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Volunteer Giovanni Villafuerte inspecting the crops and earth in the paddy fields of Banan in Cambodia

Supporting rice farmers in Cambodia

Giovanni Villafuerte considers himself a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. However as a two-time VSO volunteer, community leader and a producer, he certainly has mastered enough skills to make him a valuable member of VSO Cambodia. Giovanni is currently working to support farmers to turn their enterprises into robust businesses.  Here he talks about the experience as a whole, and the impact he sees.

VSO health volunteer John Williams in Cambodia

Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia

John William's elective year as a young doctor in Zambia led to a lifelong ambition to work abroad once he had retired. At 60, the end of his career as a consultant obstetrician, he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO.

The placement made use of his lifetime's experience of management, teaching and clinical work to improve the healthcare services in three hospitals in obstetrics and gynaecology. It was challenging but rewarding and John, now 71, accepted a second VSO position in the country the following year.

Helping teachers improve English language learning in Cambodia

Many teachers and teacher trainers in Cambodia struggle with poor English and teaching capacity. This threatens one of the country's national priorities: English learning to accelerate national development and create more opportunities.

VSO was approached by the country’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to help it improve the skills of teachers and their pupils.


Supporting teachers to improve English language learning in Cambodia