One for the teachers

Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Thursday, August 20, 2009


The last couple of days in Sihanoukville were rEally interesting. Somehow managed to do some teaching at a local English school. A group of people who were staying where I was had come over to teach for a few days as part of their holiday, they found out I was a teacher and before I knew it I was in a tuk tuk heading off to the English school. The school was part of a church and therefore a few of the teachers were worldwide volunteers from places like Canada and Nagaland,India. The school provided free English education for very very poor children during the day and older children and adults can pay $5 a month and attend the evening classes with the idea being they subsidize the day school. Kind of enjoyed it but what was most interesting was finding out about their lives. All were well dressed and cared for themselves which was even more amazing when you find out that some of them live on river houses which are built on putrid water, they have no toilet and they are one of 7. They believe that learning English is their way to a better life as being the poorest of the poor in Cambodia is a status know one wants. One 19yr old ears 50c and hour ($100) a month and his father died last year so he is supporting the whole family on that so the $5 fee for the class is precious.

I wanted to get them talking/conversing as the written English both spelling and grammar was superb. They were very hesitant to talk about what they wanted to do as they aren't really asked that. The class all had career ambitions ranging from tour guides to policemen and knew how important learning English was. Many of them hadn't left Sihanoukville and don't want to travel the world or own an ipod but simply to visit Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. A round trip that could be done for $50 all in. When I asked why they hadn't visited yet the answer was that they were too poor. As you can see from the pictures they just look like regular kids but their passion and dedication to improve themselves is something to be respected. There were a few toe rags but I gave them the teacher death stare and it was fine.

I enjoyed it but glad it was just a few days
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