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  • Waking up in Cambodia

    Waking up in Cambodia

    I'm not gonna lie to you - I struggled to get out of bed today. Teaching in the morning and again afternoon, then working into the evening to prepare blogs and plan the next day is hard work, especially when it's done in stifling temperatures. But...

  • Meet the team

    Meet the team

    I woke up before the sparrows again today, so I thought I might take the opportunity to introduce our dynamic team to our readers. I should perhaps start with myself, principal of the Helen O'Grady Academy in Malta and president of the Drama...

  • The streets of Phnom Penh

    The streets of Phnom Penh

    Another day in Phnom Penh and who knows what's in store. Getting to work was quite eventful this morning as we drove through one of the worst roads I've ever been on in my entire life. Unfortunately, as Martina was casually filming from the...

  • The miracle baby

    The miracle baby

    The DO Cambodia group of volunteers dispersed for the weekend with some of the girls scurrying off to experience the majestic Ankor Wat in the north of the country, while the rest stayed in Phnom Penh to do a cookery course (have I mentioned that...

  • A 'funtastic' Friday

    A 'funtastic' Friday

    Alan is AWOL this weekend and asked me to write the final blog for the week so here goes. Today the team rolled up their sleeves for something different - escorting 35 children around Dreamland, the fun park in Phnom Penh and clearly a highlight...

  • The children of the street

    The children of the street

    Last night was an eye-opener. Of course I knew that some of the children we work with live on the street - that's why they're called street children - but to actually see where and how they are living really does wrench at your heart. One of our...

  • How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    How the other half live - The slums of Lu Teok Sa-ouy

    My late, great dad would always say that when it comes to writing, the very first sentence is always the hardest. Not so in Cambodia because with so much going on, these reports just write themselves. The plan for today is arts and crafts, and the...

  • The angel of Phnom Penh

    The angel of Phnom Penh

    One of the most challenging parts of my day here in Cambodia is deciding what actually makes it to this diary and what bits to leave out because our days here are absolutely jam packed with hard work and jaw-dropping experiences, but we are...

  • A call for help

    A call for help

    Anticipation is running high this morning. Today we start classes at LRDE in the morning with a repeat at the Sfoda orphanage in the afternoon. It's actually not really a repeat because later this morning we will be dispatching two TEFL-trained...

  • Prak Kadam: A day in the provinces

    Prak Kadam: A day in the provinces

    I slept deeply, really deeply, till about 5.30am as my body clock is still on European time. My guess is that if I shifted a little I would have drifted right back to sleep but the events and sights of the previous day came back to me in a rush:...