Volunteer

Homestay Volunteer Teachers Organization is looking for volunteer English teachers for projects in Cambodia. Volunteers for our projects participate in a homestay, and live with a Cambodian family. We work in the countryside 30km from Siem Reap city. We are currently looking for volunteers for this project. You do not need a TEFL qualification to volunteer for HVTO, although it would of course be useful if you have this qualification. Volunteering abroad is one way to make a worthwhile contribution to another country while simultaneously broadening your life experiences.

Many people are content to spend their time abroad lying on a beach or sitting in bars. If you are looking for a more substantial experience, then volunteering provides you with a purpose and gives you the chance to explore places off the beaten track, allowing you to live among the community you are helping.

Volunteer work with HVTO is designed to help on a grass roots level. It is important that you are aware of this prior to signing up to volunteer with us. If you set out to change the world then you are sure to end up disappointed instead it is better to set goals for yourself, push your personal boundaries and try to open yourself up to the challenges of working in foreign country.

When volunteering abroad you may expect to change the country you are working in however it is much more likely that the country will change you. You are sure to learn a great deal about yourself and will do things that you never imagined you were capable of. At the end of the program you will most likely notice a change in the way you perceive things and the way you encounter situations. The change that volunteering abroad has on you is likely to be far greater than the change you have on the country you are volunteering in. However, what you will have done is lend a helping hand to projects that would never normally get foreign assistance as well as developing a greater understanding of another culture.

Some of the bonuses you will get when volunteering with HVTO are:

A Flexible Schedule

Unlike paid employment, volunteering with HVTO provides a more flexible schedule and you can vary your level of commitment. You may choose to participate in one school in one village from one week to 6 months or to stay to teach in several different schools. It is also possible to vary how much you work during the day.

Improvement to your Resume

Many employers understand the value of an individual who has devoted time to volunteering. If you have volunteer experience on your resume it shows that you are flexible, patient and committed. If you can tailor your volunteer placement to the area of your personal expertise then you will also get hands on experience.

Immersion into a New Culture

While volunteering for HVTO you will have the opportunity to learn about Cambodian culture firsthand - by living with a Cambodian family. This means that you can experience the food, farming, social customs, music, religious practices and many other aspects of Cambodian life while volunteering for HVTO.

An Affordable Travel Adventure

There are few travel experiences that are cheaper than volunteering abroad. At HVTO our fees cover your accommodation and food/ board, orientation, and the program itself. Some volunteers choose to get help with covering their expenses by fundraising. We can provide you with fundraising ideas if you request this from us.

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