Hello from Phnom Penh!! It is my delightful pleasure to say that after a full day of airport pickups, all of our volunteers have safely arrived in Cambodia and the first Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation program has official begun (insert: any track from Queen)!!
As you can imagine, most of the volunteers were exhausted from their travels. Many of them spent the entire day on planes and in airports, but each of them arrived with a brilliant smile and a jubilant attitude towards getting started.
Once we all got settled into the guest house, we had a quick dinner followed by an orientation that covered what we’d be doing over the course of the next couple of weeks. I was ecstatic to hear input from a range of expertise, from engineers to marine biologists and everything in between. I couldn’t have hand-picked a more perfect group for this program!
After orientation, most people opted to get some sleep before another day of travel tomorrow to reach the island of Koh Rong. I was delighted to hear their stories of checking out what Phnom Penh had to offer, from massages to Night Markets.
We’ll spend the duration of tomorrow on a bus and a supply boat to reach our final destination, and from there the real journey begins. I can’t wait to update you all on the progress we make each day and hope to shed some light on the tremendous impact it has on the village community.
Until then, here’s a glimpse at some of the beautiful smiling faces you’ll get to know better each day! Stay tuned for more to come 🙂