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9th March 2017
After years of dreaming and wishing I could go and Volunteer abroad ....Ive booked it.
Ive just had a lovely chat with my personal Volunteer advisor, going through all of the travel arrangements. this dream of mine is fast becoming a reality.
My daughter, Alice (who will be 17 in May) is coming too. Alice wanted to go abroad and Volunteer, just like her older brother, Jack before her. I'm certain its sexist of, but i just didn't feel as comfortable sending my daughter away, as i did my son.
So we've come up with a fabulous compromise. We are both going to Cambodia, on different Projects.
Let the plans begin.....
My application has been accepted! I'm SO excited to start this amazing adventure in Cambodia. As soon as I found out, I booked my flights and told every person I know. This will be one of the first trips on my own as a young adult without my family or friends, and to make it even more exciting, I have never been to Cambodia! Some people who I have spoken to, they think I'm crazy to travel half way across the world to a place I've never been. However, I believe that the people I will meet will impact my life so much, and the experience will make me a better person. In the end, it's not about the what ifs, it's about the chance to help people who need it. I can't wait to get stuck in!
I have officially had my application approved today! Within minutes of seeing the email, I had my blog set up, my check-list perused, and my enthusiasm/excitement massively amped up. Although I don't want to miss the next few months of my life, I also definitely want it to be June already so I can start my project!
Cambodia Social Manager 105 days ago
December 27 - January 3
This week started off with a concert event that came to the island, where volunteers enjoyed performances and street food. Throughout the rest of the week, Danielle worked on her confined and open water dives to gain her scuba certification, while Scott, Chris, and Adrian had a Dive Against Debris. Scott and Adrian also worked on their underwater photography course. The team then made tags out of a recycled plastic bottle for the coral at the nearby reef, so that Projects Abroad will be able to track the health of the various corals throughout the years. For New Year's, the volunteers spent the weekend in Sihanoukville. Once they came back, they spent the evening at Coconut Beach.
Wednesday 23 November 2016
Single dive in the morning. Will and Flavia started their Underwater Water Photography course, highlight find being an Octopus. Marion, Matt, Julia and Chris completed a Sea Horse Survey. The afternoon was taken up by Khmer Cooking Class by Staff Member Sea’s family. Firstly went to the market to buy the ingredients then back to base to peel and prep a huge number of vegetables and fruits to cook a delicious Khmer curry with pork ribs, vegetables, rice, peanut sauce, chicken and salad for dipping with a mango dessert.
Thursday 24 November 2016Two dives in the morning. Flavia and Will completed their Underwater Photography course, picturing Blue Spotted Stingray and a huge hermit crab. Matt and Julia completed a reef survey noting species present at the site and Chris and Marion completed a ‘Dive Against Debris’. Second dive was a Sea Horse Survey, none spotted until leader Roger had just got the buoy out to end the dive and suddenly we saw a large Seahorse just below us. The afternoon was spent watching presentations, Julia was leaving the next day so presented her ‘Índuction Presentation’ on Coral Reef Gardening.Friday 25 November 2016
Fun Friday lived up to its name. Went to a reef known as Danger Rock due to it being very shallow for the boat, also why not many fishing boats go there and it’s in extremely good health. The reef was like a huge aquarium, exactly what you dream of when you think about diving coral reefs. Huge variety of species, big Angel fish, Parrotfish, strange foot-long sea cucumbers, huge shoals of small fish and great big corals as far as the eye could see. Afternoon off to prep for the night dive in the evening. Completed the dive just off the coast of our island Koh Sdach, ...