"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
- Victor Hugo
ABOUTAsia was founded with one aim: to no less than change the lives of its guests and the communities in which they travel.
ABOUTAsia Travel donates 100% of ALL profits to local communities through education.
By choosing to travel with us, you'll be helping to support the following five targeted programs run by ABOUTAsia Schools, which so far supports the education of over 53,000 Cambodian children across 110 schools.
With no, or extremely limited, Government funding, most rural schools are in desperate need of support to allow them to function and cover their basic expenses. ABOUTAsia Schools is committed to carefully evaluating the situation at each school. We buy and deliver materials to facilitate learning such as pens, textbooks and chalk. We donate bicycles, computers and carry out facility repairs and renovations which enable students to study throughout the year.
Currently running 50 classes daily, our English Program employs and trains Cambodian English teachers to deliver free English tuition for Primary Students. It also facilitates learning through equipping the teachers with curriculum textbooks and the means to monitor and assess the student's progress. With tourism the main industry in Siem Reap, this grounding in English Language is vital to enabling a student's future chances of employment.
Open to both ABOUTAsia Teachers and those from other organizations, our Teacher Training Academy aims to create a community of Cambodian teachers who are equipped with the training they need to build a culture of professional development, and improved standards of teaching and learning. Not only will this provide the teachers with the tools to eventually lead their own training, but it will develop the perception of teaching as a desirable profession, associated with progression and prestige.
Based on our research of factors pertaining to educational success here in Cambodia, access to reading materials and course textbooks was found to outweigh everything else. We decided that this should be our area of focus, and that by bypassing school corruption through taking a community centered approach we would be able to ensure greater accessibility for all. As well as access to key textbooks, AAS learning centers provide reading materials for leisure, craft activities, sports equipment and a venue for community workshops and events.
Through recruiting, training and supporting volunteer English teachers we are able to assist schools in their bid to raise the quality of English Language teaching. With English-speaking Cambodian teachers and government funded teacher training courses hard to come by, the role of our carefully selected volunteers is crucial to inspiring teachers and students alike.
ABOUTAsia does not charge to volunteer, but does insist on a commitment of at least one month and the completion of our training course. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Belinda Acott for further information.
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