Last night the HKC team on the ground in Cambodia became relief teachers for the night! Jimmy made a last minute trip to Phnom Penh to finalise official paperwork for the truck purchase....an inconvenient and unfortunately long trip for such a simple process! So much to learn about the ways of Cambodia! So whilst Jimmy selflessly ventured back to Phnom Penh, Christine, Anna, Adrian & Marty taught the 2 evening classes at Jimmy's Village School.
Christine & Anna taught the first class, of the younger children. They discussed all the different "fruit shake" flavours the kids could list, everyone wrote them down in their notebooks then also wrote which flavour was their favourite. The kids even suggested a game in which the students came up the front in pairs and had to try and beat the other to point out the fruit that was yelled out from the crowd. The kids were laughing heaps and enjoyed! This was followed by another game involving a blindfold and the students practising their pronunciation and everyday phrases. The kids picked it up so quickly!!!
Adrian began the second class by explaining what it was like back in Australia in "a day in the life of Adrian". The children then had to follow suit and write a paragraph about "a day in the life of _______" themselves. Alot of the comments coming from the kids included doing chores early in the morning to help their parents before school - and this was a very common theme. These kids are so incredible! They study extremely hard AND are dedicated to helping their families. Marty then followed on with "a day in the life of Martin" and finished the class by teaching the children 1-10 in Spanish, Marty's family dialect. The kids seemed to enjoy that and picked it up super fast!!!!! Will be good to have Jimmy back tonight though, so the kids can get back on track with their curriculum :)
This morning we picked up HKC yoga events coordinator Danae and her lovely mother Robyn from Siem Reap airport! We now have a total of 5 HKC team members in Siem Reap at once! Robyn will be in a volunteer capacity for us, bringing with her many years of teaching experience and a suitcase full of resources to assist Jimmy in consolidating his mobile school curriculum! How lucky we are to have her join us this trip. We headed to breakfast at Reak Smey restaurant on Sok San road, a small family restaurant we have become quite fond of. After a rest and gym visit, we all met for an afternoon lunch in a lovely restaurant next door to Jimmy's School; Dee Cafe. HKC supporter Marika also joined us following getting herself a Khmer tattoo!!! Pretty memorable way to spend her last day in Cambodia! She heads home to Melbourne tomorrow.
Night all XXX