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DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM PAGE 08 HOW SHE BECAME AN AWARD-WINNING ENTREPRENEUR PAGE 14 INTERVIEW WITH OKNHA SREAT MOM SOPHEAR DIRECTOR OF SOPHIYA TRAVEL & TOURS

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CONTENTS

CLEANING UP TOGETHER YONGSRENG CHENG STAR KAMPUCHEA

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A group of volunteers joined in a clean-up activity organized in Andoung Village, Sangkat Korkroka, Khan Prek Phnov, Phnom Penh, by Star Kampuchea and Stellar Child Care Organization.

THROUGH THE LENS CLEANING UP TOGETHER

PATH FINDER

FIND YOUR PATH

ZOOM-iN

HOW TO IMPROVE OUR SKILLS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM

THE CHATROOM

HOW SHE BECAME AN AWARD-WINNING ENTREPRENEUR

PLAYGROUND THE RACING GAME

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BETTER TOGETHER

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WHAT IS A FAIR WORKPLACE?

VOLUNTEER FOR A BETT 2

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THROUGH THE LENS

TER COMMUNITY - AND A BETTER YOU!

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PATH FINDER

WHAT DOES THE WORD “CAREER” MEAN TO YOU?

Is it about earning income and supporting your family? Or is it about doing something you love to do, and which gives you personal satisfaction? We all have different motivations to pursue our career. However, it is important to remember that your career path can determine the direction of your whole life, going way beyond your place of work. It is also important to remember that everyone has their own individual path, based on their personality, knowledge, skills and goals. Find out which path might work for you by going through the personality quiz below.

1 Answer the 4 questions below. Choose only one answer for each question.

Which activity do you like the most?

Organizing things

Taking care of animals

Acting in plays

Which style do you like the most?

Working in teams

Working independently

Building things

Which subject do you like best?

Math

Art or music

Different cultures

Which environment do you prefer?

Working in office

Working outdoors

Leading people

2 Look at the color for each of your answers. Are they violet, yellow, green, or blue? 3 Out of your 4 answers, which color do you have the most? ▶ If it is violet, go to the VIOLET section on the next page. ▶ If it is yellow, go to the YELLOW section on the next page. ▶ If it is green, go to the GREEN section on the next page. ▶ If it is blue, go to the BLUE section on the next page. If you have equal numbers of colors, refer to sections of all those colors.

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ORGANIZED & PROBLEM SOLVER If you had many violets from your answers, you are likely to be an organized person or a problem solver. These people are very detail oriented, organized and like to work with data. They also like to watch, learn, analyze and solve problems. Related Majors

Related Pathways

• Accounting • Administration • Banking • Engineering • Chemistry • Medicine/Surgery • Psychology

• Health Services • Business •P  ublic and Human Services • I ndustrial and Engineering Technology

HANDS-ON If you had many yellows from your answers, you are likely to be a hands-on person. These people are often good at mechanical or athletic jobs. Related Majors

Related Pathways

• Agriculture • Health assistant • Computers • Construction • Mechanic • Engineering • Food and Hospitality

• Natural Resources • Health Services • Industrial and Engineering Technology • Arts and Communication

This information set is from the RIASEC Test resource created by Career and Technical Education Center, University of Hawaii. Find more information online from the following link. www.hawaii.edu/cte/publications.html

GOOD WITH PEOPLE If you had many greens from your answers, you are likely to be good with people. These people like to work with other people, rather than things. They also enjoy persuading and performing. Related Majors • Counseling • Nursing • Travel • Advertising • Public Relations • Education • Marketing/Sales

Related Pathways •H  ealth Services •P  ublic and Human Services • Business •A  rts and Communication

CREATIVE If you had many blues from your answers, you are likely to be a creative person. These people like to work in unstructured situations where they can use their creativity. Related Majors

Related Pathways

• Communications • Cosmetology • Fine and Performing Arts • Photography • Radio and TV • Architecture

• Public and Human Services • Arts and Communication

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ADMIN. OFFICER Administrative work involves the preparation of invitation letters, meetings and transportation for officers who need to go to somewhere far away from the workplace. The market for administrative tasks is large because it is one of the core structures of any kind of organization.

This occupation is recommended for people who were categorized as By working as an admin. officer, you will get to know more people, gain experience, and support your organization to operate and achieve its goals. Most admin. officers chose management or general administration as their major in university.

ORGANIZED & PROBLEM SOLVER

This information set is from the Career To find out about more jobs,

Tourism not only helps to share the Khmer culture and tradition across the world, but is also an opportunity to gain knowledge from tourists about their countries. Being a tour guide means you sell a whole-day service of taking care of tourists in terms of their accommodation, food, and city or site tours.

This occupation is recommended for people who were categorized as

GOOD WITH PEOPLE

This work involves three main actors: tourists, company, and the tour guide. Thus, good communication skills are a must. To provide customers with an unforgettable trip, you need to deliver enough information and also coordinate communication between them and your company. This work also requires understanding of history and different cultures.

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TOUR GUIDE


PHARMACIST FIND YOUR PATH

PATH FINDER Pharmacists are professionals of medicines, contributing to the development of the health sector of Cambodia. They can either work as a medical researcher, be involved in the production process of medicines, or work to get the quality of the produced medicine approved by the Ministry of Health.

This occupation is recommended for people who were categorized as

HANDS-ON

Due to the characteristic of their work, pharmacists have more options in their work environment. They can work in a hospital or an institution, in either the public or private sector. They can also open up their own pharmacy at home. There is a large market demand for pharmacists, but it also takes a long time to study pharmacy and financing the tuition fee may be another burden.

r on Camera videos created by The Asia Foundation. , watch the videos from the following link. careeroncamera.org

This occupation is recommended for people who were categorized as

CREATIVE Architecture combines art and science through the process of designing and creating a building from scratch. The whole process starts with hand-drawn sketches that are put into the computer. Architects then move into a consultation process with engineers to discuss technical issues. Small scale models are constructed before starting the actual construction.

ARCHITECT

As an architect, you can work either in the public or the private sector, or even work as a freelancer. For those who want to study architecture, they need to focus on improving their artistic skills, computer skills to use software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp. They must also have knowledge in science.

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HOW TO IMPROVE OUR SKILLS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM HAVE YOU EVER HELPED SOMEONE BEFORE?

If you have ever given directions for someone to get to a new place, helped a neighbor with a household task or listened to your friend’s worries, just out of good-will to help, you can say that you have the experience and a mindset for volunteerism.

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Volunteerism may be an unfamiliar word, but it all starts from the small action of helping others. We can also see

volunteerism

in

our

communities.

According to Youth Star Cambodia, there are many people within rural Cambodian communities whose work conforms to the definition of a volunteer. These would include local Buddhist laymen, achars and village elders who are part of development committees, and work for no salaries, for the well-being of the community. In the words of one religious and political leader in a Cham community, “In fact, I am a volunteer, because I do this work willingly and get no salary, and I will probably do it until I die.”

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THE UN DEFINITION OF VOLUNTEERISM

Volunteerism can also be seen in all other parts of the world. Because there are so many different aspects of volunteering, the

First,

the activity should not be undertaken primarily for financial reward, although the reimbursement of expenses and some token payment may be allowed.

Second,

the activity should be undertaken voluntarily, according to an individual’s own free will, although there are grey areas here too. For example, school community service schemes encourage, and sometimes require, students to get involved in voluntary work; and Food for Work programmes entail an explicit exchange between community involvement and food assistance.

Third,

the activity should be of benefit to someone other than the volunteer, or to society at large, although it is recognised that volunteering brings significant benefit to the volunteer as well. United Nations Volunteers Report, prepared for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Social Development (Geneva, February 2001)

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UN

General

Assembly

defined

volunteering as having three key defining characteristics.

Through

this

universal

definition people, not only in Cambodia but also from all around the world, were able to have a shared vision on volunteerism.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Answer yourself or discuss with your friends.

▶ What kind of volunteering activities have you witnessed yourself? Is there any activity that you also took part of? Describe your experience. ▶ How did you feel by helping others? What did you learn from the experience?

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ZOOM-iN: HOW TO IMPROVE OUR SKILLS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM VOLUNTEERISM AND SOFT SKILLS Although volunteerism starts from the willingness to help others, the UN definition of volunteering also admits that volunteering brings significant benefit to the volunteer as well. Here are some real stories from volunteers who were able to develop themselves through volunteering.

Vannthorn

is a university student studying physics. He finds joy in making community development happen. “I feel happy meeting new people and helping them solve problems in community.” Vannthorn is currently a member of the VolCam Volunteer Envoys (VVE), working to support Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs) and encouraging youths to participate in volunteer work. As a VVE, he was able to volunteer in large events as an event organizer, celebrating the International Volunteer Day and International Women’s Day in Cambodia. Through these experiences, Vannthorn was able to greatly develop his communication skills. “I used to be an introverted person who is always afraid of meeting people, but now I am not.” Through many years of volunteering experience, Vannthorn proudly tells us that he now knows a lot of people and is confident to talk to anyone.

