Who We Are

Who we are


The Teacher Development Support Organization / The Angkor Tree Project is the result of long term cooperation between enthusiastic Cambodian teachers and various western supporters. The project has its roots in Cambodia and is run by the people in Cambodia. The western partners give their support and help where they can.

It all started as a small initiative, providing free English classes to neighbourhood kids. Under a thatched roof, protected from the scorching heat of the tropical sun and sheltered from the sometimes heavy rain showers, kids discovered the richness and joy of acquiring English as a second language.

As demand grew, we transformed the living room into a second classroom. A second teacher joined the team. And when we had to add another classroom, not more than a few weeks later, we experienced that the real challenge was finding well-trained teachers. 
We decided to provide training to our own staff, and why not, to make these training sessions also available for teachers in other NGO’s. The Teacher Training Centre was born!
A professional teacher-trainer joined the young team, and suddenly things went at warp-speed; the number of teachers requesting to join the training sessions increased rapidly. At the same time, we decided to add Language training for teachers to our portfolio.
The pandemic has catapulted education into the 21st century! Computers, the internet, distance learning, blended learning …it all became a necessity. IT literacy has become an absolute necessity for all those involved in education, especially teachers. Hence or IT-training programs.


At The Teacher Development Support Organisation – The Angkor Tree Project, we believe that no child should be forced to beg or work. We believe that they have the right to enjoy their childhood – to learn, play, make friends and grow in a safe and happy environment.
We strongly support the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and commit to contributing primarily to the goal of quality education: ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
We encourage multilingual education as an important lever to ensure that learners have access to high quality educational opportunities as they work towards becoming multilingual, successful and responsible members of an increasingly diverse global society.


We provide free and high-quality English Language Classes for children and adolescents who have no access to these in regular schools.
Great teachers help create great students. Research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement.  We train, coach and support both new and experienced educators to become best-in-class.
21st-century technologies have their place in every classroom. We support students, teachers and educational institutions using and implementing technology as an integrated part of everyday school school-life.


Fairness and transparency: we commit to using the resources entrusted to us solely for the organisation’s objectives and to communicate regularly, timely and entirely on our activities and progress.

Service to the community: we commit to letting the interest of the local and global communities take precedence over our personal interest, even over the organisation’s interest.

Excellence and continuous improvement: we commit to permanently striving to improve the quality of our services and programs.

Sopheak Ngo

Sopheak Ngo

Head of Language Training Centre


Soury Phon

Teacher Trainer


Son Nat

Head of Teacher Training Centre

Candy Vandy

Vandy Kahn

English Teacher



Sokly Sour

Teacher Trainer


Sothea Mean

Teacher Trainer


Eang Ak

IT Trainer


Mark Desmaele

Head of IT Training Centre


Kimset Ray

English Teacher



Ann Uy

English Teacher


Sokun Son


Houk Thoeurn

Houk Thoeurn

English Language Coach


Pieter Thiels



Marie Desmaele


Sandra Van Hooydonck


Ludwig Jegers


Sylvia Vanlint


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For board members, management, staff, volunteers, advisors, consultants, contractors or any other personnel associated with the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project

Key Principles

Three overarching principles help to define our conduct in everything that we do on behalf of the organisation and its mission. When a specific core standard does not address a circumstance or question you may have, or when you may be unable to seek guidance from your manager or the organisation’s ethics officer, you are asked to view the issue through the lens of the following three key principles:

A Commitment to Integrity

Integrity is a central value for any person or entity that means to act ethically. It is an inner compass that helps to steer each of us in the appropriate and ethical direction. It is a matter of character that helps us personally and professionally make use of such core values like honesty and applies the morals we learned when we were young. It is an organizing force that organizes and helps to regulate our impulses and appetites. It is an inner voice that urges us to act with conviction and courage even in the face of adversity.

A Commitment to Service

Service before self is about how professional duties take precedence over our personal desires. It embodies the very spirit of the entire project and the “calling” that many of us feel and express. It is about ensuring that we always act in a manner consistent with the idea that the very reason we are here is to serve the community and those in need. Indeed, it is an honour to so serve.

