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Weekend in Siem Reap   (published in Cambodia)

June 20, 2017 by   Comments(2)

My first full weekend in Cambodia immediately was a very busy one. As monday was a public holiday (the H.K. Mother's Birthday if I'm not mistaken), we had some extra time to travel a bit further from Phnom Penh. Most of the other volunteers at our appartments had already made plans to visit Siem Reap during these 3 days and I gladly joined them. 

Our trip started on friday evening, as we were taking a night bus for the journey. This was a new experience for me, seeing a bus that was just filled up with beds instead of seats and I have to say that it turned out to be a rather good way of travelling. Lucky for me, I sleep quite easily, so I had a short but good rest and before I knew it we arrived in Siem Reap very early on saturday morning. 

Before lunch, and after a little bit of relaxing in the lobby of our hostel, a few of us decided to visit a silk farm close to the city. This is a place that is run by Artisans Angkor, a social business creating job opportunities for young people in rural areas, while reviving traditional Khmer craftsmanship. It was very interesting to see the whole process from silk worm to silk scarf and it was a totally free tour! So I really recommend this if you're looking for a short activity in the area. In the afternoon we had planned a boat trip to Kompong Phluk, a floating village near the edge of the big Tonle Sap lake. Due to the fact that the water level is very low at this time of the year, some of us (including me) were surprised to see that this wasn't an actual floating village, but rather a village that was constructed a few meters above the ground. It's very interesting to imagine that most of what we saw will be under water by October. So even if it wasn't quite what we expected, it gave us an idea about a very ...

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Weekend in Siem Reap
Weekend in Siem Reap

First impressions   (published in Cambodia)

June 14, 2017 by   Comments(1)

I’ve only been here for 3 and a half days now, and it’s amazing how settled in I already feel. There is not much jetlag bothering me, the food so far is great and I feel quite at home in the volunteer appartments. 

After arriving in Phnom Penh airport on Sunday morning I was taken to our appartments to have some rest after my long, but all in all rather comfortable trip. During dinner I met most of the other volunteers staying in the same location as me, a fun group of young people from all over the world. Later that evening, I could immediately join them in visiting the night market in the city center and in the next days, I learned that making plans for weekend trips and evening activities would be no problem, as every new volunteer seems very welcome in joining the others on their side-seeing plans. So I think I'll have plenty to write about!

But the main reason I'm here is ofcourse my volunteering project. The day after my arrival I received an introduction session at the projects abroad offices, followed by a tour around the city center. So Tuesday and Wednesday (today) were the first days I was actually on the project. In these two days, I already visited plenty of the beneficiaries to collect repayments and a group of possible future beneficiaries to assist in giving an introductory presentation about what we can do to help them. Next to this, I got to know the work around the office a little bit, browsing through all the files and processes that are being used to run the organisation. I like the fact that we seem to be out in the city visiting the locals very regularly, this is a good mix with the computer work in the office.   

So I can only say 'so far so good' and I'm very curious and excited about what the coming weeks will ...

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First impressions
First impressions

Ready for departure   (published in Cambodia)

June 10, 2017 by   Comments(0)

After several months of waiting, counting down and preparing, the moment of departure is finally very near. In one hour I'll be leaving for the airport to catch my flights which will take me to Phnom Penh with the goal of participating in the micro-finance volunteering project. 

This idea first entered my mind about one-and-a-half year ago. I wanted to go abroad for a longer period, see another part of the world, while also spending my time in a useful manner. A volunteering project seemed like an option that met these criteria and after some searches on google I found the micro-finance project on the projects abroad website which really caught my interest. Helping local entrepreneurs with setting up and running their small businesses, providing both small loans and training to assist them in providing for themselves and their families in a sustainable way, this looks like a perfect fit for me! 

It remained just an idea for some time, until a couple of months ago when some other changes in my life gave me a window of about three months time where I could make myself totally free of other activities. The perfect moment to make this idea of mine a reality, I thought, and I immediately went to the website and applied for this project. So here I am now, 30 minutes away (yes, it took me a full 30 minutes to write this :)) from an exciting trip to Cambodia, with a lot of expectations and energy to take on this adventure. 

I'll try to keep you all up to date on my experiences during the coming 11 weeks through this blog, but no promises on this topic :).


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Ready for departure
Ready for departure

CAMBODIA TEACHING PROJECT NOV 2017   (published in Cambodia)

June 5, 2017 by   Comments(0)

Finally after years of always wanting to volunteer in a school, cambodia teaching projects has been approved, booked and paid for!! Very excited to go- see everyone in November 2017!

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It's official, fist Vounteering trip booked.   (published in Cambodia)

March 9, 2017 by   Comments(0)

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.....

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It's official, fist Vounteering trip booked.
It's official, fist Vounteering trip booked.

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