Final Internship Report Summer 2015 by Karina: University of Oregon student, studying Family Human Services.
Final Internship Report Summer 2014 by Alexandria: University of Washington student, studying Public Health.
Final Internship Report Summer 2011 by Allison: University of Oregon student, studying Special Education.
“Having never left the United States before, learning to live and work in Cambodia on my own was a very undeniably challenging experience that I would not have changed for the world. I have learned more about myself in the past three months than I would have ever imagined I could in my four years at the University of Oregon. I was given numerous opportunities throughout the duration of my internship that allowed me to fall in love with the country, the culture and the people. Sovann Komar was very excited to have me there and utilized my skills well when placing me in classrooms. It was really nice to feel useful at the organization; I think that I was able to make myself more available to them by communicating with the principal often and staying aware of special events that were coming up. I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of fundraising events by simply staying connected to other parts of the school.”
– Chelsea, University of Oregon, Summer 2016
“Being a teacher has opened my eyes completely. Sitting in class for most of my life, I didn’t even think how difficult it could be being a teacher. Making sure you have a lesson plans planned out for the week and making sure the students aren’t fatigued or bored. There have been moments when I’ve felt exhausted because of the language barrier, but that has made me that much stronger in finding creative ways in expressing my message. My greatest reward of this internship has been meeting these students. Each student has their own defining personality and they all bring something amazing to the class. One of my greatest personal challenge within this internship was working with the students because there were a few that were difficult for me to control. I’ve never worked with a population that challenged me mentally and physically. However, working with them has made me gain more confidence in my abilities and has made me stricter. Of course we have fun, but academics is first and foremost. I would change nothing about this experience because these students have impacted and changed my life.”
– Karina, University of Oregon, Summer 2015
“My greatest personal challenge has probably been being here at all. I have not traveled much, let alone to an underdeveloped country. It was pretty intense culture shock when I first got here. I had no idea how to settle in or do anything. It made things pretty lonely sometimes and I was definitely homesick. So out of this personal challenge I’d like to think came my greatest reward – I did it. I settled in and figured out where things are in the city. I dealt with the heat and the language barrier. I taught a class! Everything turned out so randomly awesome and I’m so so so proud of myself for making it work like I did. I really love teaching here. I never thought about being a teacher before. It is making me think that maybe this could be a thing I do for a bit. Above all it has constantly reaffirmed my desire to work with children in whatever career path I end up choosing.”
– Johannah, University of Montana, Winter 2015
“My goal as a Public Health student has always been to gain as much experience serving underserved and/or underprivileged communities; therefore, being at Sovann Komar has definitely allowed me to fulfill that goal. Although English teaching isn’t necessarily what I wanted to do before coming, I very much appreciate having the opportunity to bond with many of the teachers and students. I’ve also been provided with the rare opportunity to witness firsthand how public health and primary care, education, and a loving family can greatly improve the lives of orphaned children. I can already tell that my experiences here will forever have a profound effect on my life and future career in public health and/or medicine.”
– Allie, University of Washington, Summer 2014
“The most important benefits of my internship were the hands on experience and the leadership skills that I developed. I have never had so much control when it came to teaching, and the internship let me take full reigns in the direction that I wanted to go in. I don’t think I would have ever gotten the same level experience at my level of education anywhere else. Spending time talking with the kids, families, and staff in English helped them practice a skill that a majority of the population didn’t have.”
– Angela, University of Oregon, Summer 2013
“My internship experience strengthened my interest in psychology, but it also made me realize that there are a lot of different avenues that I would like to explore in this field. I think most of all my internship opened up my eyes to the possibilities of international work and sparked a lot of creative ideas as to how I can help other cultures. Now, I am more aware of different roads I can take with my education and I plan on doing similar experiences to broaden my opportunities.”
– Kayla, University of Montana, Winter 2012
“It has been incredibly interesting to determine the popular focus amongst local NGOs – primarily infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS – and the groups of people they serve – generally street or rural-living individuals. Like the Sovann Komar personnel, everyone at the organizations were so helpful and willing to share any information they had available.”
– Caitlin, Oregon State University, Winter 2011