Marlen Laang and Sheila Kehrli did a five-weeks internship at our learning center in Takeo, Cambodia. Read what the two students from PH Luzern University of Teacher Education experienced during their stay.
Our stay at BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo was a really enjoyable one. Together with Sreydieb, Head of the Learning Center, and all the teachers we spent five weeks with full of positive and unforgettable experiences.
As soon as everyone was available we came together for a meeting to get to know each other and to discuss about how we would arrange our cooperation. After this the Head of the Learning Center, Sreydieb, created a timetable for everyone in order to have transparency about who is working together at which time and day. This was very helpful for us. The first few days we had the chance to observe the classes in each level. Having done that we had some ideas about the teachers teaching style and additionally about the students taking part of their lessons. More and more we started co-teaching together with the teachers. This way we could profit from each other’s experiences and have an exchange of different ideas. Sometimes we even could be of assistance if a teacher had been ill. Then we would take over their lesson and at the same time get to know the students even better. We were happy to introduce the teachers and students to some vocabulary games we already knew from our teaching experiences in Switzerland.
Not only we could be of assistance by observing the lessons and by co-teaching, we also were eager to help out in the library in order to learn more about the work at the Learning Center and the daily routines. Once we helped to get the books back into order and we sometimes would have some entertaining exchanges with the visitors of the Learning Center. We both remember how we had lots of fun while reading children’s books out loud. To make it more interesting we even involved some acting coupled with some singing. To improve the atmosphere at the learning center we were also asked to help out with decorations and Origami animals. As a result of our work there is now a ceiling full of flowers, butterflies and other animals.
Takeo Town is very nice and luckily not too big. We were able to find some great places to eat and we frequently visited them. The staff of the learning center gave us bicycles as a mean of local transportation. Having them enabled us to get around easily and also quiet fast. We are also very thankful to Sreydieb and Sophea who were showing us around as well as going on some excursions together with us. They showed us about the culture and the life in Takeo and generally in Cambodia. We visited the museum and were able to help out at the rice field. Unforgettable stays also our trip to Sihanouk Ville, a costal province to Southwestern part of Cambodia.
The internship for us seemed to work very smoothly. If there was something we could be of assistance, Sreydieb did not hesitate to ask us. Like that we were always informed about the expectations. We had the feeling to be able to talk freely about uncertainties. For this reason we don’t think there is much that can be improved.
Overall we think that we were able to profit on both sides and we admit having had a lot of fun working and learning together with the staff of the learning center.
We would like to thank Monika, Sokhan, Sreydieb, Sophea and all the teachers for their support.