I am currently in Year 12 at Mayfield School and in June 2016, I will be travelling to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with a small group of other students and teachers. Mayfield School is developing a School Partnership Programme with a village school located on the outskirts of Siem Reap. This trip will enable me to do voluntary work and teach English at Lvea School and I will also have the opportunity to teach adult groups at a local monastery in Siem Reap. The programme will enable me to share my gifts and talents with people less privileged than myself and experience life in another country that is culturally very different to ours.
The Cambodian Education Trust was recently set up with the goal of supporting the people of Cambodia by assisting in education and training. It also provides the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. Cambodia is a poor country whose education system was almost obliterated by a brutal regime in the late 70’s. Today, its education indicators are still among the lowest in Asia and there is limited access to quality instruction, inadequate school facilities and high dropout rates.
I will be required to undertake a 10 week TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) course, delivered and developed by a qualified TOEFL teacher, so that I too will be able to teach English to the children and adults in Cambodia. The time spent in Cambodia will be challenging, but the experience of teaching English to children so that they can start a business in the future, and spend time with these people will be enriching and life changing.
In order to raise some of the money I will be taking part in the London - to - Brighton Cycle Ride, as well as organising events at my school. This money will not only support myself by providing the funds necessary to travel to Cambodia, but surplus money will contribute in funding additional educational supplies for Lvea School.
Any donations would be greatly received, thank you in advance Alex X