17 May How would it be if we all dedicate at least 2 hours a week to a social cause?
Few weeks ago when I started my volunteering at AngkorHUB I had the chance to attend to one of the weekly events that are organized here.
The Cambodia Rural School Trust Foundation (CRST) was giving a talk about their project of supporting the education of young Cambodians. I was amazed to hear how through the help of various sponsors what was once a dream is now a reality.
Although when I was at university I heard about social entrepreneurship and sustainable social projects, for some reason was until that day that I truly wanted to be part of it. The foundation had recently opened Project Y, a frozen yogurt shop and told us how through it is that now they collect more funds to support their operations.
“Breaking poverty through education” the message resonated with me.
I approached some of the members of CRST and offered them advice regarding education overseas, sales and marketing. Subjects that I have been involved with for the past years and that I love too.
Perhaps because the travelling has made me more compassionate or maybe because I feel I have the time to do something for someone else…
Anyway, there I was, motivated and determined to do it.
They were happy to have me and we agreed on three days where I would:
- Give a talk to the students on how to get scholarships abroad once they were finished with their studies in Cambodia.
- A day helping the operations by selling yogurt at the shop.
- A day providing feedback and best practices to improve sales and marketing of the shop based on my experience at the shop and my knowledge on the subject.
The result? Three amazing days, in which they got fresh ideas and a different perspective to what they do. And I learnt about the challenges that a social enterprise faces plus I got the overall satisfaction of contributing to the community.
There were 6 hours of my time in 8 days, or what is the same: a 6% of my active time ([8 days * 12 active hours]/ 6 hours of social work). 6% that was used to transmit some of my skills and expertise to people that benefited from it.
6% of my time, in which I was not expecting anything in exchange besides the inner satisfaction that it would bring.
Some hours of my time that could have potentially impacted the life of those people in one way or another.
Call me an idealist but we all know when we have given our best and I felt that. I believe that if we share with someone else what we are good at or even if we have the genuine intention to help them, amazing things could happen.
Now at AngkorHUB we offer two different volunteer programs for all of those digital nomads that want to contribute during their stay.
2 hours of your week can signify and entire new reality to many more.
by David M.
Writer and scholarship advisor at