By Yourngchantreara Sao “Ra”, Country Manager Assistant in Cambodia
Roman has left a footprint we all treasure, especially the team of our learning center Tonloab (Cambodia). Having spent six months as BOOKBRIDGE fellow at the learning center, he is now back home to Switzerland. We wish Roman all the best and hope to keep in touch with him from afar. Let’s keep building bridges!
After having learned about BOOKBRIDGE and the fellowship announcement last year, Roman decided to apply for the fellowship seeing that it was relevant to his master studies in Denmark and his future career. His fellowship started in April 2015 and ended in February 2016. Roman returns to Europe as he has to complete his studies and reunite with his friends and family.
Roman has supported the learning center in Tonloab in many ways: he helped to create new classes and to improve the IT course management. He developed and implemented students-centered teaching techniques, raised funds in Europe for the setting up of a new English class and teaching materials and assisted Vannak Pen, Head of Learning Center, in advancing his financial and leadership skills. Roman also consulted the BOOKBRIDGE Cambodia team. In doing so, he could build a very positive relationship with Vannak and the teachers at the center.
Looking back at the last months, Roman says: “I have learned a lot about working in a developing country and the challenges and successes of rural Cambodia. I developed my skills in co-teaching and identifying best practices to work together with people from a different culture. But most of all it is about the friends you make. For life!”
Vannak Pen says about Roman’s fellowship: “I am very glad about Roman’s help: he has not only improved the communication skills of students and teachers and helped to increase income for the learning center but also contributed to marketing, improved teaching methods and our computer software and even did fundraising for more student chairs.”