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Volunteer Service in Cambodia Bang So-Yeonl승인2010.08.31l300호 1면

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  Before I left on volunteer service, I had a lot of worries. 'Did I have to prepare more programs?', 'What should we do if Cambodian children hate us?' These worries made me feel nervous. As soon as we arrived at Siem Reap Airport, we felt unbelievablely hot weather and got scared.
  However, there were a lot of interesting episodes when we started the volunteer service. I taught Korean games to children and was taught Cambodian games by them too. On the second day, I was happy because I could count numbers in Khmer (It is a language used in Cambodia). That made me communicate with the children. And I remember the moment of eating a coconut snack with the children. It was the sweetest snack I ever had.
  And of course we had lots of difficulties. The worst thing was steamy hot weather. While we just stood, the sweat came out all of the body. Furthermore it was hard to control the children because we had limited language ability. On a holiday, we peeled the paint off and repainted the school building. The day was especially hot and my clothes got all wet with sweat. The lunch box that we had at school was terrible. The toilet was similar to the one I saw at grandmother's house in the country side. It was terrible too.
  After the times, all this episodes remain rewarding and pleasant memories. Especially I miss the children so much. They made a crown, bracelet, necklace out of flowers and gave them to me. I felt bad I couldn't bring those gifts. Some children wrote letters for me and gave me their paintings. I got love from those children which is greater than I gave them. It was valuable experience sharing a heart with the children who don't speak the same language.
  Around us, there are many people who need our help. I want to help them sincerely as I did in Cambodia. From this new semester, I am going to volunteer at a new place wherever needs my help.

Bang So-Yeon  dkherald@gmail.com
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