Emma (Canada) – August 2016
“After graduating university, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to travel, explore a new culture and make a difference so I began to look into different options for volunteering. But with the hundreds of different kinds of placements in countries all over the world, how do you begin to choose? After months of agonizing research I chose CWF and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
Because of CWF’s unique model, volunteers experience a true cultural exchange. Foreign volunteers teach Cambodian students a specially designed curriculum centered on Cambodian culture. My students ended up teaching me so much about their way of life through classroom discussions and impressed me with their motivation to improve their English. With only about 4 hours of teaching a day and weekends, you can be sure to still have enough time to delight in the chaos of Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh!
Khmer language courses, cooking classes and organized day trips add to the fun and deepen your understanding and respect for Cambodian culture. You will meet so many great people and enjoy the company of fellow volunteers, CWF staff and your students. Another highlight for me was my trip to Siem Reap over our semester break where I witnessed the legendary beauty of the Angkor Wat temples and swam in the crystal clear waters of Koh Rong Island.
On top of all this, you know that your time is contributing development in the rural villages of Cambodia because of CWF’s partnership with CRDT. I’ll never forget the experience of staying in a homestay on a tiny island in the middle of the Mekong and seeing how the villagers there live. If you’re thinking about CWF…do yourself a favour and apply! You won’t regret it.”
September 16, 2016