Mascha and Joaquin have been able to move a lot during their time at the Angkor Kids Center just like Laura, Chhay and the other volunteer helpers, and have a crush on their hearts. We are sure that she has had a lasting influence on this experience and that she will always remember the exciting time in Cambodia and we thank her very much for her energetic support. Please read yourself for what they are saying about their volunteer work in the Angkor Kids Center:
The school was founded by Samnang in 2009 and many years ago he met a German couple that enabled him to learn English. Then he wanted to offer the children from his village the same opportunity and it was the Angkor Kids Center (later on registered to the Royal Government of Cambodia under the legal name All For Kids NGO).
Today, the school consists of three classrooms and a room that serves as a library, computer room and office. It has its own toilets, a schoolyard with climbing frames and an adjacent playground for the children. There is electricity and even Wi-Fi, which makes working for teachers much easier. The children come to the Angkor Kids Center after their normal school and the teachers are also volunteers and go to school themselves.
Chhay, who is just 22 years old, is in our opinion the heart and soul of the center. He is the only employee of the school, giving computer classes twice a day and teaching two English classes. He is also the one who opens and closes the school, taking care of the trash and everything else. We have grown very fond of him over time and without him we probably could not have realized any of our ideas. Mostly we have prepared the lessons together with Chhay. But other things, such as a timetable, an overview of all newly found educational games and multiple worksheets were created. We cleaned the library, repaired climbing frames and made new trash cans.
The lessons, which we were allowed to follow, we liked and the kids were extremely motivated in the matter. We could only teach together with Chhay, but that was not a disadvantage for the children and for us. In general, the cohesion and the climate blew us away there. They were friendly with each other and also we were interested mustered, smiled and greeted. All we can say is that the Angkor Kids Center is much more than just a school. It is the meeting place of the children, whether for learning or for playing. There are books, toys, football goals, climbing frames and the doors are open (thanks to Chhay) all day for everyone.
Although it’s hard to accept that children do not have the same opportunities and opportunities around the world, the Angkor Kids Center is a great start in the right direction. We wish all those involved the best for the future and we hope to have contributed something good to the project.