How to prepare volunteers and charity workers for overseas work

(This article was originally written for The Guardian and can be found online here:  http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/mar/26/international-aid-how-to-prepare-volunteers) Preparing staff for international work can be a daunting prospect. This is particularly the case for small charities working to a tight budget. Yet adequate preparation is vital. Without it, workers are less likely to achieve their organisation’s objectives and their personal well-being is put at risk. Working overseas …

Valuing Choice in Education

CWF wrote a post for http://www.whydev.org on meeting the challenge of teaching English in a developing country like Cambodia: What American holidays or festivals do you know? Believe it or not, this is taught in Cambodia. The fascination with the Western world means that teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in Cambodia is modeled on Western paradigms. This approach …

CWF susses out CamTESOL 2014

Last weekend CWF attended the 10th Annual CamTESOL conference on English Language Teaching. This year’s theme was ‘English for Regional and International Integration’ which is particularly significant in light of the ASEAN’s decision to choose English as the common language of the workplace. It was a fantastic weekend with a packed and varied programme. Below, David Picart, our Education Services …

Aid: let’s think local

Our volunteer Sally Meisenhelder considers what works best in aid.   One of the first things apparent in Cambodia is the incredible number of NGOs. There are the offices of two international NGOs on my block and I pass many others on my walk across the Russian Market area. According to Open Development Cambodia, there are 1,315 active NGOs in Cambodia. More than …

Learning Service; a constructive approach to volunteering

This article introduces Learning Service, an advocacy group aiming to rethink the way we volunteer abroad. It is currently launching a video campaign full of tips and tools, along with a contest with some great prizes, so go to http://learningservice.info/ to check it out! Overseas volunteering has had its fair share of bad press.  Tales of orphanage tourism in particular …