A Commitment to Excellence

Excellence is about maintaining high standards and a passion for constantly seeking to improve everything we do on behalf of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project. It is about personal, professional, organizational, operational, and service excellence on behalf of the communities we serve. It is about a process of improving our efforts — both individual and collective — on an ongoing basis.

Statement of The Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s core ethical standards

  • Integrity: We will act with personal and professional integrity.
  • Respect: We will respect others and support and protect diversity.
  • Loyalty: We will be loyal to the organisation and its mission.
  • Confidentiality: We will protect confidential information.
  • Responsibility: We will manage our resources in a responsible manner maximizing our ability to advance the mission of the organization.
  • Fundraising: We will promote voluntary giving.
  • Transparency: We will be open and candid about our activities and operations.
  • Governance: We will govern carefully and honestly to advance the mission of the Angkor Tree Project.
  • Compliance: We will comply with our Ethics Code, the rules, and regulations of the Angkor Tree Project, as well as legal provisions.
  • Duty: We will seek guidance concerning, and report breaches of, our Ethics Code.



We will communicate candidly, honestly, and openly in the statement of any material facts related to our official duties and activities.

  • We will treat each other — as well as others — fairly.
  • We will strive to achieve the highest standards of performance, service, and excellence.
  • We will have the courage to suggest improvements when circumstances warrant it.
  • We will keep our promises.
  • We will be accurate, fair, and timely in our communications.


  • We will treat others equitably and respectfully in all aspects of our activities without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a disabled or handicapped individual.
  • We will support equal opportunity throughout all our efforts.
  • We will, in the furtherance of our Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s responsibilities, refuse to engage in any form of discrimination or harassment.
  • We will listen carefully and recognize that healthy diversity means diverse points of view.


  • We will be loyal to the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project and its mission — not to any individual or group of individuals.
  • We will not engage in any conduct that would undermine the public’s trust or would tarnish the reputation of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.
  • We will not engage in any activity or relationship that would create a potential or actual conflict of interest that would adversely affect our ability to faithfully and loyally perform our service to the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.


  • We will not solicit or accept gifts other than these that can be considered as small attentions.
  • We will not solicit or coerce the offering of a gift, accept a gift in return for being influenced in the performance of an official act, or accept frequent gifts (even of small value) such that a reasonable person is likely to conclude the individual is using his or her position for private gain.


  • The Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project generally will not employ family members of existing employees or volunteers in leadership positions. Exceptions may be made only if there are special circumstances that are in the best interests of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.
  • We will not have management or supervisory authority over a family member.
  • We will not engage in any form of personal relationship with any other person over whom we have management or supervisory authority, nor with any person that in one way or another, directly or indirectly benefits of the activities of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project

Outside Employment

  • We will ensure that any outside employment does not interfere with our responsibilities to the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project and does not adversely affect the organization or its mission.
  • We will inform our manager of any significant outside activities that might impact our Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s responsibilities.

Seeking Other Employment

  • We will disqualify ourselves from a matter that, to our knowledge, has an impact on the financial interests of a prospective employer.
  • We will inform our manager and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that we are not personally and substantially participating in the matter related to a prospective employer. Disqualification is, therefore, accomplished in most cases by 1) not participating in the matter, 2) notification to one’s manager and 3) communications to the employee’s coworkers regarding the disqualification.

Misuse of Position

  • We will not use our position for private gain, for the endorsement of any product, or for the private gain of any service or enterprise, friends, family members, or persons with whom the employee or volunteer is affiliated.
  • We will not endorse a candidate or political party on behalf of Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.

Restrictions on Former Employees and Volunteers

  • We are aware that the duty of loyalty to the organization continues even after the formal employment or volunteer relationship has ended.
  • We are aware that our duty to not disclose confidential information continues even after our employment ends.
  • We will not use confidential information gained during our employment or volunteer efforts for our personal gain either during or after our relationship with the organization ends.
  • We are aware that a good-faith exception exists for communications made to improve the operations and management of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.

Vendor Relationships

  • We will treat vendors fairly and avoid favouritism.
  • We will offer vendors the opportunity to offer or qualify their products or services on a fair and competitive basis.
  • We will refrain from influencing the selection of vendors who are family members or personal friends or are affiliated with, employ, or are employed by a person with whom they have a relationship that would create a potential or real conflict of interest.

