Finding your passion and what you like to do from just listening to the teacher, taking notes and working inside the classroom is extremely hard. One of the best ways to really understand yourself and your passion is to engage more in the society and get out of the box.
A group of nine students from the Liger Leadership Academy were given a great internship opportunity at Battambang, Cambodia. Within this internship, they pushed themselves forward to further explore their passion. The students, referred to as Minor Act, worked on a film production in collaboration with Phare Ponleu Selpak, Human Agency, and the local community. Phare Ponleu Selpak is a non-profit Cambodian organization that helps to improve the lives of children, young adults, and families through arts, educational programs, and social supports. Human Agency is a company that helps to promote company brands through the production of media platforms such as documentary, music, filmmaking and more.
Venghour Than, one of the students and the co-director of the production said, “I am very grateful about this project. I’ve never made a very professional movie before or worked with a professional crew.” At the same time, Venghour is able to explore his passion and contribute his skills and creativity into this project.
As a co-director, Venghour enjoyed working with different departments of the production. For instance, he has been involved in the writing process, adjusted the camera movement, interacted with the actors and assisted the music production. His work didn’t end there; he spent a lot of his time on the internet, on Pinterest and Instagram, to get new creative ideas for the project.
While having fun, there are also challenges that the team needed to overcome. When working on a new project with new people, the team sometimes finds it hard to work together and would miscommunicate. Some members worked independently without updating the whole team on what task or place they worked on. In addition, the schedule always changed, so it was hard for the team to be flexible all the time.
Since the internship wasn’t at Liger, the students had to adapt to a new lifestyle and here was their typical daily schedule:
- Had breakfast at 7:30 am.
- Go to Phare Ponleu Selpak and arrived there at 8:10 am.
- Start to work in the department as usual.
- Had a lunch break between 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
- Continue to work until 6:00 pm.
- Had dinner at around 7:30 pm.
- Worked on essential works such as English Literacy, Khmer Lteracy, Math, and Chemistry until 9:30 pm.
- Put away all computers by 9:30 pm.
- Enjoyed the time with friends before going to bed before midnight.
However, on the weekend, the students didn’t have their internship; so they would spend their time to relax and caught up with school works. In the evening, the students usually went out to eat or visit the old airport. For some weekends, they would watch the circus performing at Phare Ponleu Selpak from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
The experiences from this internship will mean a lot to them, to their future, and it will stay with them forever. Just within a few months of internship, they got to learn about the process of filming as well as how to manage their own time and live on their own. The experiences and the obstacles the students faced allowed them to further discovered their passion and motivated the team to continue to chase their dreams through outside projects.
By: Mengthong Long