What Is It REALLY Like To Be A Volunteer? – Part Four

After you have finished reading the previous 3 blog posts, you probably have a sense of what life is really like as a volunteer.  If not, after you have read my blogs from May to December, you probably have a lot more sense. If not, keep reading. LOL! Over the past (nearly) 8 months, I … Continue reading What Is It REALLY Like To Be A Volunteer? – Part Four

Funny Moments

There were so many happy and funny moments when I was in Cambodia. I'd love to share these with all of you. Thanks for the happy times, everyone. You are all my angels. 😊 Moments with the French volunteer: At a farewell party for a local priest, the students cried. The French volunteer consoled one … Continue reading Funny Moments

C’est la Vie

Days before I left the village, I saw one of my grade 12 students in the students centre. She was packing and was preparing to leave the centre. She told me, 'I passed the national university entrance exam and I got a scholarship to a college so I am moving there.' I asked her, 'are … Continue reading C’est la Vie


After I came back to town (civilization!*), I heard some news from a new French volunteer. When I first came here, I was teaching at the Boys’ Centre in this town for a few weeks. The new French volunteer told me casually that he's now staying there and sometimes the boys asked him to play … Continue reading Legacy

Good or Bad News?

'Hello, <student>. Let's resume our English lesson tomorrow.' I called my student on Friday after I came back to the village from Siem Reap and after THEIR long holiday.  Mind you, it's a  6-hour bus ride and after that, I had to take a tuk tuk from the town to the village and that cost … Continue reading Good or Bad News?

Tests, Tests And More Tests… In Life

Starting from this week, I gave my students tests on phonetics. When I say tests, I don't really mean tests. I actually mean exercises but I want to give them a sense of 'pressure'.  While learning is fun, giving them some 'pressure' (not too much) will help them improve further. After all, we all live … Continue reading Tests, Tests And More Tests… In Life

Welcome to Cambodia!

I travelled all the way to Phnom Penh (a 3-hour drive, one way) for this international ICT and Mobile event and guess what? First, I couldn’t find the venue. Most of the buildings on Diamond Island are still under construction and the people working in the office building there didn’t know where the convention and … Continue reading Welcome to Cambodia!

‘If They Can Do It, YOU Can Do It Too. YOU Can Even Be BETTER!’

My students love to give me surprises. This time, they wrote more on the board which I was happy to see. 🙂 This time, they wrote, ‘We love our teacher. God bless you teacher. ‘ 🙂 When I checked the attendance, some of the names were missing on the list on the board. So I … Continue reading ‘If They Can Do It, YOU Can Do It Too. YOU Can Even Be BETTER!’

‘Sing Alleluia to the Lord!’

When I attended the mass on Sunday with my students, they sang this song 'Sing Alleluia to the Lord' in Khmer, one part only. Hence, during the class, I played them the English version with two parts.  They had never known that there was a second part of this song. (Actually, there are four parts … Continue reading ‘Sing Alleluia to the Lord!’

My Reward!

'Teacher!', one of the students screamed as I went into the classroom. After she got my attention, she pointed at the whiteboard. It read, 'Teacher, I love you too much.'  It was so sweet of her!!  🙂 This is probably the best gift I have received so far after I arrived in Cambodia.  The next … Continue reading My Reward!