Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) translates to ‘The brightness of the arts’ and was founded by a group of young people who had taken drawing workshops whilst living in a refugee camp. These young people wanted to share their experience of the Arts to help the young people of Battambang deal with the trauma of war. Since then PPS has grown into an association with a network of schools providing community development by giving children, young people and their families social and educational support with a focus on the arts. The organisation believes passionately in the power of the arts as a tool for human development and social change.
PPS provides education in the form of:
- A public school and Kindergarten
- Professional training in visual arts and applied arts
- Performing arts training including dance, music, and circus skills.
As well as this, PPS provide social support to the community through a Child Protection Unit.
PPS welcomes volunteers who have skills that could contribute to any of their areas of education and is on a case by case basis; for example PPS may accept a volunteer who has a particular artistic skill that would be useful for the students to learn.
Phare ask for a minimum commitment of three months or longer, however this may be negotiable for certain circumstances. You can contact them directly with an outline of your ideas and experience.
There are no fees associated with volunteering with Phare Ponleu Selpak, however you will be required to cover living costs in Cambodia.
Other ways you can help
Phare: The Cambodian Circus is an offshoot of Phare Ponleu Selpak. There are nightly performances in Siem Reap and regular performances in Battambang as well as international performances.
For more information about volunteering with Phare Ponleu Selpak, visit them online:Support the business associated with this volunteer opportunity.