English & Motivational School

We are a grassroots NGO & Social Enterprise founded three years ago by a Cambodian teacher with many years of experience working in education. We have two schools which are run with the help of his family and other local volunteers. The main school is located in a rural village, 35km from Battambang and our second school is 5km up the road. In 2019 we will start building a third school so we will be very busy next year! After studying and training in education, leadership and management for an international NGO, our founder 'Mankind' decided to use his knowledge and experience to give back to his community. He started his own organisation with the aims to enhance the education level of children and youth in the village, support students to study at university, and connecting them to potential employment opportunities. The focus of our school is Motivation and English education but we also provide students with life skills, IT, career skills and job opportunities. We welcome international volunteers to participate in daily life at the school, offer their skills and ideas, and spend time practising English with our students. We thrive on the local and international collaboration of enthusiastic individuals inspired to better the lives of children deprived of much needed support. Our community has limited amenities and outside help; the passion and enthusiasm generated by volunteers on the project greatly benefits all the students and teachers at the school. We are looking for people who have initiative to participate in our current programs or organise their own. If you are looking for a highly structured volunteer experience where you are told what to do and given a schedule - this is not for you. If you are a very introverted person you should be aware that you will be living in a community surrounded by students and other teachers/volunteers. Sometimes its challenging to find personal space during the weekdays but you will be free on the weekends to do as you wish. If you decide to stay in the school during the weekends it's usually very quiet and peaceful. If you are a very social person you will have a lot to offer our students, who are mostly very shy, lacking in social skills and find it difficult to gather the confidence to speak to foreigners. On the weekends you can explore Battambang and other nearby provinces such as Pailin, Pursat, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap. We're only 3 hours drive from popular tourist attractions such as Angkor Wat but there is also a lot to see in Battambang. It's possible to take buses to get around but most of us prefer to use motorbikes. We have a few spare motorbikes in the school which you can borrow to get around. We are also looking for long-term volunteers/interns (2 months minimum) who want to develop professional skills in Development/NGO work, on a case-by-case basis to assist in project development and implementation, marketing, content creations, curriculum development and fundraising. We are very big on social entrepreneurship and sustainable project development so if you're interested to learn more about that we are the perfect place for you.

As a volunteer, your basic needs will be looked after and you will be staying within the grounds of the school with the family. You will work alongside a team of local Cambodian teachers, a volunteer manager and a few international volunteers who all eagerly await exchanging ideas and initiating a shared learning experience. Living conditions are rustic and surrounded by wildlife; you will share traditional Cambodian style single-sex dorms accompanied by other volunteers. Mosquito nets, mattresses and fans are provided. There is a Western style toilet, Cambodian shower and an area where you are able to hand-wash clothes. A variety of locally- grown organic lunches and dinners are offered on a daily basis and there is also a small kitchen area where volunteers are able to cook their own food if they wish. We value support and are amenable to individual preferences. We are a passionate team with heartfelt objectives and intentions, ready to welcome new faces that can help create a beautiful learning environment!


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It was, by far, the best experience of my life. The family, the cambodian teachers and the children are the best people you can find. Juan, the manager of the NGO, will help you everytime to plan your trip and also enjoy your stay. A great place to discover rural Cambodia, their traditions and rice fields and to live with Cambodian people, the nicest people you can ever met. The children will be really happy of receiving you all!

aproximadamente 1 mês atrás


If you want to go into Cambodia culture in a small village in Cambodia this is the perfect place to help.The local teachers are amazing, they work very hard but they always have time to smile and they always helping you. Channy, Chhat, Sopheap and Makind are amazing. The area of the school is very safety. They borrow you a bike and you can go everywhere. Around the place there isn't bars either big shops, this makes more authentic. You can go to small local market and buy some typical food. HDLF is helping a lot of childrens from Battambang.

aproximadamente 2 meses atrás


I honest have no words to describe the amazing expereance that I had at HDLF. It was my first time volunteering and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to start with. Juan is a really passionate guy and Mankind is truly inspiring. Not to mention the teachers who are doing a great work with the kids. Also a shout out to Nith, a strong and powerful woman who is also teaching and is one of the best cookers in Cambodia! The kids are amazing and inspired me every day. I tried to participate in as many classes as I could and I hope they could have learned something from me. I’ll be back! :)

aproximadamente 2 meses atrás


This was an incredible experience! So rewarding, I learned a lot, the team was great, we were volunteers from all over and we did a good job....the best is knowing you are helping others specially the kids... The host Juan is an amazing person, full of energy, with big projects, and lots of plans to build more schools and to teach more people how to live a rewarding life...thanks for the opportunity to join a gret team!!

7 meses atrás


The experience was really incredible, I will never forget the face of happy children singing. learning and enjoying I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me and my partner. A huge hug and thanks for everything.

7 meses atrás

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