WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Poverty, and the lack of education that results from it, traps the rubbish tip scavenging children of Cambodia in a cycle of deprivation that causes many acute problems in their lives. They become vulnerable to child labour markets where they can be forced to work on hazardous jobs, or even be sold into prostitution. Poverty also results in malnourishment, homelessness, and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation, amongst other things. With nearly one in three of Cambodia's 7-14 year olds unable to attend school, the prospect of escaping this 'poverty cycle' is bleak indeed. The situation is all the worse for those children who have been orphaned and who lack even the love and care of a parent.
You can bring hope to these impoverished children by giving them the love and affection that they have been denied for much of their lives. You'll teach English, sports, arts, craft and dance, sing and play games with the orphans of Phnom Penh. Literacy is key to education and future jobs for these children, so you will be helping them to move beyond their scavenging existance. Illiterate children have no educational options, and your presence in the orphanage gives them the gift of English, the language of commerce, allowing them wider access to stable and secure jobs, and potentially even high-school and college scholarships.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will be working in a school in the slums of the Phnom Penh, where anything you do will be of enormous value. You will have the freedom to be creative and inspiring with your teaching and lessons. The children you will be teaching are desperately poor yet incredibly energetic and enthusiastic. They will be profoundly responsive to your presence and appreciative of your help.
Teaching these children English is a powerful way to enable them to access opportunities that would otherwise be entirely denied to them, and is also an enjoyable way to build up your own skill base and independence with practical TEFL experience, whilst embracing the exotic and friendly culture of this spellbinding pocket of Asia.