Bridges Cambodia International (BCI) is a non- profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2009. The purpose of our organization establishment is to share with the Royal Government of Cambodia to help the underprivileged children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The BCI was set up after considering the needs of children of the rural Siem Reap province. Without enough to eat, without healthcare, without school and without family support, many of children suffer from the effects of severe poverty, and are the victims of alcoholism, drug or gambling addiction, domestic violence, family break-ups, malnutrition, abandon and depression. Some children have never had parents to play with them, show them affection. Many have either passed away or suffer from some form of addiction. Some have left their children in order to find work in other countries whereas other are working in the fields earning 1 US dollar for a whole days work. With this one dollar they have to feed families of 5-10 sometimes even more. These children did not go to school because their families couldn’t afford their education. Some children had been working all days in the rice field or catching frogs and rats for their food.
THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Most non-profit organizations need volunteers to keep their advocates, mission and vision running. We at BCI believe that any amount of help can go a long way in helping and supporting the kids. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities that we offer here in BCI: English Class Engaging the kids by sharing the knowledge of teaching the English language is one the fulfilling task done by most volunteers here in BCI. Teaching load may tend to vary sometimes depending on the number of volunteers present. Each students are classified based on their level of learning and comprehension (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) so the ideal number of volunteers committing to this particular work will be 3 to 4 persons. Class schedule is from Monday to Saturday 8:00 to 9:00 (intermediate), 9:30 to 10:30 (advanced) and 1:00 to 2:00 pm (pre-intermediate and beginners). Ideally, volunteers need to be acquainted with the teaching schedule and plans, or by just simply observing how the present volunteers teach and do their classes. Kitchen Chores: Got skills in preparing meals and cooking? We need an ideal number of 3 volunteers to help us prepare the meals for the kids and other volunteers. Breakfast is usually prepared at 6:30 to 7AM, Lunch preparations at 10AM, and Dinner usually being set at 5PM. From cutting meat, chopping vegetables, and assisting the cook in preparing the ingredients needed for cooking or preparing the dining table, this daily routine will make the task done in no time. Animal Care and Pasturage: If you love taking care of animals and pasturing, we’d like to have your skills displayed on this. From chickens, pigs, goats, cows, dogs, cats, so it’s never a quiet day around here in BCI. The usual task for the volunteers to do in this task are feeding the animals, cleaning and maintenance of the animal pens or coop, and assisting the kids in bringing the animals in the field for grazing and pasturing. This task is usually done early morning (before class starts) and afternoon, right after the class session. Ideally, we need 3 volunteers to do these tasks, so your help will mean a lot for the kids. Housekeeping and Facility Maintenance: Carpentry, organizing the admin office, sweeping the ground, fixing the bicycle and motorbikes, cleaning the classroom, painting and repairs, sewing clothes, watering the plants, and other handyman chores, we are pretty sure that you have a role to fill in in the above mentioned tasks. Ideally we need 2 to 3 volunteers that will help us out as we maintain the facility that we have in the center. OTHER TASKS: Aside from the individual volunteer work, each volunteers are expected to do some Admin task that will help Hong (BCI Administrator). 1. Answering emails and messages from Worldpackers, BCI email, HelpX, Facebook messages, and etc. These are mostly coming from interested people who also wants to volunteer in BCI, personal inquiries, or from those who are interested to support the organization through donations. 2. Updating the volunteer calendar with the oldest kids (they are learning how to answer emails, use excel, etc) . This task helps future volunteers get acquainted with the tasks and chores in BCI quickly. It also gives them the idea of how things run in the organization and guides them during their entire stay not only in BCI center but within the Siem Reap area. NOTE: We always ask the volunteers to stay at least two weeks because it takes time to meet the kids and it is better to continue the English classes. All the kids go to the church every Sunday, they play there, sing and dance, you can go with them if you want! We try to make something different every weekend like, BBQ, marshmallows, go to a restaurant in the city, cinema, swimming pool, go to Baray Lake, all your ideas will be so welcome! WHAT WILL YOU GET IN RETURN? Your bed and breakfast are provided free of charge, lunch and dinner cost $3 per meal. There are rooms shared by the volunteers which have a bathroom, fan and mosquito net in them. We also have a washing machine so you can do your laundry for $2 (with no kg limit). You can rent the motorbike for $10/day if you want to take a stroll at the town of Siem Reap or somewhere nearby. We look forward for your commitment and help. For any other inquiries, please send us a message here in Worldpackers or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bridges-Cambodia-International-276972608546/. Or our email: [email protected] Big hug from BCI!!! Hope to see you soon!
The kids are very friendly; they make the volunteers feel welcomed! Lunch&dinner cost $3usd each & it is a lot of delicious food.
BCI lacks organization & the whole experience was not what I expected. Even if the kids need our help, this organization doesn't work as it advertises itself. Only two volunteers gave the classes and the rest of us (aprox. 5) were supposed to just sit in the class. I asked what was needed &if I could help with something specific and they just said "with whatever you want". You cannot be picky with hygiene and insects (rooms&bathroom), and to going to town costs $5
almost 4 years ago
Hello Maria Camila!
Thank you for appreciate our food, we are so happy to hear this!
You are right! we really need help! Here we never stop so everyone can help with the English classes, feeding the goats, cutting the vegetables to make the food for the animals, help in the kitchen, etc You just need to bring here your skills and desire to help.
Regarding the hygiene, we live together as a family, not as a guests, so we need to take care of everything, including our rooms and bathrooms. And regarding the insects... we cannot control the rainy season, but that is why we offer you mosquito repellent.
Exchange peace and love are the most important things that all of us can share over here!
I would truly recommendation this volunteer work, for everyone.
The children in the orphanage are lovely, fun and very intelligent. They can make you busy all day long.
There are so much things to be done. They have a lot of animals and farm work but everything work in perfect harmony.
Also the food is one of the best part of my experience. For sure the food in BCI one of the best food in Cambodia.
I am so grateful to have been in BCI. I learned a lot, I improved my personal skills and the most important, I had so much fun.
Thank you BCI. Love you all xxxxx
about 4 years ago
Thank you Juliane!
You filled BCI with your passion, your inner light and your happiness every second of the day. You made this place happier and funnier for almost two months!
Your sensibility and the way you do everything is special, you put your heart in every word you say and that is praiseworthy!
You deserved all the 20 smiles you won everyday Juliane!
I was hesitant to make feedback because I did not meet them. But the fact that I didnt meet them started an awful experience. They told me they were not informed of my arrival even if my schedule was clear and I had conversation with them. Mine may be a rare case, & other volunteers had good experience. But I am curious why the people at the airport who assist tourists said that they had never heard such organization before, and that they couldnt locate it.
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about 4 years ago
Thank you for your interest in BCI!
So sorry for this! We try to do our best every day but sometimes we make mistakes, sorry!
There are thousand of centers and orphanages in Cambodia, impossible to keep all of them on their mind!
You will be welcome if you decide to come here and share your time with us :)
A big hug from BCI!
This was one of the greatest expereriences I had, the children are awesome and the place is so good. I stayed two weeks there and I have to say that I think is not enough if you want to do a real work because when I started to know how is working everything and knowing more about the level of english of the children it was time to leave, but well at the same time is nice to just try to help as much as you can to them. I recomend BCI for sure to all people who are really interested in challenging projects of teaching and feel motivate and energetic to help them in the class and everyday life.
over 4 years ago
Thank you so much for your help Ada!!
Absolutely agree with you, two weeks are not enough... but is difficult to find people able to share with us one, two, three months... and that's would be great for the kids!
Thank you for your time Ada, you are more than welcome!
We have two more baby goats now! :)