Volunteer Teaching The TEFL Academy review, submitted by Roisin.
I’m a person who likes to help others and when the chance to go volunteer teaching English to children in Cambodia presented itself, I literally jumped at the chance. It’s a bit of a shame that The TEFL Academy isn’t an internationally recognized accredited TEFL/TESOL certification course program because I would have liked to extend my trip by traveling around the region and earning a bit of money for future travels, but I can always take another TEFL course from a different company and then I’ll be able to do that too! I volunteered in a small village around 100km south of the capital Phnom Penh. It was one of the best times of my like and I met some great people, whom I still maintain contact with. We weren’t paid, but our board and lodgings were free. And the smiles on the faces of the children were priceless. I’d been told I would be teaching English, but when I arrived it soon became apparent that we’d be helping out with all the chores. Friday evenings were my favourite times because that’s when we put on a performance for the children. I play the guitar and other volunteers and the children chipped in with make-do musical instruments. And of course, singing! 🙂 I planned on staying for two months but ended up staying for six months. If you ever get the chance to volunteer, I strongly recommend that you do it. Even if it’s just for a few months. Ask The TEFL Academy about which places they are sending volunteers out to and I’m sure they will be more than happy to assist. You just need to pay a volunteer fee to The TEFL Academy. This pays for them to place you in a volunteer facility. Mine was a family house turned into an orphanage and it was surrounded by rice paddy fields. The hardest thing about volunteering? Saying goodby to the children when it’s time to leave. I’ll definitely be back, but this time I’m going to take an internationally accredited TEFL certificate, so I can then stay on indefinitely and earn my way around Southeast Asia.
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