Tony sent pictures from Cambodia to our class:
Notes on Photos
A typical classroom at my high school. This picture is from a peer-led workshop where a group of grade 12 student leaders discussed preparing for university with fellow high school students. The student leader group had attended a workshop facilitated by Peace Corps Volunteers and the Royal University of Phnom Penh a few weeks before.
Another view of a classroom at my high school. Rooms are fairly basic with around 20 desks that seat up to 50 students and a white board of questionable quality. Electricity is only turned on after 6:00pm when private classes are held at the high school.
The outside of some classroom buildings at my school. My high school has four classroom buildings and a total of 16 classrooms, which is not enough for all the grades at the school. Since we do not have enough classrooms, students study in shifts. Some study in the morning and some in the afternoon.
The students in the picture are working on a tree-planting project.
Some of my students enjoying the fruits of their labor, a newly planted tree.
Our version of a school assembly. We only have a microphone and a speaker, but that seems to work fine.
Here is a picture of a swearing-in ceremony for a troop of Cambodian Scouts at my high school. That’s right, Cambodia has scouts too! While they are not officially Boy or Girl Scouts, these boys and girls help out in their villages by assisting in community projects and helping out at various community events.
A picture of the Cambodian countryside taken from a van going between Phnom Penh and my community. The water is all from flooding, which is very common between the months of June to November, Cambodia’s rainy season.
Another picture taken on the road, which gives a very good idea of what a lot of the Cambodian countryside looks like. The fields in view are growing rice. Everywhere you look, rice fields extend as far as the eye can see.
Students eating a meal at school during a workshop. In Cambodia, people usually use forks and spoons to eat, but chopsticks are sometimes used to eat foods like noodles. The students in this picture are wearing their school uniforms, which are required for all classes. Girls wear a white collared shirt and a blue or black skirt and boys wear a white collared shirt and black pants.
One of the many modes of transportation in Cambodia. My students and I are sitting on a “r’mork”, which is used to travel short distances between villages. My apologies for my strange gaze in this photo.
The most common modes of local transportation in Cambodia, motor-bikes (motos) and bicycles. Cars are usually only owned by wealthier individuals. For long distance travel, people usually take buses or vans called “touries”. In buses, a person gets his or her own seat, but in a toury, which can comfortably hold about 15 people, drivers regularly put up to 35 people inside.
Students busy at work planning a garbage pick-up project to help their community.
Photo credit: Tony Jensen (thanks for the great notes as well!)