Just one more day, and it's the start of our registration for the 2014-15 school year. The BEA directors and staff have been buzzing around this weekend with last-minute preparations for one of our most hectic times of the year. We were kept busy with organizing paperwork, updating databases, preparing files, finalizing inventory, attending staff meetings, and of course, making sure the school is spotlessly clean. This year, we have 84 places available at BEA for our one-year program that includes English language instruction, job-hunting seminars and self-development workshops. As usual, we welcome all youth between the ages of 12 to 19 from backgrounds of extreme or moderate poverty -- meaning that their families make less than US$80/month. We never know what to expect from year to year, but we do expect another line up of about 200 children waiting outside our front doors by the time we arrive tomorrow morning at 7:00am. We hope there won't be too many tears this year once we run out of places for our program.
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.