Savin

is a 16-year-old volunteer. She first learned about volunteerism from volunteers who visited her village when she was younger. Savin is now a leader of a youth club in Prey Veng province. She volunteers to help train those who are poor or have dropped out of school. She collaborated with Youth Star volunteers to find target children in the community and also led campaigns on various topics such as hygiene and safe migration. Through her volunteering experience, she was able to learn about leadership skills. “At first, I had no idea how to lead a youth club. However, a youth volunteer trainer taught me to understand how to do this.” Based on her training, she was able to successfully lead volunteering projects in Prey Veng.

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Thailong is a Project Officer at Voluntary Service Overseas

(VSO) who grew up in Battambang province. He was first able to work with VSO through a youth volunteering program to launch community-level projects on education and life skills training. He worked with not only Cambodians, but also volunteers from the United Kingdom to form a project team. Through this experience, Thailong was able to develop both teamwork and problem-solving skills, since working with students from outside of Cambodia was not an easy task.

“English was not my first language, which was one challenge in carrying out the project,” he says. Not only that, some team members did not really understand what they were supposed to do, while others simply sat and did nothing. However, by respecting and understanding each other’s differences, he was able to encourage everyone’s active participation in volunteering as a group. “Challenge is a good opportunity,” Thailong adds.

SOFT SKILLS

All these skills mentioned by Vannthorn, Savin, and

Based on the definition from International Labor

Thailong – communication, leadership, teamwork,

Organization (ILO), soft skills also refer to the ability

and problem-solving skills – are great examples of

to be successful in both career and daily life. These

“soft skills” that you can develop by volunteering.

valuable skills can also be called different names

According to the National Employment Agency, soft

such as core skills, key skills, necessary skills, or

skills refer to skills that contribute to work quality,

transferrable skills and are what many employers

efficiency, and productivity.

look for in their potential employees.

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ZOOM-iN: HOW TO IMPROVE OUR SKILLS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM

HOW CAN WE VOLUNTEER?

By volunteering, you can not only contribute to your community, but also develop your soft skills for a better future. Then how can we volunteer?

Start yourself! One way is to initiate your own volunteering activities with your friends. This is a great chance for you to learn about what your community needs and provide solutions through creative problem solving. You can form a team to carefully plan your activities first. Study some topics as a group, such as hygiene, health, or education and then prepare a learning session together in order to deliver the knowledge to the rest of the community.

Go to the Better Together section to find instructions to organize a session. Page 18

Join a program! Another option is to look for volunteering opportunities from already existing organizations. One such organization is VolCam, a network of international and local volunteer service agencies and volunteer involving organizations in Cambodia. Reach out to VolCam to learn about many different organizations related to volunteerism as it provides updates on volunteering programs and activities throughout Cambodia. You can even find out about volunteering opportunities through the VolCam network. 12

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Learn more about VolCam through the following link. volcam.net


VOLUNTEER FOR A BETTER SOCIETY AND A BETTER YOU As we have learned, volunteerism contributes to the growth of both your community and yourself. Sokkheang, a Recruitment Specialist at VSO, adds that volunteering can not only develop your soft skills, but it can also change the way you think. She says when youths begin to realize that they actually grow from volunteering, they will start to be happier to always give rather than only to receive. “Imagine how beautiful the world will be if the whole society is giving out help.”

VOLUNTEERISM IN ONE WORD OR PHRASE ▶ “Inspiration” Ms. Sokkheang Moun, Recruitment Specialist, VSO ▶ “Perseverance” Ms. Savin Se, Youth Club Leader, Youth Star Cambodia ▶ “Life-changing” Mr. Thailong Phlai, SIFAL Project Officer, VSO ▶ “Mixture of skills” Mr. Vannthorn Chork, VolCam Volunteer Envoy (VVE)

What is your one word to explain volunteerism?

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THE CHATROOM How she became an award-winning entrepreneur

Oknha Sreat Mom Sophear Director, SOPHIYA Travel & Tours

Hello! My name is Socheata, and I am the Youth Reporter for this magazine. I would like to introduce you to a role-model woman entrepreneur who will share her leadership journey with us. We hope her story will inspire and motivate you to strive for what you dream to become.

