It was our 3rd week travelling. After several days of severe flooding up North in Chiang Mai we decided to cross over to Cambodia. It meant doing the Indo-China loop the other way round but who says you’re meant to do it the way most do. If you know anything about C and I then you sure know we like doing things differently.
It must have been a sign as not only we met some amazing people on our journey to cross the Thai – Cambodian border but also witnessed this on our first night in Siem Reap.
We thought Cambodia was going to be all about Angkor Wat and visiting temples but clearly walking the streets of Siem Reap at that specific moment was meant to happen for us to witness the most heart warming experience of our travels.
The first thing we heard was a group of Khmer kids singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas in the middle of October. We had to stop to check out what was going on.
It was Jimmy’s evening school for poor Khmer kids that couldn’t otherwise get any education. The kids were singing songs for tourists that stopped by. Jimmy – a guy that has his day to day job, dedicated his evenings and pretty much all free time to helping local kids learn English and get a head start in their otherwise underprivileged life.
Everything in his outdoor classroom was there because of tourists and backpackers. From desks and chairs to books and pencils. Teachers were volunteers dedicating their time to touch these kids’ lives and both C and I were indeed touched and amazed by how grateful they all were just for having us for that evening helping them with their vocabulary and spelling. Some of the braver ones even run up to us to practice their conversations.
I must say I never forgot how that evening made me feel and took this picture in case any of you would like to get in touch or perhaps visit Jimmy’s school in Siem Reap.
And yeah, it truly was a magical moment for both C and I and just as Macca loved his Croatian magical experience, I felt privileged and humbled to have had the chance to help at Jimmy’s school that evening.
Till next week.