FDC Education & School Meals Volunteer in Cambodia
8am School assembly
This is a fun start to the morning and a great way for the children to greet the day, sing songs and skip off to class. Volunteers are introduced during this time and are invited to sing songs with the children – the children love it.
8.15am – School lessons
After greeting your teacher and children in your class, help your Khmer teacher hand out weekly lesson sheets to each student; English, math, song, worksheets and colouring. As a volunteer you can assist in many areas such as pronouncing words and lyrics of songs correctly to students, help organize fun interactive games on the whiteboard with students, and offer personal support to individual students, teaching them to hold pencils or decipher worksheet puzzles etc.
You will also have your own challenge to prepare arts or crafts, educational games etc for a 30 minute block each week. Visit our Reception area and search for appropriate resources from our stock for classes – we have plenty.
If you are assisting in our Kinder class, this involves more varied playtime including building blocks, puzzles, songs, and crowd control. Supervision and patience is a must in this area.
* We rely on volunteers to take notice of our student’s appearance – If you notice children who have scratches, sores, fungal skin infections, head lice or look generally unwell, bring them into our First Aid room for assessment and treatment.
9.15am – School Meals
Help your teacher serve up the meals to each student in your classroom. Many students will come back for seconds or thirds. Naturally our students get very excited with receiving their meal, as in many cases, this is the only proper meal they will eat in the day.
9.30am – Play time
Distribute balls, skipping ropes, elastics for girls jumping etc to children and join them with playing games – OR play football with the kids on our footy pitch. Lots of fun and laughter from all at this time.
9.45am – Back to class to complete lessons
* Often you will notice a child who is dressed in ripped, ragged or dirty clothing or with no shoes. Discuss with your teacher about visiting our Feeding Dreams ‘Boutique’ : ) which is stocked with donated, second hand clothes (we always need more) from visitors, volunteers and sponsors. Choose items of clothing, shoes and other items with the child accordingly. Always have a Feeding Dreams staff member present in the Boutique for assistance.
10.30am – Farewell to your students and time to go home.
2.00pm – School Assembly for afternoon students
Assembly and songs kick off a fun afternoon. Interaction from volunteers is again encouraged as this stimulates energy and motivation for the students.
2.15pm – School lessons
Repeat of 8.15am activities and assistance.
3.00pm – School Meals
Help your teacher serve up the meals to each student in your classroom.
3.15pm – Play time
Interact and play games with the children.
3.30pm – Back to class for lessons
4.00pm – Farewell to your students and time to go home.
4.00pm – Some students remain for Football training on the pitch, or a fun game of footy (soccer).
5.00pm – Older teens arrive for 1 hour of English lesson
6.00pm – Finish of class and time to go home
*Fridays are sports and play day. Both morning and afternoon, only 1 hour of class lessons, followed by team football, both girls and boys, plus game time for children not interested in football. Volunteers feel free to organise games for the children during this time.