10.01.2014 - 10.01.2014
Our first day teaching was a great success! We woke up at 6 and got ourselves ready for school. The bus drivers and translators came to get us and we headed over to Spitler. Ashlee, Lauren and I work together at the spitler school and the other 3 girls are based at the other school. This morning Lauren and I had the grade 4s for activities and we organised a few learning games for them to help with learning colours and counting. We played What's the time Mr Wolf, The counting bus and red rover which the kids loved. We them used the outside classroom to teach a lesson on the numbers and colours. It was certainly challenging trying to communicate but the kids were so good and we enjoyed it so much but by 11 I was exhausted!
Anthony and his family came to visit the school at around 9.30 and it was so lovely to have their daughters join the Cambodian kids in their games, what an amazing experience for them!
After our lunch and hammock ritual we headed back to the school to teach the afternoon session. This time I went into the classroom with Sineth while he taught the children and helped him. The children were learning the difference between “these are” and “this is” and it is so difficult to convey these concepts it has been a massive learning curve for me and I am so grateful for the experience. After that class I went outside to help with the activities and we had a new bunch of kids who were just as enthusiastic and gorgeous as the morning class. By 4pm I was exhausted!! As Lisa said when you are a teacher you are always performing and on “stage” and it really takes it out of you but it is also so rewarding.
So we drove home and we were all buzzing about our day and also very tired. We decided to go into town and get foot massages and something to eat. We found this great little restaurant in one of the lanes with the friendliest girls who were chatty and joking with us.. born saleswomen but the food was cheap with 50c beers, 2 for 1 cocktails and complimentary popcorn! I love the local beer called Ankor and so I had two with dinner before heading off to find the foot massage place.
We got a 30min foot scrub and 30min massage for $6. I love this place for its prices alone! It was so funny we were sitting there chatting while we were being pampered and Tara asked me if I had spoken to Anthony about what he thought of his visit to the school and so I messaged him on facebook to see what he thought and just as I pressed send he and his family walked right in front of us! He joked that he decided to reply in person
After our massages we went to the Crepe shop and bought takeaway banana and Nutella crepes including one for Ashlee as it was her birthday already in Australia. Back at the guesthouse we all sat at the table eating our crepes and laughing and talking about our day.
Am so grateful to be a part of this opportunity.