By Amanda Greenberg
Howard Thurman said it best: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that…because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Cambodia is amazing. It truly makes me feel alive. The people are exceptionally kind, the culture is fascinating and the various provinces are unique and beautiful.
As one of the 2012-2013 Minerva Fellows, I have been living in Siem Reap and working with The Global Child (TGC) for the past seven months.
TGC is a nonprofit school that provides children who were previously street-workers with access to a well-deserved education and the chance for a brighter future.
TGC pays its students $1 a day (funding received primarily from our Joe to Go Restaurant and Beau Fou Boutique), so that they have the opportunity to obtain their education while still bringing money home to their families.
TGC students never cease to inspire me; I feel so lucky to be able to spend each day with them.
Throughout a normal week at school, I teach separate English classes for grade seven, for one of our older students and for several Joe to Go staff members.
I have also taught debate, art and women’s health; facilitated activities for the mentoring program; and worked on social media marketing projects for Joe to Go.
Right now, I am working to start an Emergency Medical Fund, so the students will continue to have access to proper health care (beyond just routine medical visits) without having to reach into other areas of the school budget.
I cannot believe that I only have two months left in Cambodia, but I will cherish every moment and look forward to sharing everything with all of you!
If you would like to delve into the experiences that have made me come alive here,please check out my blog: http://amandagreenbergcambodia.tumblr.com/.