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CATHIE McINTYRE CAMBODIA EXPERIENCES

Submitted by Cathie McIntyre (ACS)

Here’s a bit about my experiences in Cambodia.

After spending much money and time attempting to meet Vietnam’s requirements to be a volunteer in late 2013 and early 2014, I gave up on Vietnam. I was scheduled to volunteer with Hue Help, which suffered a devastating loss of volunteer help until the Vietnamese government came to their senses and made requirements more reasonable.

I went to Cambodia instead, where I volunteered at an orphanage. The work and conditions were miserable, and after two weeks I wanted to quit. But I’m not a quitter and decided to stick it out. After six weeks, I threw in the towel.

The evening I left the orphanage, I talked to several acquaintances, and within 24 hours, was offered two paying jobs! After asking questions, reading about the work, and sleeping on it, I thought for two days and accepted the better offer on the third day. I worked for an NGO, writing a 12th-grade textbook for Cambodia’s Ministry of Education. I finished the project in August 2015 and returned to the US.

Now I will return to Cambodia to re-connect with friends I have made and to have the simple life that I want — no car, delicious restaurant food at prices I can readily afford, living in a hotel or small apartment, etc. If the NGO has a project for me, that would be great. Otherwise, I will experience retirement and will travel to Laos and Myanmar, where I have not yet been.

I really love Cambodia, its culture, and it’s people.

The high level of corruption is maddening, but I am not part of that. I just don’t like to see the extreme poverty caused by the greedy.

If you come visit, I will show you my favorite parts of Phnom Penh and Kep and Siem Reap.

4 comments to CATHIE McINTYRE CAMBODIA EXPERIENCES

  • Barbara L Parker

    You are a brave lady . Even knowing what you really want is incredible to me.

    Good luck to you,

    Bootsie

  • Laurie Methven

    Thanks for sharing. I long to get to SE Asia sometime and visit, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Thailand. I lived in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand but haven’t been back. I so remember the beauty of Laos (and Vietnam when you were out of war areas such as Dalat or the Beach whose name is escaping me right now). Some day I hope.
    Laurie

  • Frank

    Cathie, you are amazing. You set the standards for us Saigon Kids. I beg you to arrange your life so you can come to the Saigon Kid’s 2017 Reumion. After all, I owe you a bottle of red wine!! I would so much be up to drink it with you! Take care Girl, Frank

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