Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Elgin teenager’s Cambodian mission

Post Thumbnail

A Moray teenager is travelling thousands of miles to south-east Asia to spend three months teaching disadvantaged youngsters.

Ben Moore, from Elgin, will venture to Cambodia next month as part of a new initiative specifically aimed at educating some of the country’s neediest children.

The 18-year-old has been accepted into the government-backed International Citizen Service scheme, which offers Scots aged between 18 and 25 the chance to develop their life skills while experiencing different cultures.

Each placement is free of charge, and lasts for three months.

While in Cambodia, Mr Moore will take part in a venture which is designed to promote access to good education for children in rural parts of the nation.

He will help to deliver English lessons, and will develop resources which can be used throughout Cambodian schools.

The Asian nation is blighted by widespread poverty among people of all ages.

The former Elgin High School pupil, who finished his secondary education this spring, expects that witnessing the problems faced by children there will offer him some perspective.

He added: “My education has been golden in comparison to the people I will be working with in Cambodia, and, if I can make a small difference to a few people, I would be more than happy.

“ICS will give me the opportunity to live in and among new places and people, and will inevitably help me grow as a person.”

The teenager wants to become a primary school teacher, and envisages that the work he completes abroad will stand him in good stead for a career in the profession.

He said: “I plan on studying primary education, so I’m sure my ICS placement will be great experience and I am looking forward to working in the school there.

“I am hoping to improve my communication skills.

“One of the most interesting and thoughtprovoking characteristics of this trip is that very few people will be able to speak both English and Khmer, which is what they refer to Cambodian as.

“We will have to think of new ways to engage with the locals.”

Mr Moore will be partnered with a Cambodian counterpart during the placement, who will help him to learn the native language.

The teenager stated he had been “blown away” by the children he met during a recent school trip to Zambia,

He also said he was astounded by their “determination to learn” and “their appreciation for education”.

The Elgin resident will be one of 750 Scottish youngsters who have travelled abroad as part of the ICS scheme.

Programme organisers are confident it offers young people the opportunity to gain skills “which employers and universities love”.

The organisation’s director, Felicity Kendall, said youngsters could broaden their horizons by participating in the scheme.

She said: “Young people leaving school or college can find themselves under a lot of pressure to figure out what’s next.

“Volunteering abroad can be a great opportunity to experience another culture, and gain skills that will set people up for future challenges.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from the Press and Journal News team

More from the Press and Journal