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Do you want to be part of the first student team to volunteer in support of school children in Cambodia this summer?
The University is launching its first international volunteering programme in Cambodia. With generous support from Santander Bank ten students will be selected and receive a £500 grant towards the cost of the volunteering programme. You will be expected to raise additional funds towards the overall cost of the project.
As a member of the team you will travel to Cambodia for 2 months in July and August to work in a new rural school teaching, running activities, fishing, shopping and gardening. Weekends will be spent in the Capital City Phnom Penh enjoying the culture. The trip will end with a visit to the world heritage site of Angkor Watt.
You will be supported throughout the trip by an experienced project leader.
There's going to be an information evening on Monday 11th of March in the Centenary Gallery, Parkinson Court from 6pm until 7pm.
Some key info
Midweek you'll be staying at a rural school (where you’ll be working) – it’s located on the outskirts of the capital. Weekends will be spent in Phnom Penh where you’ll be free to do whatever you want. There won’t be an extra charge for your accommodation and you will also have some time in Siem Reap to visit the Ankor complex.
You'll be working at the Seametrey school which has been established outside the capital after they could no longer afford to rent premises in Phnom Penh. It educates children from rich and poor backgrounds and they are charged according to what they can afford to give. The school fosters cooperation between people from different backgrounds and also tries to give children foreign language skills on top of a solid education. Volunteers will be teaching any hobbies or skills they have, helping the children to practice their English and doing any work the school needs them for, like shopping or school maintenance - but mostly just running various activities with the children like fishing and gardening. There is the potential to do a huge array of tasks for the school, they use volunteers to market the school’s work, to give any training that they can, to help with admin, etc.
Volunteers will chiefly be responsible for the day to day running of the school and will work to establish Seametrey in its new rural location. The school’s website can be found at http://seametreycambodia.org/
You'll receive a £500 grant to help. On top of that you'll need to either self-fund or fundraise £1700 to cover everything, including flights, spending money and accommodation. There's already 2 fundraising events in place.