Daniel and Koro, two Spanish students of 20 and 19 years old
They teach general English from Monday to Wednesday and medical and financial term on Thursday and Friday.
"This summer, instead of staying at home, we decided to do something more valuable by helping out at ACODO orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where children need to be taught English, as that is the only way they can develop professionally in the future.
When we first arrived to the orphanage, more than two weeks ago, it was a complete shock. So different from what we had expected to find. However, once you´ve seen how hard it is for these kids to study and for the people who takes cares of them to finance the orphanage, there is no point of making drama out of it.
That initial shock helped us to realize how important our work here is, as we are the only volunteers at the moment. Since that first day, we have been giving three hours of English class a day. Kids have quickly improved in their English skills and many of them love to come to class and to learn a little more every day.
Almost more important than teaching the children it is for us to spend time with them and get to know them. When you spend your time with people who have lost everything they used to have, you learn that your own problems are really nothing, and how things that are not actually things are the most important ones.
Even though we would like to stay here some more time, we will be leaving back to Spain in a week, meaning that the children wall once again be left with no English classes or people to take care of them further than the two adults who live with them and watch them."