An ever-growing level of tourism has necessitated the rapid need for English as a second language in Cambodia. Private English schools are common, but for the majority of Cambodians, these are inaccessible; costs of 300 riels (approximately 6 US cents) per day prevent most children from attending. Thus, facilities for free and open English teaching are indispensable.
By living in one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist destinations, local people are perfectly placed to take advantage of the tourist boom, if they can gain the education they need. New Hope of Children Association's (NHCA) school in a village just outside Siem Reap allows children from the local area to learn English for free, giving them the chance of a better future.
Aims of the Project
The project involved 8 weeks of teaching English in the Siem Reap area in Cambodia from June through to early August 2014. During their time on project volunteers will stayed in 'Our Best Western Guesthouse' in downtown Siem Reap. The aims of the project were as follows:
1. To teach at the NHCA school and enhance the ties already held between Glasgow students and the teachers and pupils there.
2. To branch out to another organisation, Friendship Organisation for Development (FOD) by teaching English and equipping the institution with adequate learning facilities to enhance opportunities for children in rural areas.
3.To embrace a completely different way of life and increase the awareness of our volunteers.
4. To expose students and teachers of both schools to native English accents and support the teachers and aid their own English development.
5.To promote awareness of the work of the NGOs through networking in the local area and abroad.
6. To support the NGOs as they expand into new areas, for example water hygiene.
Details of the Project
The day started early, with breakfast at the guesthouse before half of the group made their way to NHCA school, Roka Village, Krobi Riel Commune (45 minute cycle). The rest of the group then cycled to FOD school, about 30 minutes away. Volunteers will taught English at the two schools, as well as making use of their own skills and knowledge. During lunch break, volunteers shared a meal with fellow teachers, followed by more classes in the afternoon. Volunteers had some time between classes, and in the afternoon; started extra curricular classes for the children: in particular, conversational classes for the teachers of NHCA. At FOD school volunteers researched the possibility of future hygiene class to solve issues within the local community.
Volunteers were encouraged to teach other skills they had such as music and artistic skills. Playing sports and games were an important part of the volunteer programme.
NHCA: New Hope Of Children Association
The New Hope of Children Association (NHCA) is a newly established, non-profit, non-governmental organization located in Totea Village, 8 km from Siem Reap town.
NHCA was founded by Mr. Seam Prosh, who felt an urgent need to establish a home education for the poor and the orphan children living in the village around the community.
New Hope of Children Association (NHCA) provides 5 class rooms for 350 students learning English in different levels. There are future plans to extend the school, adding computing cooking and sporting facilities.
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SVA is a Scottish Registered Charity: No. SC 030081 c/o. University of Glasgow SRC, The John MacIntyre Building, University of Glasgow, GLASGOW, G12 8QQ