Founded in 2004, Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF) provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia's most destitute communities. This well respected NGO cares for more than 2,300 students and 16,000 people annually, providing to entire families and communities in crisis. For the children of the SteungMeanchey area, education is their lifeline out of poverty and CCF offers a solid education aimed at providing hope, opportunity and security.
In 2012, CCF was recognized as having "one of the world's best initiatives in innovative
education", becoming the first organization in South-East Asia to win a WISE Award.
The Cambodian Children's Fund is known for delivering a world class, model of education that provides transformational opportunities for impoverished young people in a learning community
committed to quality and excellence. In order to meet its core mission, CCF has evolved and developed in a unique way that distinguishes it from other NGOs which focus on single or limited program delivery. CCFs programs have expanded to ensure that the families of the children who attend CCF are also supported, with more than 64 programs - everything from health care to debt alleviation programs - all of which exist to support the main goal of providing a consistent, high quality education to the children of SteungMeanchey.
The work of CCF in Cambodia is supported by relationship development and fundraising businesses in USA, Australia, UK and HK, all of which are managed by Boards. 2013 has been a year of transition for CCF. It has grown rapidly since its inception and the organization is repositioning for its next stage of growth.
BEING A VOLUNTEER AT CCF
Volunteers at CCFnot only participate within our organization as highly valued and respected members of our team, but also as a huge part of our development and growth framework. Working to build capacity, Volunteer placements focus on sharing valuable knowledge and skills with CCF staff and students- either within a set position, project or via on-the-job training or workshops. Placements are extremely rewarding and allow volunteers a hands-on opportunity to help grow and develop the very core of our organization. By working with CCF, volunteers assist in empowering our local staff and students to truly become, not only educated and accomplished professionals, but the future leaders of this country.
The mentors are expected to be able either design their own activities for teaching, or cooperate with class teachers to organize the activities for one session (3 hours) on Saturday morning(s). Those activities must be relevant with an education focus.
Activities can include:
- English conversation
- English vocabulary
- Art and crafts (Drawing, Painting, Make thank you card, origami…)
- Library (Story telling, reading…)
- Educational movie/ Song (propose questions, answers or student performing…)
- Morality (Respecting, Greeting, Helping, Tolerance…)
- Hygiene (Living, eating, drinking, cleaning…)
- Sport activities (PE; Football, Volleyball, dancing, exercise…)
- Other general knowledge, …
- NOTE: CCF teaching staff will provide support for volunteer mentors by outlining suggested areas of improvement or interest suitable for their individual class.
WHO YOU'LL WORK WITH
- Education team
- CCF's students
Outcome of mentor volunteer placement:
- Efficient Saturday class schedule
- Increase in CCF student knowledge and interest areas
- Extended support for CCF students via mentor assistance
- Positive role models for CCF students
- Increase in CCF staff collaboration and communication skills via work with volunteer mentors.
The mentor must be able to spend a full morning on Saturday from 8:00am–11:00am at any of six CCF Community Satellite schools (Back Block, SambokChab, PrekToil, ToulAmpil, The Rice Academy and Bakery PumTrea) located in the Steung Meanchey area.
The volunteer mentor must initiallycommit to three months of service. On completion of their three months, they can consider extending their placement depending on their availability and performance.
In order to comply with CCF rules and regulation, the mentors must be:
- Well informed of CCF policies / guidelines
- Provide a grantor letter from the university
- Provide national ID
- Provide two references (professional or personal) that we can contact for additional background checks.
- Complete a full CCF volunteer orientation, including presentation, tour and child protection training
- Attend a short workshop from the CCF Education team regarding classroom management and behavior tools and class activity ideas.
- Keep the information of the classes up to date ands communicate with class teachers to ensure the progress of teaching/learning.
- Ensure the 3 hours of teaching/knowledge sharing provides meaningful lessons/experiences to students
- Able to read and sign : Child Protection Policy, CCF Code of Conduct, Volunteer MOU and CCF Confidentiality Policy.
The recruiting panel will need to feel confident that the successful candidate understands the CCF values and demonstrates associated behaviors.
- Able to demonstrate CCF values in day-to-day work
- Work well in a team, particularly within different cultures
- Motivated self-starter
- Responsible and accountable
- Report on expected outcomes of placement activities and share any produced materials with CCF
OTHER BITS& PIECES
At CCF we care for a lot of children and their families- but we also care about you. To ensure that everyone is safe we require all volunteers it provide:
- Criminal Check through Cambodian Ministry of Justice or grantor letter from University to ensure you are safe to work with children
- Two references we can contact for additional background checks
- Copy of your National ID card or valid passport
- A passport photo
- Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Time commitment:A lot (10+ hours/week)
Days of week:Weekends