Phnom Penh was nothing like anyone expected. All the stores in the main area were all so Canadianized with English words. We then later realized that kids are taught in school the English language. It's very hard for people to find a job if they don't know how to speak English. Yet it is so expensive to go to school for the children. You're forced to buy the uniform, the supplies, snacks and on top of that, teachers make next to nothing so they make students pay for their textbooks and stuff. You can't blame the teachers though because they do what they have to to pay the bills and support their families. It hurts to see how happy everyone is when they have nothing. But nothing is enough for them and that's what people don't realize. We who live in Canada have everything compared to them. We have no right to complain or be sad about what we don't have. To wrap everything up from the first day, it was shocking. I just hope that we can get a chance to find out more about the politics.
Kaitlin Mitchell and Yvonne Seles
DWC Volunteer Participants
Cambodia. January, 2015.