I have done a lot of travelling in the last few days as I have moved sites and been to a couple of places. I guess the closest things you get to public transport here are the matatus, which are the minibus taxis that are good for journeys of an hour or two (but not more as you are crammed in with twice the official capacity of the bus), and the Post Bus service, which takes passengers and post all across the country and is the safest way of getting around the country.Read more
It's been a while since I updated this and all of a sudden I only have two weeks left!! The weekend didn't turn out to be a quiet one, went with a group to an elephant orphanage at Pinnawala. It was a nice concept, but still basically a tourist attraction - one of the scheduled attractions was bottle feeding baby elephants. This sounds super cute but in reality, the elephants have to be restrained and it was in a cement area with a fence so spectators could watch. So when people looked shocked, I do wonder what they expected...Read more
Well I am finally getting a few minutes to enter my 1st blog! Since booking the program things have been crazy between placement, fundraising and trying to do work in general!
I have had 2 great starts to fundraising my money for my trip, selling sweets and crocheted items appears to be my calling!! My family have been great and have helped me get on my feet by buying supplies and paying for stall tables as well as crocheting minion hats galore!!Read more
When I first arrived in Cambodia Phnom Penh and I could not get over the roads, the traffic how everyone was driving. It was more chaotic, crazy and even busier then Bangkok though for some reason it worked, and unlike Bangkok whether there is traffic or not you are not sitting in the car for an hour not moving. Meeting our co-ordinators whom also stay with us at the volunteer houses was exciting they where very welcoming with a great sense of humour.Read more
I only had one week but in that week I fell in love with the staff at the house, made quick travel friends with the other volunteers and felt like I could make a difference in even such a short time.
The view alone from my bedroom of the large yard, the chickens, the pony and listening to the staff sing while they make coffee was just magical. I cannot say enough good things about this experience except you have to go yourself to understand the beauty of this country, the village and the people. I'll see you again very soon everyone!Read more
Today is the first day of my travels. I have gone through such a crazy mixture of emotions since I got in the car with my brother and sister this morning to drive to the airport. I have been incredibly nervous, a little bit sad, uncontrollably happy and over the moon with excitement. So far nothing has gone wrong, and fingers crossed nothing will. I met a lovely old Thai lady on my first flight from Brisbane to Bangkok who helped me out quite a bit with all of my silly 'new-to-flying' questions and little mistakes.Read more
A day before I leave to go to Cambodia.
I am so excited, nervous and don't know what to expect!
We have just found out we will be placed in Phnom Penh and I will be teaching as Adele and Elise will be doing childcare.
Im going to miss my dogs so much it's like they know I am leaving.
It's my last night in Nepal. As expected, this trip has flown by but I feel as though I've been here forever - so much has happened in almost three months.
For my final week, I returned to my first host family and orphanage, Riya and the Bhaktapur Self-Sustaining Orphan Home, in Sipadol in the outskirts of Kathmandu. I had hoped to be back for longer, but politics got in the way - not the first time that's happened, eh?Read more
Check out the link to the school website please.
It is ten days in to my placement at this local school embedded deep in the community. The genuine love and infectious enthusiasm of the students (we prefer this word to 'children') is overwhelming. This school is a beating heart in a village that seems to embody everything we have heard about Cambodian life: the incredible resilience and positive mindset of the people.Read more