Volunteering in two Alternative Programs of YMCA of Cambodia has helped him change a lot. Not only does he exudes more confidence, better manage his time, or have a stronger command of the English language, but his realization had made a deeper impact.
“I am glad that I had a chance to work with the YMCA as a volunteer. I worked very hard every day with the group. I met new people with different language and culture. Yet, we get along very well. We have a lot of things in common- it’s social heart. We love to share and learn from each other and the community as well.”
Lita Chheang is a 20-year old student of Chemistry from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He has worked closely with the YMCA of Cambodia as a volunteer in its Alternative Tourism programs with YMCA of Korea and YMCA of Taichung. As a volunteer, Lita wore multiple hats. He worked as a translator, construction worker, and as a cook among others. True enough, these experiences allowed him to grow even more- now, he has become a team leader in his department where he led several programs.
Meeting various people with various languages and culture proved to also bring a wider perspective for him. He learned that despite the differences- there are, in fact, a lot of things that are common- their heart for sharing and caring.
Lita didn’t only gain from the experience, most of all, he was able to contribute to the community. Making the kids and the people in the community smile, sharing to the kids in school the importance of education, and encouraging them to study hard and to finish their university, Lita hope that he was able to impart to the kids and their families the importance of education. For he has always believed, that still, it is education that can change the lives of the children and the community.
Service Activities in the farm and primary school © Allegra Calderaro (July 2016)
Article contributor: Kompheak Moha, YMCA of Cambodia