Buddhist Immersion - Teaching English Program:
Short Term Option
In order to give volunteers more choices with their Cambodia service-learning voluteering, GSC has partnered with Buddhist wats (monasteries) in different parts of Cambodia. For volunteers who want to spend their time closer to the city and be slightly more immersed in the activites at the wat, this placement is the best option.
After orientation and training for our Buddhist Immersion - Teaching English Program (BI - TE) in Cambodia, our volunteers will be taken to the wat (monastery) where they will stay for the rest of the program. Depending on the needs of the wat, volunteers may also stay in a homestay in Phnom Penh. The wat is a large, well-developed facility tucked away in a scenic area about 45 minutes outside of the capital city of Phnom Penh. While at the wat, volunteers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Buddhist culture, engaging with the monks and nuns in their daily activities including chanting, meditation, and helping with daily chores. Participation in these activities is not mandatory but is encouraged as these activities are part of the immersion experience.
Although this program places more of an emphasis on Buddhist Immersion than the Teaching English Program in Cambodia, there is still a teaching English component. After a day of experiencing life at the wat, volunteers will spend the evenings conducting basic conversational English classes at a nearby school. Prior teaching experience is not required but teaching English does require an aptitude for flexibility, creativity and adaptability. During free time volunteers can take time to visit historic Phnom Penh temples and stupas, sample local foods, and visit nearby craft markets, due to the wat’s proximity to Phnom Penh.
This program has a minimum commitment of 2 weeks but this program can be included as part of an Integrated Program. The Buddhist Immersion – Teaching English Program is open year-round, with start dates every month. Click on the links below to request more information and ask questions, view the start dates and current rates, read about the application process, and start an application.