Monday, April 28, 2014

Time for Training

Hello! My name is Vantha. I am the office and scholarship program manager. In this blog I want to tell you about the workshops that we offer our scholarship students and why we do it.

Vantha, Office and Scholarship program manager conducts presentation  
about how to be a good presenter to  scholarship students.

JWOC’s scholarship program not only gives students a chance to continue their learning and development but we supplement their education with important skills for university, their future careers and the time they spend volunteering at JWOC.

 All of our scholarship students attend important workshops and training to improve their critical thinking, personal skills, confidence and problem solving ability. The knowledge students learn from university is definitely not enough on its own. They need to go that extra mile to equip themselves so they can survive in the outside world with so many people competing for similar jobs.

Nicola,  the previous JWOC managing director conducts training to scholarship students about good communication skills

 Through each generation of management staff we constantly have new workshops to build upon, offering our students more enriching and fulfilling workshops year upon year . Sometimes we hire professionals or experts from outside to train our students if we feel that it is necessary. In addition we have our international volunteers who come and share their skills and experiences with our scholarship students and we are thankful to them for giving us their valuable time.

Kunthea, Liaison and Assistant program manager trains new scholarship students about how to be a volunteer at JWOC.

One thing which makes me proud is when the presentation or workshop is presented by one of our graduated scholarship students who have been successful and can share their current experiences about their career or business . It is a great model of sharing and a wonderful opportunity  for current students to get the most out of their time at JWOC. We continue to search for ways we can improve our current workshops and strive to give our students the best possible start when it is time for them to embark on a career.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Reaksmey tells us about Khmer New Year

Hello! My name is Reaksmey Mao. I am a scholarship student at Build Bright University supported by JWOC. I would like to tell you about Khmer New Year, but before describing to you  the activities during Khmer New Year, I want to tell you the definition of Khmer New Year.

“Khmer New Year” is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which usually falls on April 13 or 14th, which signals the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmers living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13th -15th. The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar, Thailand and SriLanka.

Cambodians also use Buddhist Era to count the year based on the Buddhist calendar. For 2014 it is 2558 BE (Buddhist Era).

Every year, I always go to my hometown to enjoy the time spent with my family, relatives and all my friends and neighbors. I am really happy every time that I go home for either festivals, Khmer New Year or Pchum Ben. In Khmer New Year, we dress up and light candles and burn incense sticks at shrines, where the members of my family pay homage and offer thanks for the Buddha's teachings by bowing, kneeling and prostrating ourselves three times. For good luck we wash our face with holy water in the morning, our chests at noon, and our feet in the evening before we go to bed.

During the day, all temples and some houses play traditional games such as: CholChhoung, ChabKonKhleng, BosAngkunh, Leak Kanseng, Bay Khom, and Traditional Khmer music for dancing. I always play these popular games every year, because every game makes me feel happy, and it’s always quality time spent with friends from my homeland.

Khmer New Year is an opportunity for all Cambodia to unite and for foreign friends to receive unforgettable and special experiences if they visit Cambodia at this time.

As a scholarship student at JWOC I want to speak on behalf on all of the other students. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through higher education and we wish you all the best of luck, happiness, health, success with your work and studies, Happy Khmer New Year.

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