What a full on last two days we have had. They say a picture tells a thousand words so I will do my best in this blog to show you what we’ve been up to since arriving in Siem Reap.
The group on the banks of the Siem Reap river
Sunday was a big day for a multitude of reasons.
Firstly it was Straya (Australia) Day. Now as the lone Kiwi in a group of patriotic Australians this was definitely a day to remember as the group made sure that all of those in Siem Reap knew exactly where they were from.
The Aussie, Aussie, Aussie chants were delivered with gusto and songs were sung loud and proud throughout the day as Bun our local Cambodian Reach Out guide took us on a walking tour of the city.
Saphron, Ri and Lizzie with a local monk.
Bun guided us around the fabulous city providing History and Political lessons while showing off all the city has to offer. From its many markets to beautiful temples we got to see it all.
Secondly it was Dahlia’s 19th birthday!!!
After an afternoon of free time where many of the group headed out to the floating villages of Ton Le Sap lake we all caught up again for dinner and a chance to celebrate this special day.
The beautiful birthday girl!
We all so sadly were saying goodbye to the much loved member of our group Jase who is just in Siem Reap for a couple of days before heading over to the Phillipines for a couple of weeks.
Jase has been an intergral member of our team providing laughs, stories and an incredible burst of positivity to all that we do. I personally am so sad he is leaving but am incredibly thankful for all that he has brought to the group
Jade, Lizzie and Ri saying goodbye to Jase
Starting off early on Monday morning it was time for us to head out to the Village community where we are working for the week.
Bun making friends
We began the morning with a tour of the school and then the local community we are working with. Our fantastic guide Sam showed us how the community operates and the many differences between our cities and towns and the way they live here.
Sam grinding fresh coconut cream as the group looks on.
After a wonderful morning we had lunch with the local High School kids before getting into the afternoons work. We are going to be building the foundations of a community house over the next week as well as interacting with the children through a number of activities.
Clare showing off her guns
Dahlia carrying parts of the roof
Saphron and Eve drawing with the kids
Learning Khmer dance routines
It’s been a full on two days but so very rewarding!
Will catch you all tomorrow.