Full Disclosure

  • We will make full disclosure of all potential and actual conflicts of interest.
  • We will abide by the operative rule of thumb: “when in doubt — disclose.”


  • As a principle, all information concerning the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project is open to anyone, except in those cases where privacy and confidentiality are imposed by law, deontology or contractual agreement.
  • We will not disclose to an unauthorized individual or organization without the consent of the organisation’s board or its explicit designee any confidential, privileged, or non-public information entrusted to us.
  • We will respect the privacy of others and private information.
  • We will prohibit all employees and volunteers from engaging in any financial transaction using non-public or confidential information to further their own private interests.
  • We will respect the privacy of donors and safeguard the confidentiality of information that a donor reasonably would expect to be private.
  • We will respect the wishes of donors that may prefer to remain anonymous. We will not publicly release the names, addresses, or amounts of their gifts unless required to do so by law.


  • We will maintain accurate financial records and report our financial results in an accurate and timely manner.
  • We will be honest and faithful fiduciaries and protect the funds entrusted to us.
  • We will use the resources, equipment, and material of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project only for the necessary performance of our duties.
  • We will comply with all limitations on incurring expenses during authorized activities for the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project and will not seek or receive reimbursement for expenses not incurred.
  • We will adopt a procedure for the selection of outside vendors that ensures a fair price and avoids any conflict of interest.
  • In providing services to partner, staff members or volunteers, we will establish clear, publicly stated criteria concerning how these services are charged. The principles of fairness and good stewardship require that services such as overhead charges and pledge loss costs be accurately and fairly assessed.
  • We will provide employees and volunteers with a confidential means to report suspected financial impropriety or misuse of The Angkor Tree Project’s resources.
  • We will appoint an Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project ethics officer, who is not a member of the board, nor staff member. The ethics officer has always the right and the duty to oversee all the Angkor Tree Project’s activities in the perspective of this ethical code. The ethics officer can be addressed by anyone who wants to report any issue or concern regarding the ethical behaviour of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project or one of its board members, staff or volunteers.


  • We will promote voluntary, noncoerced giving.
  • We will make our fundraising costs a matter of public record.
  • We will use accurate, truthful solicitation and promotional materials.
  • We will honour all statements made by the organization in its fundraising appeals and the use of a contribution.
  • We will, mindful of necessary and transparent administrative overhead costs, honour the known intentions of a donor regarding the use of donated funds.


  • We will openly, candidly, and transparently report Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s activities and operations.
  • We will publish and widely disseminate information to the public in at least seven critical areas:
    1. the Angkor Tree Project’s board members and staff leadership;
    2. the mission, goals, and core standards of the organization;
    3. the central governance structure and mechanisms of the organization (including child protection policies, volunteer policies aso);
    4. the organization’s programmatic activities and achievements;
    5. financial statements;
    6. a list of major donors and donees with appropriate anonymous citations when so requested;
    7. a fundraising section, which includes campaign revenues, overhead costs — including how costs are recovered, fee arrangements, and special grants.
  • We will provide members of the public who express an interest in the affairs of the organization with a meaningful opportunity to communicate with an appropriate representative of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project.


  • We will strive for excellence and professionalism in all Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project -related activities.
    We will commit ourselves to the mission of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project, and competently, efficiently, and professionally perform the duties and tasks we agreed to assume.
  • We will work cooperatively with each other, always striving to be — or become — genuinely united in our actions and decisions.
    We will honour the democratic process and support the final decisions of the board — even if we may disagree with them.
  • We will fully and candidly discuss issues entrusted to us and respect others’ viewpoint.
  • We will invest in the education and training of our board, employees, and volunteers as a means of ensuring excellence in operations, service, and programs.
    We will ensure that we are competent to accomplish the tasks assigned to us and, if not sufficiently competent, will ask for assistance and become competent.
    We will personally and professionally endeavour to be active listeners and learners, embracing opportunities for others to express their ideas.We will provide a genuine opportunity to all qualified applicants for board, staff, or volunteer positions. Position announcements will be communicated in advance and all qualified applicants will be given an opportunity to apply and be considered.
  • We will provide new employees and volunteers with a clear and meaningful orientation to the mission of the Angkor Tree Project, its policies and procedures, Ethical Code, Code of Conduct, job description, equipment, and overall performance expectations.


