The day started off strong with scrambled eggs and toast for all—the breakfast of champions. Champion volunteers, that is! This group absolutely crushed it on the project site today and I couldn’t be happier with the work ethic and genuine enthusiasm they displayed. This group has an especially difficult task at hand because the school has no English teachers this week, which leaves us as the substitutes. Today we took shifts teaching, and when you weren’t teaching you were working on the project. This was a new situation for everyone, but they made wonderful teachers. This is probably a good time to describe this project! We are building a reading room so that the students have a place to read and do homework before their class starts if they arrive early in the morning. This involves creating a dirt foundation, laying tile, building up brick walls, and so much more. Tomorrow we will finish laying down dirt and start working with the tile flooring.
On site, the lunch hour is two hours because that is the custom here in Cambodia. This leaves us plenty of time for conversation, card games and even musical instruments! During lunch today Domdin found a guitar, a drum, a tambourine and two other stringed instruments I did not recognized. We played around with those for a good half hour! Every day we stop work around 3 which gives us an hour to play with the kids. Whether you were dancing the Macarena or playing an impromptu game of soccer, it was impossible not to be completely exhausted by 4 o’clock when we left the school for home. This was reflected by the fact that everyone spent their two hours of free time napping or just chilling in their room. We all met for dinner at 7 and went to one of my favorite restaurants—Karo. Afterwards we had an evening of exploring yet another market full of crafts. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at an ice cream shop that sold soft serve in a long, loopy cone! At our rate, by the end of the week we will have tried so many different versions of ice cream!!
It’s 10pm, and we are all in our rooms ready to hit the hay. Tomorrow is another big day at the school! Thanks for listening everyone, and have a good night!