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English Creative Class Teacher Aziza's Place

Aziza's Place

English Creative Class Teacher
Phnom Penh, Cambodia Aziza's Place NGO | Aziza's Place
As a teaching volunteer,you develop on-site activities for the children, giving them the opportunity to practice and develop their English skills in a non-classical way.

Project Details

Aziza’s Place is a non-profit grassroots learning & development centre for underprivileged children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

1. Who are we

Established in 2007, Aziza’s Place (AP) is a locally registered non-profit, grassroots learning and development centre for underprivileged children in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The children live in local communities and come from vulnerable families that have been marginalized from wider society, struggling to earn a living and to provide for their family. Our holistic programs and services provide the children with opportunities for intellectual, emotional, and physical development, which are key to their advancement into a balanced adulthood.

AP’s vision is for all Cambodian to reach their maximum potential and become productive citizens within their own community.

AP also provides financial assistance to the children’s families and our social workers regularly visit the communities to ensure a sufficiently safe and stable environment exists for their children and to provide financial guidance as required. We hope these efforts will ultimately lead to the families’ financial stability and independence. 

Paramount to AP’s vision is respect for children’s rights. Therefore, we have established and enforce a strict child protection policy which is in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Furthermore, our approach evolves as international research points to new ideas and better practices. 

2. Our goals

Aziza’s Place focuses on the long term goal of truly helping Cambodian children and their families to become independent and successful in life. For the children this entails access to consistently excellent education opportunities, for the families it means breaking the cycle of poverty. We focus on families becoming independent and self-reliant.

3. Our programs

We work intensively together with the families and communities, in order to create a good environment for the children to grow up and to help them break the circle of poverty.

For the children we have following programs: extracurricular classes (such as English, ICT and math), healthcare, transportation, nutrition, school tuition, psychological counselling.

For the communities we organize training (for example parental skills classes), assist in finding better and safer jobs, provide first aid in crisis situations and give full-time assistance through our social workers in the field.

4. What sets us apart

Aziza’s Place focuses on the long term goal of truly helping Cambodian children and their families to become independent and successful in life.

For the children this entails access to consistently excellent education opportunities in a safe and healthy environment resulting in meaningful employment through vocational training or university, for the families it means breaking the cycle of poverty. 

In our work with the families, we raise awareness of the importance of education and the creation of a nurturing home environment focussed on education as key to a child’s future. 

Our goal is to assist families to become independent and self-reliant and always encourage them to develop their careers with the aim of achieving greater financial security. 

5. Working with us

Becoming part of our family (our staff works as one team) and seeing progress among the children can be very rewarding. We love having a drink or dinner after work together as well.

Working at AP gives a lot of flexibility as teaching with us is not a full-time occupation. We leave sufficient time for having fun outside work.

We have a long history of working with volunteers, each one of them feeling sad to return home at the end of their volunteering period.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
2007
Contact Person
Brent De Smedt
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Our vision: 

All Cambodian children reach their maximum potential and become productive citizens within their own communities.

Our mission:

We support vulnerable children in close collaboration with their families and communities by providing a range of educational and developmental services.

Current support:

We currently supports 31 children and their families on their way to full independence. Indirectly we have a positive impact on more than 300 people in the communities.

The children leaving AP as an adult have all found meaningful employment and are building their own careers, whether it's based on a University degree or on specific vocational training they received.

Of the 31 children today, most are going to elementary school. 4 children are 18+ and going to University supported by us. 

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals