Amazingly, it has been almost I year since my brother Christopher and I returned from our 5 week trip to Cambodia where we were welcomed with open arms by the local people of the country’s oldest and most eastern province, Takeo. During our 5 weeks of volunteering with grassroots NGO Children with Hope for Development (CHD), we discovered the beautiful but struggling country through the eyes of teachers, having the opportunity to teach over 200 children on a daily basis in the tiny village of Po, where everyone – women, children and the elderly included – works in the rice fields along the Vietnamese border. To put it lightly, the province of Takeo is severely poverty stricken and in desperate need not only of funding but also of volunteers.
Our first 2 weeks in Cambodia have been nothing short of eventful. From navigating our way from Phnom Penh to the dusty village of Lory, Takeo, we’ve experienced all the finest transport options that Cambodia has to offer. From tuk-tuks to motos, “taxis” to shared vans, and of course bicycles, our journey to our guesthouse took three hours from Phnon Penh, after the initial 27 hours of flights and stopovers from Ireland.