Today we are planning to take our students on a field trip to Siem Reap. We can’t take everyone but it’s hard to decide whom to take. The ones who clinch to our volunteers and assert themselves are asked. It’s comfortable and understandable that our volunteers gravitate towards them. It is the students’ country, their culture yet many have never left Singha Village. Their world view, to us, seems so limited by their economic and social condition. I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing. Then again, perhaps it’s not about doing right, only doing what feels not wrong. I don’t know what to expect as we gather permission from their parents. I didn’t expect our student to pay for anything but every parent told me they “don’t have money to send their child with us”. Even after we inform their parents that I will pay for everything, many parents seem hesitant not because of a lack trust but they didn’t want to reveal their economic challenges. Our group is reminded again about our privileges – earned and unearned.


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