As our time on this trip grows to a close the team gears up for the final two days… All are as enthusiastic, if not more so then when we set out about our work in this unique country, and we are determined to finish strongly.
Many thoughtful and insightful observations have been made by all team members during our regular “reflection” sessions, and also during one on one conversations. At times people have felt frustrated, saddened, hopeful and confused about the problems facing Cambodia.
We can all agree there is not one neat cureall for this country, and there is just so much that needs to be done.
The teaching workshops have been more challenging this week with some of the Australian trainers finding their Khmer student teachers a tougher crowd. However, with only two days to go we are happy to report that there have been some break throughs, with What’s the Time Mr Tiger and the Hokey Pokey activities raising more than a chuckle amongst the students.
The Projects Team heads out to another school and in a uniquely Cambodian style we learn that Thursdays are not regular school days. Thursdays are given over to professional development for the teachers and the students attend school to learn “life skills” participating in activities like gardening, maintenance, art and sport – well that’s the general idea but most of the schools we have seen lack any sort of arts and crafts supplies or sporting equipment. They really have next to nothing.
Joined by Sophie and Jenny here’s some of what the Projects Team got up to today…
back art lessons and a full house