Why do we need volunteers?
Treak Community Centre is a very special place for many reasons. Our wish to create opportunity not dependency extends to all parts of our work, including our staff, who are all Cambodian. We also want our staff to learn new skills and increase their ability, confidence, and self worth so that they can better serve the people we are trying to help in Treak village.
Pechey is an excellent teacher, and he and Salin are also able to use the skills and experiences that volunteers bring in ways that help develop the staff and the school.
Successful volunteer placements bring benefits for the volunteer, our staff, and the local community. We strive to make sure that the time you commit at Treak Community Centre brings the greatest possible benefit to the village. Our staff and the children really enjoy having volunteers at the centre. They appreciate the cultural exchanges as well as the English and other skills that volunteers bring.
What can I do?
There are many different ways volunteers can offer their help in Treak Community Centre. (It may also be possible to combine activities; please ask us about this if you are interested).
Teaching English and IT classes
The English classes run Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and then from 1.00 p.m. until 4.00 p.m. with a final session from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Most volunteers tend to work from 8.00 until 4.00 though there is flexibility in the working hours. The classes follow a set curriculum and our teachers produce lesson plans each week for their individual classes. Volunteers work alongside our English speaking Cambodian staff in a support role, either working with the class as a whole or with smaller groups. Volunteers are encouraged to incorporate their own experiences into the lessons and there are plenty of opportunities to share cultural exchanges with the students. These inputs are especially helpful for students to practice their conversational English, to improve their pronunciation, and to learn more about other countries and cultures.
The Nursery runs Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and volunteers support our teachers in a variety of tasks. The children are aged between 3 and 6 years and are split up into 3 groups during part of the morning to do activities that reflect their different ages and abilities. Volunteers help with the learning through play activities, the more formal lessons, with the hygiene programme (handwashing/teeth cleaning), and with preparing the morning meal of fresh fruit. There is also help needed to supervise the outside play periods.
Building our new school
We are building a brand new school for the village. We have bought the land and need lots of help to build the new classrooms and other structures. This is a great opportunity for individual supporters, families or groups from universities, schools and companies.
Gardening and maintenance
There is always something to do in our garden, from the usual garden work to sharing experiences with our garden workers. We are always looking for innovative ways to grow food and improve the soil. In addition there is always plenty of work to do maintaining the garden and the centre.
We are always interested to hear from people with IT and web design skills, experience in marketing, innovative ideas for fundraising, organising abilities or other skills, that help to support our management team and advance our work.