English Summer Camp 2018

The background

As tourism and commerce grew in the capital and many of the provinces, many new jobs were created, especially in the service industry.  Young people are trying to learn English to improve their career prospect for a better future.

In our Tutorial Scholarship Program, we have twelve G12 students who would graduate after the public exams; they would either enter university or join the workforce. Most of them, as with many other high school students, have poor English language skills. In May we initiated the idea of inviting young adults in Hong Kong to volunteer their time and bring their skills to teach in a summer English program for underprivileged high school students for three weeks in August.  With the help of PFDO, we organized an English Summer Camp from August 3-24 for 30 high school students, from G7-12.  There were seven volunteers from Hong Kong who came to Kampong Cham to support this program.


The Camp

Students and Teacher volunteers bonded immediately after the Orientation program on August 3. Laughter broke the silence as teachers engaged everyone in games and songs. Before the students left for the day, they were calling the teachers by their names, and saying ‘bye and see you.’ They were a group of fast-learners.


Practising the song they performed after two weeks

The Phnom Penh Trip

At the end of the second week of the camp, the group of G 7-11 students put together a musical performance and taught the songs to the children at the two learning centers run by the Daughters of Charity in Phnom Penh.

They also interviewed foreigners in groups along the Mekong River in the capital. Meanwhile, the G12 students studied for their English exams intensively with two high school teachers from Hong Kong who volunteered to teach them.

Most of them visited Phnom Penh for the first time, they went on a cultural sightseeing tour to learn about their own history. Ten G12 who just finished their public exams on Aug 21 joined the rest of the group and visited Phnom Penh, many for the first time.

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On the last day of the camp, the students performed the musical for their parents and families who were not only impressed by the improvement of their spoken English but also their self-confidence and cheerfulness. Gratitude and applause went to the seven teachers who gave their heart and their soul to make this camp a success.  Their passion for teaching the students creatively and interactively had motivated everyone to learn with excitement and joy. Our salute to Magdelene, Jealdrin, Christine, Eloisa, Paula, Emma, and Heidi!


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A student receiving the Certificate of Accomplishment at the English Summer Camp from Fr. Sat, a local priest.

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Sharing of Parents :

A grandmother of two granddaughters

The grandmother has two granddaughters (Grade 12 and Grade 9) to join this camp. She said that her granddaughters are brave to speak English and not shame as before. She has asked her granddaughter about this camp they told her that the teachers of this camp help them easy to understand English and they felt very happy when they came to learn English and the outing activity in Phnom Penh. The granddaughters hope they have chance to join this camp again because they found the technological of teaching English is difference from the Khmer English teachers.

The father of a Grade 9 student

The father said as beginning his daughter does not want to join this camp but after one day lesson she felt happy to continue the class. He said that at beginning her daughter was not easy to follow the speaking of the foreigners teachers but now she could talked  with her teachers better than before. He said that his daughter was happy to join this camp and he also very happy to find her daughter could sang English songs and play drama.

Sharing of HK Volunteer :

Mr. Madrid Jealdrin Cortez

It was overwhelming to have our last day. It’s crazy to think three weeks have past. It’s the most humbling, tiring but most satisfying experience.

To hear from some of the guests how some of their English improved, and even just personally knowing how they’ve improved sine day 1, is a blessing on its own.


Volunteers taking a break to enjoy a happy meal together


Volunteers and students rehearsing in Phnom Penh