Volunteer in Cambodia
During the Khmer Rouge takeover, creativity, self-expression and education were condemned as acts against the government and Cambodians are still in a transition from communist rule to a liberal society. Volunteers have a lot to contribute to this type of society because they bring with them a different cultural perspective. Many volunteers choose to work in business development, teach, or perform advocacy work because of the current, struggling socio-economic situation of the country. Teaching English is becoming extremely popular as the country becomes more tourist-friendly and business leaders seek to hire bilingual employees. Teaching English, either in the city or in a more rural area, is a great way to create a lasting impact on the Cambodian society while most likely pick up some of the native language, Khmer. Keep in mind that the people of Cambodia are trying to gain their own voice and exercise their right to self-expression so it is important to always be honest, caring and respectful when interacting with the locals.
Aside from the abundance of volunteer opportunities, Cambodia is overflowing with cultural sights and culinary delights. From the many ancient temples, most notably Angkor Wat, to the awe-inducing Chinese-style architecture and Old French Quarter, there is much to see and do. And on your way from sight to sight it is imperative to indulge in the local cuisine! Always fresh and full of spices, some of the favorites are spicy noodles, sticky rice, and Amok. All in all, if you choose to volunteer in Cambodia, there is a never ending list of things to do in your free time, and a never ending ways to fill your belly. read more close
Friday’s are a bit different because that’s test day, the children LOVE this though, as they get to see what they’ve learnt through the week and after an hour or so of tests are free to play. One Friday it was so hot we all ran through a fence at the back of the school and jumped in to a huge pond to cool off. All the kids who could swim were jumping in with us and the ones who couldn’t we were hugging and splashing.
I managed to FaceTime my cousin when I gained access to WiFi again and she asked me, 'So what did you learn from all this?' I simply responded with, 'If you don’t cut the weeds you cannot see the beautiful temple.' That statement meant to me that only when you get rid of all the impure, damaging things around you, can you reveal the beautiful temple within.
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