I’m on my way back to Cambodia, this time for what has become my annual two-month trip. Two months always sounds like a very long time, but when I look at the calendar and all that I have already lined up to do, I realise it will go by in a snap.
Packing is always a challenge. Clothing is the least of it. I have kilos worth of teaching supplies, notebooks, electronic equipment, training guides, Writing Through brochures, my own published works to sell. And that’s not to mention the just-in-case medication. Although I have been to Siem Reap enough to know where to buy paracetamol and where to find a reasonable Western-trained doctor, well…..better to be safe than sorry.
The next two months will see me wearing my Writing Through hat more than anything else. Either I, or one of my trained Facilitators, will definitely be running multi-day workshops for four different NGO’s, and most likely another two or three more still being finalised. In total, over the next two months, Writing Through will be delivering 12 workshops and reaching nearly 300 Cambodian students and teachers. And that’s just for the first few months of the year. 2016 is already set to run many more workshops than we did in 2015, and 2015 far exceeded 2014.
So, here I go again. I’m excited to get back into the classroom. I’m excited to see all my (now) old friends and meet the new ones who I know are there waiting. And this time, I am also scheduling in writing time of my own. Book 3 of my Cambodian trilogy is off to a good start and is burning a hole in my computer, so to speak.
Next time, then, from Siem Reap.