For all those who aren't familiar with the charity please take a good look through our website - it's a special little project, which we are all very proud of. http://www.querico.org.uk/
How did I end up here I ask myself. Ever tried working in Fraud Banking in an industrial town in the Uk???.........Don't - it's boring.
I had a good salary and some very good friends, but im young, these wings on my back need to fly. I needed an adventure. The pinnacle of adventure at the bank was the hourly trip to the coffee machine - I could do better. 3 years ago, I went travelling around South-East Asia, the usual backpacker circuit; Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore. One country stood out, head and shoulders above the rest - Cambodia. It's chaotic, it's raw, its humbling and it's charming. It's loveable. I was only there 3 weeks, but I knew I had to come back, I know many people will nod there head in agreement, its special. And so i did.
Siem Reap is home now, yes I miss my family and my friends, a sunday dinner and going to the football. but.......... Damn this place is good. If i had to leave tomorrow, there would be tears. These people have nothing, yet they give you everything and it's always accompanied by a warm smile and a pair of friendly eyes. You wake up to sunshine, I jump on my motorbike to meet the volunteers for breakfast, and you smile, you smile because everyone who makes eye contact with you smiles at you..... and you never quite know what the day is going to hold for you. This town and these people are a conundrum, every day I am learning.
But, I came here to work, I came here to find challenging work, something stimulating, I wanted to be out of my comfort zone, I wanted to enjoy work. And I did. I don't feel out of my depth, but I'm constantly being challenged, I have to learn fast, I have to grow up fast, the job I do matters, if I don't give it 100% other people suffer. It's the nature of the business. The question I always get asked by the volunteers, How long will you stay here for? my answer is, whichever way the wind blows. I don't know. I love my job, and I love what I call home. I can't see around the corner, events may unfold which means I have to go home tomorrow, but whilst theres work for me here, for the time being I am happy being content, I know where I want to get to in life and what I want to do, but thats longterm. For the moment, head down and focus. Life is good fun. 0