the field.

Our goal is to:
- transfer and develop English literacy skills
- develop a sustainable foundation to improve the lives of the Buddhist monks
- provide enthusiastic volunteers to help improve the level of education in Cambodia

How this project makes a difference
Through this work you will help Buddhist monk students grow and improve their future opportunities, and provide the extra educational attention the students need to reach their full potential, gain confidence in their skills and improve their future career opportunities.

Cambodia’s short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs


Welcome to Cambodia, a country in Southern Asia famed for its pristine tropical beaches untouched by tourism and an assortment of cultural attractions.
Kamphong Cham is only two and a half hours from Cambodia’s magical capital city, Phnom Penh.

Weekend Explorations
The Royal Palace is a distinct landmark in Phnom Penh and also the official residence of King Sihamoni. Although a large part of it is not open to the public, be sure to visit the Silver Pagoda, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Silver Pagoda got its name from its floor which is covered in five tons of silver! The Emerald Buddha is a human sized, Baccarat-crystal sculpture found in this temple. When you travel slightly north of the Royal Palace you will find the National Museum of Cambodia, home to an array of the finest Khmer sculptures. Relax in the lush garden in the museum’s courtyard.

Further Travelling Opportunities
If you have time the time and budget to travel before or after your program, we highly recommend you check out these places:
- The Temples of Angkor is a place of national pride and spiritual inspiration is a point of pilgrimage for all Cambodians.
- Cambodia's southern islands are untouched by commercial tourism and provide you with pristine coastlines and rustic accommodation.
- The Mondulkiri Province stands in contrast to the rest of Cambodia. Its name literally means ‘Meeting of the Hills’, and it consists of a combination of mountains, hills and rainforests. You can expect some spectacular wildlife sightings here, including elephants, leopards, monkeys and birds.
- Travel north to Siem Reap to explore the grand Angor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world! You can catch a 40 minute flight to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh.

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

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