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Help about volunteer -TEFL course

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1. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

Am planning my trip to volunteer in Cambodia as english teacher, however am a french native speaker, I studied in an american uni and work in england for years. Am wondering if my level (and accent) would be good enough.
I had a look at the TEFL course but they all for english native speaker.

My questions:

Does anyone volunteer as a teacher? which level of english do you need? Any non native english speaker did it?
Do you need a TEFL course to be able to survive in the classroom?

I really want to go travelling in a differnet way than just visiting the country.

Thanks for your input. Flo

2. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

I think if you are volunteering your time, it doesnt matter too much that you are not a native speaker. Not that I met non-native English speakers who taught it. But because you are willing and able and Cambodian's actually speak VERY good english, I think you may get in somewhere.

Contact 'Friends organisation' in Phnom Pehn, Im sure they will be able to offer you something. They do all sorts of work with the street kids there, you never know you could get involved in other activities for which you are better qualified that teaching!

Other than that all I can tell you is I walked into the School for the Blind (in Thailand) with a piece of paper that said 'I have free time, can I help!' They took this paper to the English teacher and I ended up working there for 4 days over two weeks... it was really great, for them and me.

Good luck. Im sure you'll get something.

3. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

when i taught english in vietnam i did not need a tefl their were people who recomened it but in cambodia laos some parts of thailand you dont need it they just want people who can speak english

4. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

I knew a Swedish guy who taught English in Cambodia, so I think you whould be fine.

//Susanna