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Re: Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambo

Postby Harold » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:01 pm

Honestly, if I had to go into debt to obtain the degree, I probably would've avoided enrolling in university altogether. I started at 16 in a dual enrollment program in the United States and graduated at 20. The degree and the effort gave me a more nuanced view of the world and helped to clarify my thoughts on any number of issues. My writing skills also improved. Unfortunately, none of this translates into taking a step up on the economic ladder. Regardless, my lifestyle is cheap and I have no intention to get married or raise a family unless I somehow build a solid career and a substantial savings account.

I have no capability in mathematics which more or less excludes me from any profitable degree.
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Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambodia.

Postby WonkoTheSane » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:28 pm

Harold wrote:...Regardless, my lifestyle is cheap and I have no intention to get married or raise a family unless I somehow build a solid career and a substantial savings account.

I have no capability in mathematics which more or less excludes me from any profitable degree.


This final paragraph illustrates exactly how nuanced your worldview became. You are aware there's a couple of options between mathematician and broke, cat food eating homeless person, right?

The path to hell (easily interpreted to mean divorced with a couple of accidental kids and stuck with no marketable skills in SE Asia where you need to stay if you want to see your children grow up) is paved with good intentions.

But no, I'm completely wrong, you've laid out an entirely reasonable way to spend your youth. In no way should you consider the distant, much less immediate, future. Have at it!!
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Re: Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambo

Postby vladimir » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:24 pm

[email protected] wrote:People with liberal arts degrees are generally more interesting people to talk to. And it's always useful to have someone with a history degree on your quiz team.


Like me, for example! :wink:
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Re: Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambo

Postby penisjokeforaname » Sun May 04, 2014 9:45 pm

Look around, there's probably a school or two that will take an English teacher on a really crap wage in the provinces if you ask. Whatever you do, re-evaluate your life in 6 months and always have enough in the bank to fly home.

Note the TEFL will look awful on your resume. You're young enough they won't cry sex tourist but they will think you were unable or unwilling to find work back home and may imagine you went on a SE Asian drug binge.

I spent one year in a liberal arts degree and then left for a much more profitable sector, and obtained a degree a little later.

I don't know what you were thinking with history, but the world generally evolves:

Entrepreneurs, with or without a degree, can strike it very rich, or will stay small for decades, or go bust in year one. Risk and reward.

Science and Technology degree holders often have a moderately higher income, but without the great highs and lows of riskier entrepreneurial careers.

And you; Liberal Arts degree holders are taking a smaller risk than entrepreneurs but are dependent on proven results at jobs more than their degree. You were supposed to use your studies to befriend influential people who can suggest you jobs, or are at least aware of your existence. There's probably a whole society of concerned liberals at your college who have met someone who knows someone to do with aid work in Cambodia.
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Re: Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambo

Postby MattZ » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:53 am

Harold: Let me know if you want to work on my organic farm. It will probably be the hardest physical work you've ever done, you will learn alot about agroecology and life in rural Cambodia, and will become fluent in Khmer quickly. You can sleep in a room with 4 other farm workers with a mosquito net and fan run by solar power. If you have a drivers license you could do some deliveries of veggies too with my tuk tuk. How does that sound?? ;-)
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Postby ziggy1001 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:39 pm

So your farm workers have a nocturnal lifestyle?
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Re: Anyone know of volunteer opportunities in northern Cambodia.

Postby Jep » Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:05 pm

Harold wrote:I am 22 with a bachelor's in history. I have lived in Asia for over a year and speak beginner to intermediate level Chinese, Vietnamese, and Lao. My skillset probably limits me to teaching English. My personal goal is to live among the locals and gain insight about their lives, culture and language.


Thanks for any help,

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You have done well, Harold. :!: I thought you were much older...
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