Okhna Sreat Mom Sophear is a founder and CEO of two companies, SOPHIYA Travel & Tours and U&Me Spa. Besides running her own business, she strives to provide support for society through Cambodia Women Entrepreneurs Association (CWEA). This year, she became Vice President of the board committee of CWEA. She was also nominated by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to become the focal point of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN). In 2016, she was presented with the Cambodian Women Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from the Cambodian Young Entrepreneur Awards.

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Chat with Sophear It’s a great pleasure to meet you, Sophear. It’s a pleasure myself. May I ask you where you grew up? From your successful career life, I assume that you had a very supportive family.

I grew up in Kampong Cham province. My mother got married at a very young age and was divorced a couple years after. I grew up with my mom and two sisters, without a father. My mom was always very busy trying to support our family.

At a young age, I realized that if I want to have something in my life, I would need to do something by myself.

I didn’t know that at all. Then how were you able to own your own business?

Being a CEO is not my first job. As a first-year student in university, I started looking for my first job to earn money as soon as possible. I applied to over 50 companies but was rejected by all due to lack of experience.

One day, I went to a tour company for an interview, and was rejected again, for the same reason. I had no experience. Before walking out the door, I asked the interviewer, “How can I ever gain experience if every company rejects me because I don’t have experience?” Then I told him, “Give me a chance and I will not disappoint you.” He looked surprised, and then answered, “Come and sit down. When can you start?” That is how I got my first job.

Did you also have other jobs?

Sure. I worked at the tour company for three years, then moved on to the airline industry during the year of my graduation. I was a flight attendant for an airline company, but first needed to be trained for three months and then be put on a six-month probation before being accepted as a fully professional employee.

Here, I learned that nothing is easy in life, but as long as you have hope and commitment, you can be strong enough to go over your obstacles. I was happy with my job.

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Chat with Sophear (continued) Then what motivated you to start your own company?

Based on my past work experience, I decided to create a travel agency. Most of my friends, even some in the tourism industry, told me that it was too late. They asked why was I starting now when everyone else was closing their business. They all said I would fail. But I told myself, “I am still young!” And you managed to succeed in your career as a CEO of two companies!

What do you think are some of the merits of being an entrepreneur?

The biggest merit is that you are able to contribute back to the growth of people and society. Entrepreneurship and business are two different things. Business is something you do to earn money for your stomach. Being an entrepreneur means that you are willing to take risks for a greater cause. It also means you are willing to invest your time and capital with the people around you, for example, for capacity building and other trainings.

Have there been challenges as a female leader until now?

I believe that women are given extra work, as the world deems them to born with obligations such as daughter, wife, mother. These obligations stay with you even when you are working outside. You are expected to take care of everything smoothly, both at work and home, which can be a huge challenge.

Lastly, what do you want to tell youth who want to run their own business?

Running a business is not simply doing something that one necessarily likes. It’s about investing in what the market likes instead. Before jumping into entrepreneurship, ask yourself if you have the right skills to keep up with market demands. Study current trends and keep being up-to-date.

Also, be brave to start from scratch. If you want to have a coffee shop, you must at least be employed in the coffee industry. Learn how to make coffee first and then learn how to run a coffee shop. Study well to plant the seeds for entrepreneurship. If you plant, it will grow, and you will reap the fruits. Remember, however, to offer some of these fruits back to society to grow new seeds. - END OF CHAT 16

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PLAYGROUND The Racing Game START The road is flooded.

STAY TUNED FOR A NEW GAME IN THE NEXT ISSUE !

▶ NUMBER OF PLAYERS Minimum 2 players

▶ MATERIALS NEEDED LOSE 1 TURN GREEN LIGHT!

1 dice, 1 token for each player

Imagine that you are an employee at a company. It is time to head out to your office and start your day. Play the following racing game with your friends. The first person to get to the office is the winner!

1 Sit in a circle with your friends and place all your tokens on START. 2 Play Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who will roll the dice first.

ROLL AGAIN

3 T  ake turns rolling the dice and moving your token according to the number you rolled. It has started raining.

You find a new route!

GREEN LIGHT!

GO BACK 1 SPACE

GO FORWARD 2 SPACES

ROLL AGAIN

There is heavy traffic.

BOOSTER! GO FORWARD 3 SPACES

GO BACK 4 SPACES You have an accident.

4 Follow the directions on the space you landed. Your turn ends after following its instructions. 5 The first one to reach FINISH wins! GREEN LIGHT!

The road is clear of traffic.

LOSE 2 TURNS You become ill.

You lose your way.

