Going away for a month to a country half way across the world with a group of people you barely know is about the biggest thing most of us have done. As you would expect this comes with a few hurdles to get over. It would be difficult enough in a westernised country but in a developing country with a completely different environment it can be really tough.
Despite all this, this has been without doubt the best thing I have ever done. Every day there was something incredible to experience. The highlights of the trip were definitely going into the schools to teach and spend time with local kids, their energy is inspiring as well as the breath-taking views around every corner.
Even on a normal project day, the sense of family within the group and the non-stop laughs made it almost impossible to feel down, even with the extreme heat and tiredness. There hasn’t been a single day that didn’t feel like it improved me as a person. From the sense of achievement on project, to the astounding attitudes of the local people and how much they appreciated the work, especially with the heart-breaking stories of S21 Security Prison and the Killing Fields, I feel as though I have grown in a way I never could have expected. I don’t regret a single moment of my journey with Camps, its been the best decision of my life. I would recommend a trip like this with any organisation but definitely with Camps without a second thought.
Matt, Team Surya, Cambodia Aug 2016.