I just wanted to put a post up to say that i recently visited a school in Cambodia, just outside of Siem Reap, as a volunteer.
You may have read the post that was up for a while, from a company called SAGE Insights, asking for anyone interested in volunteer work at this school, for free, to contact Andy Booth.
I wanted to say that this was a fantastic experience and would like to ask anyone interested in making a genuine contribution to a community in need, to consider this one. It is legitimate and real work and progress can and is being accomplished. I met the children and teachers over a few days and really enjoyed the experience of getting a greater 'travel insight' into these peoples lives and the region, as well as being able to help out a little.
Anyone with any skills can help out here, so contact andy or check out the website if you're interested.
Hello all new and upcomming volunteers. My girlfriend and I have recently done some volunteer work at the school that Andy is speaking of. We had a remarkable and truly rewarding experience. Its alot of hard work, but at the end of your day, when you pass the students riding their bikes, and you see them smile and wave at you, its all worth it! Here is an email that we sent to Andy informing him of our duties at the school and it will give you an idea of what to expect.
Here is the synopsis of the time spent at Prey Chrouk.
Met with the teachers and directors
Handed out supplies to the students, this took two days (the students were so grateful)
Taught the directors and Sarann how to play Bingo, showed and explained the importance of reinforcing the numbers to the students after they would be taught how to count in English, could be used in Khmer as well for the younger ones
Taught Sarann the functionality of a Word Wall. A Word Wall consists of having the alphabet spanned across a wall and the teacher would list commonly used words, vocabulary and spelling words on the wall so the students will constantly be surrounded by English vocabulary. The words would be listed according to the letter the word begins with ( i.e. boy would be listed under Bb) (The alphabet should also include upper and lower case, so the students can learn to identify the difference)
Taught and Played "Ring-a-Word". We wrote words all over the blackboard. (Vocabulary words that were provided by Sarann,as well as words we assumed the students knew) The students were split into two teams. Then Jason, Sarann and myself, would take turns calling out words and one student from each team would have to rush to the black board and circle the word. The one who gets it correct, gets a point for their team. The students got really involved with the game, and so did Sarann
On our down time we purchased six volleyballs, "asai" (shuttlecocks) for the students, 8 mango trees as well as numerous types of plants and flowers and hoe.
In between school sessions (from 11-1:30) we would interact with the students on the school grounds and play "asai" with them. We even managed to get some of the faculty involved. This was a great way for us to break down that wall between "us" and "them".
Please give a heads up to all upcoming volunteers about the road condition from the Thai border to Siem Reap. It has to be one of the most painful traveling we have done in our 7 months of travels. Make them aware that they will be crammed into a small bus with no leg room, the road itself is all dirt and filled with potholes. (Having taken this route twice, and both times being exactly the same, i think it is safe to say that this is the standard for this method of travel).
The road to the school from Siem Reap is also not the most pleasant. It is a mix of potholed blacktop and dirt.. It is a constant competition between wandering animals, massive amounts of bicycles, motorbikes passing between cars and trucks driving on the wrong sides of the road as well as LARGE trucks filled over capacity with people sitting/standing anywhere they can.. (not to mention all of the above are driving in speeds that are just accidents waiting to happen). We understand this is how things are done, but we are just letting you know of what should be expected.
We would really like to thank you and Phalla for allowing us the opportunity of a lifetime. Although SAGE is a new organization and still working out the kinks, we can see many great things that will come out it. Appointing someone in a long term director position (Philippa) should help expedite results and use volunteers time much more efficiently.
Hope we make it in the next news letter!!
Keep in touch
Sania & Jason>>>
If anyone has questions about the school or our experience, please feel free to contact us, we would be more then happy to be of any assistance.
Sania and Jason
We're still looking for volunteers to assist with our programme.
Even better if you're available between August 1- Oct 1 when the school will be closed as we're planning to undertake some major works during this period. We'd love to hear from you if you have skills or would like to help with:
Building a pathway
Decorating - we're looking to decorate the inside of the primary school
best to 'pm' me with your email address - I will send you more info.
Your project sounds wonderful and I would love to become involved. I and my husband will be in Cambodia September/ October time, sorry I can’t give more precise dates yet. I am a qualified primary school teacher with some specialist experience working with children with special educational need. I also have experience teaching children for whom English is a second language. My partner has some teaching experience and works in IT, he said “I can do pretty much anything with computers” (very modest!).
Please let me know if you would be interested in our help we would both absolutely love to get involved.
I sent you a personal message.
Thanks for the offer of help
Great progress continues at the SAGE Insights school at Preychrouk, thanks in no small part to all the volunteers from TP who have helped make this such a wonderful place.
A recent separate thread from PJB (Pamela and Keith) who spent weeks at the school adds quite alot of information and colour to the activities there for anyone considering volunteering.
Have a look at the thread:
and also at the excellent photos from the school - can be found on their travel pages: PJB
Best to everyone
I realise that my instructions for finding Pamela and keith's photos of the school were not very clear.
...and this is their thread about volunteering at the school:
I'm highly appreciate what you are doing and i would like to help in anyway that possible. My friends and I have been doing fundraising and stocking up donations. We'll be in Cambodia around June (not sure what date however), and would like to know if there anything we can take over there to help you (school books, cloth etc). We're still in collage but have a few skills under our belts, please let us know.
Really amazed and in awe at the amount of hard work and effort everyone has been putting in to help these cambodia children. I personally believe in doing that too. Im a student currently studying in Singapore, and my community here is enthusiastic and passionate about helping the less privileged communities. Im currently looking to organise a trip for my student group to go over to cambodia to help in any way we can, including teaching, building projects, collecting donations and supplies, raising awareness and the like. We have a multitude of skills to offer, with photographers and people with musical and accounting background in our team. However most importantly is our spirit and motivation to help, in my opinion. We will most probably be organising to go over in may/june 09. I hope you can help me by providing information about your school and ways of coordinating this effort. Thank You.
Thanks for the offer of help. I have sent you a personal message (find it through your message centre).