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Volunteer Spotlight: Priya

"I think Globalteer is a fantastic place for first-time volunteers, as well as experienced ones"

Priya volunteered with the Cambodia Community Project together with her school friend Julia Vanian in July 2013. Priya was making the most of a long summer holiday before knuckling down to study a 3 year degree in International Development and International Relations.

The 18 year old who lives in Switzerland helped out with a buzzing class of kids in rural Siem Reap for 2 weeks. She fully embraced local culture and her volunteering duties, cycling out to the project every day despite the unpredictable weather.

Priya had spent time volunteering in Africa but felt that Globalteer was such a great supportive organization that it would work well for all sorts of people, including those new to volunteering, like her  her friend Julia.

Why choose Globalteer?

“I think Globalteer is a fantastic place for first-time volunteers, as well as experienced ones. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. I already have recommended volunteering through Globalteer to many people, and will continue to do so. The projects it offers are very interesting and diverse, and the organization is extremely organized and efficient.”
 
As a volunteer, Priya assisted a trained local Khmer teacher with English lessons and various workshops. Her class was an enthusiastic group of 8-10 year olds who had 3 years of English education to practice on her! The activities were varied and she had the chance to bring some new ideas as well as supporting her class teacher with the established curriculum. Priya spent time engaging the children in story time, sitting at the front of the class and holding the entire group’s attention! When talking about her time as a Globalteer volunteer, Priya jokes,
 
“It’s so difficult to pick highlights! If I had to choose, I would say teaching songs to the children, who are always so enthusiastic to learn new music.”
 
What makes Cambodia so special?

Despite never having travelled in Asia before, Priya loved Cambodia agreeing that volunteers here can settle in easily with a culture which is famous for being so welcoming. Moreover, Siem Reap, where the Cambodia Community Project volunteers are based has plenty to entertain everyone. Priya enjoyed exploring the town and the nearby temples, bargaining in the markets and choosing from the wide range of dining options:
 
“Siem Reap is a perfect place to go if you are not quite comfortable with travelling in a developing country, as it has all the amenities you may need if anything goes wrong, and everyone is extremely friendly.”

We think Priya was a fantastic volunteer and wish her the best of luck with her studies. We look forward to seeing her back in the classroom during another student holiday!