The education system in Cambodia faces many challenges. The average literacy rate is 77% and only 49% of eligible students enrol in school. Where we we work in the rural Ek Phnom district, the year 12 graduation rate is only 12% and high school drop-out rates are over 20%.
Our charity the FutureSense Foundation works alongside the local community to develop and implement programs that address these issues and improve education quality. As an education intern, you will be assisting this work. Some of the projects you could be involved in include:
Conducting research to understand the complex issues affecting education in the local area.
Developing curricula that will engage children in their education and fill current knowledge gaps.
Running workshops to help up-skill local teachers.
Delivering lessons at local schools that allow children to learn in a hands-on manner and develop crucial life skills.
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When you arrive in Cambodia you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Khmer culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’ll be working on.
For the rest of your internship you'll work with FutureSense Monday - Friday and the weekend will be free to do your own travelling. In the final week of your internship you will give a presentation to the FutureSense team and local community members of the projects you've been working on.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can continue on with your own travel.
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the internship
Doing an internship like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Making presentations and public speaking.
Research and making comparisons.
Using theoretical frameworks to guide the practical implementation of strategies.
An understanding of the Cambodian education system and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
It’s amazing to see how the playground we built and the English and STEM skills we taught can make such a visible difference in the lives of these kids and their community, but the impact these little legends had on me, with their constant smiles, resourcefulness and eagerness to learn, will change the way I tackle life foreverAndrew Mair - La Trobe University