Each year we recruit young volunteers as camp monitors for our summer camps.
During the summer holidays, we take advantage of empty PSE infrastructure, to offer a camp experience to our children so they do not go back to scavenging on the dumpsites or do other dangerous work.
The camps take place in August. Volunteers must be available for five weeks in a row, from the last two weeks of July until late August. They must be over 18 years old. They work in pairs alongside Khmer monitors and are responsible for organising the recreational activities.
Summer camps could not take place without Marisa's energy. She began to organise them with the help of her husband and children, and now there is an entire team around her!
Monitors are just as enthusiastic. For many young people holidays are about hanging out with friends, going to the seaside or earning money, yet our monitors choose to come here under a sweltering heat, to bring happiness and smiles to young children.
Recruited as early as September by Marisa and her team, applicants are highly motivated: along with their studies, they work odd jobs and save to buy their plane ticket.
At the end of July, we see them arrive: 1, 2, 3... then 10, then 200 European monitors! Then, for five weeks, under a blazing sun or monsoon rain, PSE turns into a joyous and raucous saraband, a noisy fair where amid sack races, tugs of war and endless laughter, joy can be read on every of the 3 000 child faces present every day.
And at the end of the day, we see our monitors, 4 or 5 kids clinging to their necks, completely exhausted... but so happy!
Recruitment takes place each year between October and end February.
Candidates are selected based on their application and are interviewed in Toulouse, Paris or London.
|Video of 2015 summer camp in Sihanoukville|
|2016 summer camp blog|
Are you a student or young professional?
Volunteer as a monitor for the next Summer Camps!
Applications for the 2018 Summer Camps
are now closed!
A huge thank you to the many candidates!