What you see on a typical ride out to school…

This trip we have hired bicycles to get to and from school. It takes about 20 minutes to get there from where we are staying. Although it’s not too far away, the morning sun makes it very hot, however there are always many weird and wonderful things to see to take our minds off the heat. Here are some of them…

Electricity wires run here, there and everywhere here in Cambodia but it works!

Electricity wires run here, there and everywhere here in Cambodia but it works!

This stand is actually a local petrol station. The most popular form of transport in Cambodia is scooters or motorbikes. Locals buy petrol by the litre from recycled bottles. We have heard the petrol is not very good but it is cheaper and more convenient than going to a petrol station.

This stand is actually a local petrol station. The most popular form of transport in Cambodia is scooters or motorbikes. Locals buy petrol by the litre from recycled bottles. We have heard the petrol is not very good but it is cheaper and more convenient than going to a petrol station.

This young man has a different kind of food stand, it sells grilled bananas. He has a little coal fire on his stand, which he used to grill the bananas until the are soft but not too soft. I bought a stick of 4 grilled bananas for 50c. They were yummy!

This young man has a different kind of food stand, it sells grilled bananas. He has a little coal fire on his stand, which he used to grill the bananas until the are soft but not too soft. I bought a stick of 4 grilled bananas for 50c. They were yummy!

There are no laws on the number of passengers you can carry in Cambodia, or as you can see, where you carry them.

There are no laws on the number of passengers you can carry in Cambodia, or as you can see, where you carry them.

This photo was taken on the way home from school. There are many food stand in Siem Reap that sell lots of delicious things. This man is selling BBQ chicken. These stands are shelled in and wheeled away each night. The person that owns it walks it to where he sets up for the morning/afternoon/night.

This photo was taken on the way home from school. There are many food stand in Siem Reap that sell lots of delicious things. This man is selling BBQ chicken. These stands are shelled in and wheeled away each night. The person that owns it walks it to where he sets up for the morning/afternoon/night.

A new building is being built in this picture. Unlike us, Cambodians use bamboo for scaffolding. Men and woman work tens of metres from the ground, standing on and protected by the bamboo. Think that's crazy, well they also only wear thongs to work and no hard hats or protective clothes.

A new building is being built in this picture. Unlike us, Cambodians use bamboo for scaffolding. Men and woman work tens of metres from the ground, standing on and protected by the bamboo. Think that’s crazy, well they also only wear thongs to work and no hard hats or protective clothes.

Electricity wires run here, there and everywhere here in Cambodia but it works!

Electricity wires run here, there and everywhere here in Cambodia but it works!

FUn times at FKC,

Well it’s been an action packed few days at FKC! We would have updated earlier but the wifi over here is a little slow or sometimes not very good at all, but it seems to be okay now.

It has been really hot in Siem Reap, so hot that just sitting in the classroom makes causes you to sweat. Playing games and walking around makes you dripping wet! Which is very different to back home, we hear it’s windy and raining!

On Thours day we handed out the toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap and taught some lessons on how to use them. Mr Payne helped Miss Waldron in the big kids classes, whilst Miss Phillips and I sang songs with the little kids.

The students were so excited to receive your gifts and so too were the teachers. Smiles were spread from ear to ear! So, if you donated, you should be very happy to know your gifts were very much appreciated!!!!

Check out these photos on just it all went down… More photos to come!

Very happy with their new toothpaste!

Very happy with their new toothpaste!

And toothbrushes!!!!!

And toothbrushes!!!!!

Thank you teacher! Such beautiful manners!

Thank you teacher! Such beautiful manners!

Practising using his new toothbrush!

Practising using his new toothbrush!

A trip to the village school

Classroom 2

Classroom 2

Toilet block - not finished yet!

Toilet block – not finished yet!

Road into the village

Road into the village

Yesterday was another wonderful day at FKC. We headed out to the school bright and early, riding our bikes along the local traffic on National Road 6. This is the main road that leads in and out of Siem Reap. It is filled with people on push bikes and motorbikes and others driving tuk-tuks, trucks and the occasional car.

After arriving at FKC we began the day with morning assembly and then worked with the students in their classrooms for the first 3 hours of the day. During this time we taught many different things, such as about fruit, kitchen items and animals. They did a great job learning lots of new words.

At 1:30pm we took off for the village school. We drove in the back of a ute, with Mr Payne in the front with the schools director (principal.) We drove 30 minutes to the village, passing smaller neighbourhoods until we reached a more remote place. driving into the village was like driving into the jungle, until we started to see wooden houses and shops and smiling faces poking out from them.

When we got to the school we were greeted by over 150 children, who hop to attend the school when it opens in August. Sadly there is only space for 120. The students we’re very friendly, smiling and saying hello how are you? Despite not speaking very much English and us knowing very little Khmer, we communicated through hand gestures and drawings.

After talking with the students and taking a quick look around the school building and grounds, we gave the parents of the students some of the toothbrushes and toothpastes so generously donated by the LPS community. The smiles on their faces said it all, 1, 2, 3 LPS Rock!

Day 1 at FKC

We had a great first day at FKC! We arrived at school at 7:15, ready for the bell to ring at 7:30. The children began with a morning assembly and then headed off to class. Miss Waldron taught about countries, Miss Phillips about adverbs and I taught about pronouns. Mr Payne and Bronwyn visited all the rooms and took lots of photos. We stopped for a break at 11am and started again at 1pm.

Take a look below for some photos from our day. Keep looking though because tomorrow we head to the village where the school we’ve helped build is nearly complete!

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FUTURE FOR KHMER CHILDREN SCHOOL

 

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FKC OFFICE BUILDING AND PLAYGROUND

 

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MISS PHILLIPS AND MISS WALDRON PLAYING BALL WITH THE YOUNGEST STUDENTS

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MORNING ASSEMBLY

We are here!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay, but we have had some Internet problems.

Yes, we are here! It is hot and humid, around 30 degrees, which is very different to Melbourne at the moment, we hear it is raining…

Tomorrow we start at the school, which we are all looking forward too. Today we might  borrow a bike and take a ride around the town. So keep an eye out for photos.