Working for Smiling Gecko

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT IN CAMBODIA

Can you imagine living and working in Cambodia for a given period of time? Would you like to give kind people an opportunity to have decent work and a sustainable income? Then join our team and work with us on the Smiling Gecko Campus!
We are regularly looking for volunteers who can contribute their experience and skills to one of our training companies for at least six months. We look forward to an informative, non-binding conversation with you, should you come from one of the professional groups listed below.

Your contact person with us is Thomas Hemschemeier

hemschemeier(at)smilinggecko.ch, Telefon +41 44 321 67 70

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique adventure? Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (www.smilinggecko.de). Thanks to the initiatives of the Swiss photographer Dr. h.c. Hannes Schmid, a cluster project is developing in the northern province of Kampong Chnang with various sectors in agriculture, tourism, crafts, industry, vocational training and school. Smiling Gecko helps families to move out of poverty and offers them opportunities to work on economically and environmentally sustainable projects that provide them with an income and support their children‘s education. Smiling Gecko is growing steadily and for our new bakery in the Smiling Gecko Food Processing Center in Cambodia we are regularly looking for

 

BAKERS / CONFECTIONERS

AS VOLUNTEER (FROM 6 MONTHS) OR WITH EXPAT EMPLOYMENT (FROM 1 YEAR)

 
YOUR MAIN TASKS
  • Management of the bakery
  • Coaching and training our local trainees and employees
  • Testing new recipes
  • Maintenance of the bakery with all appliances
  • Bringing in marketing ideas in the selling of SGC products
  • Cooperation with the management of the industrial kitchen
  • Cooperation with the management of the Farmhouse kitchen
  • Administrative tasks
 
WE EXPECT
  • Qualification as baker / confectioner
  • Qualified professional experience, experience as baker / confectioner and trainer
  • Passion for the production of bread and baked goods
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Independent working method and resilience
  • Social skills, sociability and flexibility
  • Willingness to work as a team and train inquisitive young people with a great deal of empathy in your area of expertise
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months
 
WE OFFER
  • A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting
  • Personal development opportunities and interdisciplinary support
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • Volunteer compensation $ 250.-/month

 

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and motivation letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr. Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

 

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique adventure? For our social project in Cambodia, we are looking for a

MEAT SPECIALIST

FOR OUR BUTCHERY IN THE FOOD PROCESSING CENTER

 

Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (smilinggecko.ch). Thanks to the initiative of the Swiss photographer Dr. h.c. Hannes Schmid, a cluster project is developing in the northern province of Kampong Chnang with various sectors in agriculture, tourism, crafts, industry, vocational training and school. Smiling Gecko helps families to move out of poverty and offers them opportunities to work on economically and environmentally sustainable projects that provide them with an income and support their children‘s education. The Smiling Gecko butcher shop is a logical addition to the agricultural production chain set up by Smiling Gecko. It opened in December 2018 for the processing of pigs and poultry from the Smiling Gecko farms. The butcher shop sells meat to Farmhouse Smiling Gecko and the school canteen. It also supplies the market and of course the farm families. As is the case with all Smiling Gecko projects, the butcher shop offers apprenticeships for young Cambodians who wish to learn a trade. It is designed to provide work and training for up to ten local people.

 
OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Management of the butchery
  • Coaching and training our local trainees and employees
  • Maintenance of the slaughterhouse with all appliances
  • Bringing in marketing ideas in the selling of SGC products
  • Cooperation with the management of the industrial kitchen
  • Collaboration with the management of the pig and chicken farming
  • Administrative tasks
 
WE EXPECT
  • Completed training and professional experience as a meat specialist with experience in particular in the processing of chickens and pigs, possibly fish
  • Further training in meat processing
  • High communication skills, ambitious and innovative
  • Experience in process management
  • Leadership experience and assertiveness
  • A team player, independent, ambitious and innovative
  • Respect for the local culture
  • Social skills, sociability and flexibility
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Positive, winning personality
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months (possibly longer)
 
WE OFFER
  •  A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting
  • Personal development opportunities and interdisciplinary support
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • Volunteer compensation $ 250.-/month or compensation according to local conditions for expats (from 1 year)

 

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and cover letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr. Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

 

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique adventure? We are currently looking for an experienced volunteer as

SPORTS TEACHER / FITNESS TRAINER
FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, PREFERABLY LONGER

 

As an experienced sports teacher or trainer, you will support the Farmhouse hotel management in the development of tailormade fitness offers and sports activities for the guests and you will actively contribute to the training, supervision and support of the local staff. In addition, you will coach and train teachers at our Education Campus in Physical Education and assist the school management in creating its physical education curriculum. 

Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (www.smilinggecko.de). Thanks to the initiatives of the Swiss photographer Dr. h.c. Hannes Schmid, a cluster project is developing in the northern province of Kampong Chhnang with various sectors in agriculture, tourism, crafts, industry, vocational training and school. Smiling Gecko helps families to move out of poverty and offers them opportunities to work on economically and environmentally sustainable projects that provide them with an income and support their children‘s education. Among others, the overall project includes its own school with a soccer and basketball court as well as a boutique bungalow resort with 17 stilt houses, which are built in typical local style, a spacious swimming pool built with natural stones, yoga shala, massage center and beach volleyball court.

 
YOUR MAIN TASKS
  •  Setting up a Gym
  • Setting up a Vita Parcours
  • Planning of jogging tracks
  • Sports and fitness programs at our existing sports facilities- Water gymnastics in the 25 meter pool.- Beach Volleyball- Soccer- Basketball- Eventually yoga (not obligatory)
  • Setting up sports programs for our students (1 to 6 grade)
  • Development of sports programs for our guests and employees
 
WE EXPECT
  • Several years of experience as a sports teacher, trainer or instructor for children and adults
  • In-depth knowledge in the areas of fitness, wellness, sports and health
  • Strong leadership, motivational and people skills
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Social competence and good communication skills
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Punctuality, reliability and good organizational skills
  • Ability and willingness to train others
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months (preferably 1 year)
 
WE OFFER
  • A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting
  • Personal development opportunities and interdisciplinary support
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site

 

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and motivation letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr. Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

 

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique adventure? Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (www.smilinggecko.de). Thanks to the initiatives of the Swiss photographer Dr. h.c. Hannes Schmid, a cluster project is developing in the northern province of Kampong Chhnang with various sectors in agriculture, tourism, crafts, industry, vocational training and school. Smiling Gecko helps families to move out of poverty and offers them opportunities to work on economically and environmentally sustainable projects that provide them with an income and support their children‘s education. Smiling Gecko is growing steadily and for the metal works within the Smiling Gecko Project in Cambodia, we are regularly looking for experienced

BLACKSMITHS / METAL WORKERS

AS VOLUNTEERS (FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, PREFERABLY LONGER) 

 

The Benevol has the primary responsibility of supporting the team at the Smiling Gecko Cambodia Facility Management Department which includes supervision, training, support and assistance.  He is working closely with the team to ensure that the assigned tasks at the Facility Management Department run smoothly and effectively. The Blacksmith role includes operational responsibilities under the direct management of the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director. He will be working closely and liaising with all SGC Program Departments and Vocational Training to ensure forging and repairing activities meet construction needs.

 
YOUR MAIN TASKS
  • Responsible for the education and training of young Cambodians on Welding skills
  • Implementation, development and updating of welding work
  • Forging and repairing of metal goods and machine structural equipment including machinery for agriculture, carpentry, fish farming and other departments
  • Planning and improvement for SGC Welding projects, including workspaces, required materials and tools, etc.
  • Drawing of plans for metal construction buildings and other facilities
  • Monitoring of the business operations, targets and planning
  • Ensuring financial accountability and sustainability
  • Development  and improvement of the existing curriculum, training plan and other supporting documents, together with the FM Manager and the SGC Vocational Training Department
  •  Documentation of the type of repair or fabrication of tools or machine components performed and daily activity report records
  • Other tasks as assigned by direct supervisor
 
WE EXPECT 
  • Completed education and qualified professional experience as a Blacksmith / metal worker
  • Flexibility, initiative and ability to work in the project team
  • Social skills, sociability, flexibility and cultural awareness
  • Independent working method and resilience
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months 
 
WE OFFER
  • A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting
  • Personal development opportunities and interdisciplinary support
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • Volunteer compensation $ 250.-/month 
 
EXECUTION
  • as of now / regularly

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and motivation letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr.  Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

 

