Lisa Sam Attafuah, who recently completed her A-Levels at Stoke Newington School, will travel there with the International Citizen Service (ICS) in October.
She’ll be living with a local family in the Sambour District for 10 weeks helping to run activities within schools and the community and she hopes to learn a little Khmer, the official language.
Cambodians have been rebuilding after past wars – despite massive growth in recent years, most of its 16 million residents live in relative poverty, many work on farms and get by on less than a dollar a day.
The Whitehall-funded ICS is open to young people aged 18-25 and promises to improve teamwork, leadership and project management skills, readying students for work and further education. Since 2012 the scheme has helped more than 17,000 youngsters volunteer overseas.
Lisa said: “It seemed like the ideal opportunity to make a real and long-lasting difference in the developing world whilst learning about life in a place with a completely different culture to my own.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in school-related stresses and forget that not everyone in the world is given the chance to decide on what they want to do in the future, let alone have the opportunity to travel the world.”
ICS placements are available for departure from January 2019 and young people from Hackney are encouraged to apply.
To find out more, visit www.volunteerics.org
It seemed like the ideal opportunity to make a real and long-lasting difference in the developing world
Posted 13th September 2018
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