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You only have to read this once to realise why we got involved.


If you can't open the pdf, by copying and pasting the URL above, go to the website: http://www.asiatravel-cambodia.com/ and open up the Sage Foundation newsletter.

Keith and I are so very grateful to Andy, Pip and Phalla. They are amazing and we will always be inspired by their contribution.


Posted by PJB 01:22 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

That was not a brief update :)

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Well, you know me, don't you - talk for Scotland, I do!!!

Forgot to mention that on the social front, we went to Phalla's sister in laws wedding last Monday. Fantastic. Will put more details when we upload the photos.

On a personal social front, we have met Harri and Rob - a wonderful young couple from Surrey. Many, many great conversations and nonalcoholic beverages later (yeah, right) they have decided to come and help us out at school.

The world really is filled with generous souls :)

Ok, ok, must get in gear now. I could type updates to you all day, things are so bleeding marvelous in Cambodia.



Posted by PJB 01:14 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

A Huge 'Suss-S'Dai' :)

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The title means hello in Cambodian...

Ajopolies (yep, I did type that!!) for not posting an update sooner. We've been a positively busy with our volunteer work and social functions. To keep you up to date, I'll give a brief summary and then try and fill in the details with photos - once we get them updated!!!

Our second day at school was teaching 2 more classes of the high-school kids. We followed the colour theme from the day before and it worked a treat. Many of the kids had heard about the colour stuff from the day before so were waiting for us with eager anticipation.

There are about 50 kids in each classroom and another 20 standing at the door/looking in the windows. Cripes, just as well I have a passion for presentations [and the ability to remember to breathe] :)

On our third day at the school, Keith got busy painting - the absolute superstar - and the groupies clambered in! The leader of the groupies is none other than the village elder! That man is so cool, he makes me laugh and smile always.

Pip and I dragged ourselves away from the painting furore and taught the primary grades 5 and 6 the English language alphabet. To do this, we used the ace colour posters Pip had bought from the class room and sounded the letters out so that the kids could hear and repeat back to us. The day before, we had drawn letters of the alphabet on separate pieces of paper (both upper and lower case) and had them photocopied. We handed them out to the class and had the kids colour all the letters in. When we handed them out, we made sure they were in random order so that the kids really had to think. We then had the kids come up to the blackboard with their letters in the sequence of the alphabet (both cases). They were amazing!!

Pip and I had to show many of the kids how to hold the coloured pencils for colouring in...they'd never coloured in before. Get your head around that one and share a smile knowing the joy the kids had doing this.

Pip was a great teacher, not showing any nerves at the audience of 70!!! Yeah, again, 50 in classroom and 20 at door/windows :)

The energy from Wednesday kept me high for teaching the high school students on Thursday and Friday. To try and expand their knowledge and teach understanding of numbers, we decided to play bingo. I drew 15 squares on green A4 paper and randomly placed numbers between 1 and 50 on them. Keith and I then cut up small pieces of red paper for the kids to use as covers for their numbers on the bingo cards - of course, I am thinking of the recycling!!. I then made big numbers (1-50) on yellow paper and placed all the numbers in a bag. When Pip and I began to teach, we wrote the numbers on the blackboard and had the kids copy them to their jotters. After great feedback and requests for me to repeat my age (yep, they have picked up on my sense of humour on age!!), we started bingo. Wow! Use your mind to imagine 55 high school kids hyper. The excitement and joy in the kids spurred me on to (again, I must add) start running around the classroom, having the kids clap their hands and sing wee songs. They are amazing :) From a learning perspective, the random use of numbers from 1 to 50 really made the kids learn. The excitement of playing bingo raised their energy to extortionate levels and magically evoked their awareness.

Keith was busy on the classroom and Thursday saw more undercoating. By Friday, Keith was ready to fill the holes in the walls with filler. With an audience of kids, Keith started. After a little while, the kids realised what Keith was doing and started to walk in front, pointing out where he should fill!!! Hysterical, comical and so very heartwarming.

Off now to prepare for primary lessons on Wednesday.

Gosh, this is the most amazingly rewarding experience of our lives.

Ley high (goodbye in Cambodian)...

Posted by PJB 00:33 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

Teaching - Cambodia Style

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Well, with a little touch of Scottish and a huge helping of clapping hands :)

Keith and I are just back from our first lessons at Preychrouk. We had the secondary (high-school) kids for 2 lessons today and we have the same tomorrow.

It is amazing. The children are so very receptive to learning and, whilst the school is very basic, they spent an hour cleaning their classroom for us yesterday. We were told that the kids have been waiting a whole week for our lessons and, of course, their excitement drove me to great things. We even got to singing!

We took in a world map and showed the kids where Cambodia was as many of them have never seen a map before. We also showed them where the UK was. They thought it was a long, long way!

We also covered colours today - red, yellow and blue. I wrote the letters on appropriately coloured paper, Keith cut them out (until 11:30 last night - yep, I am so excited about this, there's nae sleep!!) and then we both muddled them up. Today, when we had gone through the colours on the blackboard with the kids, we gave them the letters and asked them to spell the colour words. Their responses were wonderful. After only 2 or 3 attempts, they were doing it without the words on the blackboard and without looking at their jotters. More and more colours were (and repeated x 3!), then countries, then numbers, then ages (yes, I did confess to being 22). From then, the only way was up so we sang the alphabet song! Fabulous positive energy!!!

The village elder came and sat in on our second class and kept saying the Khmer (Cambodian) word 'sabai' which is the same as 'sabai, sabai' in Thai. it means 'happy'. You can imagine how darned thrilled we were with this response. The school is very much influenced and actions take on what the village elder says. Great!

When the kids left the lesson, they were very happy and excited and kept reciting Pamela, Keith, red, blue, yellow (the colour that makes Pamela sabai). The best bit was the huge cheesy grins on their faces!

Roll on tomorrow...

Love and light

Pamela x

Posted by PJB 01:27 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

More photos for your enjoyment :)

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Best to load these and clear our camera before starting at the school tomorrow - yippee!

Hope you are doing fantastic.

Take great care

Pamela x

P.S. Can't get our white-water rafting on the PC but have managed to upload a video from our camera...

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