Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Teaching Week One – Adventures in Siem Reap

COUNTRY: Cambodia
PROJECT: Teaching
WRITTEN BY: Tianna Killoran

Well it has already been three days that we’ve spent in Siem Reap, and it feels like it's been an age. There's so much to do and we have all just been busy, busy, busy!

After arriving – overtired and jet lagged – to the airport, we were all picked up by our lovely in-country team. As we drove around the streets, they pointed out to us all the different landmarks along the way. After a refresh at the hotel, we went to lunch and got a tour around the main parts of town. We were all in awe of how different it was! Motorbikes and tuk-tuks everywhere, markets selling everything you can imagine … even the power lines are different! We had a special welcome dinner at Amazon Angkor, where we got to watch traditional Khmer dancing. The female dancers were so poised and precise – it was just beautiful! My favourite was the coconut dance, which is normally performed at weddings. It was just so happy.

Our second day kicked off with an orientation visit to our school, Grace House, which we will start at on Monday. Four of us are at Grace House, with the rest of our group of thirteen are split between schools. The schools were very relaxed, with chickens roaming around and open-plan classrooms all over the place. We are all so very excited to start teaching at our schools next week, so more to come on that! After another delicious lunch, myself and a few other girls went exploring the markets. I'm not used to haggling, so it was tough trying to get a good deal. Some of us are really getting the hang of it though.

We had a cultural lesson and a language lesson in the afternoon, which very much helps with saying ‘tay or kun’ (no thank you) to all the tuk-tuk drivers.
Hopefully we’ll be visiting Angkor Wat over the weekend and filling having all kinds of adventures before we start at school on Monday!

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