Volunteer in Cambodia
Volunteer and Teach English in Cambodia, at Conversations With Foreigners (CWF). CWF is a non-profit English language center, building capacity in Cambodia through affordable...
Teach English in Cambodia, at Conversations With Foreigners (CWF). CWF is a popular non-profit English language center building capacity in Cambodia, providing affordable...
Submitted by Samara Dunn - University of Wollongong | January 02, 2016
I volunteered with CWF in 2012 and it has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
The staff throughout the program are incredibly dedicated to the mission of the school and are always there to talk with you or help you out, and, unless you opt for the accommodation/food package, participating is completely free (however I definitely recommend going with the package if you're up for the socialising!)
The school itself offers you enough support both in regards to your volunteer teaching and immersion into the culture, offering both teaching workshops with a detailed curriculum as well as language classes and activities/excursions with the group.
The location is also great - you're a quick walk away from the school itself as well as only being a short tuktuk/motodop ride everything else. Cambodia has enough public holidays that you are also able to travel within the country.
The fact that CWF has a continuous cycle of volunteers also rids the school of a "voluntourism" vibe as there are no large gaps. Each 3 month volunteer program is an individual semester for the students so that the change of teacher in a new semester is not destructive to the learning.
All in all I would 100% recommend the program - it's so rewarding and with only ~5 contact hours every week day it also gives you enough time to enjoy the city the way you want to.
Volunteer in Cambodia responded to this review January 08, 2016 at 3:16 AM
Great to hear from you Samara! Thanks for remembering us!
Volunteering at Conversations With Foreigners, Cambodia
Submitted by Frank Leverett - Canberra | December 31, 2015
It was a wonderful experience. It was rewarding, character building, challenging, and immensely enjoyable. The students were a delight to teach. They were there because they chose to be there, and paid money to be there. They were consequently motivated and great fun to work with.
Volunteering done right!
Submitted by Michael - Currently in Phnom Penh | January 20, 2015
Volunteering at CWF is one of the best things I have ever done, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The administration of the programme is exceptional, the level of support and genuine care of the staff is fantastic. Living with fellow volunteers just a stones throw from the school in a vibrant and exciting part of town was an experience that is hard to accurately describe in words.
My time at CWF was culturally richer than anything I could have imagined. The teaching was highly challenging, but the support in place at CWF made meeting those challenges achievable and very rewarding.
The CWF programme is a perfect example of how a volunteer experience can really work. Its incredibly rewarding to volunteers, and of significant benefit to those they help.
This was something I will never forget.