Hello! My name is Jade and I am from a beautiful archipelago in the Caribbean called Guadeloupe. Before coming to Anjali House, I was in Paris studying for my first year of a Master’s degree in city planning. This internship at Anjali House took place during my summer vacation. Next, I am going back to France, after three incredible months, to finish my studies.
Why Anjali House ?
I came to Anjali House for a three month internship during my summer vacation. This summer, I wanted to visit Cambodia. I also wanted to get professional experience and be useful to others at the same time. I did research and talked with people who had lived in Siem Reap. A friend recommended me to volunteer in Anjali House. I was looking for an NGO that would be both ethical and stimulating at a professional level. This is how they described Anjali House to me.
My arrival in Siem Reap
My arrival in Siem Reap was facilitated by Anjali House. Marion, the volunteer coordinator picked me up at the airport. She drove me to the housing I had already booked. She helped me through the process of getting a local phone number and renting a scooter. To me, Siem Reap is a city that has everything you need for your daily life. It was quick for me to adapt, and figure out the places where to buy food or where I like to hang out.
My volunteering at Anjali House
At Anjali House, I assited in communication and fundraising. I created and posted the content on social media, the website, and the newsletter. I could always count on my colleagues to introduce me to new software. Thanks to them, I developed new skills that I will be able to use in the future.
An important part of my fundraising mission was organizing a fundraising event. It was also my favorite part of the internship. I had a lot of freedom to suggest ideas and take action on them. Organizing and holding the event was a lot of work. During the entire process, the team supported and helped me consistently. They also made me feel useful and valued.
Last but not least, I also taught English twice a week. It was a beautiful experience because teaching is my dream job. I wish to do it as a full-time job in the future, in 10 years for example. It was a chance to get a taste of how it is to be a teacher. I taught the students of Neakpon class. They were between ten and twelve years old and very curious and motivated to learn. I enjoyed being their teacher.
What I will remember from Anjali House
This experience taught me that I can be part of a team and make a difference. It also proved how a small organization can make a huge impact in many people’s lives. I am very happy about my time at Anjali House and I sincerely hope that I will be able to come back at some point in my life. I wish the best to this organization, its team and its students.
I would recommend Anjali House if you are looking for volunteering or an internship : https://anjali-house.com/volunteer/