Month: June 2014

Marine Pod Monday

Hmmmm…I wonder what kind of work we did today… MARINE PODS OF COURSE! Today was totally and completely devoted to the reef pod project. All the volunteers got to go see where the reef pods have already been deployed, on their dive today. And all the land work was done on the pods. This morning…



Sunday FUN-day

Last weekend day before we get back to work! Today was pretty relaxing… After breaky some scooted off to the beach, other vollies played cards, some played with the kids, and some just hung out and napped or read. Pretty easy and relaxing morning. After lunch, the open water divers went out for a skills…



Weekend Warriors

Day one of the weekend is done…but boy was it a good one! Today we had a later breaky (which here means 9am). Then we headed to the tourist beach at 1pm. The volunteers frolicked on the beach, went swimming, shopping, and hung out on the beach. And of course we ate a whole lot!…



Work Week is O.V.E.R!

Oh my goodness…is it already the weekend?! Wow what a fast week! It feels like we just got on the island and into the swing of things! Well…regardless…it has been an absolutely amazing week. We are getting along with diving, working on our projects and making great head way, and having some fun too! This…



Cementing is so Much Better Than Sand!

This morning we hauled sand from the sand lot to the reservoir…again! Gosh does this foundation need a hole lot of sand! But its okay because it makes all the work after seem so much easier! This afternoon we finally finished hauling the cement sand, and then it was time to mix! We mixed 4…



Diving Right In!

Today was our first round of work and dives! We started the morning by all working together at both the garbage depot and the water reservoir. Some hauled sand from the sand lot to the cement site near the water reservoir. While others broke up fire wood and cleaned up garbage at the garbage depot….



Day One Done… Now We’re All Pros!

Today was orientation & introduction day. The volunteers started off with a bit of a relaxing morning. Late morning they went on a tour of the village and got an introduction to some of the projects that we will be undertaking this program. For the rest of the day, the main objective was to get…



Island Time

Thats right! We are here! This morning we all had breaky and packed up, then jumped in two mini busses and headed to Sihanoukville. There we had lunch, and met up with our island associates at the pier (pai hapbi – in khmer). Boy was our boat ride wild… we had some nice winds and…



Good Old Fashioned Meet and Greet

Thats right…the gangs here! Everyone has finally come in to Phnom Phen! We all had a later dinner together and played 2 truths and 1 lie to get to know each other. And I must admit…this is one great looking group! I am very excited to show them the island and cant wait to get…



HEY VOLUNTEERS!

HI! My name is Briana Van Dongen and I am your team leader for the Cambodia Island program! I love the island more than anything and am so excited to show you my home away from home! I actually started with Reach Out Volunteers a few years ago as a volunteer on this program. I…



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