Tag Archives: AYAD

Time for an update. Pretty sure I passed the mental health check, at least no one has called me to follow up. It was an online test with questions asking if I consider myself to be a happy person, have I ever considered harming myself or taking my own life. I always wonder if anyone who seriously had considered that would a answer yes in a test like that, but I suppose they need to ask the question. Nearly everyone in my family seemed surprised that I’d passed and asked me how much I had lied. Oh ha ha ha ha…

Physical health check done, was told I am half a kilo overweight, my doctor kindly suggested in might be that little extra bit she felt on my stomach when testing there. Blood tests done and vaccinations will be done in the new year. Time now to concentrate on Christmas! Only seven sleeps to go!

Finally, this blog now has a purpose! When I started this blog about a month ago I had hoped it would become a travel blog. Earlier this year I applied for three positions with the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD), two in Cambodia and one in Nepal. On the day I started this blog I had an interview for one of the positions in Cambodia. In my excitement I started planning my move there (I get carried away very easily) and wondered how I would stay in touch with family and friends without overloading everyone with those awful group emails. Then I remembered the blog, a perfect way for those who want to read all my goings on to do so without overloading the in-boxes of all my friends too polite to decline the influx of group emails they have no intention of reading.

But in my enthusiasm to start a blog I forgot that I had not actually been successful in obtaining the position yet. It would break my heart to start writing about the move only to be rejected. Hence the inactivity. So this week the news I had been waiting for finally arrived, I got the position and am moving to Phnom Penh in April next year! For those who would like to, you can follow my preparations here as I undergo a mental health check, physical health check, vaccinations, pre-departure training, visa preparations, and finally fly to Cambodia. Once I arrive I will be based in Phnom Penh working with the victims of forced evictions, and in the country side on a sustainable tourism project.

I have been to Cambodia before in 2001 and fell in love. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. It is where I discovered sticky rice with mango, Chinese dumplings, amaretto, football, and a good deal of myself. The temples, one of which is shown below, are only one part of its beauty.

Finally this blog is on track…

Meanwhile, I have just put up all my Christmas decorations and am listening to Bob Dylan sing Christmas carols. Perfect!