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IIP-Cambodian Organization for Living and Temporary-care (COLT)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
Cambodian Organization for Living and Temporary-care (COLT)
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
About: COLT (Cambodian Organization for Living and Temporary-care) is a community center that offers help to children and families in Cambodia in the areas of temporary and long-term residential care, education, medical and social support, sustainability and sports activities.
COLT is made possible by our dynamic, hard-working team of local staff, complemented by one experienced foreign coach who train the staff and guide and support volunteers.
All students will work under supervision, they will follow a curriculum which is controlled by a local Head teacher. Furthermore, they will have weekly volunteer meetings with a foreign coordinator (Kristine), and she is providing support and feedback whenever needed. Once the volunteers are used to the country and duties, they can opt to organize additional classes/activities. This always has to be done after approval of the Shelter Manager.
IIP interns will work on one or more of the following projects:
- Teaching and supporting club activities: The area around COLT is not very stimulating and quite often unsafe for children to play. Since this center and school opened its gates, those children have a place to hang out, play sports, study and be a child in a safe place. In order to keep them stimulated and encourage them to take part in positive activities, our team develops and organizes extra activities for these children. The current clubs are: art, sports, movie and reading, but they can be adjusted over time. The role of IIP interns in these clubs will vary from leading existing programs or developing new programs. In order to support the Cambodian public schooling system, which is struggling to develop, COLT supplies additional classes in English, Khmer, IT and organizes various other activities. As an IIP intern, you are an indispensable part of this operation, and you can play a key role in the children’s education. As an IIP intern you will teach for four hours a day from Monday to Thursday. The area around COLT is not very stimulating and quite often unsafe for children to play. Since this center and school opened its gates, those children have a place to hang out, play sports, study and be a child in a safe place. In order to keep them stimulated and encourage them to take part in positive activities, our team develops and organizes extra activities for these children. The current clubs are: art, sports, movie and reading, but they can be adjusted over time. The role of IIP interns in these clubs will vary from leading existing programs or developing new programs.
- COLT/Sreyka Smile Day Care - COLT works closely with families and children in the community and provides a shelter, education, medical care, sports facilities and since June 2016, a day care for children of the poorest families in the community. In 2015 their social worker interviewed families in Baku and assessed their social-economic situation. Through this interaction, the organization realized that there is a huge need of daily care for children whose parents are working as a garbage collectors, and of parents who are unable to provide a safe or healthy home for their child(ren), because of major social issues, like violence, drug or alcohol abuse, neglect, or extreme poverty. The day care has the capacity of 15 children, a number that they are slowly building up towards, while they keep evaluating the development of their nannies, children and parents and adjust our program if necessary. In exchange for taking their child in COLT's day care, parents agree to follow a family development plan that includes workshops about hygiene, money management, parenting skills, conflict management, etc. Through this plan, social workers can help the family to develop a wide range of skills, necessary to break free of the poverty circle. Part of this plan is to teach illiterate parents to read and write, basic computer skills, and potentially, a specific vocation. The children that are too old for the day care are often joining community classes which provide education in English and IT.
- COLT’s Sports/physio program - Sports activities are becoming an increasingly central part of COLT's program, as it provides an entrance into the lives of children and adults. Many children in the neighborhood have very little to do in their time off. Before COLT opened the doors of the community center, they were merely hanging out in the street, gambling or staying at home, which is not always the safest place to be. Through providing sports classes the children can have a social, healthy and safe way to have fun. By playing football, volleyball or any other game COLT offers, they also build a positive relationship with COLT, providing an entrance for medical staff and social workers to assess any family issues and provide support wherever needed.
Genuine interest in development work and the wellbeing of children. Any teaching/organizing (scouting/sports classes/etc.) skills would help out. Any form of social studies or teaching would be a great background, and a great experience for the students.
Any technical skills would be highly appreciated. Since we’re in a developing country, and on a tight budget, we always have outstanding maintenance duties. IT skills, plumbing, carpentry, and gardening skills are all very useful and needed in our community center.
Volunteering at COLT is no holiday. While we want our volunteers to have a great time in an amazing country, when it comes to their duties at COLT, we need them to take it seriously. This means dedicate time to prepare classes and materials on top of the time you spend at COLT. The truth is the more a volunteer is willing to invest, the deeper their experience will be. Working in a developing country will mean you have to be resourceful, flexible, and able to deal with things that don’t go according to plan. Furthermore, we need a CV, a police check and our volunteers to read and sign our Child Protection Code of Conduct.
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