Greetings from the Kingdom of Wonder

From Mongolia to Cambodia: Battuul at learning center Tonloab
From Mongolia to Cambodia: Battuul at learning center Tonloab
Battuul Alexander, Community Hero in our learning center in Dalanzadgad, Mongolia travelled to Cambodia to attend the All-Staff Training and to learn from the Cambodian Community Heroes. Here is what she has experienced.

I feel that I am the luckiest person who got great opportunity to see a new world and meet wonderful people as well as make new friends all around the world. When I think about all of these wonderful possibilities, there is something secret behind this. Why I said there is something secret. Actually I am so glad that I learned English. Having a knowledge and skills of language is the great door to open new world to you. I absolutely believe that my passion gave me a big opportunity to be a member of this great family of BOOKBRIDGE.

Visiting temples of Angkor
Visiting temples of Angkor in Siem Reap province
Miracles start from very simple step. Trying to be an active, open minded and positive person took me here today. As a young adult who is running a social business in the community in the 21st century I always eager to know something new and share something helpful to others. Great support of BOOKBRIDGE Mongolia and BOOKBRIDGE Foundation, I had a chance to come in Cambodia. The first impression to arrive in Cambodia was very special for me. My first tour in Cambodia started to heading to Tonloab and Takeo Learning Centers.

One thing which was absolutely interesting for me that almost all kids were driving motorcycle travel to school and home. Even they are so young, they are so skilled drivers. I was shocked to see them at first because I have never driven motorcycle so far. Spending full three days at BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Tonloab made me proud of a member of BOOKBRIDGE family.

Battuul with students at learning center Tonloab
Battuul with students at learning center Tonloab
Students and teachers were very friendly and helpful for me. I had a chance to teach children and talk about our country’s culture and life style. They were so interested and kept asking questions.

Even it was my first visiting in here, I felt that I knew them partially. Of course, our culture and traditions as well as life style are different, but we have same passion to make brighter future for our young generation in our community. My next journey took me to Takeo learning center. It was the first learning center in Cambodia. The rooms are clean and big. Kids were so active for learning English there. Also I visited many different classes and helped teachers to do some interesting activities.

Battuul with Cambodian Community Heroes and learning center staff practicing story telling
Battuul with Cambodian Community Heroes and learning center staff practicing story telling
My last day in Takeo was so memorable and unforgettable for my life. I taught them Mongolian dance and they taught me Khmer dance. I can see something amazing from their faces. Spending three days of culture exchange made me energetic.

Another great opportunity to represent BOOKBRIDGE on the stage. I participated the big event with over 250 students including some teachers from different high school and learning centers in Takeo. The topic was The power of ideas and beliefs. There were 4 speakers and three of them represent Bookbridge. I am appreciate that one of them. It was one of my wonderful experience.

Meeting students from different learning centers
Meeting students from different learning centers
My second week started to join the All-Staff Training with all community heroes for five days. The workshop was held at Siem Reap Learning Center. During the workshop I learned a lot and there were many useful things and ideas to know. One interesting thing was the most community heroes are men except two great ladies. The AST helps and inspires them a lot and they willing to work hard at each of their own learning centers.

There were many great sessions such as Quality Framework Review and Self Assessment and Story reading practice by Monika who is a CDM, Sharing pre-school Curriculum Development and Activity bank for all BOOKBRIDGE learning centers by Ines who works as fellow at Smile Academy.

Battuul (right) with Sreydieb, Community Hero in Takeo
Battuul (right) with Sreydieb, Community Hero in Takeo
Another interesting topic were the challenges being faced by the Community Heroes and brainstorming solutions. At this sessions, we listed all of their challenges and issues at their learning centers. There were 13 challenges which is facing at their centers. After that we divided into three groups and find out solutions. I thought that challenges being faced by the Community Heroes between in Mongolia and in Cambodia were a little bit different. They found many ideas which might help to solve their problems.

I really hope that they can do all their best when they come back to their learning centers. For me, it was super chance to know them well and I am happy for sharing something useful for them. Fabulous two hours of teaching with some teachers and volunteers at Ravy’s learning center. After workshop we visited to great ancient temples together. I am really proud of them who does what they really are.

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