English is the de facto international language and is very important in Cambodia, where tourism makes up over 16% of the country’s GNP. The industry employs thousands of people in Siem Reap in hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies as well as freelance work as tour guides or taxis. Without English it is very difficult to find work to pays a living wage.
We provide English classes at Wat Tramneak Pagoda in Siem Reap and in Kampong Thom province. Offering English classes allows motivated students to learn the language, creating a bridge to job opportunities and meaningful careers in the tourism and hospitality sector. Finding work in the city will bring a higher salary and gives the students the ability to support themselves and their families back home. Without the school, students will most likely inherit the careers of their parents, the majority of which practice agriculture. While there is nothing wrong with these careers, it eliminates the chance of upward mobility and its benefits, like healthcare, a consistent diet, and advanced education.