Thanks to our volunteers leaving in May


  • Foreign volunteers has been a force to develop the Don Bosco projects in Cambodia since 1991.
  • Their task is to train the Cambodian staff in education, administration and social work.
  • Volunteers come from all continents, many through volunteers´ associations, others in an independent way.
  • Don Bosco Cambodia wants to promote now the coming of local volunteers to motivate social responsibility. 

       May became a time for the change of another generation of foreign volunteers in Don Bosco Hatrans. Evidently, the dominan nation this last two years has been Colombia -South America. Two Colombian professionals, María Victoria López Tobón and Juan Camilo Giraldo Tabares, one Uruguayan, Antonella Grasso Pérez and a German, David Ludwig, ended their experience of leading intensive courses for technical students and supporting the Children Fund.

Volunteers of Kep and Sihanoukville, from left to right: Antonella Grasso, Juan Camilo Giraldo, Ilona Kuhangel, Maria Victoria López and Anna Mi.

Volunteers of Kep and Sihanoukville, from left to right: Uruguayan Antonella Grasso, Colombian Juan Camilo Giraldo, German Ilona Kuhangel, Colombian Maria Victoria López and German Anna Mi.

María Victoria, TV Production

María Victoria López Tobón - in Cambodia Vicky - TV journalist.

María Victoria López Tobón – in Cambodia Vicky – TV journalist.

       Colombian TV journalist María Victoria López Tobón stayed one year at the Don Bosco social communication sections of Kep and Sihanoukville. Her task was to train the social communication local teachers in the methods and leading of courses in TV production, so they can train their students in the most basic elements of Media, specially theory of image. She worked with teacher Sen Thy of Kep and teacher Seng Ou of Sihanoukville, who are now responsible for giving continuity to the programs. We appreciate very much the contribution of María Victoria to our educative community, her deep appreciation for our students, her understanding of the Cambodian culture and her love for the country and its people.

Juan Camilo Giraldo, living the experience

Juan Camilo Giraldo with resident students of Don Bosco Hatrans.

Juan Camilo Giraldo with resident students of Don Bosco Hatrans.

       He is an administration engineer from Colombia, who let his work in order to serve others. He tried to reach Africa through a Danish association, but it was not possible, so he contacted Don Bosco Cambodia. His offering was to assist the Children Fund. Juan Camilo is a very sensitive man and he is an expert in social observation. He worked with Mr. Bun Ponlork to train him in the following of children cases in the villages, setting international standards for child profiles and communication with donors. A very sensitive man, he reached the most marginal places in rural and urban areas to visit the families and understand their reality and needs. He was almost one year, a time of great commitment.

Antonella Grasso, promoting the children

Antonella Grasso with the girls of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville shelter.

Antonella Grasso with the girls of the Don Bosco Sihanoukville shelter.

       Antonella joint the Children Fund program with Juan Camilo and Ponlork by January 2016. During that time she put all her heart to understand the reality of the Cambodian children and the need to empower projects like the Don Bosco Children Fund. She was specially meaningful in the setting of standards in communication and she promoted the search of more sponsors, so more children can be saved from the dangers of poverty and exploitation. After leaving, she still active sending information and following processes.

David Ludwig, audio engineer

David Ludwig training students of social communication in audio engineering.

David Ludwig training students of social communication in audio engineering.

       He stayed for a short time, one month, but he could trained teacher Ahmad in the intensive course of audio engineer, letting material. He keeps contact with our new volunteer Andres Ruiz, filmmaker, who is leading a project with the social communication students of first year. Thanks David for your efforts, dedication and commitment for our young people, your sensibility towards the Cambodian people and your will to do something for humanity.

       At the moment we have journalist Silvia Córdoba, who will be to the end of May and Andrés Ruíz to the end of the academic year.

Time for the Cambodian volunteers

Mr. Bopai and Mr. Anh, the first in line, came to Don Bosco Hatrans as trainees from Takeo´s Saint Paul Institute in IT and English. Today they are integrated as teachers of Don Bosco Hatrans.

Mr. Bopai and Mr. Anh, the first in line, came to Don Bosco Hatrans as trainees from Takeo´s Saint Paul Institute in IT and English. Today they are integrated as teachers of Don Bosco Hatrans.

       Since 2011 Don Bosco Hatrans has been a center of intensive foreign volunteers, providing a great contribution for the development of the educative programs and even the physical constructions of the school. Thanks to organizations like Senior Experten Service from Bonn, Germany; the Salesian Lay Missioners from London, FIDESCO from France, Sawasdee Foundation from Netherlands and many independent volunteers who have spent time and resources to share their talents and knowledge with the Cambodian teachers, contributing to their methods and enriching their expertise.

      The Academic Council is now interested in promote the Cambodian volunteers as a way to engage Cambodians in the development of their own country, promoting values such as humanitarian aid and social compromise. At the moment the administration is getting in contact with different universities to invite trainees to spent time in the different technical sections and programs of the Children Fund.

We will keep you tune about this new campaign.

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