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Osaka JALT sponsors 5 CamTESOL participants

Osaka JALT is proud to sponsor 5 Cambodian English teachers for the Cam-TESOL conference in Phnom Penh on Feb. 25-26. 

It is not too late for individuals to also sponsor a teacher for just $60 (our income for just 1 or 2 lessons, when you think about it!) at:

Below is an appeal from JALT President Kevin Cleary and Vice President Nathan Furuya:

-----Original Message----- From: Kevin Cleary
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:15 PM
To: Ebm-Net
Subject: [EBM-Net] Sponsor a Cambodian Teacher to attend CamTESOL

Dear colleagues,

Like you, we became teachers because we wanted to make a difference. We are thus very glad to give you the chance to make a big difference in the professional development of a teacher in Cambodia.

Do you remember the first time you attended a JALT conference? The excitement of meeting new friends, getting practical teaching tips and new ways of thinking about language teaching? How energized you were as you returned to the classroom, and how the friends you made and the things you learned helped you become a better teacher year after year? You can help ensure that deserving teachers in Cambodia get a similar experience, and all for $60 per sponsored teacher.

Cambodia is still a desperately poor country, but it is definitely on its way up and English teachers are playing a key part of the country's revival. Unfortunately, salaries for teachers, especially those in the provinces, are so low that only with help can they attend the CamTESOL conference, which will be held 25-26 February 2012 in Phnom Penh. Detailed information on the conference can be found here:

CamTESOL is JALT's newest international partner, and we are working together to sponsor Cambodian teachers and give them their best opportunity for professional development in 2012. Your sponsorship fee will pay for a teacher's conference registration and transportation to and from Phnom Penh (lodging is usually free, and is on a homestay basis).

We urge JALT chapters, SIGs and individuals to consider sponsoring Cambodian teachers. Anyone who has attended CamTESOL comes away impressed by the enthusiasm with which the Cambodian teachers participate in their conference and inspired by their dedication. Let's support their development!

How to sponsor a teacher:
1. Individuals: Use the CamTESOL website; be sure to write your JALT affiliation in the comments box during the payment process.

2. Chapters and SIGs: If your group wishes to sponsor one or more teachers, please use the CamTESOL website as above, and reimburse the paying officer. Also, be sure to put down your Chapter or SIG name in the comments box.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you in June, if not earlier.

Kevin Cleary

Nathan Furuya
Vice President

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