Emma Gill is BOOKBRIDGE fellow placed at our learning center in Siem Reap, Cambodia by our NGO partner, About Asia School. Emma started volunteering at the center on May 21 for a period of 5 weeks. In this post she writes about her work and why she decided to come to Siem Reap.
My name is Emma Gill. I am 24 years old and I am from Ireland. I live close to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. I studied Journalism at university, and when I graduated I decided to go travelling for a while. I lived in Australia for a year and I also visited Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. I decided to come and volunteer in Cambodia for a while because I wanted to help out, and also get a more in-depth understanding of a country by staying longer and meeting more local people. I have found Cambodian people to be so welcoming and have made lots of local friends.
I wanted to volunteer in Bookbridge Learning Center, Siem Reap, because I really enjoy reading and books, and I liked the idea of introducing students to great books that I read as a child. The library has a great selection of fiction and non-fiction- I really enjoy reading the books myself when there are no students around! Reading is definitely my main hobby- I also enjoy travel, cooking and going to the cinema. When I finish my volunteer placement I am returning home to Ireland to try and find a job.