Since this is the first time I've been in Cambodia for Christmas, I decided that the school should be decked out in its fullest with decorations and plenty of Christmas cheer. I usually haul everything on my motorbike, but a Christmas tree and two large boxes of decorations was too much of a feat for me - still not a local yet. Instead, I played it safe with a tuk-tuk rather than a precarious balancing act on my motorbike. After I put the tree together, I started stringing the lights and noticed that my librarian wanted to take over. Stringing up lights is a necessary evil for me - shouldn't really use "evil" when talking about Christmas, but it's the only phrase I could think of so late in the evening. Fortunately, hanging up ornaments is something I completely love. If I ever need lights up on a Christmas tree, Sreynet is the person I will always call. She had it done in less than an hour!!!
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an accredited NGO school that provides English language education, leadership, and job skills programs to underprivileged youth from well-trained teachers in a safe, clean and professional environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Nicole is BEA's director.