Hi, My name is Rie and I am a 1st Year Psychology student at the University of Leeds. In July 2018, I will be going to Cambodia to volunteer for 4 weeks, teaming up with Plan My Gap Year. I will be teaching English to children at Hope Agency School, a community education programme in the Takeo province, providing free English lessons. Its aim is to provide accessible education and English development to children from low-income families in surrounding villages.
With one of the poorest literacy rates in Asia, lack of qualified staff and classroom overcrowding, Cambodia's education system is disadvantaged. Furthermore, economic change towards industrial and service professions mean that social inequality has increased, with less educated and economically poorer members of society being driven into low-paid jobs. With over 250 children attending each day and some members travelling 7km each way for an English lesson, the importance of the English language is stressed as vital for Cambodian children to learn, in order to better their future careers.
As a fortunate British young person who has had the opportunity throughout my life to receive accessible and free education, I want to help aid children in this disadvantaged country in achieving their own career aspirations. I feel strongly that all children should be allowed the same opportunities I have been given to access suitable education, and feel volunteering will contribute, if only a little, to better futures.
As a volunteer, I am receiving no payment to do this, so I'm having to self-fund my trip. I have to buy my flights, visas, vaccinations and travel insurance, meaning that the cost is quite high. I would be highly appreciative and grateful for any donation received in helping me go to Cambodia to volunteer, no matter how small.