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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)
Location: 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.
The Cambodian Organization for Living and Temporary-care (COLT) is a small NGO, which holds a community center in Baku village, in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. This is our only location.
When you apply to volunteer at COLT for a certain period of time, think about why you are doing this. COLT is a small, local organization that aims to help resolve distressed family situations. Everything we do in and around COLT happens because we try to maximize the opportunities for the families, children in particular. You are very important in this process; primarily by teaching them English and expanding their general knowledge, but also by being an example. Therefore it is essential that you have the right motivation when you apply for a placement at COLT. Passion and enthusiasm are contagious, and children will get more motivated when they see you are working hard yourself to get somewhere.
If you have the drive to help children that never really had a chance, it will be easier for you to cope with the difficult situations that you unquestionably will run into. We ask our interns to be proactive; think what you can do to solve a problem, to help somebody, to organize some special events for the children, to create unity among a group of
volunteers and reach out to the people around you.
Teaching and supporting after-school activities:
In order to support the Cambodian public schooling system, which is struggling to develop, COLT supplies additional classes in English, IT and math as well as various after-school activities. You are an indispensable part of this operation, and you can play a key role in the children’s education. As a teacher, you will generally teach for four hours/day from Monday to Thursday, but we ask you to be flexible as there might be changes to the schedule from time to time.
Most of our students did not know any English before they enrolled at our school. COLT’s Community School is the first place for them to learn. We currently have six English classes from elementary to intermediate. All the classes follow course books and you will get all the information and introduction you need during your first week.
The area around COLT is not very stimulating and quite often unsafe for children to play. Since our 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 we also offer different after-school activities. Depending on your skills and interests we offer activities like art, sports, movies, reading, music, choir, additional languages, drama, and drawing. We want to inspire and encourage the children to try different activities to discover their potential.
Genuine interest in development work and the wellbeing of children. Any teaching/organizing (scouting/sports classes/etc.) skills. Any form of social studies or teaching background is a benefit.
Any technical skills would be highly appreciated. IT skills, plumbing, carpentry, and gardening skills are all beneficial and needed in our community center.
Dedicated volunteers to be successful in a developing world environment.
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