Our teachers are the base of the Angkor Kids Center. We employ two permanent teachers and eight volunteer native teachers who give lessons to eight different grades in a lively and playful way. And there are also volunteers from all over the world who give workshops on different topics.
This is the core team of the Angkor Kids Center:
Samnang was born in Somrong, the village where the Angkor Kids Center is located, next to the famous Angkor archaeological site. Charity and travel changed his life, starting back in 2004 when Samnang met a German tourist couple who paid for his English lessons and studies in tourism. In the following years his career in tourism developed from a simple staff to a tour company owner. To share his own positive experience with the community he was raised in, Samnang founded the Angkor Kids Center in 2009, with the support of friends from all over the world.
“My goal is, that the AKC will be sustainable in terms of finance and management one day.”
– Samnang Chhon –
Salin has a long story associated with the foundation of the Angkor Kids Center. Salin is one out of our three members of the AKC managing board. As school directress she takes care of the organization of all English classes. Salin has a rich experience in the community, in working with kids, team leading and facilitating skills as she has been working with a few big NGOs on the field of education and community facilitator. Salin wishes to see Angkor Kids Center become a professional school and to create various job opportunities in this place.
Hak has been awarded as the most active team member while he was teaching in addition to his coordinator job task. Not differently from others in the team, Hak has gained the education from volunteering and learning at the center, and later he got the scholarship to do an intensive tourism course. Hak has a successful career in tourism, working in the top best hotel in Siem Reap. Nevertheless, Hak is still dedicating his sparse free time to help coordinate the Angkor Kids Center actively. His dream is to bring all his skills back to AKC and to develop the tourism related project to the most qualified and sustainable outlet.
Meam is a great guy with a heart of gold. He is the most advanced team member in terms of English skills. He earns his living with helping his sister selling the souvenirs at Angkor Wat temple. Meam continues his studies of language arts at the university. He aims to become a full time staff member at the Angkor Kids Center in the near future, to devote his skills entirely to the school.
Phlom, high school student, teaches the second most advanced class. He is also appointed to assist Meam in advising the teachers on teaching methods. Phlom´s carrer wish is to work in the field of tourism, e.g. as a tour guide. Phlom has also been a student at AKC, which gave him the opportunity to move on to high school. He is looking forward to seeing the Angkor Kids Center grow and develop to a learning center for the community.
Makara is, apart from teaching, also assisting Salin to do some accounting work. Makara has graduated from the national teacher training school in the state primary level. She is now working as a full time primary teacher at the government school and is giving English lessons as a volunteer teacher at the AKC. She aims for a scholarship to continue her university. Makara would love to spend more time at the AKC with her students.
To solve the flooding classes, our school committee has decided to recruit more team members to join us. We received an overwhelming interest from our current students and outsiders with a lot of applications. Finally we welcomed three girls to our AKC community as new members, who are currently our students from the secondary advanced class lead by Mr. Phlom Thlok and the most advanced class lead by Mr. Meam By.
Ratana, 20 years old, is a high school graduate and she currently continues her studies at one of the universities in Siem Reap. Ratana was born in Banteay Meancheay, but she moved to Somrong when she was very young. She gained her English skills from the free English lessons at the Angkor Kids Center. Now she is happy to give back what she experienced, and she would like to continue to develop herself further.
Joub, 16 years old, is one of our passionate and active team members. She is Hak’s sister. Joub studies in grade 11 at the state school. She lives at Somrong village with her family of five. What motivates her to be part of AKC is to gain experiences and to give back.
Chenda studies in grade 11 at the state school. She is resident of Somrong village with her father working as Tuk Tuk driver, her mother and other two siblings. Not different from others, what motivates her to be part of AKC is to gain experiences and to give back.