"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand

English language skills open a world of opportunities for Cambodians. Many industries, such as tourism and hospitality, require basic English skills and many of the international agencies with offices in Cambodia use English for daily operations. However, according to a 2005 report by The Bangkok Post, Cambodia has the worst English language skills in South East Asia. The low ranking of English literacy in Cambodia is due to various obstacles facing the already poor education system. These include lack of English curriculum in state schools, insufficient teaching materials, and a shortage of qualified teaching staff. In short, as Cambodia’s economic growth and increasing international presence provide potential opportunity for Cambodians, they are simultaneously faced with the demand for English language skills if they are to succeed in these dynamic times.

Due to the disparity between the crucial need to improve English literacy and the unique nature of existing and accessible resources to do so, GSC’s Teach English Abroad Program in Cambodia teams up with selected local non-profit and community development organizations to assist disadvantaged people. These organizations have made significant progress with the local community, establishing training centers in squatter communities to help the poorest citizens of Cambodia.  Additionally, GSC’s partners have embedded English education in multi-faceted programs, attending to children and family’s physical, economical, social and safety needs.  GSC volunteers will be able to observe and assist  partners to provide these English education programs.

Cambodian children face a world of both danger and opportunity, and GSC and its partners are committed to providing the comprehensive support to help aim them towards a successful future. GSC is reliant on motivated and compassionate volunteers to continue this work through multiple approaches. GSC’s EFL service-learning program gives Cambodia volunteers the opportunity to provide this critical English language training to disadvantaged students in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia international volunteers have the option of teaching basic and conversational English in local community centers. The EFL Program is available as part of GSC’s Short-Term and Long-Term Volunteer, and Internship Programs in Cambodia.

Prior to departure, GSC ensures that volunteers are prepared to begin their work by providing Cambodia international volunteers with a specialized EFL teaching manual containing a number of resources that will make you an effective teacher throughout your service. These resources include sample lesson plans and activities, tips for the classroom, and include sample lesson plans and time tested games and activities. Additionally, you'll receive teacher training orientation from both GSC and partner staff during your first week in Phnom Penh. The EFL teaching manual will also prepare you with role-play materials, conversation practice outlines, and games and activities for use in the classroom. Previous teaching experience is not required - just a positive attitude and a willingness to approach challenges with patience and enthusiasm!
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