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Country: Cambodia

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Last Updated: October 1, 2019

Our school a non-governmental initiative founded by Mr. Chheun Rith and sponsored by Project Cambodia; an Australian organisation founded by Leon Pope. Together we utilise humanity and cultural curiosity in everyday travellers, and offer them a local insight in exchange for their time two hours per day to teach English to our students. Volunteers wishing to spend more time teaching, we are happy to make arrangements with the public school, to see where you’re able to assist. No experience is required, just passion and enthusiasm!

Mr. Rith has opened his home located in Ouressey Village outside Kratie Town, to support local children to learn English, which is not taught in the public school curriculum.

Our mission is to support the young community by teaching English, which is vastly becoming important throughout Cambodia. Learning from volunteers from all over the world gives the children a comprehensive understanding of the English language from a multitude of perspectives. We believe this understanding will give a far better chance of sustainable employment away from the streets, and provide opportunities on not only a national scale, but also a global scale. ?

We currently support 50 children aged 7-16 years old. Our newest project over the past year has been including the young monks from the local monastery and pagoda into our mission. We teach around 60 Monks in total, which are split into intermediate and basic classes. For many of our students, our school has given these children their first opportunity to learn English, and we’re very proud of how far they’ve come.

We teach the Monks out of the local pagoda, which is a three minute walk away from our school. The rest of the classes are taught straight out of our school classrooms. In February 2018, Leon and the team from Project Cambodia funded the construction of three new classrooms for our students, as well as a new lesson planning space for our volunteers. Project Cambodia have become more involved in the school to ensure the students are reaching their full potential, and volunteers are gaining an authentic insight, as well as having some fun!

Classes run everyday from Monday - Friday and times are as follow:
1-2 p.m. Basic class for the monks (Pagoda)
1-2 p.m. Intermediate class for the monks (Pagoda)
5-6 p.m. Intermediate class (School)
5-6 p.m. Basic class (School)

We do implement a dress code when you are teaching the monks. We ask that shoulders always be covered, and long pants or skirts be worn to be respectful. Buddhist tradition also restricts women from making any physical contact with our monks. We appreciate your understanding.

Our volunteers staying onsite at the school are asked to make a $5USD contribution towards their meals each day. A minimum stay of two weeks is also recommended to ensure the children remain engaged and get to know your teaching strategies.
If you would like to get an impression of what it is like to volunteer at Kratie English School, you can check out the Instagram: kes_kratieenglishschool.
Welcome to our school, we’re very excited to meet you, and help the children of Orussey Village

Around Kratie
-There are several places you can visit here in Kratie.
-There is a club located 0.5km away, where there are facilities which include a swimming pool, gym, and areas for football and volleyball You can visit Koh Trong Island by ferry for1000riel ($0.25USD) or 3000riel with bicycle ($0.75USD). There is a 9km track around the island, perfect for a sunset bike ride, or walk.
-Bicycles cost $1USD per day, and motorbikes cost $6USD per day.
-Each day we are blessed with beautiful sunsets over the riverfront.
-There are many kayaking and boat outlets where you can visit the flooded forests and endangered irrawaddy dolphins along the Mekong River.
-There are also many other tourist activities in town to keep you busy in your spare time, including religious sights, monkeys and plenty of countryside to visit.

Getting Here
-The two main ports of entry/exit by air in Cambodia are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
-We are five hours by bus from Phnom Penh
-We are approximately 7 Hours by bus from Siem Reap
-Our School is well known around town, upon arriving at the bus station, simply instruct your tuk tuk driver you’d like to come to this School and they will bring you to us. This will cost $2-$3USD.

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