Entries in #siemreap (4)


Saying Goodbye To Siem  Reap

This has been our finale week in Siem reap an there is plenty of mixed emotions, we have already said goodbye to two volunteers which spent two weeks with us teaching. When traveling making friends is easy but this is the down fall as you become close friends much quicker then you would at home.

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From Thailand To  Cambodia

The next stage of our trail was from Thailand to Cambodia, and what a stage it was too...

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Our First Week Teaching in Cambodia 

Our trail volunteers have just finished their first week teaching the kindergarten class in the school we work with in Cambodia..

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Teaching in Siem Reap 

Upon arriving in Siem Reap, we were both excited and apprehensive about the following weeks teaching we had ahead of us. Our first impressions were mixed, especially after we saw the large wealth divide. With some families living in very simple homes, constructed of wood and tin, alongside grand expensive hotels and resorts. This made us curious as to what was instore for us at school. After checking into our room we had a couple of days to see Ankor Wat, and also unwind on pub street. Siem Reaps notorious drinking area! This went all too fast and suddenly Monday was upon us and we were walking the dirt path to school.

Arriving at school we were greeted with a warm welcome and a hundred smiling faces, who we would soon get to know by name. First though, we were briefed by Scottish Jon, a friendly and warm hearted elderly Scotsman who gave us a brief and suddenly gave us our first shock of the day. We would be teaching that morning. The second shock came straight after when he said classes started in 10 minutes. We were nervous. But ready. And so we left to our classrooms awaiting the children. And as soon as class got settled, though slightly nervous, the happiness of the children and their eagerness to learn soon put us at ease. As the days followed and we got to know our students better we perfected our teaching methods. We really saw the differences being made. Nothing can compare to the feeling you get when your students understand and comprehend something you have taught them for the first time.

After the first few days went by and school became routine the time simply ran away. Before we knew it, the last day was upon us and it was time to say our goodbyes. Leaving school and our students has been one of the hardest things. The experience has left an imprint that will be with us for the rest of our lives. If your thinking of coming to Cambodia to teach these kids, don't hesitate. Although daunting at first, it's one of the best experiences we have had. We would also like to say that the director, teacher Aly, is an amazing person, she does so much for the school and the community and genuinely cares for the children. Thank you Aly. Next stop, pub street!

By Clare and Zoe - South East Asia Trail Volunteers

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