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Week Five – Practicum

It is tuesday here, and its a big day for me. Sometime later I will find out where it is I am going to permanentally placed in Cambodia. I have an inkling on where it could be, and thats a town called Tramkak, which is located at the halfway point between Kampot and Phomn Penh. There are a few upsides about this location. It has an air-conditioned gas station, which is a nice place to have a cold beer at during these hot and humid days. It also has a somewhat reliable internet shop. Both positives. On the downside it was also the village that housed the other half of my training group, and I am going to have to overcome the problems that they might have caused for me while being there. Also, this fancy gas station/bar is quite expensive, so I am going to need to try to stay away from it in general.

Anyhoo, this past week we also did some practice teaching. We had some kids from our local area come to a summer camp type of thing where we got to work on our teaching here in Cambodia. We also got a chance to go through the motions of what it would be like to have a Cambodian co-teacher to work with. I got very lucky with my situation because the kids were great, and I also had a co-teacher who had worked with a previous peace corps volunteer. so really i got an ideal sitaution and the experience was not realistic, but i had some fun. i got the kids to thumbwrestle one day, then the next i got another one of them to sing a song in english. the last day i had two of the boys give presentations on how to make their favorite meals from home. that was a big deal because im sure they didnt know how to cook or thought about cooking as something they could do before that, especially one of them. at the end of the last day, they gave me a wristband that says “it all starts with hello” in khmer. another student gave me some notes that said thank you. it was a very good week, but also mind numbing because in addition to this teaching, we had another three hours of language class each day. rough stuff.

aside from all that, everything is going well. probably the favorite new thing i have eaten here is lemongrass stuffed frog, it tastes something like a sausage, so that makes me happy. probably my favorite ongoing hobby is finding “taste-a-like” foods.. things from here that taste like something from home. i have lost around 10-15lbs in the month plus of being here, mostly due to the heat and increase in health of my diet. I hope everyone is well and I love and miss you all. Talk to you soon, I think.

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