The Airhouse

The Cambodian Volunteer Foundation has three houses in Phnom Penh to house their volunteers, the Main Volunteer house, Mr. Lim’s house and the Airhouse. The main volunteer house is located on Street 24BT. It’s surrounded by a maze of streets, that are made up of a mix of narrow paved roads, mud and dust and…

Last Day at the Orphanage

I realised it was my last day only when I was halfway down a corridor running as fast as I could with Samit laughing uproariously at the speed. I had five minutes left and only one more child to wheel away home. I had been preoccupied. Marie told us at lunch that she had been…

Sweaty Days

I’ve abandoned the tradition of wearing of bras. Instead, I am now outfitting myself with a bikini top during the day with the padding removed and then urgently removing it upon arriving back home. While this is a salve to the sweat rash left by the previous bra wearing practice, it does add a certain…

First Week Orphanage Wrap-Up

I’m routinely staggered by just how much joy kids can bring. All this week, when I’ve been green with upset stomachs, tired from lack of sleep in the heat, uncomfortable with the culture shock, I’m always cheered up by working with the kids. On my first day, it felt like I spent the whole day…