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Forty Four Months in Cambodia


It’s been forty four months since I landed in Phnom Penh. I remember those first few weeks clearly – spending the days at the TEFL training centre on the corner of smelly river and 360 followed by 4pm walks along…

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Conkers, Minnows and Elastic – Childhood Revisited in Cambodia


Last Friday I sat on the edge of a desk, surrounded by the stench of half-eaten pizzas and sticky pools of splashed Fanta. It was the day of end-of-year parties. The bossiest girls from each class had collected a few…

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Happy Hour at the ESL Bar and Grill: Amusing the Students to Death


One of the things I like to do during the first week of a new course is have the students write a letter to me. I say to them that you are not just students, you are people; and as…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 10: Volunteering Part 2

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I’ve been recounting my attempts to ‘make a difference’ through seeking out worthy educational projects that help poor children. One I had immediate reservations about; the other seemed perfect, and in this entry I get rather carried away in my…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 9: Volunteering


Last time I explained the obstacles I was facing trying to get street children an education, and how I couldn’t support the activities of the NGOs I’d come across in those early days. I soon, however, began to uncover some…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 8: The Dilemma of Helping Vulnerable Street Kids


Last time I began to discuss my intention to provide an education to the deserving Riverside street-children selling books and flowers to tourists. Despite my background in establishing schools for streetkids in India and Nepal, I found Cambodia to throw…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 5 – Teaching

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So, the job front. I’d got off to a bit of a frustrating start since every educational establishment puts a dolly-bird on their front desk who has no idea what they’re holding when I deliver my CV. I knew damn…

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How I Came to Teach in Cambodia and Why I’m Staying


I have been teaching English here in Phnom Penh for three years and I really enjoy it. I know many other teachers here who enjoy their job and do it well, some much more experienced than me and some less….

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Cambodia ESL: A Culture of Insouciance


The Cambodian rubbish dump, and my not so final, final exam “I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.” Benjamin Franklin, “On…

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Cambodia ESL Teaching Update 3: Co-workers

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We’ve all seen the wayward characters and over indulgers. We’ve seen them catatonically drunk at 4am and then arriving, zombie-like and wearing the scars of their battles, precisely one minute before their first morning class. They pitch up unshaved and…

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