Travelling abroad to teach children was one of my plan in ‘to do list’. I suggested to my parents when I was still preparing for my public exams in the UK and it was my first time to travel abroad by my own. No doubt for a 19 years old immature teenager to take care by himself and even teaching the others without any proper trainings and experiences, it was quite hilarious. To be honest, I have loads of worries and uncertainties before I went there even though I was the one who proposed it. But after the trip, I felt like it was too silly to bring all these up in my brain.
Just a step Forward
Outlining the beginning of my first day, the atmosphere was expectedly quiet and fresh since everyone just landed or arrived from an extremely long bus journey. But on the other day everyone started to know each other and all the embarrassments were swept off straight away. I cannot imagine how quick we actually build our friendships then to a big family, I was not even kidding but cultural differences were not even a struggle but the key of opening the conversations and deepening our relationships.
You teach them something, and they return you another thing
We were separated into 3 different teams and taught different age groups. I was teaching the groups aged from 8-13 and 13-17. I was quite shocked when I was noticed to teach people 2 years below me as I would not know if the students would actually listen to a guy who was literally in the same generation as they were. Thus it was always the first day the most profound. A group of shy and lovely girls in my first class and a group of energetic and passionate girls in my second class. They were very unique, but they shared the most valuable thing, a cheerful smile. Could you imagine how innocent they were when they ran to a stranger like me and gave me a warm hug in the very first day I met them? I pondered over the differences of our living attitudes. Normally people in cities will ask for luxuries and urban living, so it indirectly causes the development of stress and competitiveness. Comparing to them, these innocent kids reminded me the sincerest meaning of life. It is very simple: you don’t need a king size bed, you don’t need a Lamborghini and you do not even need an air-conditioner. I still remembered the day when I asked them about their future jobs, they all had their own thoughts with no intervention of any peer pressure and it was very precious.
Adventurous, Curious and Smile
Over these two weeks, we had been going through the progresses of teaching, building classroomsand visiting families. For a person living in a city for ages like me, changing the living environment to a rural area was not as challenging as I expected, surprisingly instead, I preferred their simple ways of living: Waking up early, bathing with buckets of water and handwashing process.
Last but not least, in all my respects to my volunteer family, Seyha, Solyda and their family, the rapport we built was unbreakable and I am sure I will keep in touch and find you guys someday.Moreover, to all of my lovely students, it was a memorable time to me and I wish you guys all the best, stay happy with all those pretty smiles and as sa aht as always and I will not break the promise.
I discovered a meaningful way to explore the world, how about you?
Nicholas [email protected] Reap, Cambodia