21.01.2014 - 21.01.2014
Wake up at 5.20am to be ready for school by 7am... sooo tired.
When we arrived at school we noticed all children cleaning the yard.. can you imagine our kids back home having to do this?
Lauren and I finished the photo project with our group of Grade 4s. They chose their favourite photo for their theme, wrote a few sentences in Khmer and English for the book and now we just have to figure out how to put it all together. Lisa was meeting with somebody today so hopefully we will have an idea of how it is going to be put together..
We finished the project fairly early so spent the extra time we had brainstorming what we were going to put in the resource book we are putting together for the school and also what should be included in the volunteers guide we are leaving for the school. The volunteers guide will have all the hints and tips we have learned as we have gone along, such as what to wear, the routines of the school etc
There was a mix up with the schedule (a bit of a recurrence at Spitler) and so our Grade 3s didn't come for their activities so we tried to make good use of our time organising ourselves for the last few weeks.
While we were waiting to take the class photos a couple of tourist buses turned up with some Americans who were being shown around with the hope they would become donors. We chatted to them for a while and and told them what we were doing and a little bit about the school.
We also started our first lot of class photos for the Kindergartners, Grade 1s and 2s. So fun organising the little ones and the photos are precious. We are going to print out a copy for each student including their teachers.. cannot wait to see their faces when they get it.
After lunch Lauren and I went into the classroom where we helped Sineth teach English which translates to watching Sineth work his magic and helping where we could. We did teach them the Hokey Cokey which was heaps of fun.
After work we finally all sat down and watched My Khmer Heart - a very controversial documentary about Geraldine Cox that has polarised some of the volunteers in Cambodia. It was quite disturbing and my conclusion is that although I think she means well as far as the actions she did in the documentary she is not doing it correctly or ethically.
For dinner we decided to go back to Rosie's bar and have burgers.. I had the chicken burger which was yummo! We then tried to find a restaurant we thought would be good for Friday night when we are shouting the translators and teachers for dinner. After walking the street feeling lost we found out from a tuk tuk driver that it had closed 6 months ago.
Ashlee went home while Tara, Lauren, Kristie and myself headed to the night markets where I bought some presents and a few other things before having the best foot massage I have ever had (sorry honey!), I wish I had got 30 mins instead of 15 but I did do 15 minutes of shoulders and back. I came home and had a night time cold tablet and slept so well.