  • We will establish and implement systems to ensure that we comply with all applicable legislation and regulations.
  • We will specifically designate the general manager as our compliance officer with the specific responsibility for assisting, educating, or training everyone to comply with all laws and regulations.We will periodically conduct an internal review of our compliance with known existing legal, regulatory, and financial reporting requirements and provide a report of the results to the board of directors.
  • We will consider noncompliance with applicable laws to be a disciplinary offence subject to disciplinary measures.


  • We will seek guidance concerning the Ethical Code, its implications, and its application to our actions and decisions.
  • We will report potential or actual breaches of the Ethical Code.
  • We will treat reports of potential or actual breaches of the Ethical Code or laws as confidentially as the law will allow. If absolute confidentiality cannot be maintained, the individual disclosing the potential or actual breach will be notified.
  • Retaliation against an individual or group who reports a potential or actual breach of the Ethical Code is an independent violation of this Ethical Code and will not be tolerated.
  • We will make all reasonable efforts to fairly, and in a timely manner, investigate and resolve all reports concerning potential or actual breaches of the Ethical Code.

Note: for management, staff members and volunteers a specific Code of Conduct has been implemented. This Code of Conduct is an addition to this ethical code.

Ethics Officer

To serve as a central resource concerning our ethical standards and the Code of Conduct, the board has created the position of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s ethics officer. The ethics officer reports directly to the Angkor Tree Project board.

The central role of the ethics officer is to

  • Serve as a central and confidential place to report potential and actual breaches of the Ethical Code.
  • Investigate — or assign a matter for investigation — and report the results to the board.
  • Serve as a catalyst to communicate the Ethical Code to the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s employees and volunteers as well as to other relevant parties such as donors, vendors, partners, donees, and the public.
  • Issue an annual report to the board, management, employees, volunteers, and the public concerning the activities of the ethics officer. The ethics officer has full discretion to communicate internally or externally about issues that concern this Ethical Code.
  • Coordinate with the management and board of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project to ensure the integration and implementation of the standards embedded within the Ethical Code throughout all aspects of the Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project’s activities.
  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the Ethical Code, including its dissemination, amendment, and interpretation, as well as training concerning its contents and implications.
  • Serve as an appeals body for employees, volunteers, or others who wish to have a review of an action or decision by management as it pertains to the Angkor Tree Project Ethical Code and Code of Conduct. In a situation where action or decision by management would involve a conflict of interest, the ethics officer will review and decide the matter in the first instance. The name and contact data of the Ethics Officer will be available on the organisation’s website.

We have appointed xxx (currently vacant) as our Ethics Officer.

xxx  is independent and is not a member of our organisation. He/she operates independently and reports to the organisation’s general assembly

Please report any concern you might have concerning our ethical behaviour.Please note that the Ethics Officer is not an emergency service. In case you consider an urgent intervention required please contact the local authorities or police.


The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project fully recognizes its responsibilities for child protection.

Our policy applies to all staff, directors and volunteers working in the organisation. There are five main elements to our policy:

  • Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
  • Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
  • Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
  • Supporting pupils who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop

Child protection is the responsibility of all staff. We will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
  • Ensure children know that there are adults whom they can approach if they are worried.
  • Include opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognize and stay safe from abuse.

Roles and Responsibilities

All adults working with or on behalf of children have a responsibility to protect them. There are, however, key people who have specific responsibilities under child protection procedures. The names of those carrying out these responsibilities for the current year are listed below :

  • Mr Sopheak NGO, headmaster
  • Mrs Vandy Kahn, teacher

It is the role of the leadership team to ensure that the named Persons for Child Protection are properly supported to carry out this task and that they are given time to fulfil the duties that their role demands.

The leadership team will ensure that the Named Persons for Child Protection attend the required training and that they refresh their training every two years.

All other staff must be offered an appropriate level of training and must undergo refresher training every three years.

