Following like my father before me, I was also a teacher. Over about 20 years I taught both at primary and secondary levels here in Siem Reap. I also spent time away from home in Phnom Penh and through scholarship programs, in Russia and France so I could receive train-the-teacher training. In this time away I was taught the skill of how to teach foreign languages. (more…)
The classroom desks were filled with students, eager to recite the alphabet and practice their English. Outside, inquisitive little ones lined the windowsills to get a glimpse of the class lessons. I remember their immense smiles, bowing heads and folded hands. Their gratitude—for an afternoon snack, bright red Frisbees and fresh jump ropes—touched me. Together, we played games in the dusty school yard, laughing and howling as the students attempted to jump rope for the first time. Looking around at the students, many the same age as me, I began to recognize the great privilege I had. (more…)
Volunteering with PLF takes on many different forms. You could come for 10 weeks or two weeks, you could come as a group of 5, alone or with a friend, or you can come and volunteer with your whole family.
Every Sunday, eight teenage girls cycle from their urban dormitory to the PLF office to participate in PLF’s three-part media program that incorporates blogging, photography, and videography to help them learn to tell their stories and give them the tools with which to share them. Catered specifically upper high school girls, this unique program intends to shed light on the universal challenges that young women face as well as capture the individual narratives of its participants.(more…)