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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do volunteers stay?

In each city where workshops are conducted as well as Phnom Penh Teachers Across Borders is able to make bookings on behalf of volunteers and most volunteers stay at the one hotel (31/2 stars) but there is no obligation to do this.

How much does it cost to participate?

Each volunteer pays their airfare, accommodation and food. Approx. $A1500

How do volunteers get from Phnom Penh/Siem Reap to the provincial cities?

TAB arranges transport at no cost to the volunteer.

Do I need a visa?

A visa is required to enter Cambodia but it can be purchased at the airport for $US35. You will need to provide two passport photos.

Do I need travel insurance?

All volunteers are required to have their own travel insurance as TAB is not able to provide insurance cover nor cover any costs for unexpected problems.

What are medical facilities like in Cambodia?

Medical facilities are limited in Cambodia, especially away from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Volunteers are encouraged to take all prescription medicines with them for their stay as well as a basic first aid kit.

Volunteers should discuss with their doctor vaccinations and anti malarial drugs.

Volunteers are required to complete a medical form prior to departure.  If there is serious ill health or accident volunteers may be evacuated to Thailand.

Do I have to take care with food & water?

Bottled water should be used at all times and reasonable care taken when eating food.

What should I wear when teaching?

The Khmer people are very conservative with their dress and teachers dress formally. Male teachers wear long trousers and long sleeved shirt (no tie) and female teachers long skirt (at least mid calf) and blouse with mid or long sleeves sleeves. In the provincial cities volunteers are advised to dress conservatively.

Are there customs & protocols I need to be aware of in Cambodia?

Volunteers are advised to read widely in this area prior to arrival. Information relating to this is provided as part of the induction program and in the TAB Handbook.

How to I get from the provincial cities to get to other cities?

There are regular local bus services as well as taxis.

Are there ATM machines available?

There is good access to ATMs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang but it is more limited in other cities. Volunteers will be briefed on this by the workshop coordinator.