Aspire School & Orphanage, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Welcome to ASPIRE school

We are currently in desperate need for any help we can get after being hit really hard by COVID-19 as we lost most of our volunteers and sponsors. We are currently behind on payments for our credit/loans and fear that we might lose our property if we do not fulfill the payments. If you are interested in volunteering please do not hesistate to contact us. If you are unable to volunteer, montary donations are desperatley needed and will be extremly invaluable to the school.


Welcome to Aspire Training & Education a school & home for poor, homeless and orphaned children in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The ASPIRE school was established in 2012 and is a registered is non governmental, non-profit NGO school. All volunteers come to ASPIRE and learn more about our children A donation for even just one of the children from you will also help others. If you look at our photo section you will see the various activities that the children enjoy. These activities have been donated by voluntary teachers and generous visitors, many of whom have given their time and resources, adding to the opportunities we can offer our children, such as Khmer traditional dance, music, ASPIRE's souvenir shop and sports activities. I would like all these wonderful people to know how thankful we all are for their generous efforts on behalf of our children. We appreciate each and every one of them. Every adult who has worked at the previous orphanage did so as a volunteer. No salaries were paid to anyone, and have not been for some time, but everyone who lives here receives their board and lodging. Adults and children share the same basic but healthy lifestyle, and all eat the same simple but nutritious meals.



 Mr. Sean Samnang decided to open a school and help to educate the children in Siem Reap. So on 14th November 2012, he started building a school called ASPIRE Training and Education School (Case number 3385) which will be big enough to teach up to 200 students. The project will be complete hopefully within 4 years but it depends on the amount of donations we can find. There are still 96 children learning at the school, with an on-going programme for continued development. The children still depend absolutely on the generosity and compassion of passing tourists to provide their daily food, clothing, school expenses and all other basic needs. Sean and his wife Borey have four children, fourteen years old son David, Nine years old daughter Alisa, Six year old daughter Sophie and four and half years old last one son is Roland. They live with their extended ASPIRE family on the site at Trang Village. Sean has previously helped 5 ex-students into the work force and wishes to continue in doing so for all the children under his care.




The students of Aspire school all come from background of extreme poverty and deprivation. Their ages ange between 5-16 years old. The schedule run for 5 days (30 hours per week) from Monday to Friday on the morning at (7: 30 Am - 10: 30 Am) and ending in the afternoon (1:00 PM - 4:30 Pm).


Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM English Class Computer Class

  Khmer Traditional Dancing

 English Class  Conversation
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Relax Relax Relax Relax Relax
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Agriculture Arts & Crafts  Musical instrument & singing  Agriculture  Grammar




 1:00 AM - 2:30 AM  English Class  Computer Class  Khmer Traditional Dancing  English Class  Conversation
 2:30 AM - 2:45 AM  Relax  Relax  Relax Relax Relax
 2:45 AM - 4:30 AM  Arts & Crafts  Agriculture  Musical instrument & singing  Arts & Crafts  Grammar


Fundamentals of Aspire Project:


Aspire School: Aspire Training & Education, called ASPIRE (School & Home) for poor, homeless and orphaned children in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. The ASPIRE school was established in 2012 and is a registered is non-governmental, non-profit NGO school. The ASPIRE school, we believe everyone is equal and each person is worthy of the chance of having a better way of life. As one who received a chance and has succeeded due to support, We know how valuable chances are. The purpose of our programme is to give these vulnerable children that same opportunity, by contributing and assisting them in their efforts.


