Volunteer Portrait: Keo Sophea

Sophea is volunteer at our learning center in Takeo
Sophea is volunteer at our learning center in Takeo
Since this May, our learning center in Takeo, Cambodia has a new volunteer helping with the services and courses at the learning center. We talked to Keo Sophea about her tasks and why she committed to volunteer for BOOKBRIDGE.

Sophea, tell us about you: Who are you? How old are you? where do you come from? what do you do, what do you like to do in your free time…?
My name is Keo Sophea. I turned 20 years old this year and I am from Daunkeo city of Takeo province, Cambodia. I am a student of Build Bright University taking a major in General Management and I am currently in year 2 and I will finish it in two years more. During my free time, I like reading general books such as history, management, general knowledge, phylosophy and listening to musics, especially romantic songs in both Khmer and English.

How did you know about BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo?
I got to know BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo when I was a 9th grader at Cheasim High School, that is located not far from the learning center. My schoolmates who told me that there was a newly established learning center with a library where we can come to borrow books. I later on came to use the learning center borrowing books, drawing and helping the librarian to tidy up books during my school break and free time.

Sophea helps little students with their exercises
Sophea helps little students with their exercises
Why do you engage in the learning center?
I decided to engage with the learning center because I like it and because it is a place with lots of books that I can learn from. I can also learn from the learning center staff when I come to help them. I also like kids and I am happy when working with kids at the learning center. I also want to have working experiences so I think I will gain lots of experiences through my tasks at the learning center.

What are your tasks?
I am a local volunteer working full-time at the learning center from 8-11am in the morning and 2-7pm in the afternoon supporting staff in libary works (managing books, instructing kids to behave well in the library and issuing library cards to new users …). I also lead kids who come to the learning center in coloring picture and I support our Japanese volunteer in doing orgami or cleaning the center’s environment and gardening. I also help the staff with managing classroom as an English teacher for kids (Up1 – beginner). When staff is busy I help out at the information desk and also look after student’s bicycles when they are in the classes. I started doing this job in May this year and will be doing this until I finish university if possible.

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