My name is Olivia. I am fourteen and I just returned from a trip to Cambodia with my school, The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. A few years ago, we built a schoolhouse for elementary school students in Pailin and have been sister schools ever since. We recently returned there to install a satellite and computers, build a playground, and teach lessons for two weeks. It is definitely one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I was struck by the natural beauty and innate kindness of the schoolkids while I was there.
I have been pining after Cambodia ever since I left and cannot wait to go back as soon as possible. I had an amazing time.
I joined this community to be closer to a country and culture that I have come to love.