Hands Are Made For Helping
August 29th 2016. Coaches Across Continents (CAC) volunteer Alicia Calcagni discussed our week with Globalteer in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Hands are made for helping. This week we worked with the non government organization Globalteer. The staff is building up a sports program, but they have also been running a school called Helping Hands for the past 10 years in a small village in Siem Reap Cambodia. It is about a 15 minute Tuk Tuk drive to the village from the city. There is no electricity or running water, and the bumps and holes in the dirt road aggressively tossed us from side to side in our seats. It was one of the most beautiful experiences. The endless rice fields glowed making the white clouds in the sky pop. We drove past various bamboo huts, and small kids exploring every corner of their natural play ground. The school was at the end of the road, and consisted of three classrooms, one bathroom, and a soccer pitch that had 2 goals made out of bamboo and wood. The families in the village built the school themselves so Globalteer would come and teach their kids. There are around 300 students and they mainly learn Khmer, English, and Math. The teachers gave a tour of the classrooms and then encouraged us to experience a class or get to know the kids. We recognized some of the students because they attended our program in the morning before class. After a dusty defeat in ‘duck duck goose’, a challenge to some pickup was much appreciated despite a similar result. After almost half an hour of running around, the kids showed no sign of slowing and moved on to playing a couple of games we taught them earlier in the week like head/ catch and 95% football. It was cool seeing the players enjoy CAC outside of the program.