Cambodian Community Hero visits Europe

Kimsorn with Inés (Co-founder of BOOKBRIDGE foundation), Carsten and Buyanaa (from right to left)
Kimsorn with Inés (Co-founder of BOOKBRIDGE foundation), Carsten and Buyanaa (from right to left)
Kimsorn Ngam is going to be our next Community Hero in Cambodia. Together with the participants of our 10th Capability Program, he is developing a business plan for his learning center in Psar Kralan. From April 23 to May 4 he travelled to Europe to meet the participants and the BOOKBRIDGE team.

My name is Kimsorn Ngam from Siem Reap, Cambodia. On April 23, I went to visit BOOKBRIDGE Europe. I participated in module 1 of the capability program in Switzerland and observed teaching teachniques at the Franconian International School (FIS) in Germany.

What did you do during your stay?
During my stay in Switzerland, I joined module one of the capability program with the European team (team north). I had the opportunity to tell the team north about my country, how people live there, and my family. In addition, I had the chance to share information about the competitor school where I wanted to start the learning center to give the team a better understanding about the opportunities and challenges there. During module one, the mission of the learning center has been established and I gained much more understanding of the process of business development. Now I feel more confident that my business will running smoothly as the business plan will be created by two teams, south and north.

Kimsorn tells about his country to FIS students
Kimsorn tells about his country to FIS students
In addition to the points above, I have learned that many Europeans want to do something positive but they do not know how, where and what. After I had told them about how, where and what, the team is more inspired to get involved in my learning center as they see that this is an opportunity for them to do what they really are.

While staying with Carsten’s family in Basel, Carsten took us to a mountain. I was excited as it was my the first time in my life to see and play in the snow. In addition, I have learned what great leadership is that Carsten has in his work and family responsibility. This inspired me to apply in my families as well as in my learning center with the people I will work with.

Kimsorn (second from left) with Elaine Smith (right) from Franconian International School
Kimsorn (second from left) with Elaine Smith (right) from Franconian International School
At the FIS, I have learned how to organize an enticing library for students and the community. As one of the librarians said: “Library is the heart of the school” which means it is not only a reading place, but also the classroom where students can have sessions with different subjects and also read for fun. At the same time, I was introduced to different classes for observing student-centered learning techniques. Now I gained much in teaching approaches of non-native English speakers and am able to build a network with international schools teachers for future improvements of my learning center.
I would like to thank the Franconian International School for inviting me and allowing me to meet with students, teachers and librarians, and BOOKBRIDGE for the support and program arrangement. I also would like to thank especially Elaine Smith and her family for hosting me, taking care, travelling to and from school, taking me to experience a German dinner. I of course enjoyed my trip and find this program is really helpful for my learning center and strongly appreciated.

For the first time in his life Kimsorn sees snow
For the first time in his life Kimsorn sees snow
What would you advise the next community hero who comes?
I would like to propose to BOOKBRIDGE foundation to keep this program for the next community heroes as I can see many opportunity for them to learn what is happening at BOOKBRIDGE in Europe. I recommend the community hero to prepare well for Europe since the weather is cooler than Cambodia. The food is also different and normally includes bread, meat and vegetables. You should be aware of getting a culture shock and becoming homesick and encountering different ways of thinking or doing things together with your host families and the CAP north team.

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