Siyin Lay – Program Coordinator
My name is Lay Siyin. In Cambodia we put our family name in front of our name, so my name is Siyin and my family name is Lay. I was born in Banteay Meanchey province, about 300 km northwest of Phnom Penh. I am a Program Coordinator in Phnom Penh for GROUND Asia. After finishing high school I moved to Siem Reap to study Hospitality and Tourism, before moving to Phnom Penh in 2013.
At GROUND Asia, we work with many young people and local communities and contribute to community development in Cambodia. We help open the eyes of the local communities by bringing the high school and university students to interact with them and help make better living standards.
GROUND Asia is a small but I love it. We are not just a team but we are friends. We always have a lot of fun together and with the student groups. My favorite GROUND Asia program is the health program, working with nursing groups to help the young children at local NGOs and some local community schools.
I believe educational travel can benefit students because they can share and use what they have learned with the locals, experience the different situation in this part of this world, understand more about people who have different backgrounds, learn about themselves and how to adapt in the outside world, and have cultural exchange with Cambodian people.
In my spare time I like cooking and watching movies. I always spend my days off cooking for kids at Coconut school and watching movies with them every weekend night. I also help on few of administration work and sometime teach some small kids how to read and write in Khmer there.