HKIS 2016 Interim in Cambodia
On March 4-11, 2016 Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation (CWEF) once again hosted a Hong Kong International School (HKIS) interim group of 20 students and two teachers. Over the weekend, the interim group visited historic and cultural sites including the National Museum, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 prison) and Cheoung Ek Killing Field in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. After learning more about Cambodian culture and history, the group facilitated English activities at the Bos Plu village elementary school.
Over the course of three days, the HKIS students worked with the nearly 200 students from kindergarten through grade five on English pronunciation using the Bos Plu student’s English workbooks. Through songs, games and practicing phrases the Bos Plu students gained much confidence in their English abilities. By the third day, most of the Bos Plu students were eager to engage in English conversation with the group.
The HKIS teachers worked with the Bos Plu teachers with a question and answer session for lesson planning and a demonstration of English lessons. This was the first formal English teaching training any of the Bos Plu teachers had received and the training was well received.
The Bos Plu teachers told the CWEF staff it was helpful to speak with teachers about their work and to see the teaching demonstration and interactions with students. As a part of the service experience, HKIS donated a generator, office supplies and sports equipment as requested by the Bos Plu school administration as well as a financial gift to CWEF.
Both the Bos Plu school and CWEF are grateful for the service of the HKIS students and teachers. CWEF would also like to thank HKIS teacher, Mr. Sangwon Suh, for his continued service with CWEF. It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. Suh and the HKIS team over the last five years.
Contributed by Megan Kincaid.