Island Life in Cambodia
Every morning the power goes off at 5am. The cool breeze from the fan pointed at my bed stops, and I usually wake up.
The 5pm to 5am power routine means I have a camera full of beautiful photos of the sunrise, taken from the beach in front of Marine Conservation Cambodia’s camp on the island of Koh Seh.
This small tropical island is our first stop on our year-long World School adventure. Miss M and I are learning about the secret life of seahorses. Unfortunately we are yet to see a seahorse because neither of us are scuba diving on this trip.
Still, we live in hope of seeing one while snorkeling on the home reef.
Miss M has exceeded my educational expectations. She’s learned the Khmer words for “crazy dog poo” and “underpants”. She’s helped light a pilfered lighter in the jungle, and learned to enjoy cold bucket showers and a no-flush toilet.
She’s also learned about the various forms of destructive fishing that are banned around the Kep Archipelago, such as trawling, pipe fishing and electric fishing. She’s learned about conservation, endangered species and ecosystems. She’s also learned to snorkel, tried breathing underwater through a scuba regulator, climbed trees, made shell-covered sandcastles, studied fish-identification guides and assisted with beach clean-ups.
Miss M has also become a vital member of the tribe of pint-sized sea gypsies who roam the island, the four kids aged three to eight who belong to the NGO’s founder, Paul.
It has been an amazing two weeks. We have one week left here on this island paradise, and already I’m planning a return trip, with the whole family next time.
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10 months ago