Sunday, August 7, 2011

Things I have learned already...

  • How to cross the street.  It's a lot harder than you'd think!  Traffic rules don't exist, so walking across a street full of motor bikes and tuk-tuks can be a challenge.  My housemate's sister already got a "Cambodian tattoo" from the motorbike exhaust. :)
  • I will be teaching barefoot!  So many of us have dreamed of a job like this, and I get to do it.  We take our shoes off at the entrance of the school.  At my first staff meeting it made me laugh when I looked around at a room full of barefoot teachers. :)
  • Never agree to the price they ask for at the market.  I have observed lots of haggling, and am trying to get up the courage to do it myself.
  • On hot nights if you take a nice cold shower before bed, it helps you to cool off enough to fall asleep.
And so many more things, but those are a few I can point out right now.  My time here so far has been full of learning both the culture and about how the school works.  It has been pretty much insane, but so good. :) The people I have met have been lovely, kind and helpful as I am figuring out everything.  It is a blessing to be a part of an international staff whose hearts are ready to submit to and serve the Lord, I have already been so encouraged by these people and their testimonies. 

Tomorrow morning I start school!  My first day as a REAL LIVE TEACHER!  I am teaching year 5 (grade 4) and up for general music, doing after school extra-curriculars yet to be determined, leading a class of 8th graders for devotions and Christian Perspectives, and anything else that may come up.  Emotions consist of nervousness, excitement, fear, anticipation, and mostly I really just don't know what to think.  I am trusting that God will be working through me and will be my strength this week as I head into something where I have no idea what I am doing...but that's the way it should be anyways, eh? :)
I will know more after tomorrow, and will also try to post some pictures of my new home/life. 


  1. We will be praying for you here at Camp Carl! I'm glad you are off to a good start.


  2. Hey sarah! Glad you made it there safely! Can you email or post on facebook about what you worked out with the cell phone? We haven't received anything yet. Thanks! Aunt michelle

  3. Oh my sweet Sarah,

    It is so wonderful to read this and hear a bit about your life on the other side of the world. I love you lots and am praying for you!


  4. Sarah dear,

    So great to have an update! I'm glad things are going well and that you're already settling in a bit in your new home! I'll be praying for you as you start classes this week!