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Goodbye, good luck and thank you to Dara

Goodbye, good luck and thank you to Dara

Everyone who has volunteered at Treak Community Centre in Cambodia will know the headteacher, Mr Dara.  After 14 years at Treak, at the end of February Dara moved on from Treak to start an exciting new teaching job at Westgate International School in Siem Reap. Dara started working at Treak straight after school and his first role was as a volunteer in the nursery.  This was in 2010 and over the years he rose through the ranks to become head…

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What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

What have some of our volunteers been up to in the last few months?

Nicola in Cambodia Working in a busy NHS department, with the additional pressures of Covid I was at a point where I was losing my enthusiasm and enjoyment in my role as an A&E nurse. I knew I needed a ‘refresh’ and felt it was a good time to stop and reflect.  I volunteered at Treak Community Centre – my brief was to provide support to teachers with an emphasis on providing practical guidance for health and hygiene for both…

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Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

Congratulations to our partners in Cambodia – 540.6 km cycled to raise funds for the centre

2023 was the fourth occurrence of the Treak Trek – an annual sponsored bike ride around Cambodia which raises money for the school, is a fantastic team-building experience for the staff, and a great opportunity for international cooperation as they are joined on the ride by friends and supporters from various countries around the world. ‘2023 was by far the best Treak Trek yet: financially undoubtedly, but also for the friendships forged, for the messages of encouragement we received, and…

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“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

“Reassuring, informative…part of a special club” – good reasons to come to our next volunteer meeting

Our November social is filling up – if you would like to come please let us know ASAP “I just wanted to drop you a line to thankyou for arranging the volunteer on line meetings. The first meeting I attended was before I volunteered with you and I found it so reassuring to be able to hear from previous volunteers and local partners before I travelled. A few months after my return I attended another meeting and it was great…

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The best placements are when one friend introduces another

The best placements are when one friend introduces another

In November 2022 volunteer Zara went to Cambodia to volunteer at Treak Community Centre. Zara works in the publishing industry so her placement focused on reading – the activities she did were based on instilling a love of books in the children and she ran a parents’ workshop on helping your child to read at home. On her return to the UK Zara talked to her friend Aimee, who also works in the publishing industry, about what she had been…

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Creating work for local women and allowing children to go to school

Creating work for local women and allowing children to go to school

Here’s a great new initiative by Treak Creations, the new social enterprise linked to Treak Community Centre in Cambodia. Treak Creations is run by Salin, the manager of Treak Community Centre – it is a community-based programme which creates work and training opportunities for women from Treak Village. Their first focus has been sewing, making garments to sell both locally and online – take a look at their website to see some of their beautiful creations. One of the things…

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Volunteer artist creates beauty at Treak Community Centre

Volunteer artist creates beauty at Treak Community Centre

Denise (an artist who creates stunning murals) volunteered at Treak in March – she has certainly left her mark. Working with local staff and children she has created beautiful murals to enhance the surroundings which can also be used to enhance the curriculum. So think outside the box – you don’t have to be a teacher to do valuable work at this school. Read on to see what she says. ‘Spending one glorious month in Cambodia creating murals was one…

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Treak’s social enterprise growing in leaps and bounds with the help of volunteers

Treak’s social enterprise growing in leaps and bounds with the help of volunteers

An update from Sallie. When I was in Cambodia in November I reported on the launch of a new social enterprise to support Treak community. Wow what Salin has achieved in just 6 months! Volunteers have helped her with product design, website design, costings and marketing. Treak Creations now has a website – and is selling in Cambodia to locals and travellers. My favourite item is the school uniform – for just $15 we can buy a school uniform for…

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Volunteers at work – in pictures

Volunteers at work – in pictures

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – those who have travelled and those who have worked from home as e-volunteers to support our volunteer programme since we have been able to travel post-Covid. Here are some great pictures of some of our volunteers at work during the last year. To learn more about all these projects follow these links to our project pages for in-country placements and for e-volunteer placements or email dianne@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

It was wonderful to be back in Cambodia!

It was wonderful to be back in Cambodia!

In October Sallie and I travelled to Siem Reap to visit our partners at ConCERT Cambodia and Treak Community Centre.  We have done so much work with them online in the last three years, but this was our first in-country visit since the pandemic and it was wonderful to be back!  Treak Community Centre had to close on a number of occasions during the pandemic and they are only just back to full-time opening.  So it was fantastic to see…

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