Good Karma Affair : New Futures Organisation

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives. – Tracy Chapman

Volunteering in Cambodia – The Place I Keep Revisiting

Early into my long term travels I found myself volunteering in a small village in Cambodia, named Takeo. 

It was one of the best months of my life, I have met so many wonderful volunteers and I really relished the time spent teaching the kids and I smiled so much my face hurt.

Volunteering in Cambodia, New Futures Organisation

Since my first visit, I have gone back another four times and this little village with bright red dirt roads remains one of my favourite places in the world.

As this little town is not on the tourism radar, the locals that saw us biking around were regularly fascinated by us and really embraced us warmly. It was a completely different experience compared to traveling around Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. They didn’t want anything from you, instead were just grateful you were here.

New Futures Organisation, Cambodia, Volunteering

My days were quite relaxed as the classes I taught were only in the afternoon, so the mornings would be spent biking down to the local market to gather food for the day, sipping on delicious iced coffees that cost a whopping 25 cents and socialising with the other volunteers I’d met during my time there.

We would endure a challenging bike ride to a small village where many of the homes did not have electricity. As we’d bike along dirt roads, small children (often without clothing) would race up to us and give us high fives as we biked past. Grown adults would often come to the edge of the road, and, with a child-like enthusiasm, chant “Hello” as we biked past. To say we were warmly welcomed each day would be a complete understatement.

Volunteering in Cambodia, New Futures Organisation

The particular school I taught at was nicknamed “Little Po” and had over 200 students to the one teacher. The kids squeezed together in a simple, open-air classroom that had a simple roof to protect the students from the rainy season. The teacher, Team, soon become one of my friends and his enthusiasm for teaching was both impressive and unbelievable. Here were children with a lot less opportunities than I had growing up, excited and grateful for the opportunity to learn.

New Futures Organisation, Cambodia, Volunteering

After some introductions and songs, I’d take my group of students and a whiteboard and we’d set up our classroom inside a Pagoda. The children really loved quizzes and occasionally I’d bring in my laptop so they could watch a movie together. Baring in mind that the majority of homes in this village did not have electricity, this was a huge novelty for them.

Whenever I would return from the afternoon break, I’d be greeted with little doting notes from my students. Each time I had to leave Takeo and move on, my eyes would well up and the students would make me promise to return. Each time I leave, I know in my heart I’ll return.

I believe giving education is the best gift you can give at all. It provides opportunities, empowers people and allows them to take charge of their own destiny.

Volunteering with New Futures Organisation

New Futures Organisation, Cambodia, Volunteering

One thing I loved about volunteering with New Futures Organisation was the fact that they weren’t looking to make money from me. So many volunteering experiences cost as much as traveling the country in luxury would.

I am happy to donate money to help cover the operating costs, especially while I’m there, but I’m not interested in filling the pockets of greedy businesses – volunteering should be offering your time for free, not paying to donate your time. Anywhere that really needs the help will certainly take it.

Volunteering in Cambodia, New Futures Organisation

I’ve heard horror stories of people paying thousands of month to go volunteer in a third world country only to find out the organisation was not really genuine and to walk away feeling like they’d been scammed.

Volunteering overseas has really changed my life for the better. I’d love to answer any questions you might have about volunteering in Cambodia, about volunteering with New Futures Organisation or volunteering overseas in general.

Izy Berry is a digital nomad who writes over at The Wrong Way Home. She was stabbed on the road, loves taking photos of the places she visits and is in the process of becoming location independent.

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I’m more than happy to help my fellow bloggers and all possible charity and volunteering foundations to fight for their cause. Elephant protection. Education matters and human trafficking organizations will always have my vote. Even if you are aiming for something different do not hesitate to contact me in order to be featured on Good Karma Affair.

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39 thoughts on “Good Karma Affair : New Futures Organisation

  1. Kath Rivera

    It’s so nice of you to become a volunteer. It takes a lot of courage and responsibility to help other people.
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  2. Emy Cooks

    Oh, that sounds like a really awesome time. I hope I am able to do that one day and share my abilities with others who need it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  3. Rebecca Swenor

    It is good to know that there is still people who love to help other. Kudos to you for the work you are doing. You are setting example for others and that is something to be very proud of indeed. Thanks for sharing.

    • There is more of those people and I will try to bring more light in future articles to them :)
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  4. Mr Ben

    It’s wonderful, you have such a caring soul. Volunteering really does make you feel better.

  5. Rubbie Anne Abad

    I’d love to do that in the near future. Great job!

  6. Shirgie Scf

    Wow, I salute you maam for your humble advocacy. It always feel good to volunteer especially when you know you were able to help people. Kudos to you. :)

  7. Tanya Coffman

    Wow – thank you for sharing this. I’ve always wondered how the monies would be dispersed and I am familiar with how corrupt some people of the world can be. Thank you for shedding the light with your experience there and for being a liaison for people that truly have a heart to give. Bless you while your are doing great works.

    • It is always interesting to know how things are being run in those organizations, 100% transparency is the way to go! Always!
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  8. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Seems like a great place to visit, I wish to be able to go there soon as well.

    • Even if not to specifically to the same place, I’m sure you can find those organizations in all possible places around the world!
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  9. Mary

    What sweet photos. I am sure helping definitely is very rewarding.

  10. Celeb

    It’s always nice to give back to people who need it the most!

  11. John Lopez

    It takes a special person to volunteer like you. I’m very impressed with your dedication.

  12. Roch

    I’ve also thought of volunteering to do some community service in other places and meet new people. This is a great experience to help others and also realize the blessings that you have.

    • Roch I have this little theory that volunteering help both sides. People or societies that are bing helped benefit from your work greatly, but you asa human benefit from doing sth good tremendously as well!
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  13. I’ve been in Cambodia several times but because of work. It’s a really fast progressing country.
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    • I have been only once, as a tourist but I really loved it! Beautiful country and indeed society that suffered a lot through recent history!
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  14. Bonnie

    That is so great that you volunteer overseas. I would love to do something like in the course of my lifetime.

  15. Miriam Schulman

    This is a wonderful way to volunteer your time, good for you.

  16. Michele D

    Looks like you really had a nice visit! Love all your pictures of the kids.

  17. I admire and respect people who has generous heart to volunteer and reach out to less fortunate ones. I felt inspired reading this. Thank you!

  18. Sandy

    Wow, what an experience! It seems like you had a relaxing time there while contributing to a great cause.

  19. Carra D

    Lovely photos, thanks for sharing your experience. Can’t believe some people try/do scam people trying to volunteer. One of my old co workers was from Cambodia. Always liked seeing her photos.

  20. Marielle Altenor

    What a wonderful experience this must have been! 200 kids to one teacher? Bless his heart!

  21. This is something I am really interested in. My sister lives in Phnom Penh and I’m looking at spending some time in SE Asia whilst visiting her next summer, so we shall see what happens… I will definitely keep this post, and organisation in mind. X
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