Our program in Takeo Province is one of the most exciting. Our local partner had been active in microfinance projects for many years, doing a fantastic job, and was very eager to start a new project with foreign volunteers. Hence, we are calling out to interested individuals to volunteer at any of the 27 schools they support in Takeo Province. Participants stay in a local accommodation adapted to more Western needs and are provided local food, with sensitive foreign tummies in mind.
After approximately two years teaching the ‘traditional ways’, INTVS decided to introduce a new form of teaching that would run side by side with the traditional teaching methods; teaching English with the use of music! INTVS general manager Xavier was the first to teach the new program and INTVS volunteers are now taught to teach using the same methodology in which volunteers first choose a (very) simple song, translate the song with the help of one of our partner’s coordinators, practice specific words, listen to the song, sing the song and then play a variety of games in which they practice vocabulary, pronunciation, reading and writing based on the chosen song(s).
There are no classes from August to October.
This program is very young and so we hope to be able to send many volunteers to Takeo, where the children await international volunteers eagerly. They are extremely motivated to learn and are an absolute joy to teach!
The Takeo province is a two hour drive to the South from Phnom Penh. Volunteers stay in one of two shared rooms in a volunteer house, equipped with bunk beds and air-conditioners. Each room can accommodate up to six volunteers. There is also a common area equipped with a sofa, table and television.
The local organization provides accommodation, food, orientation and support throughout the volunteer’s stay.