[Last September, Global Service Corps’ (GSC) Executive Director traveled to Cambodia to work on expanding GSC’s service-learning programs. In January, he will return to Cambodia with some GSC staff member’s to expand upon these developments (expect updates around February!). For now, the following travelogue presents the recent developments with GSC’s programs and introduces GSC’s partner organizations and the individuals who are working to improve the lives of Cambodians. This post highlights the Teaching English Program.]
Yesterdays post introduced the expansion of the Child and Orphan Care Program, with the addition of the Child and Orphan Residential and Feeding Centers in Phnom Penh and nearby provinces. This post discusses the updates with the Teach English Abroad Program.
With partners in several English schools and other partner organizations in Phnom Penh and Provinces, the Teach English Abroad program provides primarily English conversation training to school children and monks.
Volunteer participants spend their time in the rural province of Udong. Volunteers divide their time between three locations, including Wat Prang, Universal Education School (UES) and a nearby primary school, allowing them to share their knowledge with a wide variety of students including both young and older Buddhist monks. Wat Prang, a local monastery, is a peaceful haven located right outside of a busy market. UES, an English language school, and the primary school are composed of students aged 8-20, of all English levels.
In the Teach English Abroad Program, a volunteer’s role is to make the most of their knowledge and expertise as a native English speaker. Their assistance in improving conversational skills by providing cultural context and assisting with Western pronunciation will prove helpful for students working to master the English language. Volunteering with the TEA Program requires an aptitude for flexibility, creativity and adaptability. Students will range in age and English level, so volunteers will have the opportunity of working with different age groups. Prior teaching experience is not required.
The Teach English Abroad Program is perfect for those who want to teach conversational English abroad but may not have prior teaching experience. If you are interested in learning more about this program, or other GSC programs, click here.
Check back tomorrow to read about the updated Buddhist Immersion Program!