At the end of May, Skateistan Youth Leaders presented a girls leadership and skate workshop as part of the Peace Corps Camp GLOW. Many of the girls had never seen, let alone ridden a skateboard before!
We are so proud of our youth leaders, as this was the first trip and presentation they have made from start to finish, entirely on their own.
The workshop took place in Koh Kong, Cambodia, a province nearby the Thai border. After a 4 hour long journey from Phnom Penh, the Peace Corps team gave a warm and friendly welcome. The girls were really excited to learn about skateboarding and listen to our leadership presentation.
On the first day, Skateistan youth leaders Nhouen, Tin, Rattanak and Pheakna presented the Skateistan Cambodia project to the camp, including how we work, who we’re working with, and our plans for the future. We let them know that we work mostly with female students, to help girls and give them the best chance for their future. After the presentation was done, everyone took lots of pictures as souvenirs! Then it was time to skate.
"Before they started skateboarding, the girls were a bit scared. But after something changed. They felt happy and proud."
- Pheakna, Skateistan Cambodia Sports Coordinator
“This was a great opportunity for the girls to learn something new, share their life experiences and help each other while skating. Teaching them made us so pround of ourselves and also of Skateistan."
- Rattanak, Skateistan Admin Assistant, Skate and Classroom Teacher
Thank you Peace Corps for hosting Skateistan, it was a great learning experience for all!
Skateistan Cambodia Youth Leaders presenting; Nhoeun, Pheakna, Tin and Rattanak
Tin showing the girls what to do!
Dolin, one of Skateistan Cambodia's newest Youth Leaders helping out.
Fantastic backdrop for skating!
First time on a skateboard!
Skating until the sun went down!
Pheakna clearing the wooden bench.
Sunset skate demo with Miss Tin
Dolin gathering a crowd!
All the girls at the end of the camp!