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Community Education Abroad arranges summer programmes for secondary school students to experience teaching

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Victoria Shanghai Academy student Ainsley Ternes took part in the programme last year and enjoyed it so much she will join again this summer.

Hong Kong-based organisation Community Education Abroad (CEDA) is now recruiting student teachers to teach at a primary school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The programme will run from July 1-7, and volunteers will teach students who primarily speak Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.

The week-long Alternative Summer Break teaching programme is an initiative for young adults to gain practical teaching experience while helping primary school students in a developing country.

Volunteers will be paired up and deliver lessons in English to children aged between five to 10 for five days (from July 2-6), after being coached by a qualified International School teacher on the first day of the programme.

Subjects that will be covered include English grammar, maths, science, history, and geography. 

Travelling in a group of eight to 12, the student teachers will be accompanied by the coach, as well as a chaperone who is usually a parent. 

13 year-old Ainsley Ternes, who joined the programme to teach at Appletree International School last year, told Young Post it was a very interesting and rewarding experience.

“[Being a student teacher,] you can develop your leadership skills, your communication skills, and your confidence...And it’s also very fun to learn about the culture of those children in Cambodia,” said the Year Eight student from Victoria Shanghai Academy, who will be joining the programme this year again.  

Students aged 14-17 with native or near-native English proficiency can apply for the programme on or before May 31. The programme fee is around HK$11,800 for a week-long tour, excluding fees for flights and visa.

For more information, please visit the CEDA website.

Edited by Jamie Lam