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique adventure? For our carpentry workshop, we are regularly looking for volunteers who can share their experience and skills for at least half a year, as 

CARPENTER OR GRADUATE 

FROM THE WOOD SECTOR BSC WOOD ENGINEERING OR CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN

Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (www.smilinggecko.de). As part of the overall project, the Smiling Gecko carpentry started operation in 2016. This operation has created additional jobs and apprenticeships for currently 30 young Cambodians. The car-pentry carries out work on the cluster site, thus reducing the original costs and the maintenance costs associated with the infrastructure. In particular, the carpentry undertakes a wide range of tasks in the construction of the future Smiling Gecko School. It also offers its services externally and thus generates additional income for the entire project on site. 

 
YOUR MAIN TASKS

You will assist the carpentry manager 

  • in the training of the trainees and in other projects (construction, interior fittings, furniture production, etc).
  • in developing the infrastructure of our school, where the main focus is on the production of wooden frames for the school buildings. 
 
WE EXPECT
  • Completed education and qualified professional experience as a carpenter, Certified Technician or BSc Wood Engineering
  • Willingness to work in a team and train inquisitive young people with lots of empathy in your area of expertise
  • Flexibility, initiative and ability to work in the project team
  • Social skills, sociability, flexibility and cultural awareness
  • Independent working methodology and resilience
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months
 
WE OFFER
  • A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting in a carpentry workshop of 800m2 and 30 employees
  • Participation in the construction of an innovative modular school model with school buildings and teacher dormitories
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • Volunteer compensation of $250.-/month
 
AVAILABILITY
  • immediate / ongoing

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and motivation letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr.Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

 

Would you like to support our holistic development project in Cambodia and fulfill your interest in experiencing a unique
adventure? Smiling Gecko is a unique development project in rural Cambodia (www.smilinggecko.de). As part of the overall project, the
Smiling Gecko carpentry started operation in 2016. The new op-eration has created additional jobs and apprenticeships for
currently 30 young Cambodians. The carpentry carries out work on the cluster site, thus reducing the original costs and the
maintenance costs associated with the infrastructure. In particular, the carpentry undertakes a wide range of tasks in the
construction of the future Smiling Gecko School. It also offers its services externally and thus generates additional income for
the entire project on site. For the management of our carpentry workshop in Cambodia we are looking for a

MASTER CARPENTER

FROM THE WOOD SECTOR BSC WOOD ENGINEERING OR CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN

 
YOUR MAIN TASKS
  • Management of the Smiling Gecko carpentry workshop
  • Training and Vocational Training of our local apprentices and employees
  • Planning and budgeting of various carpentry projects (construction), interior finishing, kitchen and furniture production
  • Significant participation in the expansion of our Education Campus
  • Responsible for the carpentry budget
  • Responsibility for the maintenance of the carpentry with all machines
  • Contribution of marketing ideas for the sale of additional wood products
  • Administrative tasks
 
 
 WE EXPECT
  • Completed education and qualified professional experience as a master carpenter, Certified Technician or BSc Wood Engineering
  • Experience in the training of apprentices in carpentry
  • Willingness to work in a team and train inquisitive young people with lots of empathy in your area of expertise
  • Flexibility, initiative and ability to work in the project team
  • Social skills, sociability, flexibility and cultural awareness
  • Independent working methodology and resilience
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Enjoying work in an intercultural context
  • Willingness to commit for at least 1 year (preferably longer)
 
 
WE OFFER
  • A challenging task in an innovative development project
  • A diverse and interesting function in an incredibly exciting setting in a carpentry workshop of 800m2
  • Responsibility for up to 30 employees/trainees
  • Participation in the construction of an innovative modular school design with school buildings and teacher dormitories
  • Personal development opportunities and interdisciplinary support
  • Coverage of travel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals on site
  • Compensation according to local conditions for expats (from 1 year)

 

If you would like to use your experience and knowledge for a good cause and would like to take on responsibility in an innovative, international development aid project, please send your application, including your curriculum vitae and motivation letter to Smiling Gecko Switzerland, Mr.Thomas Hemschemeier, info@smilinggecko.ch

Our general requirements are:
  • Willingness to commit for at least 6 months
  • Completed training and professional experience in the required profession
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Flexibility, initiative and ability to work in a project team
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent social skills

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