You have possibly heard of many of the volunteer organisations that work to effect the lives of the people in other less developed countries. One of our presenters Jenny Osler has a close connection with a special volunteer organisation ‘Teachers Across Borders’.
Jenny can you tell me more about what got you involved originally?
I got involved with Teachers Across Borders because it was an opportunity to use the skills I had built up over my years teaching to work alongside a group of teachers who work in very difficult circumstances in Cambodia. I liked the idea of an organisation run totally by teacher volunteers with no hidden agendas. It has been a wonderful professional development experience for me where education is pared back to the essentials.
What is the essence of the work of ‘Teachers Across Borders’?
The work of Teachers Across Borders is to work alongside Khmer teachers to develop their teaching and learning skills to improve the learning outcomes for their students by running a workshop program in three locations across Cambodia annually during term holidays. More than 200 teachers attend each of these programs. A Train the Trainer program is also run as part of the workshop program with the goal that Khmer teachers will co present alongside their volunteer colleagues and to their colleagues in their schools and districts.
Karly Thaw is a young teacher from Strathmore Secondary College in Melbourne and has recently traveled to Battambang in Cambodia..to GIVE professionally to her colleagues overseas.
“I had travelled to Cambodia first and fell in love with the country and saw the need. A teacher in my school was already involved and it was an easy next step to get involved. I found that the cambodian teachers were hungry for the same things as we are..how to engage their students.”
Listen to more from Karly and Jenny and their work with teachers in Cambodia in this podcast.