It is the role of the Named Persons for Child Protection to ensure that the child protection procedures are followed within the organisation, and to make appropriate, timely referrals to the organisation’s leadership and authorities when appropriate. Additionally, it is the role of the Named Persons for Child Protection to ensure all staff employed including temporary staff and volunteers are aware of the internal procedures, to advise staff and to offer support to those requiring this. The Named Persons for Child Protection provide an annual report for the organisation’s leadership detailing any changes to the policy and procedures; training undertaken by all staff and other relevant issues.

The role of the organisation’s leadership is to ensure that the organisation has an effective policy, that locally agreed procedures are in place, and that the policy and structures supporting Safeguarding children are reviewed annually. The organisation’s leadership must not be given details relating to individual child protection cases or situations to ensure confidentiality is not breached.

This policy will be published on the organisation’s website will inform parents and carers about our organisation’s duties and responsibilities under child protection procedures.

Safe Recruitment

The organisation’s leadership team are responsible for ensuring that the organisation follows safe recruitment processes, including:

  • Ensuring the headteacher or other staff responsible for recruitment completes safer recruitment training.
  • Ensuring the upkeep of a Single Central Record of all staff and regular volunteers in accordance with government guidance


The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project recognizes the importance of creating an ethos within the organisation that will help children feel safe and confident that they will be listened to.

‘We recognize that children who are abused or witness violence are likely to have low self- esteem and may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. Our organisation may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in their lives’.

The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project will endeavour to support all students through:

  • Ensuring the content of the curriculum includes social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Ensuring that child protection is included in the curriculum to help children recognize when they do not feel safe and to identify who they should tell.
  • Promoting a positive, supportive, and secure environment where pupils can develop a sense of being valued.
  • A behaviour policy which is aimed at supporting vulnerable students in the school.
  • The organisation will ensure that the student knows that some behaviour is unacceptable but they are valued and not to be blamed for any abuse which has occurred.


All staff are aware that they must not promise to keep, ‘secrets’ with children and that if children disclose abuse this must be passed on to the Named Persons for Child Protection as soon as possible and the child should be told who their disclosure will be shared with.

Staff will be informed of relevant information in respect of individual cases regarding child protection on a ”need to know basis” only.

Record Keeping

Child Protection records are kept centrally and securely by the Named Persons for Child Protection. Staff are aware that they must make a record of child protection issues and events as soon as possible and that these records must be signed and dated. Child protection records must not be made in the child’s curriculum file.

Working with other agencies

NGO’s are not investigating agencies and it essential that child protection issues are addressed through agreed procedures however NGO’s continue to play a role after referral and need to develop strong links with partner agencies particularly social care.

The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project recognizes the importance of multi-agency working and will ensure that staff are able to attend all relevant meetings including case conferences, core groups and strategy meetings.

Allegations against members of staff

The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project recognizes that it is possible for staff and volunteers to behave in a manner that causes harm to children and takes any allegation made against members of staff or volunteers seriously. The local arrangements for managing allegations are understood and followed. All staff know who to talk to if they are concerned about the behaviour of an adult.

The use of the organisation premises by other organizations

Where services or activities are provided separately by another body, using the órganisation’s premises, the organisation’s leadership will seek assurance that the body concerned has appropriate policies and procedures in place in regard to Safeguarding children and child protection.

Cross reference to other organisational policies

The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project recognizes that a number of other policies and procedures developed and operated by school form part of the wider agenda of Safeguarding and Promoting Children’s Welfare and this policy should be read in conjunction with the policies listed below:

  • Code Of Conduct for Volunteers
  • Volunteer Policy

Policy Review

The Organisation’s leadership is responsible for ensuring the annual review of this policy and that the list of key contacts is kept up to date.

For Staff, Volunteers, Trainees and Visitors

All staff, volunteers, advisors, consultants, contractors or any other personnel associated with The Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project are required to behave in the appropriate manner with the children that fully respects their rights, and minimizes any possible situation of risk.

