Like an adventurous explorer, BOOKBRIDGE fellow Constantin has travelled far all the way from Munich, Germany to live and work in Cambodia. Being 19 years old, Constantin is very young, yet fearless. Never having been to Asia before he worked at our learning center in Takeo for the last six months. Though things were not always easy, Constantin made his way and has learnt a lot about how it is to work and live in an Asian country.
Constantin’s fellowship started in November 2015 and ended in May. He has already returned to Germany where he is now preparing for his undergraduate studies at university. For this, his fellowship experiences can be a good input. Just having graduated from high school last summer, Constantin decided to take a year gap to do a fellowship with BOOKBRIDGE in Cambodia to gain more hands-on experiences in living and working with people from a different culture. Although still quite young, he was very committed and showed great empathy towards the people he worked with.
Constantin made great efforts to bring music (piano) and sports (football) to our learning center in Takeo. The results were mixed as these topics were relatively new to the people in the community of Takeo. Also, the learning center had to deal with other important issues by that time such as organizational management, business sustainability, course management and quality. To reach out to the students turned out to be challenging showing that the learning center has to invest more engagement in bringing the value of music and sports classes to the students. However, it was worth trying it and brought important learnings for future projects.
Besides, Constantin was also very helpful in to coach the Head of Learning Center and her assistant with respect to strategic management and leadership skills. He also managed to raise money to purchase a beamer for the learning center that is now being used very frequently. In addition, Constantin also helped with the local marketing, internal meetings, social media, teacher meetings and much more.
Though Constantin has already returned to Europe, he is still in touch with the Head of Learning Center and the staff to support them from afar. Thank you, Constantin, for supporting our learning center in Takeo and becoming another bridge builder!