Sprucing up a Floating School in Cambodia
The Grand Circle team in Cambodia has been very active with community service in recent years.
Led by Area Manager Leang Var Eng, in 2007 the team chatted with the principal and teachers at the Chong Knies Primary School, a "floating" school on the Tonle Sap River in Siem Reap that can only be accessed by boat, to discover what was needed most. At the school staff's request, Grand Circle regional associates, Trip Leaders, and select students from the school spent a day and a half scraping and painting the school's exterior and classrooms.
In August 2008, regional staff, Trip Leaders, and vendors gathered to help change the life of an impoverished mother of four who was too ill to work. The family was living in a thatched house with a roof that leaked in the rain. The team helped build a new home and also donated books, money, and clothing to the family.
Civil war had left the infrastructure of the country devastated, and many locals were reluctant to donate personal time to a project that might not benefit them directly. In August 2009, however, associates, Trip Leaders, vendors, coach drivers, and the host families of home-hosted events in the village of Krovann spent an exhausting day repairing the local road. It was a project that not only benefited the community, but also demonstrated the value of volunteer service.