Mr. Sean Samnang a local Cambodian, was born in 1980 and grew up in a very poor family, working on a farm to pay his way through secondary school and university. He also worked for seven months in a tailoring factory for ten to thirteen hours a day just to complete his education. Receiving help and encouragement from a sponsor in Thailand, he moved to Phnom Penh where he worked for a charitable organization on a voluntary basis, but received his board and lodging. Voluntary work in return for board and lodging is still common in Cambodia today, and the members of staff at ASPIRE are all local volunteers. Since he himself had received help when he most needed it, Samnang wanted to be able to provide help and opportunities for others. He created an orphanage since 2008 is named Cambodia Orphan Save Organization (formerly COSO).  He is a local Cambodian, who recognized the urgent need to help the many destitute and orphaned children living in his country. This situation was brought about because Cambodia’s education and health care systems were completely destroyed during the Khmer Rouge Genocide and Cambodia has been unable to make significant gains in rebuilding it due to the subsequent 2 decades long civil war. Now corruption is rampant and Cambodia’s education and health care systems remain in shambles. Siem Reap itself is one of the poorest areas in Cambodia with over 75% of the poor people living in dire poverty. Also Aspire is a home; we are providing 24 hours care for 20 children, supporting them (food for 3 meals a day, sheler, education and projection), all these children from poor families and orphaned children. They range age between 5-16 years old, they have never been to school and desperate for a safe and loving home. We currently have no sponsorship, making the provision of these things difficult. We are fully reliant on visitors to offer assistance at Aspire and help in whatever they can.


ASPIRE Training & Education is a partnership with The View Garden Villa a guesthouse for volunteers to stay to find funds to support their children.‚Äč The money is earned, we will support the children (food, electricity bill and staff's wage), we hope that you will be able to help the children in Cambodia. The View Garden Villa has 25 rooms, keeping 70 people to stay (equipped with air-conditioner or fan), each room has own toilet, cool & hot shower, also has balconies, sitting areas, meeting room and top roof to see sunrise & sunset, the located 5kms from Siem Reap City only 15 minuts to drive. We are arranged the bedding, mattress, blanket, towel and pillow. Each volunteer is required to pay $ 25 US donation a day of stay, this covers the cost for housing and 3 meals per day. If you are unable to volunteer and would like to still help our project we would be extremely grateful for any donations. Please contact us if you would like to do so.


We also believe in preserving the Khmer culture so we teach the children traditional Khmer dances and Khmer musical instruments. Our staff is trained in good childcare practice and management skills. We aim to equip them both socially and academically to take up a constructive place in Khmer society when they are adults. To encourage our children to embrace the knowledge of local Khmer customs, including dance and music, so that this knowledge is not lost in future generations. Therefore, we have organized a traditional Khmer dance performance for visitors or tour group for watching. The performance is dancing, playing musical imstrument and singing by the children of Aspire. If you are interested, please booking us a day before, we will be arrange for you well. 


With our loyalty for financial management, we was working hard to create this school to help our children in Cambodia, we built a school for Khmer & English lesson, arts & craft, computer training skills, a guesthouse for volunteers or guests to stay, a Peter Pan’s restaurant, a library, a hall for traditional Khmer dancing and music instrument, souvenir shop, chicken cage, vegetable gardening,…etc. We are currently recruiting 100 students from the community to study at ASPIRE for free, which will be big enough to teach up to 300 students in the program of education. We're providing to teach them as Khmer lesson, English, computer skill training, traditional Khmer dancing and music instrument, growing tree fruits, vegetable gardening, chicken raise & fishes,…et

On 13th Nov, 2012, we received $US 18, 187.64for land payment. All this donations from dealers of Subaru Uk as Mervyn Jill Wills, Bobby & Aline Bell, Ben & Rachel Shimmin, Richard Cole & Sarah Cole, Tony & Paula Slack, Andrew & Michelle McGlone, Mark

The donation from The Leap in UK !

Thank you so much for Rochelle Bold and family are making the donations $1,776 US every year for support the children of ASPIRE. This donations are very important for running cost of orphanage, the money payment on 01st August, 2015 until 01st August, 2016.

On 8th February 2015, Mr. Peter Macdonald came to visit us again. He was so happy to see what I built a kitchen for the children and he will be more help for school project. Thank you so much for his appreciation.

It is very lovely kids of Aspire School, today on 26th of June, 2015, Lorna & Susan, the volunteers of Aspire to make a party for our children, after they are finished the volunteer work.