A LONG-TIME Hamilton volunteer is aiming to take her passion for helping others to a new level in 2014.
Pat Giles has set her sights on spending a week teaching English in Cambodia this July.
The trip promises to be a real family affair, with the 87 year-old Mrs Giles being joined by her son Michael and 18 year-old grand-daughter Alana.
They will spend their time teaching English in a school near the tiny Southeast nation’s capital, Siem Reap, as part of the Growing Cambodia project.
Established by a friend of Mr Giles in 2012, Growing Cambodia aims to provide educational opportunities for rural children.
Few Cambodian families can afford to pay for English lessons, so Growing Cambodia has established two schools to provide free lessons to students who are willing to undertake extra study.
Mrs Giles is no stranger to the classroom, having taught English as a second language to students in Hamilton over many years.
She said the trip to Cambodia would be a bit of an adventure.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 7, 2013