4 Yayasan Cemerlang MBA scholarship holders, left for Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 23rd of February for a 3-day visit and ran a full day training programme on the 24th at the AHHA Education centre. This volunteering programme is a part of Organisational Behaviour coursework at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK), which requires students to conduct an exploratory study in a natural setting to help them better understand the subject concepts and theories.

The January 2017 semester students for this course chose to design a study for observation to take place in an unfamiliar culture, and at the same time be able to make a direct contribution to the community of study through volunteer work. With the support from the Graduate School of Business, & personal sponsorships, this team of four collaborated with AHHA Education, an NGO in Phnom Penh, to train a group of thirty underserved youths in the district on entrepreneurial skills.

            The programme kicked off with a sharing session where we introduced UNIRAZAK to the staff and participants, and also described how Malaysia is as the majority of them have never been to the country. Before briefing on the programme, the team put in some encouraging words to inspire the youths there to continue their studies to the highest level possible so that they will be able to make the change they want in their lives and for their nation. The programme continued with different kind of interactive learning activities such as The Robot Writer activity, The Magic Cane and The Poison Ball Game.

They spent the 25th travelling around the city to learn about its history, culture, and to observe the locals in general. Below here are the testimonials of all the team members;


“I had wonderful moments with the Cambodian students who were from different backgrounds. I hope this kind of exposure will continue for the next batch to explore and understand the different elements in human behaviour.”

Siti Sofiah Ramli

“It has been a great experience for me to be able to participate in this volunteering programme. The students were incredibly friendly, fun and welcoming. And there is a lot to be learnt from a Cambodian way of life.”

Muhammad Faisal Mohd Saleh

“Thank you UNIRAZAK for giving me the opportunity to explore the culture in Cambodia. I have learned many new things during the trip. The main thing I have learned is the importance of knowledge. I realised that there were many students who stopped learning at a young age due to poverty and life challenges. It opened my eyes on how your surroundings and education play a major part in shaping a person’s attitude in life.”

Noor Idayu Abdullah

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity. During my interactions with the Cambodian students, I realised that they were very humble and were also very open to our culture. They were very welcoming and cooperative. I find that these students, even with less resource, they were still very creative. Thank you again for this eye opening experience.”

Hemma Vikneswaran

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