I joined CDO in February, 2016, as a volunteer. There I met The Familly : Mom, the children, a French volunteer Julien and Peter and Sue.
I spent a very amazing three weeks in Siem Reap.
I shared with the children French lessons, games, information about the world of advertising, education and meals.
I had the feeling that I was supporting them and, at the same time, integrating into Cambodian life.
I still have wonderful memories.
The ‘value of small things’
At the beginning of last year, I decided to travel around SE Asia and to finish with a volunteering experience.
I remember the first day I arrived at CDO, excited and scared. The place seemed empty, no one but the dogs and chickens wandering around, since all the kids were at school. After a while two little ones came running to me with a smile on their face inviting me in. We couldn’t quite understand each other but somehow we started to make bracelets together. And as simple has that I thought, ‘well, it feels like home’.
One month later, on my last day, as I took my bike outside, carrying a bunch of drawings offered by the kids, and looking at their little smiley faces between the blue gate, I had the same feeling all over again: it does feel like home.
While volunteering in CDO I got to do several different things, such as teaching English, geography, even Portuguese, dance classes and some gardening. But mostly I was grateful and surprised about what I’d learned myself from the experience, the kids and the staff of CDO. Mom, Peter, Julien, Yenny, everyone, I thank you so much for having me and teaching me the value of small things. I wish you all the best for the new school and I’ll keep cheering for you from the other side of the world until we meet again.