Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #20

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #20: Sometimes when we are not building or teaching we ride bikes through the village, passing through from village to village. It's a privilege not many people get. Of course, some volunteers struggle to ride and we get flat tyres and passing trucks kick dirt and dust into our eyes, but it's still a special experience. Oh see those dark clouds. That means a crazy storm is coming.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #19

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #19: It is a tradition in Cambodia that a school must be blessed before it opens. At all our projects we have a blessing ceremony with the local monks. It also a little festive and gifts and stuff are offered and accepted. Here, donated shoes are given to some lucky kids through a raffle/lottery like system. We didn't have enough to give everyone a pair. But still, it was amazing.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #18

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #18: Yes, working on a construction worksite in extreme Cambodian heat is physically demanding. During breaks you sleep wherever and whenever you can. But beware, some volunteers, have energy to burn and will play a prank or two on those that sleep 🙂 Photo, courtesy of Kenny Chy.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #17

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #17: Being creative and flexible are characteristics we look for in all our volunteers. For example when cooking you may need to use old cement fence posts, chopped up bamboo sticks to skewer fish caught in the local lake and Tada! LUNCH. This is Damian doing the BBQ. Villagers will watch and laugh at everything volunteers do. So a sense of humour would be good to if you're interested in volunteering.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #16

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #16: At all our events we encourage children to get involved and experience the joy of moving people to action. Some of our volunteers are children, 6, 7, 10 year old kids that want to make a difference. In this picture a 10 yr old boy stamps one of our walkathon walkers in Tokyo, Japan. That's a pretty cool kid.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures#15

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #15: A Ute. In the back of one. This is how we travel in Cambodia into and out of the village. It makes us all get very close. Which we like.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #14

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #14: We sometimes have jungle parties. The whole village will come out and dance all night to music blasting from massive speakers that is transported via cow and cart. Sometimes they use a megaphone on a tall stick. This gives volunteers the chance to show off their incredible dance moves. Mitchell and Cha are synchronise dancing. It really takes our breath away.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #13

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #13: It's not all about living and working in a rural Cambodian village. Volunteers also help with our fundraising and raising awareness events. This picture is of kids in a Japanese high school. It was a special events day BabyTree was involved in we taught kids about the world and BabyTree's amazing work. The kids were also amazing.


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #12

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #12: On occasions we receive something beautiful from the children. We have been running English classes for 6 years now and it amazes us how amazing their English is. They have come a long way. Even though, we still cannot figure out the eyebrow comment in this letter 😉 But it is cute. (Names have been blocked out because of our Child Safe Policy, you understand)


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Volunteer Life in Pictures #11

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Volunteer Life in Pictures #11: T-shirt painting workshops. Sophia and some boys show off their creative and artistic skills. We discovered some kids have amazing drawing and painting skills.