17/08/2023

Week 2 Continued

After we completed our work building the Biosand filters, we also spent time teaching English to Khmer students at the New Hope of Children Association outside of Siem Reap. This part of the trip was extremely meaningful to me because I was able to make a direct impact on 4 different classes of Cambodian kids who would not normally have the opportunity to talk or practice English with a native speaker. After teaching in Poland and now in Cambodia, I realize that I really enjoy teaching English and definitely want to teach more in the future. Teaching English in Cambodia felt even more meaningful because in Cambodia, students only go to school in the morning or the afternoon unless they pay for additional education. Cambodian kids who are unable to pay for additional tutoring have only half the opportunity to learn English than children from other parts of the world. Of our two service projects teaching English felt the most important and meaningful as education is key to getting out of poverty. In our guide’s experience, unskilled labor in Siem Reap makes about $2 U.S. a day, compared to about $15 with an education. Learning English is very central to success in Cambodia, especially in an economy where the best ways to make a good living are through industries like Government, Tourism, and International Companies, which are much more accessible with fluency in English. While teaching in Siem Reap I found my previous experience teaching English in Eastern Poland to be invaluable. Many of the games and activities that were successful in Poland were also effective in Cambodia. I found that I was able to be a leader in the classroom and help my team members. I feel strongly that teaching English in communities that might not otherwise have the chance to learn English is one of the best possible ways to aid in development because it empowers locals to create a better life for them and their families for many generations. Before we left Cambodia I had the chance to visit a sports center in Cambodia and join in on a soccer game with local Khmer kids. They were really happy to play, and really good at soccer too. It was such a big highlight of the trip to be able to share a passion that I have while having fun with local kids.

Week 2 Continued
Week 2 Continued
Week 2 Continued
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