“…We’re Family.” (UPDATED!)

And family is exactly what we feel like.

Yesterday, a few people were in our common area hanging out before lunch and someone asked if they could quickly borrow someone’s flip flops because her flip flops broke. Without hesitation the consesnsus was, “Just take a pair out there. We’re family.”

Team Leader note: I think that is the most rewarding part of my job. 18 different stories come together for two weeks and form a family that will last a lifetime.

Last night we watched a documentary on Lek, a remarkable woman who fosters elephants in Thailand and has made this elephant sanctuary possible. We also saw the importance of blessing the tree ceremony.

Then today, we got to have our own blessing ceremony. Each tree that is blessed is wrapped with an orange cloth that has been blessed by monks. For loggers, it is deemed bad luck if they cut down a blessed tree. This is how we fight to preserve the jungle.

After that, we got the surprise of going to a local school and teaching! From shapes, nnumbers, colours and greetings school has never been so fun. And let’s be honest, the Hokey-Pokey is always. A fan favorite.

Tonight we are closing our last night with the elephants before settling into Siem Reap.

We are convinced this place is a volunteers Nirvana. Although we are excited to get to Siem Reap, we hope that the morning takes its time greeting us.

XX,

Cori

 

Update: Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of an update. My laptop, this heat and the bad internect connection has not been working well today. However, I just wanted to let you all know that for the week we will be blogging over at the respected blog for the village portion of the trip (http://www.rovolunteers.com/cambodia-village-immersion-blog/) where there will be pictures! Thank you for your patients, I can’t wait to share everything with you over there. C

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