Tuesday 24th June 2014
Today was our second day at the village and we hit the ground running. My group began with construction, digging earth to prepare the foundations for a new community centre. The sun was shining strongly and we all worked up a good honest sweat until lunch time. Lunch was a delicious pumpkin dish with rice… lots of rice!
In the afternoon the groups swapped and my group remained in the village to do community work, while John and his group went to get dirty with the construction work. In the village we worked on several activities with the high school kids, mostly on maintenance and work around the community buildings and also with the younger kids teaching them English, dancing, drawing and hygiene. We wrapped up with an all-in game of Cambodian rules (i.e. no rules) soccer, accompanied by an impressive down pour. But of course it takes more than a little bit (really a very lot) of rain to stop a Reach Out volunteer. At 3 o’clock John’s group joined us and we started new games of volleyball and basketball, very very soggy but also very fun.
After a welcome hot shower So Phea hosted a Khmer lesson. Everyone is picking it up very quickly and eager to try it out at the village tomorrow. Hopefully they don’t laugh at us too much!