Urbanland is delighted to sponsor Teach For Cambodia’s (TFC) Fellowship training programme at Treeline Urban Resort, our hotel development in Siem Reap. Aligned with our aspirations to shape a better future in Cambodia by leading change one place, one community at a time, we are honoured to have this opportunity to support TFC’s future leaders in education.

Treeline Urban Resort, Siem Reap’s first art and design hotel, will be hosting a residential retreat for the 2020 cohort of the Teach for Cambodia Fellowship programme from 9 August to 14 August. Treeline is founded, designed and built by Cambodian architect and founder of Urbanland, Hok Kang.

“We are happy to be supporting Teach For Cambodia as we share a strong belief in shaping a better future. I have known TFC’s founder Monirath Siv for many years and I’m a big fan of what they have done for Cambodia. Urbanland would love to do our part in being enablers to help our future generation create a better life for themselves and the wider community,” says our founder Hok Kang.

2020 cohort of Teach For Cambodia Fellowship programme

Through this fellowship, TFC enlists Cambodia’s high-potential talent, including fresh graduates, young professionals and current public school teachers, to undertake a transformational journey to brighten the future of Cambodian children through education. The fellowship is a two-year, fully-funded leadership development programme combined with a master's degree, designed to unleash their professional and leadership potential. Fellows are assigned to placements in public schools throughout Phnom Penh, Kandal and Kampung Chnang to teach and enrich students’ learning and development.

“We are so excited to launch our annual Intensive training for the 2020 Teach For Cambodia Fellows at Treeline. We are grateful for Urbanland's sponsorship in facilitating our plan to conduct the training in Siem Reap this year, not only to support the economy there but to also draw inspiration from Cambodia’s history and culture. It will be a meaningful moment for our Fellows to begin their leadership journey and form lasting bonds with one another,” says Jojo Lam, Teach For Cambodia’s chief operating officer.

Teach for Cambodia team with founder and CEO Monirath Siv (bottom row, second from right) and Jojo Lam, chief operating officer (top row, centre), at Raintree

As part of the onboarding programme, this week-long residential retreat will focus on building a culture of collaboration amongst this year’s TFC cohort. Having this residential component in Siem Reap holds special meaning and significance as it is the cradle of Cambodian culture, steeped in national identity, and home to our national icon, Angkor Wat. Located along the riverbanks of Siem Reap, Treeline is the first art & design hotel of its kind and provides a unique setting for TFC fellows to immerse themselves in team activities amidst a backdrop of local art, culture and nature.

Supporting the health and wellbeing of the Treeline team through yoga at Treeline Urban Resort’s courtyard, in between community outreach activities and distributing meals to the needy

During the past few months, the Treeline team has taken the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded Siem Reap businesses to distribute over 40,000 meals to communities struggling financially due to the pandemic, as part of the Hotels Joining Hands initiative.

Treeline team getting ready to distribute meals to the local community

“The close-knit Siem Reap community – so rich in local traditions and creativity – is really at the heart of our hotel. Our ultimate goal is helping our people, our community get through this difficult time. We are very delighted to welcome Teach For Cambodia fellows to Treeline and appreciate their support for local businesses and the community,” says Treeline General Manager Joni Aker.

This partnership with a visionary organisation such as Teach for Cambodia is yet another affirmation of Urbanland and Treeline’s commitment to creating positive change in our communities. We are honoured and humbled to be able to support the next generation to achieve their aspirations.