Countdown to Cambodia: 3 Weeks

One of my goals for this year was to travel more. However, I didn’t anticipate just how much the travel bug would influence my decisions this year.

I finally went and saw some of Australia! I can’t believe that as I’m writing this, I got back into the swing of the real world only 8 weeks ago. Pretty soon after getting back home however, I found my mind wandering onto the next thing. This wanderlust shall never be satisfied it seems.

I knew that after having done now 4 tours with gAdventures (which I wholeheartedly recommend), I wanted to enjoy a place at a slower pace. I wanted to live there and immerse myself in the culture. I also wanted to give back and do something more meaningful than just take a superficial glance at the scenery and tick it off my list. So I decided to volunteer.

Choosing somewhere to volunteer and trying to find something that both matched my skills and I felt was ethical took some research but I hope I have found something that will satisfy both these criteria. By day, I am an English language teacher which is obviously a skill in high demand in many regions in the world. Despite knowing this, I knew I didn’t want to work with children as:

  1. My time was limited and we would never allow someone to work with our children in Australia for only a couple of weeks so I personally don’t view it as ok overseas
  2. My personality and skills are better suited for working with adults

This severely limited my options as many opportunities for teaching English are for working with children. Eventually, I found that offer volunteer placements in Cambodia working with NGOs. One of the available placements is to teach the local employees the English skills they need to gain funding, promote and interact globally with those who have the means to help.

So, in 3 weeks I leave on my new adventure to Cambodia where I will be immersing myself in the local culture for 10 weeks. Hopefully, I will be make a positive impact upon some of the local population. Only time will tell, but for now, I’m busy getting myself prepared and enduring what feels like a fortune worth of vaccinations!

Wish me luck!

March on šŸ™‚

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