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Reflections on the end of an adventure…

I’m not really the sentimental type but I think it would be remiss of me not to reflect just a little bit on the last 8 months. So here’s a quick end of trip report! The top highlight: The overarching highlight, … Continue reading

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Future Plans – The Present Continuous

After my first two weeks of discovery and planning it became clear that there was a huge opportunity to develop the English language function within the foundation. What was missing however was someone to help define the opportunity and get … Continue reading

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Preparations and Past Participles – Teaching Begins

I began correspondence with the Foundation of Goodness about volunteer teaching opportunities back in October 2014. After completing an application with my credentials and motivations for volunteering I was accepted and we agreed on a 6 week placement starting on May … Continue reading

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The Foundation of Goodness

A national NGO and US registered charity the Foundation of Goodness was established in 1999 by Kushil Gunasekera, a local entrepreneur and humanitarian. Gunasekera’s vision was to bridge the gap between rural and urban development through the provision of services … Continue reading

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Serendipity

Serendipity means a fortunate happenstance or a pleasant surprise. This beautiful word stems from Serendip, the name for Sri Lanka prior to being called Ceylon. My love of this country began back in 1991 when I was fortunate to visit … Continue reading

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Last Day in Phnom Penh and a Quick Stop in KL

I spent my last day in Cambodia pottering around Phnom Penh and exploring the back streets and markets. That evening I jumped on the back of a bike and headed to 308 street where, a well-travelled food blogger I met … Continue reading

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Choeung Ek and Tuol Sleng Detention Centre – Phnom Penh

After a week on the beaches and islands I traveled back to Phnom Penh where I was to spend my last couple of days in Cambodia. I decided that I would visit the Choeung Ek Genocide Centre and Tuol Sleng … Continue reading

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Beaches and Islands

The next day Ro and I headed down south to the beach village of Otres 1 whilst Sarah and Dan made their way separately to Kep. Ro and I were staying at the aptly named ‘Mushroom Point’ just over the road … Continue reading

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Climbing and Clouds in Kampot

Next stop was Kampot a riverside town about a 30 minute drive west from Kep. After checking in at my hostel, Titch’s place, I got chatting to an English girl, Sarah and her friend Amy, who had also just arrived. … Continue reading

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Sunsets and Seafood – Quintessential Kep

I left Phnom Penh early for the seaside town of Kep a small town on the south coast of Cambodia with a pretty beach, fabulous sunsets and a famous crab market. I decided to treat myself and stayed in a … Continue reading

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