EC Builds School for Kids in Cambodia

This February, a team of eight enthusiastic EC staff volunteers went to Ban Huoy, Cambodia, for a 10-day trip set up by as part of our most recent Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Dan, our Engagement and Sustainability Manager tells us about EC’s exciting project.   Mission success! Our eight volunteers (plus me) returned last week from our 10-day adventure in Cambodia. Physically & mentally exhausted but deliriously happy, our team touched down in their home countries from Thursday of last week, and I’m happy to report that everyone has returned safely and without incident. Read on for an insight into our trip… 14th February – we rendezvoused at the Babbel Guesthouse in Siem Reap, with Mays arriving last (which was further delayed due to the Cambodian authorities being confused as to whether Palestine is a country!). Leanne, Agnieszka and I were minus our luggage as that had been left behind in Bangkok, but by the time bedtime rolled around all problems had been ironed out – Mays had joined us and our luggage had arrived. 15th February – up at 6am to head off to the small town of Siem Pang in the North East, an 8-hour drive from Siem Reap. Once there we met up with the UWS team, the local community leader and the Chief of Police, who just wanted to say hello… 16th February – after a couple more hours in the ‘Barang Bus’ (Barang = foreigner in Cambodian slang) and a quick trip across a river on a raft, we arrived at Ban Houy.   As we were halfway across we saw the children and villagers had come to greet us, and we made our way through the village to the school. Already emotional at the sight of the school as it appeared between the trees, … Read more