In Phnom Penh most volunteers work with an NGO called Khemara. Khemara is the oldest locally registered NGO in Cambodia. Since 1991 they have played a significant role in working for the advancement of women and children in Cambodia by working directly with local communities. Projects Abroad and Khemara run nine day care centres on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Disadvantaged mothers drop their children off at the centres so they can go out to work for the day. As a volunteer you will be looking after the children, aged between 3 to 6 years old, and help with their early childhood development. Your daily tasks may range from reading to the children to working individually with local staff to build their English capacity. All volunteers are supervised by local staff and may also work directly in the communities raising awareness of children’s rights.
You will also make sure that the children are taught about hygiene, are fed and provided with monthly health check-ups. As far as education is concerned, you will provide assistance to the staff at the centres and run activities incorporating learning about literacy, numeracy and social skills. You will also teach activities like songs, games, drawing and painting. There is also the opportunity to participate in one of four mini-campaigns that run throughout the year, which focus on education and literacy, sports and outdoors, the environment, and health and hygiene.
This is a responsibly-run career break that gives you the opportunity to improve the lives of some of the world's most disadvantaged children.