Day one Country team starts with a 3.30am wake up call, 6 hour drive and beautiful scenery. A team of 10 split from the other volunteers this morning.... leaving Phnom Penh and jumping int a mini bus for a 6 hour drive to Stung Treng.
This location is a province of Cambodia located in the northeast. Is very remote, and sits along the side the provinces of Ratanakiri to the east, Mondulkiri and Kratie to the south and Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear to the west. It is where the beginning of the Mekong river is.
The drive was long, many of us slept the first few hours awaking to a pit stop with squat toilets, and no coffee.
30 mins later coffee fix was had at a truck spot, anyone that asked for milk coffee received 1/2 cup condensed milk included -- most of us brought another black coffee and mixed these, 1/2 of us stayed awake all night!
Breakfast was at a training cafe, where the servers were learning hospitality skills.
After a lovely breakfast it was back in the bus and off we went.
Our arrival was at 11am and we were greeted by Joy, an Aussie who is the longest serving NGO in this region. Joy had helped us arrange for four organisations to come together and bring the trainees from remote provinces in to be trained.
We quickly found our rooms, dumped our bags and seperated into four teams and went off to train.
One location was lead by Danii, a two time Hair Aid volunteer, who quickly organised her 13 trainees into the flow of things! Selina and Tabatha were her 2IC's
The next location was where Bron and Emalee were - our team was met with smiles as wide as the Megong river and their 18 trainees were young, 14 - 17 years and full of enthusiasm.
Candy and Stuart went to the largest location where 42 trainees were waiting -- 20 couldn't come because they have exams, so we are expecting more tomorrow. Suffice to say Candy and Stuart were busy all day!
Bee and Paul's location had 16 and they too were kept busy managing trainees super keen to learn to earn.