Monday is officially Day 1 of program. We started off early with 730AM Breakfast before heading off to the Killing Fields. The Killing fields are a collection of mass gravesites where the Khmer Rouge took prisoners for executions during their reign from 1975-1979. It is now an open-air museum where the volunteers had the chance to explore the grim history of Cambodia’s postcolonial era. Each Volunteer had an audio guide to listen to stories of Khmer Rouge survivors.
After the killing fields we prepared for our 7-hour bus ride to Siem Reap. The bus took us across the country along the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake (Largest Lake in South East Asia). Our bus was kind enough to play “Street Dance 2”, a modern epic about the exploits of a European dance crew, for us. Besides B movies, we kept ourselves occupied with all sorts of riddles; some of which remain unsolved…
After arriving at 8PM in Siem Reap we were treated to a late night dinner at a local Restaurant and surprised by some volunteers from our Village Immersion program (Where volunteers spend their entire program in the village).
Tuesday Morning, after one last bus ride, the real work begins.
John and Jane