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Have you ever wondered why some people volunteer to help others? At their own expense, in far away places, and working in challenging situations?
12 intrepid persons from around the world shared this experience during March-June 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is the city in which all of us met Ruchika from Delhi, India. We completely agree with her students, "We love you teacher".
Teaching 3 regular classes and assisting with the young learners program, her smile and enthusiasm were felt by all. Conversations with Foreigners allows Cambodians to increase their spoken use of English by interacting with English speakers. This school term included volunteers from India, USA, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain.
In her spare time (between lesson plans, early classes that started at 6:30 am, followed by an evening class as well) Ruchika explored and enjoyed Cambodia.
Several of the trips were related to the school's outreach mission to the community with assistance to rural schools, water purification, sanitation, and funding for NGO's who are helping to boost the wellness of Cambodian citizens.
The following podcast, found at the bottom of this blog, was recorded in the teacher's lounge of the community house. The listener will hear the sounds of the street in the background.
Enjoy the insights into Ruchika and India which she provides.
Click any picture to begin a slide show of all pictures.
Factoid: According to WikiPedia, Delhi's urban area with an estimated 2016 population of over 26 million people, makes it the world's second largest area according to the United Nations. (2016)
By contrast, Cambodia's total population is approximately 16 million. Phnom Penh, the capital city in which Ruchika taught, is approximately 1.5 million.
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