Saying Goodbye is Easy to do, because I’ll be Seeing You Soon

Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” It would be really neat if instead of getting passports from our respected countries we could get a passport that says “Global Citizen.” This past week we realized that no matter where we trek from, Canada, the United States, Australia, England, Scotland or even Cambodia we are all brothers and sisters. Yesterday was our last day at the village (our tears could be comparable to the pouring rain). Remember the home we began to restore this week? Well here it is! June 14 (2) But we weren’t done there. We heard that there was another home that was in desperate need to be repaired and we were eager to help out. First things first, divide into three different teams. Here in Cambodia you will notice that many of the hut like homes only have three walls and the fourth wall is open space where they store things, hang their clothes to dry, maybe even put up a hammock. Three walls, three teams … you see where this is going? Extreme Makeover: Cambodia edition anyone? June 14 (3) The vocational school is still being built. After a week of hard work we have made great progress. Please feel free to continue to visit the blog throughout this session of the programs to see it’s progress! Our day was also spent with our village families as well. One last lunch was prepared, one last game of soccer in the rain and the continued chance of opening our hearts to something bigger than ourselves. June 14 (1) Then as the day came to a close the festivities came alive. For dinner they prepared us one last homecooked Cambodian meal and preformed traditional Khmer dances. After the dancing it was time for once last village circle. Holding hands and trying to keep our eyes from sweating, we all gathered one last time to share our gratitude, love and lessons we learned from one another. It is amazing how in such a short period of time people can form relationships and bond in a way that cannot be measured. No “See You” farewell is complete without a few tracks to dance along to! June 14 (4)   So here it is, the morning were we pack our suitcase. As we stuff our suitcases and backpacks we bring with cherished memories and a new found love for Cambodia. The lessons we will take from us cannot be taught at any university or from any Youtube video. These two weeks here in Cambodia have been raw, real and heartfelt. Again, thank you volunteers from jumping head first into this journey with me without any hesitations. I hope these two weeks has left you flooded with happiness. Your selflessness to travel half way across the world determined to help people you have ever met before is bold and it is beautiful. We laughed, we cried, danced and some of us even snorted. As Sambath says, “Dream big. Do not be afraid.” As for you at home, thank you for being a part of our experience! We enjoyed reading your comments, knowing that you were back at home cheering for us and waiting for us back home. Your support cannot go unrecognized, you are as much a part of this as we are. Thank you! Safe travel, warmest wishes. XX Cori

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