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IIP-People Improvement Organization
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|
|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|
The People Improvement Organization (PIO) is a local NGO operating in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, founded by Phymean Noun in 2002. PIO believes that every child has the right to an education. We believe that through education we can break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future for the children of Cambodia. PIO is committed to providing quality education to children in need. Children attending PIO are from families living in poverty, living in homes where they are at risk of harm or are of school age but who are not at school. The school is for children who are unlikely to complete their education unless they are helped and encouraged in their study. Children attending PIO are selected solely on the basis of their need. The schools welcome all children, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic group, or race. All PIO students receive school uniforms, school supplies, a daily meal, clean water and access to health care. There is no cost to either the child or their family. PIO supports students from Kindergarten through to University.
Project 1: The intern will teach English to the same class over the time of their internship. They will follow the curriculum for that class. While teaching they will be assisted by a Cambodian teacher. That teacher will assist with translation and classroom management. The classes are large, with 50 – 60 students per class. The lessons prepared and taught by the intern should embody innovative and creative ideas for teaching English as a second language to children. The intern will help to develop teaching resources and lesson plans for the class. The time spent of this will be equal to the time spent teaching. In a week the intern will spent three hours each afternoon (1 – 4) teaching and a similar time in the mornings which will be devoted to lesson preparation, resource development and grading student work. The ability to plan and implement innovative teaching techniques is important as a part of their role is to model good teaching techniques to Cambodian teachers who are inexperienced and limited in their knowledge of pedagogy.
We have many volunteers to our school who make a positive difference in the classroom. Before teaching the volunteers undergo a period of training covering the basics of lesson planning and learning of the differences between education Cambodia and that of developed countries. All interns receive ongoing guidance during their placement and are encouraged to reflect upon and discuss their teaching with the Project Supervisor. The Project Supervisor is an experienced retired teacher who has been with PIO for 6 years.
Candidates with interests in education, child psychology, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience in working with children would be a large asset, as well as any teaching, tutoring, or coaching experience. Useful skills would be lesson planning, developing teaching resources, and the ability to deliver a lesson plan to meet specific learning objectives.
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