Staff and Volunteers must:

  • Never hit or physically assault or abuse children. This includes, and not limited to, kicking, punching, pushing, shoving, slapping, pinching, biting and/or threats of violence.
  • Never develop or become involved in a physical or sexual relationship with a child.
  • Never develop a relationship that could possibly been deemed as abusive or exploitative.
  • Not swear or use offensive language around the children.
  • Never participate in or condone the behaviour of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive.
  • Never humiliate, belittle, or degrade a child. Any form of emotional abuse is not acceptable.
  • Never provide any child alcohol, cigarettes or drugs of any kind. These are never allowed on any of the premises of the organisation.
  • Take drugs of any kind at any time. If confirmed, then you will be asked to leave.
  • Be very careful and reserved when communicating or becoming friends with the children through social media such as Facebook and or personal emails.
  • Not give gifts to individual children It is inappropriate and unfair to all other children. If the children require any supplies or stationery etc please advise management
  • Not provide individual financial support or promise that they will receive individual support or sponsorship. Sponsorship is to be arranged through The Teacher Development Support organisation/The Angkor Tree Project management and not directly with any child or family member.
  • Not use the threat of violence, abuse or assault or to cause injury to any staff member or volunteer.
  • Not spend time alone with a child, out of plain sight. There must always be two (2) adults with a child if they need to go into town for medical treatment etc. If there is an emergency contact the management as soon as possible.
  • Not transport any children by any means of transport without explicit consent of the management.
  • Always respect the right of the child for protection against abuse and exploitation
  • Always act appropriately and in a culturally sensitive manner, with children, understanding the importance of my behaviour with children and the potential perceptions that may follow from my actions or words

This document is to be read and signed before accessing the organisation’s premisses.


Too low salaries are one of the most urgent issues to solve in Cambodia. Many people survive on an income that is far below what is needed to support their families. Factory workers in the garment sector earn below 200 USD/month, teachers usually around 230 USD/month, in the hospitality business in and around Siem Reap salaries start at 100 USD/month .. all for full-time occupation (48 hours/week).

Rent, transport, food, medical care, personal care, clothing… Some reputed organizations calculated that a minimum salary for a single-person household should be at least 300,- USD.

Let’s make a simulation :

  • Room rent : 50,- USD/month
  • Meals (a very basic meal, water to drink, 3 times/day, 1,5 USD per meal : 135,- USD/monthFor many people, it already stops here, not enough salary to pay even this!
  • An extra drink a day : 15,- USD/month
  • Gasoline for the motorbike to go to work : 10,- USD/month
  • Credit for the phone : 5,- USD/month
  • Laundry : 3,- USD/month
  • Personal Care (soap, toothpaste, haircut…) : 5,- USD/monthWe’re over 220 USD/month now! Hard to find people earning more than that!
  • Electricity for light and fan (no aircon of course) : 15,- USD/month
  • Some new clothes (t-shirt, underwear, shoes…) : 5,- USD/month (that’s if you’re ok with the cheapest options or second-hand stuff).
  • Flat tire on the motorbike, oil change…
  • Downpayment for the motorbike
  • Downpayment for the phone
  • Tuition fees if you want to attend some extra training
  • Hope they don’t need a doctor, dentist nor medication

Everyone will agree that this simulation is far from complete, look at your own shopping cart or compare your monthly spendings!

We think that organizations (public sector, businesses, NGOs…) paying too low salaries to their employees are a part of one of the biggest problems in Cambodia, the ridiculously low salaries, rather than contributors to a solution to it.

At The Teacher Development Support Organisation/The Angkor Tree Project, we have, as the law doesn’t impose it, set our own standard for a minimum wage. This is based on proposals set forward by unions and human rights organizations.

We work with a minimum salary of 400,- USD for a full-time equivalent (48 hours/week), pro-rata for part-timers.

No-one in our organizations has a salary below this threshold!

Given that this is a minimum, salaries can be higher, depending on education, experience, performance, and market conditions.

We do not reveal the detail of the salaries of individual employees, this in respect to their privacy.


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We commit to keep this information safely stored and to never share it with any third party unless forced by law.

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Teacher Development Support Organisation.

Boeng Doun Pa Village – Slorkram Commune 17251
Siem Reap – Kingdom of Cambodia
Registered nr 10968
Contact: [email protected]

The Angkor Tree Project vzw

Donkstraat 61 – 3150 Haacht-Wespelaar
Ond nr BE 0642 700 026
Contact: [email protected]

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