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Ms. Dok Davy

Dok Davy is 24 years old and a former JGG Student Teacher from Bakchinhchien Hun Sen High School. She joined the JGG Program as a Student Teacher in 2010 when she was in the 10th grade. Davy grew up with her parents and four siblings.  She the youngest one in the family.  When Davy was selected to be a Student Teacher in 2010, her family’s condition was very poor.  Her father was a farmer and her mother was a small fried noodle seller at the village-based Bakchinhchien market.

One of Davy’s responsibilities was to get up at 4 am every morning to help her mother prepare her noodles and take them to the market. But being poor did not stop Davy from learning. Davy joined JGG English Outreach Program in 2009 and a year later, she took a Student Teacher test and passed. At the time, Davy felt that becoming a Student Teacher was a great opportunity to help her achieve success.  

As a Student Teacher Davy had a busy schedule.  On weekdays, Davy taught English to the younger Student Teachers on lunch break from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM. Then from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM she taught her JGG English students.  Finally, at 6:00 PM she studied English in the JGG program. Her computer training was funded by JGG and done at a computer school in Pursat city with the other Student Teachers on the weekend. Later, JGG built a computer training room in the JGG Learning Center and Davy used it to teach the computer to younger Student Teachers. JGG’s training and having the responsibilities of a Student Teacher greatly improved Davy’s commitment to learning and teaching.

Through her teaching experience, Davy became comfortable speaking publicly in front of groups of students, teachers, and members of the community. Of course, by the time she graduated she had the ability to read, speak, translate and interpret English very well.  She loved to learn all her high school subjects, but especially English. Davy graduated high school in 2013. She moved to Siem Reap and lived initially at a rented house provided by JGG, and then later at the JGG dormitory when it was completed. She studied Tourism Management at Build Bright University, about 20 minutes from the dormitory by bicycle. Davy graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Tourism Management in 2017.  


Ms. Davy in her graduation uniform


Ms. Dok Davy with her friends at his high school

While attending university Davy worked full time.  Her first job was at The Unique Angkor Villa, a small 3-star hotel in Siem Reap, doing whatever had to be done.  She spoke English continually to guests, and within six months her English ability, especially conversation, dramatically improved.  This allowed her to move on to the 5-star Angkor Howard Hotel where she stayed for over a year. In 2015 she joined the Season Holiday Travel Agency where she works booking tours for foreign tourists and visiting hotels and other facilities to insure they are up to the standards expected by her clients.

After work, Davy is studying to become a licensed English-speaking tour guide. She believes the challenging six-month program will expand her knowledge and open up new career opportunities.  

Davy said “I would like to give my thanks to everyone at JGG.  They provided me with so many great opportunities to develop my abilities starting in high school and continuing until I graduated university. JGG has always been there to support me and give me important advice.  I will never forget their kindness. My family is proud of JGG and how it made me into a good person and a leader.  Without all that JGG has given me my life would never be the same. I love JGG”.

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