[Posted by Matthew]
Over halfway through the week, time definitely flies when you’re having fun!
We started bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning with a bus trip to the Sdey Leur School where we were to spend two days. Feeling very welcomed by one and all, we started to work with the local community to lay cement on possibly the biggest volleyball court in Asia, and there were times when finishing was in doubt. However the community and our team pulled together, everyone carrying a bucket of sand or rocks or a bag of cement, or even down on hands and knees smoothing the surface, we finished at 4.30pm, eight hours well spent and muscles used many of us forgot we owned!
We thought after this, Tuesday would be a breeze, but ha! how wrong … the group split into two, 4 constructing a washing station and three ‘sanding’ down a toilet block. Sanding was a dust storm all by itself…. new wood was added, more sanding. At about 3pm we started the painting and thank heavens it was a small toilet block! We all made good friends and have some wonderful memories of the place. Deserved massages all round!
Today, Wednesday was spent at two schools. In the morning, more painting and tiling and much more cement to be laid, but these guys had a different way to work, and we were done in time for a sumptuous feast for lunch. The afternoon was visiting some of the teaching group to both understand our program for the morning but also to let off a bit of steam playing some games… Hey, no paintbrushes, no shoveling, it was a welcome break and now gives us a chance to focus on the social aspects of our volunteering – health and sports.
A big thanks to our local SeeBeyondBorders staff who translate for us, humour us and generally make sure we’re doing what we came here to do. Thank you Kea, Reasmey and Jaya.