Classroom Assistant (Buddy Teacher)

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Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF)

Cambodian Children's Fund


Position Title: Classroom Teaching Assistant (Buddy Teacher)

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Salary: This is a voluntary position with no salary

Status: Three months minimum


Founded in 2004, Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. This well respected NGO cares for more than 1,800 students and 10,000 people annually, providing to entire families and communities in crisis. For the children of the Steung Meanchey area, education is their lifeline out of poverty and CCF offers a solid education aimed at providing hope, opportunity and security.

In 2012, CCF was recognized as having "one of the world’s best initiatives in innovative education", becoming the first organization in South-East Asia to win a WISE Award. The Cambodian Children’s Fund is known for delivering a world class, model of education that provides transformational opportunities for impoverished young people in a learning community committed to quality and excellence. In order to meet its core mission, CCF has evolved and developed in a unique way that distinguishes it from other NGOs which focus on single or limited program delivery. CCFs programs have expanded to ensure that the families of the children who attend CCF are also supported, with more than 64 programs - everything from health care to debt alleviation programs - all of which exist to support the main goal of providing a consistent, high quality education to the children of Steung Meanchey.

The work of CCF in Cambodia is supported by relationship development and fundraising businesses in USA, Australia, UK and HK, all of which are managed by Boards. 2013 has been a year of transition for CCF. It has grown rapidly since its inception and the organization is repositioning for its next stage of growth.


Volunteers at CCF not only participate within our organization as highly valued and respected members of our team, but also as a huge part of our development and growth framework. Working to build capacity, Volunteer placements focus on sharing valuable knowledge and skills with CCF staff and students - either within a set position, project or via on-the-job training or workshops.

Placements are extremely rewarding and allow volunteers a hands-on opportunity to help grow and develop the very core of our organization. By working with CCF, volunteers assist in empowering our local staff and students to truly become, not only educated and accomplished professionals, but the future leaders of this country.


Volunteer buddy teachers provide valuable support for CCF staff in the classroom by contributing to teaching the English language and alternate teaching methodology. Volunteer buddy teachers participate in assisting CCF teachers via hands-on experience in the classroom. After first observing the class, volunteers and their assigned teachers discuss the ways that the volunteer could assist, depending on the needs of the class and the teacher.

Activities can include:

* demonstrating pronunciation

* one-on-one tutoring

* assisting with group work

* running short activities based on class curriculum

* art activities

* going on class trips

* assisting with reading or computer time

* providing new games to learn English, maths or art.

Over the placement period, the volunteer and teacher/s are to work closely together in collaborating about lesson plans, scheduled activities and new ways to make learning fun and enjoyable. This role is support CCF teachers and provide a positive and enthusiastic role model to CCF students in the classroom.


* CCF Teachers

* CCF Students

* CCF Education Officers

* CCF Facility Staff


* Improved conversation skills of CCF students

* Improved pronunciation skills of CCF students

* Increased vocabulary of CCF students and teachers

* Additional assistance offered to struggling students

* New lesson ideas for CCF teachers to use in lessons

* Improved English and communication skills of CCF teachers


The successful applicant will need to be a native English speaker and be confident working with others in a structured classroom environment. Experience or qualifications in education, teaching, childcare, ESL, ESOL, TESOL or equivalent experience preferred.

The recruiting panel will need to feel confident that the successful candidate understands the CCF values and demonstrates associated behaviors.

o Able to demonstrate CCF values in day-to-day work

o Work well in a team, particularly within different cultures

o Motivated self-starter

o Responsible and accountable

o Report on expected outcomes of placement activities and share any produced materials with



At CCF we care for a lot of children and their families- but we also care about you. To ensure that everyone is safe we require all volunteers it provide:

o A federal level police screening from your country of residence to ensure you are safe to work with children

o Two references we can contact for additional background checks

o Copy of your valid passport

o A passport photo

o Proof of your relevant qualifications

o Travel Insurance for the duration of your placement at CCF (medical evacuation coverage

at a minimum)


Fill out the application form below or email for more information

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Children & Youth Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


CCFPhnom Penh, Cambodia



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Full time (Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm)

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