POWER BOOSTER! ROLL AGAIN

GO FORWARD 4 SPACES

LOSE 1 TURN

GO BACK 2 SPACES

GO FORWARD 5 SPACES

You are caught not wearing a helmet.

LOSE 1 TURN GREEN LIGHT!

There is construction on the road.

You find a shortcut!

GO BACK 3 SPACES

GO STRAIGHT TO THE OFFICE

BOOSTER! GO FORWARD 3 SPACES

ROLL AGAIN

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BETTER TOGETHER WHAT IS A FAIR WORKPLACE?

It is always exciting to dream about our future job. But we sometimes get too excited that we forget to consider one important thing: our rights at work! When entering the labour market for the first time, young people tend to accept any job to gain work experience. They even end up working for low wages under difficult conditions. But did you know that we have our rights to demand appropriate wages and better working conditions? Through our group activities, let’s find out what is a fair workplace.

OBJECTIVES:

Define what is a fair workplace.

▶ ARE YOU A TEACHER?

INSTRUCTIONS

 se this activity session in class with your students. U Combine this session with additional relevant information.

▶ ARE YOU A STUDENT?

Participate in the activities with your friends. Plan a community session to include more people.

▶ ARE YOU A PARENT?

Share any relevant experience and thoughts on these activities with your children.

ICEBREAKER Before you begin, play a simple game with participants to help them get to know each other and overcome shyness.

BALL TOSS: Participants and the facilitator form a circle and toss around a soft ball. Participants state their name as they catch the ball. When they catch the ball, they should be able to call out the name of the person who tossed it to them.

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Activity: Fair Workplaces 1 Form pairs or small groups, according to the number of participants.

2 Answer the following five questions with your partner or group. It is recommended to take roughly 10 minutes for this activity.

▶ At what age did you (or one of your friends) enter paid work? ▶ What was the job title? ▶ How many hours did you (or your friend) work per week? ▶ How much were you (or your friend) paid? ▶ If you (or your friend) worked overtime, how much did you (or your friend) earn in overtime pay?

3 With your partner or group, share your thoughts about “what is a fair workplace.” Answering the following questions together will help.

▶ What do you think should be the minimum age to enter paid work and why? ▶ What kind of occupations do you think that the minimum age should be higher and why? ▶ What do you think should be the maximum hours or work allowed per week and why? ▶ What do you think should be the minimum wage for workers and why? ▶ What do you think should be the rate of overtime pay and why?

These resources are from the “Rights@work for Youth: Decent Work for Young People - Facilitator’s Guide and Toolkit (2016)” resource created by the International Labour Organization (ILO). www.ilo.org/employment/Whatwedo/Instructionmaterials/WCMS_310206/

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DREAM CALENDAR Event

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

CAMBODIA'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY

NATIONAL CAREER AND PRODUCTIVITY FAIR

WEduTalk

Organizer

MoEYS, UNV

MoEYS, ILO, UNV

NEA

When

Where

What

12 Aug 2018

Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), Phnom Penh

Join this national event to celebrate youth! Special speeches from ministry officials will be followed by fun booth activities to learn about safe spaces for volunteering. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/UNVCambodia/

To be confirmed

Stay tuned for this provincial event to learn about the skills you need to become an entrepreneur! You will work as a group to learn about tools to plan and improve your business. For more information, visit: www.moeys.gov.kh/

Koh Pich, Phnom Penh

Come to Koh Pich to learn about labour market needs and the candidate selection process. You will also learn how to increase your work productivity through marketing and networking. For more information, visit: www.event.nea.gov.kh

Online via WEduShare Facebook page

Join this weekly live stream video programme, where you can listen first-hand to speakers with experience in a variety of fields and ask them questions during the live show. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/WEduShare/

21 Sep 2018

27 - 28 Oct 2018

Every Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00pm

WEduShare

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~ CREDITS ~ ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

■ REPORTER

■ EDITOR

■ PROOFREADERS

Sujin Kim

Setthikun Sun

Socheata Chey

Lorraine Farquharson Michelle Minaskanian

■ DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR Sujin Kim

■ SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS Career and Technical Education Center (University of Hawaii at Manoa), CWEA, FUSSAC, ILO, NEA, Star Kampuchea, The Asia Foundation, VSO, VVE, WEduShare, Youth Star

■ FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: www.facebook.com/UNVCambodia/

Dream Magazine - August 2018 (English)  

Make your dreams come true with Dream Magazine - through skills development, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and rights at work.

Dream Magazine - August 2018 (English)  

Make your dreams come true with Dream Magazine - through skills development, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and rights at work.

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