School Yard Games
Today was spent like no other teaching the Cambodian kids of all levels English at school. The local teachers are so friendly and extremely appreciative of any support what so ever. In fact, I have never felt so important, needed and appreciated in all my life even though I do not consider myself a good teacher at all. My highlight today was playing soccer with the kids.
The giggles and excitement of the girls teaching me a game that was a little bit like marbles was lots of fun and they enjoyed my presence and even embellished the competition. One girl was nice enough to lend me some of her pieces so I could play. After a few games and lots of fun I moved onto barefoot soccer. What an amazing experience!
Barefoot and all I played my heart out but was shown up by these amazing little players a third of my age!
I have not seen such skill and dexterity from these players by even grown up adults. This game was definitely in their blood and I enjoyed getting involved with these kids so much it didn’t even matter that there was so many language barriers between us. The game needed no words and we used our hands and actions to communicate game plays between teams but I was overwhelmed and felt I was dragging them down if anything. They laughed and looked like they really enjoyed me appreciating their game and the way of life for these kids. After an exhausting yet satisfying day, we hopped on the tuk tuk to catch a beautiful sunset which really captured the moment and ended a remarkable day.