Education should be a priority in every child’s life; this is no different in the rural countrysides of Cambodia. While some children have the luxury of going to Khmer public school and CESHEO, others rely solely on the education provided by CESHEO.
Teaching at CESHEO is both an intimate and rewarding experience. There are a total of three classes a day. The first two are two-hours long with a 30 minute break after the first hour and the last lasts one hour.
The morning classes from 8am to 10am, depending the time of the year and the Khmer public school schedule, is the least populated class time. There are two main class groups at this time - intermediate and beginner level English. Students range from age 5 to age 12. In the afternoon, classes are from 2pm to 4pm. This class time slot has the most amount of students by far. There are three classes in the afternoon with a large variety of English skill. The students of the afternoon classes can be anywhere from 4 years old to 13 years old. The final class of the day is the one-hour evening class from 6pm to 7pm. There are two classes in the evening and these students are the oldest of the CESHEO students - ranging from age 13 to age 18. These students attend Khmer high school in the daytime and thus only come to CESHEO in the evenings. This class group has the most advanced English.
At CESHEO, there is one resident Khmer teacher who teaches Khmer in the mornings and Maths in the afternoon. Throughout the day, he either teaches, assists or translates for all the classes. Even though the majority of CESHEO volunteers come to teach, the number of teachers available fluctuates. This means that you should be prepared to teach alone, with a partner or even assist a Khmer phonetics class! Teachers are expected to prepare a lesson plan for each class.
Being their teachers is the fastest way to get to know the students at CESHEO. Due to the fact that volunteers both live with some of the students and teach them at least once everyday, teacher volunteers at CESHEO get the very unique experience of knowing their students inside and outside the classroom.